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President's Message

 

Engagement

"Engagement: the act of engaging; the state of being engaged; emotional involvement or commitment"
 
Meeting and event industry professionals from around the world gathered at World Education Congress (WEC) 2014 in Minneapolis. It was great to have 29 members represent the Texas Hill Country Chapter at our International convention that was full of strategic education, the ability to discover new ideas about the meeting profession, elevate the attendee experience at our own events and prepare for the future.
 
I want to introduce one of our THCC student members, Samantha Brooks, pictured on the right with me during the WEC 2014 opening reception. Samantha received a scholarship from MPI to attend the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum at WEC. Samantha was 1 of 25 emerging leaders that received the scholarship to attend. To learn more about her experience, jump to Member Spotlight. While at WEC, I had the opportunity to speak with her about my vision on student involvement. I mentioned that our student membership is growing every year and our young eliasfishprofessionals are full of great ideas and passion. I left WEC with a passion to create a program that addresses this particular need in our chapter. It is my pleasure to announce the Presidential Task Force on Student Engagement is being created. This task force will be chaired by Samantha and will help our chapter better evaluate the needs of our student members and emerging young professionals. Samantha, your chapter is proud of you for accepting this opportunity and we can't wait to see what the task force develops.
 
As we look to the future of our chapter we can't help but realize that the following is mandated - a comprehensive long term strategic plan be developed, an avenue for the growth of our emerging professionals, and an investment into our membership. With that said, look out for a major announcement at the September 9 Educational Session as to the future of THCC.
 
Together we can have the passion to develop our membership.
 
"Work hard for something we don't care about is called stress. Working hard for something we love is called passion." Simon Sinek
 
Elias Aguirre, CMP, CTA
President, MPI THCC
 

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