Guest blog by Diana Voto of Disney Destinations
Disney Destinations has a tradition of supporting the MPI Foundation, recognizing the positive impact the Foundation has on the meeting industry. Our investment in the Foundation has supported economic impact studies and the CSR initiative, and we are especially proud to be one of two lead sponsors of the MPI Membership Scholarship program.
Each month of this three-year sponsorship, we award three MPI Membership Scholarships to new MPI planner members. By 2014, we will have awarded more than 100 such scholarships, and since our sponsorship began in 2011, we have seen rewarding returns on our investment. Our sales teams market MPI to meeting planners every day, extending MPI’s message to meeting planners who did not know such an organization existed or who may not have their employer’s support to join a professional organization.
After one full year of the program, we have found that our scholarship recipients have a passion around planning meetings, and their MPI scholarship has been a catalyst to extend their personal and professional development. Many recipients are getting involved in MPI on a grass-roots level with chapter volunteerism. Some have set goals to get their CMPs, and others have utilized the resources of MPI’s powerful research and One+ magazine to stay on top of their game. Our recipients come from many places in life; some are just out of college and new to the industry, while others have more experience.
If you’re interested in an MPI Membership Scholarship, it takes only five minutes to complete the application. Just follow this link
to the MPI Foundation Scholarship page.