Page  2 Sponsors & Newsletter Team Page  3 October Education Event: Food & Costumes Page  4 Lifetime Member Spotlight: Ann...
<ul><li>Heather Perrone, CMP  Chapter President </li></ul><ul><li>Phyl Monroe,  VP of Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Cam...
<ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>What happened in 1964?  The Beatles had their US  debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, Walter Cronki...
<ul><li>Anne Renken, CMM </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and position you were in when you first joined MPI...
<ul><li>Who has been greatest influence to you and why?  Michael Shannon on the International Board of Directors, and Mike...
<ul><li>Marty Bear </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and Position you were in when you first joined MPI?  PMS...
<ul><li>Who has been greatest influence to you and why?  Back in the 70s and 80’sit was Cat Stevens and Harry Chapin.  The...
<ul><li>Carol Stierle </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and position you were in when you first joined MPI?  ...
<ul><li>Do you have a MPI memorable experience you’d like to share?  One that stands out is a group of us (we called ourse...
<ul><li>Diane D. Smith </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and position you were in when you first joined MPI? ...
<ul><li>Who has been greatest influence to you and why?  Probably Anne Renken, she is a great networker & works hard to pu...
<ul><li>Maria “Pia” Carpenter </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Nickname and who gave it to you and why?  Mia Pia, my ...
<ul><li>Pets:  None with me. My mom has my dogs in Ecuador – we have three. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite...
<ul><li>This month’s cool considerations for a chapter with style! </li></ul><ul><li>(Each issue will feature new finds. I...
  Everyone adores chocolate.  However, when you want to truly impress,  Eclat  may be the ticket! Christopher Curtin set o...
  The Meeting Professionals International WestField Chapter (MPIWC) was founded in 1989. It was believed that there needed...
<ul><li>By Pam  Martin,  Director, Leadership Development </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The MPI WestField Chapter ...
<ul><li>Delegating achieves best results when a team member feels they have the trust and respect of their team leader tha...
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MPI WestField Chapter September Newsletter

  1. 2. Page 2 Sponsors & Newsletter Team Page 3 October Education Event: Food & Costumes Page 4 Lifetime Member Spotlight: Anne Renken, CMM Page 6 Lifetime Member Spotlight: Marty Bear Page 8 Lifetime Member Spotlight: Carol Steirle Page 10 Lifetime Member Spotlight: Diane D. Smith Page 12 Member Spotlight: Maria “Pia” Carpenter Page 14 Fabulous Finds with Sandra Lee Page 16 Partner with MPI WestField! Page 17 Leadership Training is a Success! Page 3 Everything Old is New Again October’s event will feature F&B plus costumes to honor the spirit of harvest and Halloween! Page 4 Lifetime Member Spotlights Pillars of our chapter and incredible friends. Go a bit deeper and get to know our lifetime members! Page 14 Fabulous Finds with Sandra Lee Sandra Lee helps you with your holiday entertaining!
  2. 3. <ul><li>Heather Perrone, CMP Chapter President </li></ul><ul><li>Phyl Monroe, VP of Communications </li></ul><ul><li>Cameron Toth, Director of Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Sharon Schenk, CMP Senior Editor </li></ul><ul><li>Alicia Gorman, Editor Links </li></ul><ul><li>Susan Mulcahey, CMM, CMP Editor SAP </li></ul><ul><li>Jody Mastro, CMP Administrator </li></ul><ul><li>Rick Weaver, Chapter Past President, Web Support </li></ul>Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Westchester
  3. 4. <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>What happened in 1964? The Beatles had their US debut on the Ed Sullivan Show, Walter Cronkite was doing the evening news and The Tarrytown House Estate opened its doors to the meetings industry as America’s first conference center. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Join the WestField MPI Chapter on October 14 th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM for an educational program about food and beverage. This experiential learning environment will showcase trends in events’ food and beverage that remind us of an era when Julia Child began sharing her cooking knowledge with housewives everywhere. </li></ul>The Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center, which sits atop a bluff overlooking the Hudson River, will serve as the setting for this program. This unique venue sets the stage for dressing the part. Look back at 1964. Who will you be? Jackie 0? JFK? Jimmy Dean? One of the Beatles or Four Tops? In the spirit of Halloween, feel free to express yourself in 1960s clothing or as your favorite character.   The October food and beverage programs are always a chapter favorite. Join your MPI WestField friends for this fun-filled learning experience. Click here to register! Beatles Costume 1960’s Outfit By: Gerald Longo, CMP, CEM Gerald Longo, CMP, CEM
  4. 5. <ul><li>Anne Renken, CMM </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and position you were in when you first joined MPI? I was Director of Global Sales for Stouffer Hotels and Resorts Current position? I am currently Director of Partnership Sales with the Sawgrass Golf Resort and Spa </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Why did you originally join MPI ? A group of us did not like going into NYC or Hartford for our MPI events so we formed the WestField chapter. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Committee member? Which ones and for how long? I have been on every committee and in every job except Treasurer. Membership three times, President and Past President 2 times.   What has been the biggest change in your life since becoming a member? I have a huge network to communicate and interact with.   How has MPI influenced your career and your life over the past years? It has taught me leadership skills and how to work in groups, how to run a meeting with Roberts Rules, and many other things.   Do you have an MPI memorable experience you’d like to share? MPI’s first conference in New Orleans was one of my most memorable events, with much participation by our membership and Board, even on motorcycles.   Continued on next page
