Dear WIPA members and friends,

Recently, I was interviewed for a conference segment and was asked the dreaded question, “Take me back to 2020 – how did that impact you?” Even with so much to be optimistic about, did I really want to even glance in the rearview mirror to what was? 

The fact is, we’re all at different points in this shared pandemic. I may be vaccinated and booking my first travel for the summer, but I’m still tied down considerably going into my 15th month of virtual school. Others may see an increase in bookings but are still trying to hire back from a skeletal staff. Some may be pursuing new careers within hospitality altogether.

Yes, events are coming back, but I think it’s safe to say none of us are the same.

This begs the question- what can we do better as pandemic (gratefully) impacts our days less? What have we learned? We’ve all worked hard to earn this spot on the other side of 2020 – what can we do to best maximize it?

It’s something we’re asking ourselves a lot at WIPA these days. We’re pursuing partnerships, exploring new regions and creating resources to help our leaders welcome members back to live chapter events.

As promised just six months ago with my first President’s letter, I want to reiterate our commitment to meet you where you are and support you in any way we can.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at any time,

Meghan. 2021 WIPA President


During Pride month, WIPA members will receive a 40% discount for Equally Wed Pro’s certification course. More information about the course is provided below. We hope that you take this next step with us in creating a safe, inclusive, and diverse space for all.

Equally Wed Pro's LGBTQ+ Inclusive Certification Course was launched in May 2019 by the married LGBTQ+ founders of Equally Wed, the world's most-visited online LGBTQ+ wedding resource. Since 2010, Kirsten and Maria Palladino have been inspiring LGBTQ+ weddings with their online magazine while connecting their readers to LGBTQ+ inclusive wedding pros.

WIPA Members simply click here to log into our “Members Only” area. From there you will see a link and a code to receive your 40% off their certification course through June 30, 2021. 


 You won’t want to miss the great Members' Only webinars coming up; 
please join Bobbi on July 7th.

This is the year that our industry comes together, under one roof, to gain the new resources and tools needed to succeed.

Use promo code WIPA2021 for a FREE expo hall pass and be part of the new era of catering and events! We’ll see you in Miami Beach at Catersource + The Special Event this July 19-22. It’s going to be an experience to remember. 

See what's new and what members
are making news.
Visit the Webinars page on WIPA.org to
learn about future Webinar schedules.
Our job board is online
at www.wipa.works.
Please take some time and see
who joined WIPA in May.

Click the chapter of interest below to learn about the next event! 

After all the lockdowns and covid delays of recent months, several of our chapters are once again highlighting their creativity and resourcefulness. Featuring both safe and unique meetings some in person and others virtually.

Chapters in Formation:
Coastal Georgia | Grand Circle
Nebraska | Northwest Florida Panhandle


Certified Wedding Industry Professional (CWIP) is a joint educational effort of WIPA and TISOH, The International School of Hospitality. Trademark pending.