MPI’s World Education Congress
Atlantic City, N.J.
CHRISTINA NORTHCOTT (MPI Toronto
Chapter), manager of conferences and
events for Canada Health Infoway, needed ;inancial assistance in order to attend
MPI’s 2015 World Education Congress
(WEC) in San Francisco. Thanks to an
MPI Foundation scholarship, she was
able to attend the event and is motivated to implement new ideas she learned
at WEC into her programs.
“I have a greater understanding and
appreciation for what is taking place in
the economy and how it is affecting my
role and meeting planning in Canada,”
Northcott says WEC also helped to
build her con;idence, enabling her to
approach and advise C-level executives
who do not work in the industry.
“After being with the same organiza-
tion for seven years, my résumé was
dated,” she says. “I met with Dawn Ras-
mussen, CMP, president of Path;inder
Writing and Career Services, at the
[WEC] Human Resource Center, and she
gave me excellent advice and I was able
to craft a professional and current ré-
sumé. Upon my return from WEC, I was
approached and offered a managerial
position at another organization. My
current organization counter-offered
Northcott believes the MPI Founda-
tion plays a vital role in helping to ad-
vance meeting professionals’ careers.
“When I received the scholarship, I
recognized that the MPI Foundation is
making it possible for planners like me
to be inspired and motivated by experi-
enced and innovative meeting planning
professionals from all over the world,”
she says. “Discussions about current
economic conditions, business trends
and new tools for negotiating have
boosted my con;idence in interacting
with stakeholders and vendors. Al-
though most of my recent events have
been situated in Canada, it is essential to
recognize what is occurring in the U.S.
and around the world because of their
direct impact on the events I plan and
the availability of venues I source.”
Although Northcott experienced the
meeting industry early on, she had other
career plans before realizing the basis
for her passion.
“As a teenager and through university
I worked in the hospitality sector and
international event and destination
planning,” she says. “I completed a bachelor of commerce degree and at the time
thought that I would major in accounting, however, it was not my passion.
Instead I decided to major in global
business management, which again
aligned to my previous work in the
hospitality and meeting industry. Upon
my return to Canada from Bermuda I
started working as an event coordinator.
With my keen attention to detail and
exceptional abilities to balance priorities
and meet tight deadlines, the role of event
coordinator was a natural ;it.”
Visit www.mpiweb.org/foundation to
learn more about MPI Foundation schol-
arships and how they can help you ad-
vance your career, and visit www.mpiweb.
org/wec16 to learn more about the edu-
cation and networking opportunities
available at the 2016 WEC in Atlantic City,
N.J., June 11-14.
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