MPI Southern California Chapter Announces the February State of the Industry Panel Luncheon “What Does Our Future Look Like?”

Los Angeles, CAJanuary 26, 2010 – Meeting Professionals International Southern California Chapter’s   annual State of the Industry luncheon on February 16, 2010 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA will begin with an insight into the major trends and challenges facing our industry, presented by Dr. Laila Rach. Rach is a nationally recognized tourism educator and is Associate Dean and HVS International Chair at the Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism, and Sports Management at New York University in New York City. She serves as an adviser to senior level executives at many of America’s leading companies, with a focus on future trends, branding, and marketing strategies. Throughout her career, Rach has developed numerous presentations on topics as diverse as dynamic leadership strategies, socioeconomic trends, perspectives on economic development, changes in affluent markets, cultural heritage programs, organizational management, generational marketing, teambuilding, customer service, and perspectives on urban tourism development. Rach also writes extensively on technology, as well as management and service, and is regularly interviewed by the national news media as an expert on tourism issues.
Rach will provide insight as to what took place in the meetings and conventions industry during 2009 as well as give an economic forecast for 2010 and how it will affect our industry.  An opportunity to exchange questions and answers will follow the presentation.
The luncheon will take place from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the American Express Stadium Club Restaurant overlooking the soccer stadium park in Lot 15. Register by February 9th and receive an early bird discount by visiting the MPISCC website at
About Meeting Professionals International
Established in 1972, Meeting Professionals International (MPI; has more than 24,000 members in 50 chapter communities across 20 countries. As the global authority and resource for the meetings and events industry, MPI empowers meeting professionals to increase their strategic organizational value through education and networking opportunities. MPI’s Mission is to make their members successful by building rich human connections to knowledge, ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI continues to identify ways for members to define their participation in response to marketplace opportunities and their individual needs, including “co-creation” of relevant high-value programs and services. MPI is evolving to deliver more value and a higher level of member satisfaction by connecting more members to more opportunities for greater success.
About MPI Southern California Chapter (MPISCC)
 MPISCC, an 850-member chapter of MPI established in 1981, empowers its members to increase their strategic value through education, professional development, and business growth opportunities. For more information, visit



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