November 2014  

Chapter Events

November 12th - Don't miss WestField's exciting and inter-active educational team building event, "Don’t Throw in the Towel--Join Us Ringside for The Main Event: Planners vs. Supplierscomes to the Crowne Plaza Danbury - Register today - please don't wait until the last minute as a courtesy to our host venue!

Crowne Plaza Danbury
18 Old Ridgebury Road
Danbury, CT

Calling all Planners!
Are you frustrated and feeling like you no longer have the leverage you once did? Do you want to be able to walk away from a conversation with a supplier confident that your client will receive an unforgettable experience?

Calling all Suppliers!
Are you exasperated and feeling like you just can’t seem to please your planners? Do you want to be able to preserve a strong and positive relationship with your planners while still supporting your company goals?

MPI WestField has a solution!
This unique event will put all your issues on the table…or in the ring….in an open, fun forum. A boxing match! Complete with team development experts that will provide strategies on how to have productive conversations that lead to win/win solutions. Join us for a creative, entertaining and constructive educational event that both planners and suppliers will enjoy!

Learner Objectives:

  • How to uncover/identify underlying Planner/Supplier issues and needs
  • How to polish up your conflict management skills
  • How to create win/win options for Planners and Suppliers

We want to make sure you get the most from this event, so when you register, please provide an issue or frustration you encounter when negotiating with your counterparts. No names will be used so you are safe to share your concerns and frustrations. As long as you know the goal of this event is to make sure you walk away with tools that will help you turn it around…and make all future communication constructive, powerful, and beneficial for everyone!

Registration and Reception: 5:30 - 6:15 pm 
Presentation: 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Dinner Reception: 7:30 - 8:30 pm


David Gilman and Jon Barb of Gilman Performance Systems, Inc. (GPS)

  David Gilman

David Gilman is celebrating 25 years of experience in the field of Training, Development and Organizational Effectiveness. His broad range of accomplishments include development of 75+ programs and 30+ feedback instruments in organizational performance improvement, leadership and professional staff skills training, sales and customer service training, and adventure training for leadership and team effectiveness.

Prior to establishing GPS, David was a manager in the training departments of Salomon Brothers, Prudential Relocation, and GE Capital. He also held training positions with the SCM Corporation and NYC Transit Authority. GPS clients benefit from his extensive experience in internal corporate training, which enables David to bring this important internal perspective to GPS projects and programs.

David has facilitated over 100 Team Building sessions for company presidents and their staff through intact department and project teams. David has led sessions for numerous groups with over 300 attendees.

Previously, David has served as the Assistant Regional Director for the American Society for Training and Development, and as President of the Society's Westchester Chapter. David holds an MBA in Management and Organizational Behavior and a B.A. in Business and Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

  Jon Barb

Jon Barb has spent over 25 years in the training and development of corporate employees and other professionals. He has taught and designed a variety of courses including general management/leadership, presentation skills, negotiation practices, selling skills, creative problem solving, meeting management, and project management.

As current President of the Connecticut Chapter of The National Speakers Association, he has given numerous presentations across the United States and worldwide on improving the effectiveness of employees, managers, and teams.

Jon has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. He also holds a Master’s degree in Human Resource Development.

Thank you to our Venue Sponsor:


Thank you to our Program/Content Sponsor:

                 Gilman Performance Systems

Thank you to our AV Sponsor:




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Upcoming Events

Join us for a festive VIP experience at our host venue, Empire City Casino.

What: WestField's Annual Holiday Party - a VIP Experience!
When: Thursday, December 11, 2014
Time:  6:00-10:00 p.m.

Upon your arrival at the VIP entrance to the Empire City Casino, you will receive complimentary valet parking.  Your evening will begin with a passed dinner reception, created especially for MPI WestField by Master Chef Navin Guarav, in their private VIP Room.

A dessert reception, featuring the cuisine of Master Chef Fabienne Eymard, will follow in Alley 810, a private bowling lounge available for our use. And, if you are inclined to visit the casino, our hosts will provide a little something to get you started!

Come experience this unique venue that offers private space for events of all sizes.  Our hosts are anxious to show you all that they can create for your special event.

Hope to see you there!

PS: Watch your mail for more information concerning shuttle transportation by our sponsors!



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WestField Member News

Do you know about the latest new-member and current-member renewal incentives?