  5. 6. <ul><li>Who has been greatest influence to you and why? Michael Shannon on the International Board of Directors, and Mike Fiorenti n o, Margaret Moynihan and Marty Bear in our chapter. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Words of wisdom for our new members: Get involved and meet as many people as you can and continue to network with them. What you give, you will get back ten fold. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Please share some fun facts about yourself that you would like other members to know about you. </li></ul><ul><li>In my spare time, I also work for the Traveling Vineyard, the only at home wine tasting business. </li></ul><ul><li>Love to play tennis and enjoy the beach. </li></ul><ul><li>Love to travel to interesting places…..my next trip is to Bali in November with a member of the Southern CA MPI Chapter. </li></ul>Anne Renken, CMM
  6. 7. <ul><li>Marty Bear </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and Position you were in when you first joined MPI? PMS- President when I first joined. Current Position? Then after 10 years and much pressure, my employer became PMSI – Professional Marketing Services, Inc. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Why did you originally join MPI? Why have you remained a member? To network and generate new business opportunities. I have remained a member to continue finding business. Also, my best friends are MPI members. </li></ul>Committee member? Which ones and for how long? I served on most every committee over the years except for the Education Committee.   What has been the biggest change in your life since becoming a member? Having 3 kids who are now 23, 20 and 15. The other change is that now I am as old as stone.   How has MPI influenced your career and your life over the past years? I began my corporate business career with MPI as the f oundation. The networking and the friendships gained over the past 20 years have truly enabled me to have a wonderful life.   Do you have an MPI memorable experience you’d like to share? I think hosting my first MPI Fundraiser for the Hole in the Wall Gang and Clea Newman was in attendance.       Continued on next page
  7. 8. <ul><li>Who has been greatest influence to you and why? Back in the 70s and 80’sit was Cat Stevens and Harry Chapin. Then it was Anne Renken, Mike Fiorentino and Susan Stryker. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Words of wisdom for our new members: In any organization in your life’s journey, you get out of it what you put into it. The WestField MPI members are always there for you in good times and bad times. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Please share some fun facts about yourself that you would like other members to know about you. </li></ul><ul><li>I’m not very shy. I was a singer and comedian on the college circuit for over 15 years performing at over 650 colleges in the USA and Canada. I currently play soccer, tennis and basketball five nights and days per week and then lie in bed moaning with a bottle of Advil for the other waking and sleeping hours. I am a proud University of Florida Gator graduate. </li></ul>Marty Bear
  8. 9. <ul><li>Carol Stierle </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and position you were in when you first joined MPI?  Director of Sales at the Stouffer Westchester Hotel, which is now the Renaissance Westchester Hotel. Current Position? Currently unemployed, laid off July 21, 2009, prior to that Senior Sales Manager at the Kahala Hotel & Resort, located on the island of Oahu for 2 ½ years. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Why did you originally join MPI?  Networking! Why have you remained a member? Networking and friendships and support of the companies I’ve worked for. </li></ul>Committee member? Yes, many. Which ones and for how long? No idea how long, but have been on Membership (Retention and New), Special Events (Auctions, Golf Outings, Christmas in April, Holiday Functions, etc.), Leadership Development (2 years). Programs was one of the committees I was a member of early on, handling both program content and logistics.   What has been the biggest change in your life since becoming a member? I now work to live, where as when I joined I lived to work. The way of doing business has changed dramatically, our business used to be more based on relationships and loyalty. Technology has played a big role in this also.   How has MPI influenced your career and your life over the past years? The friendships that I have made and continue to make are invaluable. As a matter of fact I can think of three past job opportunities that were a result of a “MPI” connection referring me. Personally, I have gotten more out of my local, WestField Chapter than out of national.   Continued on next page
