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    Chapter Award Nominations - Submit your Nomination Now!

    MPI PHL is a TOP PERFORMING Chapter thanks to the commitment and dedication of our Chapter members.  It is once again time to recognize those members and peers who have made outstanding association/industry contributions in leadership and professionalism.

    The Awards Committee is currently soliciting nominations for Chapter Awards in five categories.  Nominations are due March 29th!  Click here to submit your nomination online, or here to download this document for review. 

    This is your chance to highlight and honor a member or members that you feel have gone above and beyond when it comes to Chapter and industry involvement.

    • Planner of the Year – This award is presented annually to a planner member of MPIPHL in recognition of outstanding MPIPHL and industry contributions, leadership, community involvement, and professionalism.
    • Supplier of the Year – This award is presented annually to a supplier member of MPIPHL in recognition of outstanding MPIPHL and industry contributions, leadership, community involvement, and professionalism.
    • Tomorrow’s Leader – This award is presented annually to a member of MPIPHL who has made outstanding contributions to both MPIPHL and the industry.  Nominees in this category must have joined MPI no earlier than 1/1/2016.
    • Chapter Leader – This award is presented annually to a member of MPIPHL who motivates others, stimulates volunteer functions, is involved in the community, and acts as a catalyst to cause exceptional results that benefit and positively impact the chapter.
    • Volunteer of the Year – The annual Volunteer of the Year Award is directly tied to the monthly Shining Star Award.  The Shining Star nominations are open year round.  The annual award has the same criteria as the monthly award.  To be eligible for Volunteer of the Year, you must have been awarded the Shining Star between April 1, 2017 and March 30, 2018.

    Awards are based on continuous involvement, commitment, and achievement with an emphasis on the 2017-2018 fiscal year.  Any member in good standing can use the nomination form to nominate candidates. Members in good standing are defined as those whose membership dues are current.


    • Venue of the Year - This award is intended to honor a venue which hosted a MPIPHL event in the preceding year, and which is judged to be the best venue among those which are eligible.  The award is determined by a vote of the chapter’s membership.  To be eligible for the award, a venue must have hosted a MPIPHL event between April 1, 2017 and March 30, 2018.  This Award is voted on by MPIPHL membership via Survey Monkey. 
    • Committee of the Year - This award is presented annually to a MPIPHL committee which has made outstanding contributions to the chapter in the current chapter year.  This award is determined by a vote of the Awards Committee.  All committees will be automatically reviewed and considered by the Awards Committee.


    • President’s Award - This award is given to an individual or organization who have contributed and made a positive impact to the Hospitality Industry, especially in the Philadelphia area.  It is presented solely on the decision of the outgoing MPIPHL President.  The winner is not required to be a member of the chapter.


    We hope that you will take the time to recognize your fellow Chapter members for their dedication, leadership and professionalism.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Cathy Diem, Immediate Past President,


    Thank you, 

    The 2017-2018 MPIPHL Awards Committee


    MPI PHL 2018-2019 Board Slate

    The MPI PHL Nominating Committee has selected the following individuals, whom we believe to have the skills, dedication and integrity to provide outstanding leadership to our chapter during their term of office. Please be aware that as a member in good standing you have the right to review and challenge the slate of new directors as indicated in the chapter bylaws. If positions remain uncontested, the slate of new directors will be considered approved by a unanimous vote after 30 days. Please congratulate and thank these members for their service.


    The following slate of officers has been elected by the Chapter Board of Directors. They are identified in this communication so members can view the full board proposed for the upcoming term.

    Position Name
    President Christopher Keane CMP
    President Elect Jennie Udell
    Immediate Past President Laila Ea CMP
    Vice President, Membership Linda Jones, CMP, HMCC
    Vice President, Education Caitlin Druding Casey 
    Vice President, Communications  Kristine Golden CMP 
    Vice President, Finance Katie Schultz 
    Director, Special Events  Ashley Hardison 
    Director, Venue Procurement  Allison Bishop 
    Director, Membership Retention Brian Follett 
    Director, Sponsorships OPEN
    Director, Monthly Programs Kathy Baumer CMP
    Director, Leadership Development
    and Volunteer Recruitment
    Nicole Benner CMP
    Director, Marketing Franca Mascia
    Director, Communications OPEN
    Director, Member Recruitment Miriam Rosenbaum
    Director, Education Institute Gail Sullivan CMP,HMCC,CIS


    Please direct any questions to: Cathy Diem – Immediate Past President,
    at 732-742-3198 Cell or via email at

     A copy of the Chapter bylaws can be viewed here


    CIC Preferred Provider Program

    CIC Preferred Provider Program
    Recording/Documenting CE Credits

    The Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meeting Professionals International is proud to announce that we are a Preferred Provider of Continuing Education (CE) credit by the Convention Industry Council (CIC).

    What does this mean for you as a MPI PHL member?
    Every MPI PHL program will be reviewed for CE credit by the CIC. Each session that qualifies for CE credit will have the designated logo in the program description on the PAMPI website. It is MPI PHL's priority to ensure that all programs offered will be approved by the CIC for CE credit.

    How do you document these CE credits?
    MPI PHL will submit your CE hours to the CIC. Your CE credits will be tracked for you in your CIC account under professional development. You will also receive a certificate detailing your CE credits after each accredited event. MPI PHL members will need to have a CIC account for the CIC to track your credits; if you do not currently have one, you can create one at The email address you use to register for MPI PHL events will need to match the email address associated with your CIC account. If you do not have an account and choose not to create one, you'll need to self-report and track your own CE credits by saving and submitting your certification documenting your CE credits after each event. You do not have to be aCertified Meeting Professional (CMP) to have a CIC account. The CIC encourages all attendees of accredited events to create an account to track CE credits for applying for the CMP program or CMP recertification.

    What is a CE credit vs. a CEU credit?
    CE credit is the correct term for clock hours approved by the CIC. Clock hours have been referred to as CEU credits in the past, but the term CEU is a widely used term. The correct term for the CIC approved clock hours is CE credits.

    What if I attend a session that isn't CE approved?
    If a program that you attend doesn't have the Preferred Provider CE Approved logo, you may still self-submit for clock hours. The programs approved with the logo guarantee that the CE credits members submit will automatically be approved and counted toward your CMP or CMP recertification.

    What about CE credit for past programs?
    If you have attended programs that were CE approved this year, your information will be submitted to the CIC. You should have also received a certificate detailing your CE credits after the program. We are still working to send out certificates for the CE approved sessions at MPI PHL's Education Institute, and you will receive them by July 17th.

    If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to email us!

    MPI PHL is a CMP Preferred Provider!


    Philadelphia Area Chapter of Meetings Professionals International is now a CMP Preferred Provider!
    The program(s) identified with the CMP Preferred Provider logo meet the requirements to receive continuing education (CE) credit for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential. All qualifying activities also indicate how many CE credits attendees will receive for participating.
    For more information about the CMP credential or CMP Preferred Provider Program, please visit