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Giving back to the MPI community.
 Advancing the meeting and event industry. 

The MPI Foundation is a non-profit organization that fuels the advancement of MPI members by providing them professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The MPI Foundation also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding innovative research and pan-industry initiatives that support the strategic plan of MPI.


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Career Development

The MPI Foundation serves as a launch pad for our members, offering a network of job, leadership and professional development opportunities.


The MPI Foundation's scholarship programs offer educational and career opportunities that propel our members and the industry forward.


The MPI Foundation builds partnerships to inspire idea exchanges and to develop professional tools and research that enriches our industry.


MPI Foundation Events


May 21 2019 | Frankfurt, Germany
May 29 2019 | Mexico
Jun 17 2019 | Toronto, Canada



 Helping MPI Members When They Need it Most

The MPI Foundation lifts up and supports the careers of MPI members who cannot do so on their own. Career transitions, dealing with tight budgets or falling on hard times are all realities that can happen to any of us, and the MPI Foundation is here to provide opportunities to members in need through grants and scholarships.



"I cannot thank the MPI Foundation enough for granting me a full scholarship for the CMM program. My dream became a reality, and I was able to grow both personally and professionally."


"I love being surrounded with other planners who understand me, and I made some forever friends that I seek advice from years to come. I am so thankful for the scholarships to attend WEC17."



"Since I earned an MPI membership Scholarship, I have made key connections with potential clients and a renewed peer group. I see 2017 as being my best year yet due to the relationships I have formed."


How the MPI Foundation Gave Back in 2017



MPI Chapter Grants Awarded



MPI Scholarships Awarded

MPI Foundation at Work:
HB Cares Autism Work Experience Project

HB Cares helps young adults with autism gain experience in the meeting industry. Funds contributed by the MPI Foundation support the delivery of employment training and counseling, as well as support for the hotels who host work placements.  

Learn more about HB Cares



What's the relationship between MPI and the MPI Foundation?

MPI’s heart and strength is in its members; the members who continually share with each other their knowledge and their passion for connecting people through meetings and events, and creating spaces for people to gather together and drive solutions. If MPI’s heart is its members, the MPI Foundation exists to make that heart beat even stronger. Through funding and support, the MPI Foundation helps individuals within the MPI community by creating access to scholarships and grants and industry-leading research.


Darren Temple
Chief Operations Officer

Diane M. Hawkins 
Vice President, People, Performance and Administrative Services 

Tracy Levi 
Manager, Volunteer Experience 

Rachel Schelter 
Volunteer Experience Coordinator 

Global Board of Trustees

2019 Executive Committee


Chair - MPI Foundation

Carole McKellar, MA, CMM Chartered FCIPD
Vice President EMEA

Manchester, United Kingdom

Chandra Allison

Chair-Elect - MPI Foundation

Chandra Allison
Senior Vice President of Sales
Venetian/Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada USA


Immediate Past Chair

Jim Russell
Executive Vice President, Sales
The Freeman Company
Dallas, Texas USA


Vice Chair - Programs

Todd Marinko
Group Vice President, Marketing
Dallas, Texas USA


Vice Chair - Finance

Bruce Gudenberg
Executive Director, Industry Relations
Washington, D.C. USA


Vice Chair - Development

D. Bradley Kent
Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer
Dallas, Texas USA


Vice Chair - Chapters

Trevor Lui
The Highbell Group
Ontario, Canada

Terms Expiring 2019


Dawn Parisi
Vice President of Field Sales
Wyndham Hotel Group

Parsippany, New Jersey USA


Diana Voto
National Sales Director
The Walt Disney Company
New York, New York USA

Terms Expiring 2020


Canada Council Chair

Jennifer Beatty
Managing Director
Toronto, Ontario Canada


EMEA Council Chair

Julie Krueger
Business Development Director – International
Freeman Audio Visual
Dallas, Texas USA


US Council Chair

Marti Winer
Vice President of Operations
MGM Resorts Event Productions
Las Vegas, Nevada USA

Gary Schirmacher

Gary Schirmacher
Senior Vice President, Industry Presence & Strategic Development
Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company
Denver, Colorado, USA


Susie Townsend
Senior Vice President, Visitor Experience
Visit Indy
Indianapolis, Indiana USA

Terms Expiring 2021


Sarah Soliman Daudin, DES
President & CEO
Soliman Productions, Inc.
Orlando, Florida USA


Darren Green
Senior Vice President, Sales
Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
Los Angeles, California USA


Jonathan Kaplan
Vice President, Global Sales Strategy
InterContinental Hotels Group
Atlanta, Georgia USA


David Kliman, CMM
The Kliman Group, Inc.
Santa Rosa, California USA


Vince LaRuffa
Senior Vice President, Resort Sales & Marketing
Universal Orlando Resort
Orlando, Florida USA


Lisa Messina
Vice President of Sales
Caesars Entertainment
Las Vegas, Nevada USA


Joey Nevin
Vice-President, Sales & Marketing 
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco, California USA 


Ernest Stovall
Vice President of Sales
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
Las Vegas, Nevada USA

Gina Samci

Gina Samci 
Senior Director, Global Accounts 
Marriott International 
Lincoln, Nebraska, USA

How can I give back to the industry that I love?

It's as simple as a donation to the MPI Foundation. You'll support the health and future of the meeting and event industry and the MPI community.