  9. 10. <ul><li>Do you have a MPI memorable experience you’d like to share? One that stands out is a group of us (we called ourselves the Quota Queens), met regularly for lunch or drinks and shared what was going on in our lives professionally and personally. Kind of like a “Best Practices” gathering. Also, participating in an event called “Christmas in April”, a total team-building experience that in the end resulted in helping families in need. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Who has been greatest influence to you and why? This is a hard one, I guess I would say my Mom, she played an important role in raising me to be independent, guided me in choosing the right path, and was always a wonderful mother and friend. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Words of wisdom for our new members. Get involved, there is no better way to meet and begin forming wonderful relationships for the future. Be honest to committee chairs and let them know how much time you can donate I promise, they will respect that and appreciate any time you are able to offer. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Please share some fun facts about yourself that you would like other members to know about you. </li></ul><ul><li>Love to garden, cook, hang at beach to tan and read. Have two nieces and one nephew that are at the center of my life and I try to spend as much time with them as possible. Would love to go into business with my sister and brother-in-law (or someone else if the opportunity arose) sometime in the future. Family and friends is what it’s all about ! Cheers! </li></ul>Carol Stierle
  10. 11. <ul><li>Diane D. Smith </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and position you were in when you first joined MPI? Sales Manager, Sheraton Stamford Hotel & Towers (now the Hilton) Current position? Director, Worldwide Accounts – Hyatt Hotels Corporation </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Why did you originally join MPI? To help start our new Chapter, we had to be members first Why have you remained a member? Education, networking, social, and business opportunities. </li></ul>What has been the biggest change in your life since becoming a member? Became a better & more confident public speaker, especially after being President   How has MPI influenced your career and your life over the past years? Widened my network of friends, associates & clients   Do you have a MPI memorable experience you’d like to share? Being recognized by national as a legitimate Chapter & finally winning Chapter of the Year, thanks for the committee who submitted the bid   Continued on next page
  11. 12. <ul><li>Who has been greatest influence to you and why? Probably Anne Renken, she is a great networker & works hard to put people together for mutually beneficial reasons (jobs, business, friends). </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Words of wisdom for our new members: Become involved, join a committee & you will instantly feel part of the group. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Please share some fun facts about yourself that you would like other members to know about you. </li></ul><ul><li>I was the fourth employee hired to open the Sheraton Stamford Hotel & Towers as a Sales Manager coming from Convention Service at the “then” St. Regis-Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan. Have been in Stamford since 1984. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Diane D. Smith
  12. 13. <ul><li>Maria “Pia” Carpenter </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Nickname and who gave it to you and why? Mia Pia, my Sorority sisters at St. Leo University in Florida, they liked the way it rhymed and they would always say I was their Pia. Mia in Spanish means “mine”. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Employer and position: Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, Director of Sales – Convention Center </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>MPI member? Yes of the MPIWC, and formerly with MPIGNY How many years? MPIWC since end of 2008 and since 2000 with the MPIGNY Chapter   Committee member? Yes! Which ones and for how long? 1 year with communications….I am one of your chapter’s photographers…Smile!   City of Residence now and where you grew up: I live in Astoria/Jackson Heights – Queens, New York. I grew up in Queens (Elmhurst), Westchester (Harrison and Hartsdale), then went to high school at an International Baccalaureate School in Guayaquil, Ecuador   Family? Yes, my mom and grandmother who live in between Playa and Guayaquil, Ecuador. I have two Stepbrothers and one stepsister who live in Madrid, Spain. My aunt and uncle who live in Sao Pablo, Brazil, and two cousins one in Chicago, IL and the other in Boulder, CO. Continued on next page
  13. 14. <ul><li>Pets: None with me. My mom has my dogs in Ecuador – we have three. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite food: Spanish and Italian </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite Quote: “This too shall pass” and “Everything has a solution except death” – (translated from Spanish) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite place to vacation and the last time you took one: Turkey in 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Favorite Hobbies: Walking, belly dancing, photo albums, and dancing. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Who has been the greatest influence to you and why? My Mother who is also my best friend, she has taught me to be brave, as life is tough, she instilled in me to have integrity, honesty, sincerity, compassion, honor, discipline, balance, respect, and love. As a child I saw my mom everyday be the best that she could be and even today she does not stop learning and being inquisitive to all that she does not know. I wish I could just be half the woman she is and I would be a great person! </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Pia Carpenter
  14. 15. <ul><li>This month’s cool considerations for a chapter with style! </li></ul><ul><li>(Each issue will feature new finds. If you ever have a suggestion, please email me at [email_address] .) </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>This month is all about food and beverage, so with that theme in mind, here are my favorites… </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Mari's NY hits all the metrics. The brownies are outstanding and they are packaged artfully in stylish batons. This marriage of taste and design comes directly from Mari Tuttle’s extensive background in both worlds. No extra gift wrap charge levied! www.marisny.com </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>This husband and wife team sailed the world for years, discovering exceptional flavors from each continent. They came home to Maine and developed Vervacious , a specialty food product line that takes packaging and gifting to a whole new level.  They have hot chocolates, teas, cheeses, balsamics and much more for those who enjoy more complex culinary flavors. www.vervacious.com </li></ul>Continued on next page
