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


Molly Lydon

Iowa Bankers Association, Assistant to the President & CEO

MPI Member Since: August 2007

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

I have been in the administrative/meetings field since 1976 – and the changes that I have seen

How has MPI helped in the support and growth of your career?  To be honest going to the meetings, annual convention and interacting with others – such positive reinforcement

Have you done business with any MPI members, locally or nationally? Yes, Marriott Hotel – Renaissance Hotel – Embassy Suites – Harrah’s Hotel to name a few -  I really try to do business as much as I can within the MPI family

What three tips can you share with others in our industry? Be positive – network as much as you can and learn about what other MPI members do and know that they are willing to help you – we are all going towards the same outcome – success in our profession

What is your dream vacation spot? On a beach or NYC --- I love both!

What do you do in your spare time? Any hidden talents? Fun facts about yourself? I like to stay active fitness-wise --- I am a secret crafter and throw great parties at my house – especially at Halloween J full costume affair  – I love to wrap presents – and make the wrapping part of the gift.

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