St. Petersburg, FL – September 8, 2015 – Meeting Professionals International (MPI) presented this year’s RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Awards at their World Education Congress (WEC) in San Francisco. Out of 18,000 MPI members, the RISE Award for Member of the Year was presented to founder and creative executive officer, Tara Liaschenko, CMM of St. Petersburg, FL – based The Link Event Professionals for her volunteer leadership with the MPI Tampa Bay Area Chapter as well as other MPI chapters. Tara will be featured on the cover of The Meeting Professional Magazine’s September issue.
She previously served as the Tampa Bay Area chapter president and currently serves as a member on MPI Global’s Chapter and Membership Advisory Council. Liaschenko has also provided key leadership support for MPI chapters through her Elite Fleet program, a strategic succession-planning program that addresses the challenge of succession planning at the chapter level. She continuously contributes to the future growth of the industry, providing internships to local students and those from her alma mater, Stephens College, as well as by underwriting scholarships for two students to become MPI members each year.
Her desire to help others goes beyond the meeting industry; she developed Girl2Girl Productions and has partnered with St. Pete Pride to “create a safe environment for women in the LGBT community to gather, celebrate and enjoy live music.” Their plan is to restructure G2G and turn it into a nonprofit that will fund LGBT youth who get displaced from their homes.
And although she isn’t exactly sure what her future and that of the business holds, no matter what comes her way, it’s clear that MPI and mentoring will remain at the top of Liaschenko’s priority list. “The association has been invaluable to me,” she says. “The professional development I gained being a meeting planner and a leader has been outstanding. I never would have become a facilitator without MPI. I’ve grown professionally and personally leaps and bounds due to working hard within the organization. I am living proof that you get what you give.”
From conception to completion, or any piece of the whole event, let our capable and professional team dream up, orchestrate, and flawlessly execute your special event or meeting. The Link Event Professionals has a long-standing track record of successfully organizing all kinds of events—from intimate gatherings to large comprehensive tradeshows—and everything in between. We work with each client to bring his or her vision to life. www.thelinkevents.com