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


Bobbie Connolly

Prairie Health Ventures, Director of Acute Care Services

MPI Member Since: August 2007

How long have you been in the meetings / hospitality industry?   1996

How has MPI helped in the support and growth of your career?  Networking and education.  Meeting other event professionals is a resource that can’t be matched.  Having a network of peers you can always reach out to for advice or assistance is a necessary resource.  The education helps keep me current with trends in the event industry so I don’t have to use my time trying to stay current – in addition to the other responsibilities of my profession.

Have you done business with any MPI members, locally or nationally?  I’ve been working with Lied Lodge and Conference Center annually since 1996.

What three tips can you share with others in our industry?

1.  When planning an event look at it from an attendee’s point of view.  Make the event easy to navigate and try to address as many questions as you can BEFORE they’re asked.

  1. 2. When working with vendors make the process of supporting your program easy and not too restrictive.  They’re your partner and want a successful outcome just as much as you do.
  2. 3. Appreciate the industry.  I didn’t start out managing events and fell into the industry.  If I had known then what I know now, i would have made it my lifelong career.

 What is your dream vacation spot? I’ve never had a specific spot to go to.   The vacation itself I want to be an adventure – trying new things, seeing new places.  Hubby and  I go back to regular haunts of ours – do some of the same things but always try to do new things as well.  Keeps the destination fresh but familiar.  I do find myself analyzing events I attend however and asking myself how things were done;  who organized that;   how did they pull that off;    and my favorite………what were they thinking?!

 What do you do in your spare time? Any hidden talents? Fun facts about yourself? Married – no kids.  3 cats, 2 dogs.   Hubby and I like botanical gardens, hiking and biking.  Moved here from Massachusetts in 1992 after meeting my soon to be hubby at that time “online” – even though the Internet wasn’t around then.  It was actually a chat room where we met.  I love football……..pro (Chiefs, Packers, Patriots, Steelers) and collegiate (Nebraska Huskers).  I crochet and love podcasts about old Hollywood.   I meet my 2 sisters in Iowa every August (after hubby and I have been to  the Iowa State Fair) and we spend a week together just hanging out.    I have my CMP – and I’ve also become a Certified Barbecue Judge by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.



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