“Excellence is the singular goal. Excellence is essential to elevate the experience.” (Marilee Sonneman)
Today, June 30, 2017, marks my final day as President of the history-making, record-setting, off-the-charts-amazing MPI Northern California Chapter, and the final day of this 2016-2017 program year, an epic year to Rise and Shine and Educate, Engage, IGNITE!
‘Tis the highest honour to serve as the 37th President of this United State of MPINCC, the world’s largest Chapter of the world’s largest association of meeting, event, and hospitality professionals. Because you are the firework. You are my why. And we are family.
This journey began with a boom (literally, with confetti cannons!) at the Sparkle & Shine Annual Gala on June 2, 2016. As incoming President, I challenged you to define your why, to determine your ROI, and then to join up, get up, suit up, and show up. And you did. You answered the call with your excitement, your enthusiasm, your energy.
Together we elevated the experience for our members and potential members.
Together we led the world in education quality and satisfaction with top-tier speakers such as Randi Zuckerberg, Laura Schwartz, Michael Dominguez, CHSE, Kevin Iwamoto, GTP, GLP, Audrea Hooper, CMP, and many more, including all the top-notch speakers at the Annual Conference & Expo (ACE).
Together we strategized and showcased ACE anew in its 29th year, designing the first-ever Strategic Meeting Management Plan, developing the first-ever Emergency Plan, and delivering the first-ever seated luncheon keynote for everyone – attendees, exhibitors, students, faculty, staff.
Together we gave back via a Community Involvement action or drive every month.
Together we achieved global recognition of excellence with an historic three nominations and two wins in the MPI RISE 2017 Awards on June 20, 2017, at the World Education Congress in Las Vegas:
* Finalist for Industry Leadership – Matthew Schermerhorn, CMP, HMCC, our ACE Chair 2016-2017 and President 2010-2011
* Award for Marketplace Excellence – Annual Conference & Expo – accepted by Immediate Past President 2016-2017 Joey Nevin
* Award for Educational Programming – CMP University – accepted by President 2016-2017 Marilee Sonneman, CMP, DMCP
Together we made history. Through the power of igniting your light, of letting it shine. Through the power of committing, of inspiring, of making a difference. Through the power of the unity of community.
And now, with heart aglow in gratitude for each and every one of you, I thank you all once again and hand the gavel to our 38th President, Lucy Giovando Watts, CMP, CMM. Tomorrow July 1, 2017, President Lucy leads the Chapter forward to Innovate. Together.
Sparkle on, like the stars you are.
Marilee A. Sonneman, CMP, DMCP
Founder, Spotlight Sojourns
President 2016-2017, MPI Northern California Chapter
Photo Credit: Orange Photography