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Scholarship Deadline is May 31  


The deadline to apply for chapter scholarships is May 31! Scholarships are available for membership fees, CMM or CMP exam fees and World Education Conference (WEC) registration.   Learn more about MPI:TN chapter scholarships and download applications at
In This Issue
Our Sponsors
Platinum Partners

Gold Partners

The Peabody Memphis


Silver Partners
Chef's Market
Country Music Hall of Fame ® and Museum
DG International
Drury Plaza Franklin
Embassy Suites Nashville South/Cool Springs
Gary Musick Production
Hard Rock Café/Nashville
Hilton Garden Inn Nashville
Holiday Inn/Fogelman Executive Conference Center
Knoxville Airport Hilton
Knoxville Convention Center
Liberty Party Rental
Park Vista a DoubleTree by Hilton Gatlinburg
Schenk Photography
Schermerhorn Center
Embassy Suites Knoxville West
Holiday Inn Knoxville West at Cedar Bluff
Titanic Pigeon Forge

Do you want to become an MPI:TN sponsor and partner with the state's largest and most vibrant community of meeting and event professionals?

For more information, contact Colleen Cussick, Director of Strategic Alliances for MPI:TN!

Educational Message - Central
Excelling with Hybrid Meetings

June's Educational Luncheon will be an exciting time to learn about how to excel in Hybrid Meetings. This topic is both beneficial for suppliers and planners in showing people how to execute a hot trend in the industry that will only continue to grow throughout the years. Gary Musick will give us the expert tips in this interactive session! You won't want to miss this hot topic! This meeting will take place on Tuesday , June 30th at the Hotel Preston. 
Regional Meeting Alliance Sponsorship Opportunity  
A very special Regional Meeting Alliance Sponsorship opportunity is available to ONE lucky MPI:TN member / Partner for our June Educational Luncheon!

Get your brand out to ALL THREE REGIONS
at ONE event!

This exciting opportunity allows you to be present in one of our regions, but be seen at all THREE regions!!!

We know you want the details!

Contact Colleen Cussick at


Highlights Coming Soon... 
Highlights from the MPI:TN Annual Awards Gala and Silent Auction coming in June!
Spring MIX Event Thursday, June 18!  
Join us at our Spring Meetings Industry Exchange (MIX) event at Dave & Busters. There will be complimentary shoes and bowling, a great spread of Dave & Buster's delicious food, and beer and wine. Bowling and fun begins at 5:30pm. Come show your fellow MPI members and friends your skills on the lanes! 
MPI Membership Renewal Incentive
MPI Suppliers & Planners: Are you up for renewal this month? Renew your MPI membership in May and you will be entered into a drawing for one of THREE great prizes. The winner will pick one of the prizes listed below! Renew today!
  • ½ off registration to WEC 2015 in San Francisco (Aug 1-4) or EMEC 2016 in Copenhagen (Feb 7-9)
  • 2 complimentary tickets to RENDEZVOUS 2015 (Aug 3) at WEC
  • Complimentary CMP Study Kit (valued at $312)
How to Prevent a Volunteer Fail
Courtesy of Rejuvenate
By Guest Author

Volunteers can be a planner's biggest asset or biggest headache. Those who are shepherded well become invaluable partners in your mission, but those who are managed poorly end up creating more work. How do you equip volunteers to serve your organization well and operate as an extension of your staff? Consider adding these tips to your to-do list as you recruit for your next event.
  • Connect the dots.
  • Set expectations.
  • Keep them engaged.
  • Express gratitude before, during and after.
(Read More Here)
CMP Study Groups
The next round of Nashville area CMP Study Groups are forming for 2015.
CMP Intensive Study:
Saturday, September 19               9:00am - 3:00pm
  Domain A Strategic Planning
  Domain B Project Management
  Domain C Risk Management
  Domain D Financial Management
  Domain E Human Resources
  Domain F Stakeholder Management

Saturday, October 17                     9:00am - 3:00pm
  Domain G Meeting or Event Design
  Domain H Site Management
  Domain I Marketing
  Domain J Professionalism
All sessions will be held at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown.  Exact room locations will be noted on the reader boards at the venue when you arrive.  Thank you Sheraton Nashville Downtown for your support of the CMP Study Sessions!

Hours spent in the Study Groups do count as classroom hours for the CMP application.  If you have not completed your application and are in need of hours to fulfill the new minimum of 25 classroom hours, the Study Groups are a great way to gain hours.
Pre-Registration is required for any/all of the study sessions.  If you are interested in attending please e-mail me back with the date(s) you plan to attend.
Also, if you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail Carol Norfleet,
Member Spotlight - Jessica Mosely, Student Member 
I was born and raised in Memphis, TN where I still reside. 
I graduated from Germantown High School in 2007 and still a Red Devil at heart.  I started my college career at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga.  After a year in attendance, I came to realize that it was not for me due to the distance from my family.  After taking almost a year off from my education, I enrolled in Southwest Tennessee Community College August 2009.  While there, I received my Associates of Applied Science with a concentration in Psychology December 2012.  After taking another semester break, I knew I did not want to pursue a career in Psychology.  I wanted to obtain my bachelor's degree, yet in what I was unsure.  A close family friend and former employee at Hilton Worldwide suggested the Hospitality Industry.  I always trusted her judgment so I figured I would give it a try.  I looked into the program at the University of Memphis and fell in love with it. 

While in my senior year, I was introduced to Meeting Professionals International by Mr. Antwone Stigall and was instantly hooked.  I became an active member in 2014 and never looked back.  Shortly after becoming an official member, I was appointed Vice President, then later President of the TN student chapter.  I want to live up to my presidential duties and continue to learn and grow in order to be the best in my position and my profession.  I maintain a 3.5 GPA in my program and recently gained recognition in the Fall 2014 semester for becoming a member of the University of Memphis Dean's List.  As the upcoming semester at the Kemmons Wilson School commences, I have been chosen as a recipient of the Frank Flautt scholarship, IHG Current Expendable scholarship, and the InterContinental Hotel Groups scholarship for the 2015-2016 school year. I am overly excited and grateful for the aid I have received thus far and know the sky is the limit.  When not at school or focusing on MPI, one can find me spending time with family and friends.