A Message from the President…

Marilee A Sonneman, CMP DMCP
Marilee A. Sonneman, CMP, DMCP
Founder
Spotlight Sojourns

Rise & Shine!

Welcome to the start of the Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter (MPINCC) 2016-2017 program year. I’m honored and humbled to lead this chapter and serve as your new president. This year, I want you to find your passion. Be inspired. Shine bright. It’s within you, but you have to want it and know why.

At the “Sparkle & Shine: A Formal Affair” Annual Gala & Silent Auction in June, MPINCC recognized its star volunteers – those supernova volunteers who make the MPI Northern California Chapter the world’s best and biggest chapter of the world’s biggest association of meeting, event and hospitality professionals. (You’ll find photos and recap of the event later in this issue.)

Their stars shine brightly. Yours can shine brightly, too. “But so what?” some of you may be thinking, “I joined up.” But it’s not enough to join up. You’ve got to get up, suit up and show up. Volunteer. Engage. Take an active part in this pace-setting chapter.

MPINCC is your ticket. Your rocket to the stars. Define your why. Determine your return on investment. And then make the investment. Because if you do, you won’t regret it. Don’t believe me? Just read the testimonials from MPINCC members on what they’ve gained from getting involved. You’ll find them in our special feature – “Why I Volunteer” – in this issue.

In this 2016-2017 program year, MPINCC is going to elevate the experience – your experience. Through inspiring education and stellar speakers. Through networking engagement like never before. Through strategic planning for ACE, the No. 1 regional show on the continent.

So we’re going to make heads turn. We’re going to fire up. We’re going to light up the sky. And I challenge you all to join up, get up, suit up and show up as together we educate, engage, ignite!

MPINCC is your ticket. Your rocket to the stars. Define your why, determine your return on investment, and then make the investment. Because if you do, you won’t regret it.