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Meeting Professionals International MPI event industry Meeting Planners StrongerToGether Meeting Professionals International unprofessional, duplicitous addressing sexual harassment
*Author of original report: Georgia lawmaker drops pants on TV - and this time it was not Crystal Bay Caterer owner Sam LoPiccolo
*Author of original report: MPI is not an Organization just made up of volunteers, it is a money making Corporation commercializing sexual harassment
*Author of original report: Society for Human Resources Management advice on how not to handle a complaint - MPI did over 4
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Meeting Professionals International unprofessional behavior, duplicitous in claim of addressing sexual harassment
2017: Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) stated in a press release, “Since November 2017, MPI has proactively taken steps to demonstrate that it will not tolerate harassment in its global community and to educate members on how to prevent, report and respond to harassment"
2018 Spring: a report was submitted of sexual harassment to members of South Florida’s Meeting industries leaders that incurred in the South Florida Hospitality/Meeting Coalition (meeting planners and vendors that service the meeting industry located in South Florida)
2018: Repeated emails were sent and were ignored, until Diane M. Hawkins, SPHR, SCP, Vice President People, Performance and Administrative Services Meeting Planners International, Dallas/Fort Worth Area responded on June 20, 2018, at 7:53 PM,
Diane Hawkins <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: “
“We are in receipt of what we consider to be your numerous defamatory and malicious emails sent to both MPI Global and MPI Southern Florida Chapter volunteers. We consider these to be unwarranted harassment and intimidation and therefore, these must cease immediately.
We will not acknowledge or respond to any further emails or any other forms of communication to anyone at MPI Global or MPI Southern Florida Chapter
Any such communication will be considered by us to be an unwarranted continuation of harassment and your intimidation and any such continuation will be dealt with accordingly.”
Just to be clear, the HR manager of MPI sent me an email threatening to take some action against me for harassment, for reporting to MPI leadership in South Florida & HQ of harassment by members of their south Florida Hospitality/Meeting Coalition. This is after her boss, the MPI president, has gone on record as that as Nov 2017 MPI HQ has ” educate members on how to prevent, report and respond to harassment." So I guess the prevention training is basically to threaten the victims of harassment with harassment if they report it, so they can shut them up?
[Please reference RipOff Report: #1447898 for formal & informal legal response.]
Ms. Diane Hawkins SPHR certification is from the Society for Human Resource Management. On their web site they display the following responsibilities
As HR professionals, we are responsible for adding value to the organizations we serve and contributing to the ethical success of those organizations. We accept professional responsibility for our individual decisions and actions. We are also advocates for the profession by engaging in activities that enhance its credibility and value.
To build respect, credibility and strategic importance for the HR profession within our organizations, the business community, and the communities in which we work (I think the persons who sexually harassed me, those that harassed my wife to keep my mouth shut, and those members of South Florida event/hospitality collation who callously handled my reports of repeated harassment [i.e. emails and phone calls to my wife threatening her to make me not submit a public complaint] have a lot of respect for Ms. Hawkins with her SPHR certification – not too sure victims of harassment do; if I was an MPI employee, the message of what to expect if they were to report harassment in the Dallas office to the HR department is loud and clear).
To assist the organizations we serve in achieving their objectives and goals. (and I have stated MPI media campaign about dealing with any form of harassment is a scam, so in a way Ms. Hawkins is assisting).
To inform and educate current and future practitioners, the organizations we serve, and the general public about principles and practices that help the profession. (Were to begin?)
To positively influence workplace and recruitment practices.
To encourage professional decision-making and responsibility. (I guess this only includes others, not oneself if you have a SPHR certification)
To encourage social responsibility. (again, were to begin?)
June 23, 2018 5:59 PM
Subject: "Informal discovery request / follow up to charges made in MPI email subject Harassment"
[Reviewing our options]….now that direct negotiationshave failed; and legal warning has been issued regarding defamation, harassment and malice (among others civil charges).
I am going to assume you just got carried away (like the lady at UAB) with the criminal charge of [please reference RippOff Report UAB Compliance Office Report: #1412602] intimidation/threatening behavior. If I am assuming incorrectly, please let me know so I can include that in our legal due diligence (and some additional specific / legal context would be appreciated). [Side Bar-no response to this statement, thus we take silence as agreement]
We understand you are under no obligation to provide this information – as long as your organization understands that not doing so will be recorded as bad faith action in resolving said issues.
We have already provided a majority of the information that we would surrender to you in a formal discovery process when we submitted our harassment complaint to your South Florida Office on Ancomp and Crystal Bay Caterer [see RipOff Report 1383074 Crystal Bay Caterers Sam LoPiccolo Catering Concerning Health Inspection report - consistent violations and fines and fines going back to 2012 Boca Raton Florida – for Ancomp, please reference above UAB RipOff Report]– but of course if you feel we have left something out (particularly in that this scope is now no longer focused just on Crystal Bay Caterer and Ancomp – but now includes MPI vs myself) we will show good faith in return and provide what you request, if reasonable.
1) The link to The MPI Principles of Professionalism on the below web page is giving a 404 type error,
We request you either redirect us to a site that works or send a PDF copy via email.
2) On web page/ press release below
Your organization stated “Since November 2017, MPI has proactively taken steps to demonstrate that it will not tolerate harassment in its global community and to educate members on how to prevent, report and respond to harassment”
We request you provide a sample of documentation (i.e. email or marketing document sent to certain MPI members, powerpoint presentation made to membership, information that was included in a press kit) that was used to communicate or educate members, specially your south Florida chapter.
[Advice on easiest way to send information and legal observations & confirmations]
Thank you for your attention
July 7th – as of posting of this complaint, no response from MPI or other Event Industry Organizations that have formed the “so called” Coalition to Stop Harassment. # StrongerToGether” is appropriate, you can hear those wagons circling, just not for sexual harassment.
When Ms. Hawkins stated that she would deal with me “accordingly” that seems to be to find herself a corner, sit down and kept her mouth shut going forward. Not very noble or brave, but it is smart. If she stays that way, I won’t escalate this to the Society for Human Resource Management – I will just keep this where it belongs, Meeting Professionals International.
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