The RISE Awards-Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence-features seven annual awards in three categories: organizational achievement, individual achievement and community achievement. Recipients are recognized for innovation, global transferability, impact and influence. Individual winners join the MPI Community of Honorees, a group composed of past award winners and distinguished MPI leaders.
The RISE Award for Young Professional Achievement was presented to Kinga Socko of Poland for her instrumental role with the Poland Meetings and Events Industry Report, which is used to prepare national and city budgets and influences business tourism in Poland. Kinga played a key role in the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) accreditation process and also in making the European Meetings and Events Conference in Krakow, Poland a success.
Check Kinga's acceptance speech below.
-What are your impressions and takeaways from the RISE award ceremony at WEC 2015?
It is my second RISE Award ceremony that I have attended and I still remember my first impression. Great event, meeting professionals from all over the world and amazing industry personalities. Now one of my dream come true. Every year we can meet outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals. I am sure that it is a privilege for everyone who is awarded.
-What does the RISE award mean to you and to be recognized as a professional by the industry?
RISE Award for Young Professional is a great recognition and it gives a lot of opportunities for the future. I am happy that my work and projects that I am involved in are visible at the international area. It is not only recognition but it gives me even more power and motivation to hard work. Now it is the time to prove that I really deserve this award.
-How has MPI helped you to build your career from being a student to your job now? -What would you recommend to young professionals on how they can get out the most of MPI membership?
From the very beginning I am MPI member. With you I had a chance to take part in several industry events and be part of scholarship programs. MPI gives a lot of possibility for young leaders to learn, develop and make new business contact. Sometimes I just had to step out of my comfort zone, start networking and be involved and engaged. MPI community is really open to help young professionals with their carries. We just need to show that we really want to.
-You won a price for “Young professional” and involvement at EMEC15, what are your take aways from EMEC 2015 in Krakow?
It was one of the best experiences in my professional life. From the perspective of LOC project manager, it was the first time I was responsible for coordination for such a big project. It was a great challenge to communicate local partners with global MPI team and do everything to succeed. It helped me to focus on different things and look at many sides of the same goal.
-How do you see MPI being part of your future professional growth in the coming years?
I would like to be more involved in MPI activities both within MPI Poland Club and international community. Small steps but still forward. As I have mentioned, now it is the time for me to prove that I deserve this award and to show the best of me.
Congratulations for your achievements Kinga!
MPI in Europe Team