Social Media Incentive
MPI WestField has a special offer for its LinkedIn friends! Join MPI and our chapter using this code “MPILinkedIn2014” and you will receive a $50 discount on your new membership. Join online - click here!  

November Renewal Incentive
Renew your MPI membership before the end of November and you will be entered into a drawing for one of three great prizes. The winner will pick one of the following:

  • 50% off registration to WEC 2015 in San Francisco (Aug 1-4) or EMEC 2015 in Poland (Feb 1-3)
  • MPI Store shopping Spree: Pick any five items in the MPI store at no cost. CMP Study Guide excluded from offer.
  • Complimentary CMP Study Kit (valued at $312)

Renew today!


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WestField Program Recap

Tarry Market and Tarry Lodge host October's Education Program

On October 21st WestField chapter presented Nana Danso's "Creating Messages that Stick" at the Tarry Lodge and Tarry Market in Port Chester. The evening started with a bountiful cocktail reception at the Lodges outdoor terrace. Surrounded by greenery and trellis it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy a beautiful evening outdoors while sampling the cuisine of the Tarry Lodge.


Nana Danso performing some magical moments for our members during the reception!

After the cocktail hour we were fortunate to experience Nana Danso's presentation on "Creating Messages that Stick."  Nana reminded us of the importance of having messages that were clear and concise and to avoid unnecessary words before or after our message. His presentation was light and effective, but left us wanting more. Immediately after his presentation we were treated to a culinary delight served by the Tarry Market. Both the Presentation and dinner took place above the Tarry Market in their loft-like catering space. Dessert was a delectable treat which took place in the Market below. Attendees were treated to coffee and desserts and were given the opportunity to purchase items from the marketplace.

Thank you to Jennifer Miller of Tarry Lodge, Leonora Nye of Tarry Market and our great presenter, Nana Danso. Read more about Nana Danso here

Photographs courtesy of Nicole Maddox at Simply Pause Photography

Melissa Hollander, CMP
MPI WestField Committee Member





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MeetNow 2015

MeetNow returns to Dolce Norwalk on February 5, 2015!

Do you remember how exciting, informative, and inspiring last year’s MeetNow was?

Well, then make sure to save Feb 5th on your calendar because this year’s full-day education event is going to be even more extraordinary! MeetNow 2015 - The Whole Meeting Professional.

Many members have expressed how important it is to address all the aspects of a meeting professional’s life…how much they want and need the tools to help them create balance while growing their business and better understanding what’s happening in the industry. We listened!

We are lining up dynamic and experienced speakers to provide outstanding content on:
√ Industry Trends
√ Technology
√ Legal Issues
√ Inspiration
√ Team development
√ Balance
√ Finances
√ An "Answers from the Experts" Panel

And much more!

More information will follow on sponsorship opportunities, the app we’ll be using to help you connect and network, and on our amazing speaker lineup. But, for now just SAVE THE DATE: Feb 5th 2015 at The Dolce Conference Center in Norwalk. Be there--you won’t regret it!


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Save the Date

Mark your calendars TODAY for upcoming WestField Chapter events!

Registration is open for three WestField events right now - register today!

November 12 - Planner/Supplier Team Building at Crowne Plaza Danbury

December 11 - VIP Holiday Experience at Empire City Casino, Yonkers, NY

January 5, 2015 - Menu Impossible with Tracy Stuckrath at the Stamford Marriott

February 5, 2015 - MeetNow 2015 returns to Dolce Norwalk

March 2015 - Education program TBA

April 2015 - Annual Fundraiser TBA

May 2015 - Education Webinar TBA

June 11, 2015 - Annual Awards & Golf Event at Doral Arrowwood


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Community Service

Our MPI WestField Team Made Strides Against Breast Cancer on October 19th

A heartfelt thank you to all who walked, donated and supported team MPI WestField Chapter at the October 19th Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island in Westport, CT.

Another powerful day of pink brought together 233 teams and over 1600 participants to show their support in the battle against Breast Cancer.  Jane Doyle, our VP of Communications, was one of the survivor speakers who kicked off the day's festivities!

Your generous donations of $2,500 put our team in the Top-25, helping to raise a grand total of $314,916.04 to-date.

WestField Team Members

Donations for this event may be made to the American Cancer Society until December 31, 2014. Please visit our Strides dashboard to view event highlights and additional photos, or to make a donation to our team.

Thank you again for your support!



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