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MPI Leaders Convene in Rome to Discuss the Future


About 40 volunteer leaders from Meeting Professionals International’s European chapters met Friday in Rome to hear updates from MPI leadership on initiatives aimed at European chapters and members.

The volunteer leaders also had the opportunity meet for the first time several members of MPI’s Global leadership team, including the new vice president of community, Nicole Edmond, who will oversee the member and chapter experience.

The chapter leader forum was part of the SITE + MPI Global Forum, which began Thursday night with a leadership dinner and continues through Sunday.

Darren Temple, MPI’s chief operations officer, told the volunteer leaders that Europe remains an important component for the organization.

“We have heard for a couple of years that there’s room for improvement,” Temple said. “One of things is we did not have the right resources in Dallas (site of MPI’s global headquarters), but we now have our team in place and are ready to act on it. There is still a dialogue that needs to take place … we can’t do everything, but we need to do what makes sense.”

Edmond, who has been on the MPI staff for less than a week, participated in the chapter leader forum, hearing first-hand about ongoing initiatives, growth opportunities and concerns from the European leaders.

Edmond will be responsible for the engagement, growth and overall satisfaction of MPI’s global chapter network and membership community. She has more than 20 years of experience as an association management professional and most recently served as the associate vice president of membership and chapter relations for Women in Cable Telecommunications. Also presenting for the first time to the European chapter leaders was Drew Holmgreen, senior director of marketing and communications, who joined MPI in November.

Temple gave the chapter leaders an update on work done by the European Advisory Council, which is chaired by Angeles Moreno (MPI Spain Chapter). The committee is tasked with providing recommendations and input from the European MPI community and strategy that will elevate the MPI Global brand within Europe. Key points will be increasing the profile of MPI, helping to raise sponsorship, reviewing the membership model and an event strategy in Europe.

Miguel Neves, CMP, who is serving a one-year term on MPI’s International Board of Directors, is the liaison between the advisory council and the IBOD.

Neves gave the volunteer leaders an update on work done by the council, focusing on globalization, connectivity, leadership, opportunity and the future. In all, 23 recommendations—10 short-term, 13, long-term—were identified following interviews with nearly every chapter leader. The recommendations were in the areas of marketing and communication, management, education and events, chapter leader development, development strategy and member engagement.

Other presentations Friday included updates on acquisition campaigns and member promotions for Europe and the MPI Foundation.

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Rich Luna

Rich Luna is director of publishing for MPI and editor in chief of The Meeting Professional.