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MPI Foundation Breaks Fundraising Record at WEC 2014, Prepares for Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night in October
The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation recently raised more than $170,000 during the 2014 World Education Congress (WEC), setting a new record for the most money raised at an MPI conference. The funds will go towards the MPI Foundation Education Endowment, which provides chapter grants and scholarships to MPI members.
The MPI Foundation held three fundraisers during WEC 2014, including The Big Deal, an official World Series of Poker satellite tournament; the Not-So-Silent Auction; and Rendezvous, the foundation’s signature networking event. Next month, the foundation will host its largest networking fundraiser, Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night on October 15, 2014. The annual event usually draws close to 2,000 industry professionals and will be held this year at Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub on the rooftop of The Cromwell in Las Vegas.
“Thank you to everyone who supported MPI Foundation events during WEC earlier this month and also to those who will join us for Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night in October,” said Gus Vonderheide, chairman of the MPI Foundation. “Your support of the MPI Foundation will strengthen our community today and help secure the future of our industry.”
Since January 2013, the MPI Foundation has provided more than $1 million in grants, scholarships and pan-industry research. The foundation currently offers MPI membership 21 different types of scholarship opportunities as well as three types of grants for MPI chapters. Detailed information and applications as well as new video testimonials can be found on the foundation’s website.
MPI Foundation U.S. events in 2014 are made possible thanks to generous contributions from several sponsors, including Caesars Entertainment, Encore Productions, Hilton Worldwide, San Francisco Travel, Universal Orlando, IMEX America, Freeman, and Synchronicities. For event details and ticket information for Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night, visit www.mpiweb.org/rendezvous-imex.
About the MPI Foundation
The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The not-for-profit organization also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding important and quality research initiatives. For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.mpiweb.org/foundation.
Patterson Elected Chair of Association Societies Alliance
Lynda J. Patterson, FASAE, CAE, president and owner of AMPED has been elected chair of the board of the Association Societies Alliance (ASA), a national federation of societies of association executives. Patterson serves as president and CEO of the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives (WSAE), a client of AMPED.
As chair of ASA, Patterson will represent the Alliance on issues of common interest to associations and lead the organization’s strategic initiatives.
“ASA provides an invaluable forum to share ideas and innovation in association management. I’m honored to serve as its chair,” says Patterson.
ASA is a voluntary membership organization comprised of local, regional, multi-state, independent, autonomous society association executives. The purpose of the Alliance is to be the knowledge leader of the profession of association management, preparing society association executive-CEOs for future success.
AMPED - Association Management Partners & Executive Directors - provides full-service association management services to a variety of national and international trade and professional associations from its headquarters in Madison, Wis. More information is available a twww.manageassociations.com.
International Special Events Society Announces its 2014-2015 International Board of Governors, International Affiliate Chairs and USA Regional Vice-Presidents
The International Special Events Society (ISES) is proud to announce its 2014-2015 International Board of Governors.
Board and Executive Committee member selections are effective August 18, 2014 for fiscal year 2014-2015.
The Officers of the Board are:
The Governors of the Board are:
The International Affiliate Chairs and USA Regional Vice-President member selections are effective August 18, 2014 for fiscal year 2014-2015.
The International Affiliate Chairs are:
The USA Regional Vice-Presidents are:
ISES was founded in 1987 to foster enlightened performance through education while promoting ethical conduct. ISES works to join event and meeting professionals to focus on the "event as a whole" rather than its individual parts. ISES has grown to involve more than 5,000 members active in 54 chapters throughout the world. The solid peer network ISES provides helps special events professionals produce outstanding results for clients while establishing positive working relationships with other event colleagues. Learn more about ISES at www.ises.com.
Contributions Made to AH&LEF Annual Giving Campaign
AH&LEF is the not-for-profit affiliate of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and is funded solely by charitable donations from progressive hospitality leaders and companies within the industry. In 2013, AH&LEF disbursed more than $1 million to prepare promising college students for a career in hospitality, to attract and retain talented industry professionals, and to fund valuable research for the industry. Since the Foundation’s inception, more than $18.5 million has been distributed through its scholarship, education, outreach, and research programs.
All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. For more information about donating, contact Michelle Poinelli, senior vice president of foundation programs, at (202) 289-3181 or email@example.com or visit www.ahlef.org.
AH&LEF is the industry’s philanthropic organization, dedicated to helping people build careers that improve their lives and strengthen the lodging industry. Founded in 1953, AH&LEF is a subsidiary of the American Hotel & Lodging Association and provides resources for hospitality-related education and research.
Serving the hospitality industry for more than a century, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) is the sole national association representing all segments of the 1.8 million-employee U.S. lodging industry, including hotel owners, REITs, chains, franchisees, management companies, independent properties, state hotel associations, and industry suppliers. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AH&LA provides focused advocacy, communications support, and educational resources for an industry generating $163 billion in annual sales from 4.9 million guestrooms.
‘My Association | My Club’
BRAND NEW INITIATIVE FOR ASSOCIATION PLANNERS
Following research among Association Meeting Planners and as a direct result of a Focus Group held in London in May to determine the ideal experience for Association Planners, EIBTM (www.eibtm.com) has launched a brand new initiative “My Association | My Club” (www.eibtm.com/myclub).
Initial feedback from the EIBTM Advisory Board along with the findings from the Focus Group highlighted the need for an Association Planner to be able create their own agenda, to have time to network with their peers and Association community and to choose education sessions that suit their business and career needs. Designed to facilitate this flexibility, My Association | My Club will have its own identity (for EIBTM 2014) and will be the first roll out of the concept across the IBTM portfolio.
“Having engaged with meeting planners across the sector and asked for their involvement in helping shape a new way to attend our events, we have listened and acted on what they have told us they want from their time at EIBTM. Association meeting planners have very specific needs and this new offer includes flexibility at its core. From freedom to explore the show floor and discover new suppliers, building an education programme of their choice and having the time to meet with members of their community. It’s all about creating their own personalised programme and that is what the launch of My Association | My Club aims to deliver,“ said Graeme Barnett, EIBTM Senior Exhibition Director, Reed Travel Exhibitions.
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For further information about My Association | My Club, please visit www.eibtm.com/myclub
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