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Monthly Renewal Drawing for April 2016

Attention current members: Is your MPI membership about to expire this month or in the upcoming months? All members who renew in April are entered into a drawing. One lucky winner will choose between a 6 month membership extension, 6 complimentary tickets to a chapter event or a $200 gift certificate toward any MPI Academy training. Renew today!

Why MPI? – The Benefits of Joining


About MPI
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and the Plan Your Meetings non-traditional meeting planner audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. For additional information or to join, visit

Whether you are a planner or supplier, decisions like joining MPI have to be based on ROI. No matter what side of the industry you are on, the investment in membership to MPI Southern California Chapter can provide tremendous benefit personally and to your organization.

The Key Benefits of being an MPI member

  • MPI is the world’s largest association for professional meeting planners and suppliers, is the global authority and resource for the meeting industry.

  • MPI defines and shapes the future of the meeting industry by delivering innovative professional development, research, best practices benchmarking, and analysis of significant business, social and global trends.

  • MPI builds industry image and value by defining and promoting an appropriate return on investment for individuals, organizations and local economies.

  • MPI empowers its members with personal and professional excellence by providing them with superior education, research, professional development and networking opportunities.

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 Manualpage 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 213-986-9044.

*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 Laura Bergersen, CMP, 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 Carlos Murillo, Director of Member Recruitment.

Join MPISCC or Renew Your Membership Today!

The objectives of MPI Southern California Chapter (MPISCC) are to promote opportunities for professional education and skills enhancement; to promote meeting planning and meeting management as a profession; and to provide a forum for the exchange of information among those involved in the meeting industry.


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Membership Types

As the largest and most influential professional association for the meetings industry, MPI is your high-touch connection to more than 23,000 of your colleagues who are meeting planners or industry suppliers. Your membership will entitle you to access the wealth of resources MPI has to offer, provide you with discounts on professional education conferences and publications, the opportunity to network with colleagues at events or through online communities, as well as allow you access to key industry research.

Corporate/Association/Non-Profit/Government Meeting Professionals

Planner membership is available to those individuals primarily engaged in planning and managing meetings. Planner applicants may join MPI without a supplier match. Annual dues are $375 US, $425 CDN, or €375 Euro (includes a $50 US administration fee), and are generally tax-deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense. To print a membership application, click here.

  • Corporate Meeting Professional – a person who is primarily employed by a corporation to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that corporation’s meetings.

  • Association/Non-Profit Meeting Professional – a person who is primarily employed by an association or not-for-profit organization to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that organization’s meetings. This category also includes private universities.

  • Government Meeting Professional – a person who is employed by a government agency or public university to plan and/or oversee the strategic and financial management and/or logistics of that government’s meetings. Individuals serving as faculty in a university should join as an Academic Professional.

Supplier Meeting Professionals

Supplier membership is available to those individuals primarily engaged in supplying goods and services to the meeting industry.

  • Supplier Meeting Professional – a person who provides and/or sells products and services to the meetings industry, such as a destination management, hotelier, audio-visual, florist, transportation, production or convention and visitors bureau company. This classification of membership is not limited to the groups listed.

Meeting Management Professionals

Supplier or Planner memberships are available to those individuals primarily who are the sole proprietor of, or are employed or engaged by, a meeting management company.

  • Meeting Management Professional – a person who provides meeting services including strategic and financial management and/or professional meetings management services to multiple clients. The applicant must specify whether their job responsibilities are primarily planning or supplying based on where they spend 51% or more of their time.

Student Members

Student membership shall be available to those individuals enrolled in a post-secondary academic program with emphasis in the meeting, hospitality, events, and tourism-related industries leading to qualification as a regular member. The student must be enrolled in either a certificate, undergraduate or graduate program unless the academic institution defines it otherwise.

Students enrolled in a certificate program will be eligible for student membership for one year but will not be eligible for the transition dues rate upon completion of their program. Proof of enrollment must be received at MPI before a student can be accepted into membership and upon renewal in order to retain their student membership. An applicant must:

  1. Be enrolled in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours or equivalent quarter credit hours either undergraduate or graduate programs unless the academic institution defines it otherwise.
  2. Submit to MPI, with this completed application, proof of enrollment in academic courses prior to membership acceptance. (Proof of enrollment may be a current semester transcript or courses/credit hours defined on school letterhead and signature of authorized school representative.

Faculty Members

A faculty member is available to those employed as faculty in post-secondary academic programs related to the meetings, hospitality, events or tourism industries. The individual’s main employment, remuneration, direction and efforts must be in a recognized academic institution and they must be considered an employee of their institution.

  • Applicant’s primary employment, remuneration, direction and efforts must be in a recognized academic institution.

  • Applicant must be considered an employee within their institution.

  • Applicant must submit proof of academic employment with this application AND MUST provide proof on an annual basis to retain their faculty membership. (Proof of academic employment should be on employer’s letterhead and include validation of employment, courses and signature of departmental head).

  • Guest lecturers are NOT eligible for faculty membership.

Membership Financial Assistance

Our chapter is strengthened through new memberships and we stay effective when existing members renew. Jobs change, budgets decrease and economic recovery might seem slow, but your membership is valuable now more than ever. The MPI Member Care team stands ready to confidentially assist you with creative ways to welcome you and keep you as an active member of the MPI family through payment plans, unemployment assistance, etc. Contact MPI Member Care at 972-702-3053.

Subscriber Membership

Are you a member of another MPI chapter but want the full benefits of membership with the Southern California Chapter as well? For $75 per year, your subscriber membership enhances your existing MPI membership, allowing you to volunteer, qualify for awards recognition and receive all MPISCC member communications. Your voting rights remain with your home chapter.

Click here to download the MPISCC Subscriber Member Form