Welcome to the MPI Heartland Chapter!

MPI Heartland is made up of meeting planners and suppliers from across Iowa and Nebraska and we are a part of the MPI Global community.

MPI Heartland brings networking and educational opportunities to our members, and non members, in order to advance the meeting profession. Almost every month there are opportunities to be involved in the chapter through events.

Meeting Professionals International, the meeting industry’s largest and most vibrant global community, is committed to delivering success for its nearly 17,000 worldwide members by providing innovative knowledge and learning experiences, connecting people and ideas, and creating rich marketplace opportunities. Founded in 1972, the Dallas-based organization delivers global human connections through its 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. For more information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org


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Member Spotlight


Jessica Van Sloten

Iowa Events Center / Spectra Venue Management  

Sales Manager

MPI Member Since:  Fall 2013

MPI: How long have you been in the meetings / hospitality industry?   11 ½ years full-time, plus some previous part-time.  

MPI: How has MPI helped in the support and growth of your career?  I love the networking and relationship-building opportunities with MPI.  I meet someone new nearly every MPI event I go to, plus it is great to see clients and fellow suppliers I’ve gotten to know over the years.  Connecting with people through MPI allows me to be confident in referring business their way, and them to me.  

MPI: Have you done business with any MPI members, locally or nationally? I do business often with local MPI members.

MPI: What three tips can you share with others in our industry?  1 - Think about how to make your event “shareable” on social media -  great photo ops, a good hashtag, a fun offsite location, etc.  2 - Talk with you venue’s chef or catering manager about customized options for your group, you don’t have to go straight off the published menu!  3 - Connect with your clients and peers in the industry to have an open conversation about how to improve and keep events fresh each year.

MPI: What is your dream vacation spot?  Anywhere warm with a beach!  Hawaii is on the list to visit.  Australia or New Zealand would be amazing!

MPI: What do you do in your spare time? Any hidden talents? Fun facts about yourself?  I love spending time with my family and friends, especially if we are doing something outdoors!

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