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Pride Month Spotlight: Derrick M. Johnson, II, CMP, DES Board Chair of LGBT MPA

Q: Can you give a brief overview of the LGBTMPA?

A: The LGBT Meeting Professionals Association (LGBT MPA), a 501(c)3, is the first and only organization solely committed to connecting, advancing, and empowering the LGBT+ meeting professional. While the LGBT community is well known for its inclusive and diverse culture, LGBT MPA provides the opportunity for our unique voices to be uplifted, representing and educating the industry on a broad range of topics pertaining to inclusion and diversity. Our research-driven data provides a more meaningful understanding of our community while sharing best practices for industry leadership.

As a community-based association, with an international membership, we provide exposure across all established meeting sectors. As an inclusive association, we provide an opportunity for all meeting professionals to be a part of the larger goal of inclusion throughout the industry.

Q: How can people join and get involved?

A: Membership is complimentary for Planners and $99 for Suppliers. Anyone interested in membership can sign up by visiting lgbtmpa.com for more information.

Q: What do you love most about being a part of LGBT MPA? How has it changed your life?

A: I love being part of a community of like-minded individuals. We all come from different life experiences, but share commonality in representing our LGBT+ community through meetings and events. LGBT MPA has contributed to my awareness of the full LGBT+ community, helped me become a more mindful leader, and cultivate lasting relationships. I’m forever grateful to lead and be part of this community.

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