Event Recaps

@MPISTL May 2018 – Women in Leadership Recap

Achiever, Maximizer, Developer, glass ceiling, wage gap, strategic, mentor and woman-on-woman crime – these were just a few key words heard during the Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills course held on Friday, April 27th at the Hilton St. Louis Downtown at the Arch.

The 4-hour EIC approved certificate course covered case studies, in-depth discussions of executive leadership skills, and challenges and solutions of women in leadership roles. Prior to class, participants took a CliftonStrengths assessment which gave individuals their top five dominant strengths. During the course, participants created their own personalized action plan. At the conclusion of this course, the group walked away with resources for further development.

The Women in Leadership course focused on women in leadership roles in the hospitality and meeting industry and to help with self-confidence in words and actions. Participants shared their experiences, background and knowledge. This course stressed the importance of strong communication skills; to communicate in language that resonates with the C-suite.

When asked about the course, here is what participants had to say:

“I really enjoyed the presenter’s note on being good to each other as women. Don’t do the women on women crime. It really has made me be aware.”

“What a thought-provoking course! It has helped me understand how to overcome gender obstacles in the workplace. I walked away with information I could used in my current and future job.”

“It was a wonderful experience to network and have personal conversations with likeminded professionals. The course was not only educational, but a great opportunity for women in our industry to come together and discuss leadership opportunities.”

“The Women in Leadership course offered an environment that influenced open communication and sharing of ideas. It is nice to know that there are other people that have either experienced or are currently having the same experience as you.”

@MPISTL May 2018 – Global Meetings Industry Day Recap

Global Meetings Industry Day was a huge success and was one of our largest attended events to date with well over 200 MPI members and guests! St. Louis was one of 120 GMID celebrations happening around the world. A big thanks to our sponsors – Maritz Global Events, Explore St. Louis, and Ballpark Village for making this event possible and always making sure it’s a FREE event!

Our panelists included:

  • Kitty Ratcliffe, President, Explore St. Louis
  • David Peckinpaugh, President, Maritz Global Events
  • Sarah Pinkowski, CMP, Meeting Supervisor, Enterprise Holdings
  • Angie Weigel, DMCP, Owner/President, Destination St. Louis, Inc., a DMC Network Company
  • Sara Newell, Director of Sales, Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark & St. Louis Union Station
  • Moderated by: Brian Hall, Chief Marketing Officer, Explore St. Louis

Brian Hall kicked off the meeting by explaining where GMID came from – it grew from the Meetings Mean Business initiative. David Peckinpaugh is a key member of that coalition. They saw other countries celebrating a meetings industry day and they wanted to join them.

One of the first topics of the way was around trends that the group is seeing. Everyone is seeing shorter turnaround times on events, but new builds aren’t what they used to be and cities are much more constricted. Many third parties are pushing their clients to book out earlier or be more flexible with their dates to fill holes on those short-term bookings. The change in commission was brought up during the conversation. Maritz is telling hotel executives to look at the long-term value of these relationships, but said they are sitting back to see what happens.

So, what is happening in St. Louis – the new, the good and the bad? Kitty Ratcliffe had a lot of updates to give on the city. St. Louis is being very innovative. We are seeing a lot of tech come to the city. New restaurants, the Arch renovation should be complete soon as well as the aquarium at Union Station. While our convention center is struggling to compete with some of the newer ones across the country, America’s Center is getting great survey results from attendees at big conventions. In the not so good category is the NAACP no travel list and just getting folks to consider St. Louis as an option. Angie Weigel said “When we get people here, they love it, but the national news is hurting us.” Educating decision makers before they make up their mind and before they “Google” St. Louis is something Sara Newell is always working to get ahead of. Explore St. Louis has great fact sheet that they share with potential groups that helps them combat the bad press.

Everyone on the panel agreed that even with the onset of virtual meetings and new technology that face-to-face meetings will always be preferred. Sarah Pinkowski said she is seeing technology incorporated in the F2F events as an enhancement rather than eliminating them. David Peckinpaugh said Maritz puts a lot into human behavior to design the attendee experience. Team building and give backs are becoming a staple at many events – kids and pets seem to be the most popular. There is also a big emphasis on green meetings with many groups asking hotels’ what their programs are.

@MPISTL April 2018 – MPI After Five at The Garage!

MPI St. Louis had a great night at The Garage for our After Five Networking Event on March 9th. During the networking event, attendees mingled, enjoyed beer tastings and delicious catering from Moulin Events.

The Garage is Moulin’s newest venue space. This space not only has its own private entrance and private restrooms, but it also has those interactive components that your guests will love! The Garage has video arcade games, skee-ball machine, pinball machines, jukebox, private bar, and more. This industrial space is the perfect spot for a casual get-together with friends or co-workers.


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