Event Recaps

@MPISTL June 2018 – MPI After Five at Weber Grill!

MPI St. Louis had a great night at Weber Grill for our After Five Networking Event on May 15th. During the networking event, forty-two attendees mingled, enjoyed endless wine and beer and delicious grilled chicken and beef skewers with additional assorted appetizers. Weber Grill is unique in that it offers monthly cooking classes, Burger Battle cook-offs, special event dinners and more!

St. Louis is close to the Weber Family’s hearts and they take pride in their top notch culinary team. This space not only has its own public restaurant, but also includes a private grill room lined with several preparation tables and grill stations with its own outdoor patio for a group to enjoy. Additionally, guests can experience their new Happy Hour menu by their lively full bar and second full outdoor patio. With Weber Grill’s interactive components and special events, your colleagues, family and friends will want to keep coming back for more!

@MPISTL June 2018 – May Luncheon Recap

Networking NOT Working: Maybe We Go About it ALL Wrong

Is making small talk a big chore or do you have the gift of gab? Networking novices and experts alike had something to learn from presenter Kelly Standing at the May 24th monthly program, “Networking NOT Working: Maybe We Go About it ALL Wrong.”

Kelly’s presentation provided those in attendance with hands-on, use-them-now techniques to make even the most reluctant conversationalist more comfortable and confident. After sharing her own personal experiences with honesty and humor, guests were left with some solid strategies for small talk including a quick, pre-party exercise and great conversation starters and conversation builders to get beyond “Hello” and the weather. During lunch, each table was challenged to discuss some of their own strategies and tips for networking opportunities.

In addition, guests were given a copy of Kelly’s book, “I’m Still Standing: How One Woman’s Brushes with Death Taught Her How to Live” with her thoughtful, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-wrenching insights about the choices we make that can keep us on our feet or knock us off our heels.

The event was held at the elegant Saint Louis Club, the foremost private dining club in the St. Louis area for the past 50 years. With classically decorated event space designed to convey the city’s French heritae, delicious cuisine, and fine service, this was a perfect venue for the MPI St. Louis Chapter event. Thanks to the Saint Louis Club and their staff for hosting us!

@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.”

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