MPI SEC 2015 Blog

Paws for Patriots: From Brittani, with Love…


Michael Jernigan’s retiring guide dog, Brittani, looks back on her years as a guide dog

Reprinted with permission from Southeastern Guide Dogs

Michael Jernigan is a Marine, and he’s seen a few things he can’t forget.  I don’t care what they call it—PTSD or a bad day in the darkness—I just know when he needs me. I can feel his body heat rising and hear the edge in his voice.  I can smell the stress, but he doesn’t know that.  All he knows is that I’m there.  And that’s when I put my head on his lap or back up into a hug.  It’s my job to calm him down, but it’s more than that—it’s my mission.  I was born to serve, and to be Mike’s guide dog, and that’s what I did best. Read More…

Game on! Dispelling the Myths of Gamification

Tara Liaschenko

(Written by guest blogger, Tara Liaschenko)

SEC Attendees you better get ready…get set… and game on! If you haven’t yet heard about gamification, you’re about to embark on a journey that will turn your meetings and events upside right. For those of you that have heard about gamification, you may be caught up in the misconceptions or preconceived notions.

So let me go on record to dispel all that jazz and get you on the gamification band wagon.

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Connecting: An Exclusive VIP Secret Garden & Vineyard Reception

Kim Brussow

(Written by guest blogger, Kim Brussow)

Don’t Miss the Exclusive…

VIP Secret Garden & Vineyard Reception
Thursday, August 27, 2015 from 6:00P-7:45P

“Out with the old and in with the new!”  For MPI-SEC 2015, we say goodbye to the old fashioned tradeshow exhibits and hello to a no fuss way to connect meeting planners and suppliers, in a more casual, fun party atmosphere. This will provide Read More…

Caring: The Least Expected Key to Unlocking Your Ingenuity

Stephanie Montini

(Written by guest blogger, Stephanie Montini, CMP)

How can we incorporate caring into the work place? A missing link for some, caring can provide the boost your team desperately needs.

The CSR Upswing

Volunteerism is often seen as a prominent and important part of our personal lives. And, as the line between our personal and business life blurs, so does the desire for employees to give back at work. To that end, corporate social responsibility (CSR) has recently become a hot topic among meeting executives. CSR events bring corporate groups of varying sizes together through a mix of different activities to benefit local or national non-profit organizations – and, these CSR activities are on the rise. Read More…

Collaboration: Always A Key to Success with the SEC

Vickie Corder

(Written by guest blogger, Vickie Corder, CMP)

Collaboration, Connection, Creativity and Caring are the four keys to UNLOCKING YOUR INGENUITY.  Today, I’m happy to share how collaboration has assisted me in my professional development.

Collaboration: the action of working with someone to produce or create something.

It seems I have always been an organizer of people, planning the Saturday afternoon movie excursions with my second grade friends, birthday, Halloween, and high school spirit club parties. Read More…