March 2018  

Happy Birthday MPI WestField!

March 5, 1989

29 Years Old and Still Going Strong!

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President's Report





Hello MPI WestField Members!

Time is flying by and I’m already half way through my term as your President. I’ve been enjoying the role immensely and hope you are enjoying the member benefits.

We’ve had some amazing educational programs, fun new members and volunteers, a mind-blowing holiday party/fundraiser, and a great response to our new Winter Webinar Series to help keep that communication and education flowing during the chilly downtime. Thank you so much for all the participation!

But it’s not over yet….

Be on the look out for more education in March, and of course the infamous MeetNow in April. Check the website for the valuable content we’ll be providing with innovative new ideas and venues.

In addition, we’re continuing the fun with our bowling event in May and awards ceremony in June.

My goal of inspiration, connection, and contribution is unraveling before my eyes. The board works very hard to serve you, but I must admit we sneak in our share of fun. Consider joining as a committee or board member. The learning and growth you’ll receive and the warm relationships you’ll build are beyond anything you can imagine.

I’d like to offer a huge thank you to all of our partners who enable us to do what we do. To our premier partner Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, 3 Westerly, Columbus Park Trattoria, The Belvedere Estate, Greg Rolenz Prod, AVD, MGM Resorts, Acute Inflections, In Thyme Catering, Carriage House Flowers, Michael Greene Wine & Spirit, Hilton Westchester, Delamar Southport, Greenwich Hyatt, Mohegan Sun, and all of the amazing suppliers who help ensure our events exceed your expectations!

Let’s keep the momentum, positive energy, valuable education, and exceptional networking going. I’m always open to hearing from you personally. Reach out with your ideas, suggestions, or simply to introduce yourself. or 203-312-4990. I look forward to hearing from you! 


Heather Hansen O’Neill


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WestField Fun Facts


#1. Westchester occupies 450 square miles and is home to nearly one million people who live within its 45 cities, towns and villages

#2. We plan 1.8 million conferences a year in the United States.  That’s 150,000 per month or 4,931 per day.

#3. Air travel has never been less expensive, with some flights in 2017 seeing an 89% decrease in price since 1974

#4. The top three most popular event management software products are: Eventbrite, Cvent, and Eventzilla

#5. More people own a mobile device then a toothbrush

#6.The Connecticut Salsa Festival is held every May in Stamford.

#7. The first day of spring is called the vernal equinox.

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Upcoming Events

March 14, “March Madness Lineup- A Winning Pool of Industry Professionals” - Tarrytown House, Tarrytown, NY

April 10, MeetNow “Meetings Mean Business” - Hyatt Regency, Greenwich, CT


Register online to get in on the networking, education and fun of WestField Chapter! Don’t wait.

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Meet the Member Spotlight




In this Anniversary edition of our chapter newsletter, it seems appropriate to recognize Anne Renken one of our founding members. Without the vision, dedication and commitment of Anne, Michael Fiorentino and others, there would be no MPI WestField Chapter, let alone our current active, vibrant community. 

Since its founding, Anne has worked tirelessly for our chapter serving over 20 terms on the MPI WestField board in different roles, including two non-consecutive terms as Chapter President. She has also served two terms on the MPI global membership committee including one as president of the committee.

Anne has over 20 years experience in sales, business development and account management and when not working with MP, Anne is the National Sales Director for the Long Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. 


Courtney Shanley is one of our newest chapter members and is already making her presence known. A Johnson and Wales graduate, Courtney is currently Corporate Group and Business Travel Sales Manager for The Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center,

Courtney has extensive experience in the hospitality industry as well as taking on several leadership roles as a volunteer with several organizations including Relay for Life, and MPI WestField. Recently Courtney was named  as the committee chair for the Hilton Stamford Hotel’s Blue Energy committee whose goal is to provide a fun and festive environment! 

"Courtney is an absolute  pleasure to work with, is a team player, and is well liked by her peers. She loves her job and makes every day a great one here at the Hilton Stamford!" says Ed Vigliano, Jr., Senior Sales Manager Hilton Stamford Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

Courtney and her husband reside in Bethel, Ct.

