Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest and most vibrant global meeting and event industry association. The organization helps its members thrive by building human connections through knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI membership is comprised of approximately 20,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide.
The Southern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International brings approximately 500 members to the MPI global community. Our chapter membership includes some of the most influential meeting planners and meeting and event suppliers in the Greater Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs and Las Vegas areas.
Important MPISCC Update: Non-Member Attendance at Meetings
How is MPISCC Maximizing Member Benefits?
MPISCC membership has many benefits, one of which is the opportunity to connect with like-minded industry professionals who have chosen to invest in their professional and business development. Most of these opportunities to connect are during our various educational and networking meetings.
In order to honor the investment MPI members have made and to deliver maximum benefits to our members, we need to apply the written policy of the chapter that governs non-member attendance at events. The policy states:
3.Non-Member Registration guidelines:
a. Non-member fees are at a higher rate than fees charged to members.
b. Non-members may attend up to two regular or special meetings prior to joining MPI.
From Meeting Professionals International Southern California Chapter Policies and Procedures Manual, page 20.
Please note: The annual fundraiser and non-industry spouses/guests are exempt from this policy.
What Does This Mean for Me?
If you are a member, this does not impact your own attendance at meetings. Most other attendees will have invested in their membership, just like you.*
If you are not currently a member, you may attend up to 2 meetings before you choose to become a member.
If you have already attended 2 meetings as a non-member, you will need to become a member prior to attending another event. If you don’t know how many meetings you have attended, please contact the MPISCC office at 805-449-9111.
*Members from other chapters are welcome at all MPISCC meetings. Members from other chapters who wish to serve as a volunteer with MPISCC need to be subscriber members.
What If I Don’t Want to Become a Member?
If you have already attended MPISCC meetings and do not see the value of membership, we’d like to talk with you. Please contact Christine Hartman, Vice President of Membership, to talk about your experiences and how MPI can work for you.
If your hesitation to become a member is because your company will not pay the membership dues, please remember that all memberships are INDIVIDUAL. Memberships follow the person, not the company. MPI Member Services stands ready to help with a payment plan that will work for you, no matter your circumstances.
If you do not want to become a member at this time, we have opportunities for connection at the “After 5 with MPI” events that take place quarterly throughout the year. This is in addition to the opportunity to attend 2 of our meetings if you haven’t already. And if you ever reconsider, we are here for you to help add value to your professional and business development!
If you have any questions or if you want to sign up as a new member, please contact Michelle Conant, Director of Member Recruitment.
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What has MPISCC Done for YOU?
Did you get a job referral through our community?
Did you book business with one of our suppliers?
Did you meet a planner who’s interested in your venue/destination?
Did you experience an educational session that inspired you?
Did you take a creative element from our event and implement it in your own?
Did we elevate your business?
Whatever your story is, we want to hear it. Every story we receive will be entered into our monthly drawing. Our goal is to emphasize the value of our organization and reward those who buy within the MPISCC community. All planners, suppliers and students are eligible to win.
Click this form to enter. Drawings will be held at every monthly meeting. Enter before noon the day prior to qualify.
By submitting an entry, you authorize MPISCC to publish and share your contribution. Winners do not need to be present to win.