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Cheers to 2019!

2019-board-of-directors SITE SoCal 2019 Board of Directors

SITE SoCal Community,

I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year and success in 2019. With each new year brings new opportunities and challenges that result in successes and lessons learned. These successes and lessons are what shape us and help mold the person and professional that we are. We should consider ourselves lucky for the opportunity to learn. I hope that you all are as excited as I am about 2019 and that you will connect with SITE SoCal throughout the year.

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’Tis the Season of Giving… and Giving Back

Give Back, Get Back

Does the holiday season make you want to count your blessings? Does the holiday season make you want to give back in some way? If so, you are not alone!

Fortunately for us, our SITE SoCal hospitality community will be coming together to celebrate our 20th Annual SITE SoCal Holiday Event.

Your support matters. All donations, regardless of size, make a tangible impact on each charity – and a forever relationship. This year we will have the great opportunity to be introduced to three organizations making a huge impact in our local communities.

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TRUST US… you want to read this!

Exploration of Trust

This past month at the SITE SoCal Educational luncheon, we explored the subject of Trust by exploring it on three levels:

  1. Globally, from the perspective of Peter Tarlow, Ph.D
  2. Our Industry, as Gary Schirmacher explains
  3. Personally, by Deb Gee

So, what is trust?

“A firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability, or strength of someone or something.”

And why is it important to us in the industry or in our personal lives? And why is this a hot topic for us to explore right now? Here’s why…

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You had me at Brunch…

haute-dokimazo Haute Dokimazo was all the buzz at the last SITE SoCal luncheon.

To celebrate Creativity at the May SITE SoCal Luncheon, we had brunch instead of lunch, and took all fundamentals of meeting planning and threw them out the door.

Haute

/ōt/ (but we say hot!)

  1. fashionably elegant or high-class

Dokimazo

/dok-im-ad'-zo/

  1. to test, examine, prove, scrutinize (to see whether a thing is genuine or not), as metals
  2. to recognize as genuine after examination, to approve, deem worthy

Haute Dokimazo was all the buzz at the last SITE SoCal luncheon. After all of us planners got over our anxiety of not being able to actually plan the event, it went great! To be honest, from a Hotel Sales Manager perspective, we were really a dream client.

“How many people and what type of set up do you need for the break outs?”

“We really have no idea. We will just take a corner of the patio and drag chairs from the general session.”

If only it was always that easy!

Was it successful? YAAAAS! Sometimes the only real contact you get at these networking events is by passing the rolls during the speaker’s presentation, and reapplying lipstick together in the bathroom. This event allowed a very intimate setting where you had conversations on topics that were truly meaningful to you. Were we fashionable, elegant, and high class? Of course; this is Southern California! Do I deem it worthy? Absolutely!

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3 Creative Ways to Make the Most of Your SITE Membership

membership

Let’s start with reflecting on what kind of member you currently are: Are you a member who attends only one or two events a year? Or a member who attends all events but still isn’t seeing the ROI? Or one who attends all events and is involved on a committee or volunteer position?

In whatever way you are involved with SITE, are you making the most of your membership?

Whether you are new or have been with us for 20+ years, we all want to make sure we are making the most of our SITE experience. Having been a member myself for just over two years now, I can say that I’ve benefitted greatly and continue to see good things coming!

Attending my first luncheon 2½ years ago, I connected with a few familiar faces, but mostly new, and before I knew it I was involved on the Young Leaders committee. Now how did I get there? Simply by saying YES when the current VP of Young Leaders Jamie Lee Tiffany approached me and sparked my interest to get involved. 

Here are 3 things I’ve learned on my journey as a SITE SoCal member:

  1. Try to attend every SITE SoCal event. This is where you really get the value. It’s not going to happen attending just one or two events. You start to build on the relationships over time, showing up at each event and engaging with your colleagues, clients, and soon-to-be friends.

  2. Members-only perks. One of my favorite events was the Members Only Summer Soiree on Catalina Island in 2017. It amazes me that this organization offers an event that is FREE for members!

    It was amazing from the beginning. We cruised over on a boat, hopped off, explored the island, ate plenty of food, and sipped cocktails with the sunset with colleagues and friends.

    Don’t miss out on this opportunity this year! Mark your calendars for Thursday, June 7, 2018. Trust me… you don’t want to miss it. And if you know a planner to invite who might not be a member, you can invite them for just $35! 

    Now let’s be honest, meeting clients and ultimately doing business is the end game for a lot of us. And it DOES happen! Through attending as many events as possible, I have consistently started to make a handful of great relationships that have resulted in business transactions. Many can attest to this… just ask around.

    But it gets better… along the way, you will gain education through the innovative topics and speakers, continue to grow in your professional career, and gain some of your closest friends!

  3. Leadership opportunities. The leadership within SITE SoCal does an incredible job of creating many opportunities for you to get involved. Attend the Young Leaders programs and luncheons, volunteer on a committee, give back with community outreach opportunities, serve on the board, and so much more!

    Get a little bit outside of your comfort zone and see what a big impact it will make. Make it a point to meet at least 3 new people at each networking opportunity and before you know it you will be the one introducing your new industry friends to each other and maybe even soon serving on the board.

    At the end of the day it is up to YOU to create the most out of your membership. All of the opportunities are there, you just have to jump in and enjoy the ride!

Find out more here on all of the ways to get involved within the chapter!

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