  15. 16.   Everyone adores chocolate. However, when you want to truly impress, Eclat may be the ticket! Christopher Curtin set out to make one of the best chocolates in the world and he may have done it. Perfecting his craft, Mr. Curtin has raised chocolates to a fine art with his truffles and mendiants. www.eclatchocolate.com   Sarabeth's Kitchen is incredible at whatever they decide to make, however, their hand-made, 100% natural cookies are (in my opinion) the best. They taste better than home made because they are so fine and have melt-in-your-mouth consistency. My pick is the chocolate shortbread. www.sarabeths.com   My personal, secret weapon when entertaining are Williams Sonoma slow cooking sauces. They have a variety to fit any occasion and they taste homemade. The all-natural braising base is made with traditional wines, vegetables and spices, gently cooked for hours to achieve its delicious complexity. A Williams-Sonoma exclusive. www.williams-sonoma.com
  16. 17.   The Meeting Professionals International WestField Chapter (MPIWC) was founded in 1989. It was believed that there needed to be an educational and networking source to directly serve meeting professionals, both planners and suppliers, in Westchester, NY and Fairfield, CT counties. MPI was that source.   With a large base of planner members in our chapter such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pfizer, Bayer, Deloitte and Pepsi-Cola (to name only a few), we bring a vast array of meeting planning professionals to the table. Not to be ignored are the equally powerful supplier members we have including Dolce International, Marriott Hotels, Hilton, Starwood Hotels, Hyatt, Disney, and more. As a Business Partner, you will gain exposure to the right buyers:  Membership is over 250 representing Meeting Industry Professionals  Planner and supplier membership is balanced at 50% each, primarily representing Westchester and Fairfield Counties  Many of the members represent companies based in New York City   Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meetings and events industry's largest and most vibrant global community, helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. Total MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to 70 chapters and clubs worldwide. For additional information, visit www.mpiweb.org .   Click here to d ownload c omplete o verview of partnership o pportunities : www.mpiwc.org/RFP
  17. 18. <ul><li>By Pam Martin, Director, Leadership Development </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>The MPI WestField Chapter Leadership Development Team produced their first training for the 2009-10 year for 21 current and aspiring WestField Chapter leaders on September 2, 2009 at the Hilton Stamford. David Gilman of Gilman Performance Systems, Inc. facilitated an eye-opening workshop focusing on using volunteers effectively to succeed as a leaders. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Something as simple as asking people “why” they volunteer helps a leader focus on how to delegate effectively. Further, identifying the ability and willingness of a volunteer helps to set up a team for high performance. Depending on the skills and knowledge one has for performing a task, or their experience with similar tasks, a leader can provide the environment for achieving a successful outcome. Knowing that skills and motivation alone cannot ensure success, a leader can provide guidance on processes, information, and support from other team members to reach a goal. Checking in for status reports is great for follow-up, but the way it is done affects the attitude of the team member. Explaining that the checkpoints are to ensure that work is progressing as expected is less threatening than appearing as if you are checking up on someone with an assumption (real or perceived) that the work may not be getting done. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul>Pam Martin Continued on next page
  18. 19. <ul><li>Delegating achieves best results when a team member feels they have the trust and respect of their team leader that they can execute the task at a high performance level, and even leave their own creative imprint. Providing a clear description of the task and its purpose helps the volunteer understand the “what” and the “why”, but a leader also needs to define the scope of the project and exactly what the expectations are for each team member. Some team members may have the skills to run with an assignment, while others find comfort with more guidance for the “how” in completing the task. Good communication, trust and respect between the leader and all team members helps the team work as a whole and each person to feel a sense of ownership for the project and a willingness to apply their skills to reach the goal. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>We thank Hilton Stamford for hosting this session. Due to their generous partnership in providing meeting space, audio visual support and the working dinner, we were able to offer this training without cost to those who volunteer their time to lead our chapter. In addition, we thank David Gilman for providing his expertise as a strategic partner with the WestField Chapter. Not only does our chapter benefit, but those who attended are able to hone their skills and gain confidence as leaders in their workplace and other capacities. </li></ul>Hilton Stamford
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