MPINCC & you made history in 2016-2017.

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, […]

Memory of the Heart: MPINCC Gala 2017 Super Stars.

“La reconnaissance est la mémoire du coeur / Gratitude is the memory of the heart.” (Jean Massieu)

Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter (MPINCC) Annual Gala & Silent Auction at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco on 06.06.17, was a night to Celebrate. Together. the achievements of the 2016-2017 program year, a year of firsts and […]

Sparkle and shine.

Meeting Professionals International Northern California Chapter (MPINCC) celebrated the record-setting 2015-2016 program year with “Sparkle and Shine: A Formal Affair” Annual Gala and Silent Auction. Over 300 industry leaders attended the sold-out soirée at the landmark Merchants Exchange Club and Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco on 06.02.16.

The 2015-2016 Gala team, led by Gala […]

Embrace the journey.

“There is no royal flower-strewn path to success. Only the one I create for myself.” (Madam C.J. Walker)

The journey continues as Spotlight Sojourns completes the transformation to strategic consulting from Spotlight Events full-service event and destination management company (DMC). To quote our founder Marilee Sonneman, CMP, DMCP, “Find your purpose. Follow your passion. Forge […]

Taste the joy.

“Taste the joy that springs from labor.” (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Masque of Pandora, 1875)

We at Spotlight Events taste the joy from this remarkable, record-breaking year (more on that coming soon!) by relaxing and recharging over the Labor Day weekend. This beautiful view is from the enchanting village of Tiburon in Marin County, a […]

Dream, believe, achieve.

“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” (William Arthur Ward)

With wholehearted gratitude to clients, colleagues, family, and friends for the achievements and experiences of 2012, we at Spotlight Events anticipate the opportunities and challenges ahead. Happy New Year 2013 from our team to […]

Annus mirabilis.

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.” (Henry David Thoreau, Walden)

Our founder Marilee’s motto is: “Find your purpose. Follow your passion. Forge your path.” We find our purpose, follow our passion, […]

All the dreams we need.

As we disembark the yacht “San Francisco Spirit” after a festive fête afloat, the light-bejewelled Bay Bridge and Financial District skyscrapers glitter and gleam against an evening sky hued deepest indigo. Soft laughter from revelers rejoicing in the sultry spring night wafts through the air, harmonizing with the sweet, sad strains of “Sunrise, Sunset” on […]


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