Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Hispanic business diversity meeting today

The Tennessee Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce present, “Industry Diversity-Embracing the World,” as part of a first-time joint effort to present an exceptional cultural awareness opportunity for the Tennessee area business community.

This groundbreaking meeting will take place on May 18th at 11:30 AM at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center and will provide attendees with a unique networking and learning opportunity on an array of critical issues facing today’s meetings and events culture. Several areas to explore are: linguistic challenges, Latin business practices, advertising, Hispanic client base growth opportunities, the demographic shift in the Hispanic population in the United States and the impact and challenges both the Hispanic and English speaking communities encounter doing business with each other. This meeting will create an opportunity to begin to scrape the surface of this vast and important subject while having a lot of cultural fun doing it! The cost for the luncheon and program is $25. To RSVP, please email:

"We are excited to be partnering with the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce on this meeting,” said T. Clark Miller, president of the Tennessee Chapter of MPI. “It is important that we address many cultures as the world gets smaller through better communication. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the leaders of Nashville's Hispanic community and understand how we can come together to make the meetings and hospitality industry stronger.”

The need is great to broaden the diversity of the meetings and events community. With the information shared at this meeting, that crucial need to link diverse communities together will be on the right path to accomplishing just that.

Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President, Yuri Cunza comments, "I value the initiative of taking steps towards becoming more familiar with the many different communities that are now a part of Nashville's newest cultural landscape. Becoming aware of the similarities and differences allows us to create a bond despite customs and language barriers."

As Tennessee's Meeting Planner of the Year, MPI's Education Committee Member and Board Member of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Shannon Kasakevics, CMP, commented, "I am very proud to have been the liaison that brought these very important communities together. Being both Caucasian and Latin, it has always been a personal goal of mine to bridge the gap between the two cultures I come from, so this is an accomplishment for me both personally and professionally.""

MPI, the world’s largest association for the $102.3 billion meeting and event industry, is committed to positioning meetings and events as a key strategic component of an organization's success. The 200-plus member of the Tennessee chapter of MPI, established in 1985, empowers its members to increase their strategic value with education, professional development and business growth opportunities. The cost for this luncheon and program is $25. To RSVP, please email:

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