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WestField Members Honored

Deloitte recently recognized our own MPI WesField Board member Robin Gardner as "Best of Finance Administration (FA) performance"! The recognition made particualr reference to her work with the MPI WestField Chapter saying, 

"In 2017, Robin set herself apart as a leader in the meetings and events industry through her work with MPI (Meeting Professionals International). Robin was recognized with several prestigious chapter awards, including the Margaret Moynihan Chapter Leader of the Year Award, Most Valuable Member Award, and Meeting Planner Volunteer of the Year award. Her tireless work as a leader of the WestField Chapter of MPI has not only made a significant impact on her colleagues in MPI, it has also brought significant recognition to Deloitte as a leader int her meetings and event industry. Most important, Robin's leadership and involvement in MPI has directly and significantly contributed to her ability to bring the most innovative approaches to event planning to our clients, both internal and external."

Robin was chosen from over 30 nominations. Congratulations Robin! 

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Most Valuable Member

Most Valuable Members 

At our February Education Meeting at the Delamar Southport, the MPI Board recognized two chapter members as our Most Valuable Members for their outstanding contributions to our Chapter. Congratulations Courtney & Shawn!



Courtney Shanley

 Hilton Stamford Hotel  &

Executive Meeting Center


Shawn Whisten

Mohegan Sun

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Membership Announcements

 March Membership campaign: MyFriendMPI 

o   Refer a Friend – encourage your members to refer their colleagues to MPI. When a new member joins and uses the code MyFriendMPI they will receive $50 off their membership. The referring member identified on the application will also receive a $25 credit that may be applied towards their next renewal.

    • Where to publish: Chapter website, Facebook, Twitter
    • The refer a friend voucher can be found on the Chapter Leader Resources Page
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Member Survey

If you haven't completed the Annual Member Survey please do so today. There is still time. The survey closes at midnight Tuesday March 6th and we need to hear from you.

Please take a moment to help your chapter and possibly win a $200 Amazon Gift card!

If that isn't enough, MPI WestField members who complete the survey, will also be entered in a Chapter drawing for a second Amazon Gift Card.

Don't miss out. Take the survey before it closes tomorrow night


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Get It Done


Get it done: Meeting pro Mike Dominguez on productivity

Five meeting pros share their strategies for managing distractions, prioritizing and getting (almost) everything done. For Mike Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts International, staying organized and productive wherever he finds himself is a must.  READ MORE


PS. Mike will once again be bringing his amazing insight to MeetNow 2018. Don't miss him. Click Here to register or for more information as it becomes available.

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Sponsor Spotlight

MPI WestField Gratefully Acknowedges the Generous Support of our Chapter Sponsors


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Spring Fundraiser


May 17, It's Only Rock N Bowl, But We Like It! - Spins Grand Prix, Mount Kisco, NY

Join us for a fun evening of Bowling and Networking. 

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Winter Webinars

Throughout December, January and February, MPI WestField Chapter President Heather Hansen O'Neill hosted a series of three free webinars on a variety of interesting and informative topics featuring top indusry experts. MPI WestField has received permission to make two of the three webinars available for replay to everyone registered with our chapter both members and non-members. 

The replay links are being created and the registration information will be sent out shortly. 

The webinars were a great success, with industry leaders providing valuable insights and information. If you weren't able to catch these webinars live, don't miss this chance to view the replays.

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Special Events

Winter Webinar Presenter Liz King is offering a special discount to MPI WestField to register for her upcoming final TechsytalkLive event on April 20th.  Register using this link:

and receive a 30% discount on your registration. This is the final TechsytalkLive program, so take advantage of Liz's generous offer.

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MPI WestField Videos

As a special recognition to venues for hosting our events, MPI WestField has begun producing short Thank You videos with photos from the venue and our event. We've posted these videos to the Chapter website.

Check them out HERE.

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