President's Letter - September 2017

Dear MPI BC Chapter member…

"Happy Back to School"! 
I love the energy this month generates in BC, when our industry is firing on all cylinders. We're turning the dial on a new year here at MPI British Columbia and with this comes a newly elected group of volunteer leaders for our chapter.  A year ago, I reflected on the constant that has been with me throughout my career, across brands, across cities, from NYC to Texas, from LA to Vancouver. It was MPI. I realized that over the years, MPI has been a reliable and consistent friend, and I wanted to give back in a meaningful way.

I spent last year as President Elect in preparation to lead the BC Chapter this year and I was absolutely amazed at the impact volunteering with MPI had on me, both personally and professionally. It turned out the greatest value of my MPI membership was realized at the point where my passion to make it better became action.

I saw meeting planners, hoteliers and students working together like friends - united in the vision that we'd pull off an incredible education event, or give our chapter members meaningful content to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day.  It was in the interactions of volunteering together that the best, most meaningful connections were made and walls between supplier and planner were truly lowered. I saw Chapter volunteers enter a networking event excited to see and celebrate success together.
This year I am extending a warm welcome to you to engage with your Chapter as a volunteer. We can use your passion and expertise in whatever amount of time you can commit. 

Let's own it together - and I promise you the connections and meaning you have wished for with MPI will materialize. This year, our volunteer board is comprised of senior meeting planners, senior hoteliers and convention centre leaders, photography, technology and AV leaders. We are a diverse group and we're bursting at the seams to deliver a year you'll love. Thank you for your membership and commitment to MPI British Columbia.  I hope we'll see you at our "September Schmooze!" - MPI BC's kick off event of the season!

Healthy regards,
Amy Ballard
President, MPI British Columbia Chapter