September 2014  

Calendar of Events

"Menu Impossible"
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Tracy Stuckrath locally – it will be worth your while! Tracy has presented at many industry conferences like WEC 2014, Collaborate MarketPlace, IMEX and many more!

Speaker: Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, CFPM, founder and chief connecting officer of Thrive! Meetings & Events

Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Stamford Marriott 

Creating a menu to feed a crowd of 50 to one of 5,000 is a daunting challenge under the best of circumstances. Attempting to do it while working with the standard banquet menu or catering for a range of demanding attendees makes it seem impossible.

But Thrive! is ready to take on the challenge and show you how it can be done. We’ll channel Bobby Flay, Julia Childs and Alice Waters and use a lot of muscle to rescue these desperate banquet menus from complete conundrum.  

Can one company, in 60-90 minutes, no extra money in the budget, turn the tide of an out of control special requests and pave the road to a delicious, healthy menu all attendees will devour?

Learner Objectives:

  • How to review standard banquet menus to find the healthiest options
  • Save money when ordering F&B
  • Communicate better with their F&B partners in planning their events
  • Offer healthy meal options for their attendees
  • Provide safe meals for guests with food allergies or other special dietary needs

Speaker: Tracy Stuckrath
Speaker Bio

Take a look at some easy allergy-friendly recipes from one of Tracy’s cooking classes.

Thank you to our Venue Sponsor:


Thank you to our Transportation Sponsor:


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Upcoming Events

Nana Danso, award-winning motivational speaker, and author of Real Magic: Breaking Through the Illusion of Success, presents Creating Messages That Stick!

Date: Tuesday, October 21st
Place: Tarry Lodge and Tarry Market
Port Chester, NY
Registration and Reception: 5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. @ Tarry Lodge
Presentation: 6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. @ Tarry Market
Dinner Reception: 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. @ Tarry Market

Today’s world is saturated with information. Everywhere we turn there is information overload. Learn how to create clear and concise messages, make your messages memorable and provide only the information that your audiences would like to hear.

There is a misconception that only younger generations are distracted by texting and Facebook. However, many kids cannot capture the attention of their parents.

The tips you will receive in this presentation will:

  • Enhance your communication skills
  • Enable your messages to get through to diverse audiences, including teenagers
  • Give you the confidence to persuade people to take action

Speaker Bio:

Nana Danso teaches audiences how to create magic in their lives. His knowledge in the area of magic comes from his experience as a close up magician and his comprehensive study of the psychology of magic.

Nana is a member of Toastmasters International, an organization focused on leadership and communication. His insights and incredible story connect easily with audiences and have earned him the titles of four-time Toastmasters District 53 International Speech Contest Champion and two-time runner up in the World Championship of Public Speaking semi-finals.

Nana holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. 

Special thanks to generous Venue Sponsor:



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Community Service

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - Show some WestField Spirit!
Join our team, come cheer us on or donate today!

On Sunday, October 19th, the WestField Chapter of MPI will band together and join the other 95 teams and over 300 participants who have raised $24,593 to-date to aid in the fight against breast cancer. WestField will be Making Strides at Sherwood Island in Westport, CT to support those fighting the disease, honor those who lost the battle and to celebrate with the many survivors, including some of their own.

To show your support, join our team, donate or just come out and cheer us on!

Click here to view our page, sign up and find more event information.

For more information contact Jane Doyle, VP of Marketing and Communications at, or Phyllis Shelton, Director of Special Events and Fundraising at

Watch for updates on our website and social media!


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Membership Announcements

Time to renew your WestField membership? 

Each month MPI International offers renewing members from all chapters the opportunity to be part of a drawing for a monthly prize of your choice.  For the Fall Renewal Incentive, if you renew your MPI membership before the end of September, you will be entered into a drawing for one of THREE great prizes. The winner will pick one! Renew today!

  •   6 month extended membership
  •   Complimentary CMP Study Kit  (valued at $312)
  •   MPI Store shopping Spree: Pick any five items in the MPI Store at no cost. (CMP Study Guide excluded from offer.)


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