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Event Crisis Communication | 02.25.2021

Thursday, February 25 9:00 AM - Thursday, February 25 1:00 PM

Domain C: Risk Management | 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

Meeting professionals aren’t responsible for communication during a crisis … right? WRONG!

You hold a variety of roles when an incident unfolds onsite during a meeting or event, including the coordination of the emergency management team, the determination of next steps and the consultation, management and direction of the communication process. Your marketing team isn’t going to know the best communication streams to use, which ones are available and how best to communicate and when. But if those are the roles of a meeting professional, are you prepared to act when a crisis happens?

Meeting professionals must ensure that there is a crisis communications plan in place (and assert their roles as leaders on the team that creates it), that spokespeople are trained to respond in the moment and that their organizations are ready to communicate to attendees across multiple platforms. Being prepared ultimately comes down to developing a communications plan that includes three things: 1) auditing vulnerabilities, 2) training spokespeople and 3) establishing means of communicating.

This certificate class will answer your burning questions about how to use social media and other forms of communication when it really matters. The basic steps of effective crisis communications are not difficult, but they require advance work to minimize risk and damage. Learn how to create a crisis communications plan for your event and make critical decisions for your organization and experience an exercise in real-time crisis communications. Never be caught unprepared again.

In the wake of crises like the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting and Hurricane Maria, how we communicate to our attendees is something we can no longer overlook

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Identify the results of poorly developed, poorly executed and non-existent crisis communications plans, and avoid similar consequences for your organization
  • Conduct vulnerability audit for your events, identify the varying types of crises—and respond to them.
  • Create a crisis communications plan and effective emergency management using best practices for internal and external communications

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Meetings Outlook & twine Virtual Networking Event

Friday, February 26 11:00 AM - Friday, February 26 12:30 PM

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1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

Join us for a Meetings Outlook update on the future predictions for the business of meetings and a virtual networking event powered by the new cutting edge twine deep networking system, developed by Lawrence Coburn, who formerly founded DoubleDutch. Given the reality of the current pandemic, meeting professionals are finding it nearly impossible to make decisions related to the business of events. What will the conditions look like in the next year? What will the new reality look like? And how are other meeting professionals overcoming current obstacles to grow business? Much is uncertain, but current projections can help. After the Meetings Outlook, we will use twine to network and continue the conversation on the future business of meetings.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Review the forecast for events in the coming year, including a budget, attendance, and business conditions

2. Deep dive into trends that matter and discuss the next steps with your peers.

3. Using twine, we will continue the conversation face to face on how these trends affect you and the future of your meetings.


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Stories Make Money | 03.05.2021

Friday, March 5 11:00 AM - Friday, March 5 12:00 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Ever wonder how a customer chooses an event/meeting planner? Think they decide based on experience, reputation, cost? What if I told you that’s not the whole story? What if I told you that they buy from whoever makes them feel safe and important? Persuasive storytelling engages the audience, deepens relationships, and closes deals. No matter how advanced technology becomes, relationships will always be the center of any successful business. The solution is to combine technology with relationships, and storytelling is how to do it.

One of the biggest challenges today is how to create content that stands out in a media-saturated world. Great brands are not built on product pitches. Storytelling uses a narrative arc that is designed to elicit an emotional response from the audience. By implementing a storytelling approach that converts complex content into targeted, engaging stories, brands can create emotional connections that are memorable, and motivate cooperative behavior. Stories make money because it guarantees an emotional connection that is sustainable long term.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Learn the 3 parts of storytelling formula, “storyform” and when/where to use it
a. Personal and relevant
b. Story vs. narrative
        c. Make the audience the hero

2. How to apply to storytelling formula to social media and how this strategy will lead to “million-dollar” prospects.
        a. Turn status updates into mini blog posts
        b. Tell a story vs. a narrative
        c. Conflict

3.They will learn how storytelling affects the brain and how this to use this knowledge to get new customers, and to maintain long-term relationships with existing customers.

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Event Start Up Strategist | 03.09.21

Tuesday, March 9 9:00 AM - Tuesday, March 9 4:00 PM

6 Clock Hours | Domain A: Strategic Planning

Cost: $499 Member/$699 Non-Member 

Thinking like a start-up company isn’t a fad, it’s a way of reimagining the way that you do business. Every day, new and established businesses flounder trying to survive in an ever-evolving and sometimes uncertain market. How can you change the trajectory of your business’s growth? By harnessing the power of entrepreneurial leadership.

Do you often feel like you excel at helping others, extinguishing fires, and putting together the most complex logistics? If so, you likely are wondering about what is next for your business. Whether that be venturing out on your own or gaining more insight and clarity about your path of development – thinking like an entrepreneur and learning how to implement entrepreneurial strategies will get you there.

Specifically, this course will focus on how you can:

  • Develop your own business strategy.
  • Implement sales & marketing techniques to take your ideas to the next level.
  • Understand the role of personal development in entrepreneurship.
  • Execute a custom action plan for success.

At the completion of this workshop, you will be on the cutting edge of entrepreneurial strategy and thinking as you:

  • Define a process to manage long term personal and professional goals.
  • Develop tools to enhance all aspects of your business strategy.
  • Prioritize ways to create personal accountability.
  • Create a new model for thinking like an entrepreneur.

Want access to great educational content year-round for a free or reduced rate? Learn more about MPI membership here today!

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Contract & Negotiation Specialist | 03.11.2021

Thursday, March 11 9:00 AM - Thursday, March 11 4:00 PM

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Domain B: Project Management | 6 Clock Hours

Contracting and negotiation are crucial—yet complex—roles for meeting professionals and understanding legal terminology and common contract clauses (and the liabilities they protect against) allows meeting professionals to negotiate from a position of strength. Even if you know what to look for, contracting is dynamic, and negotiation strategies change with market conditions, competition, and the economy. Solid knowledge of contract law and negotiation tactics enables meeting professionals to protect the interests of their organizations. With knowledge comes power, especially when it comes to legal matters.

Negotiating contracts involves managing financial and liability risks and protecting your business, particularly when considering the performance clauses (attrition and cancellation) that are standard in most venue contracts. No contracts are the same; words and phrasing vary and need to be carefully reviewed and edited. Sometimes, additional clauses must be added to balance the risk and liability between parties. And what of force majeure, indemnification, and the host of clauses that deal with issues that range from nuisances to calamities, such as construction and remodeling and incompatible groups?

It’s said the only right answer in the law is “it depends.” This certificate program will illustrate legal principles with examples from the news, the instructor, and your peers. Bring success and horror stories to share with other participants, enhance your legal knowledge, and fulfill your role to negotiate contracts that protect your organization from the financial and liability risks associated with your meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Explain the purpose of the primary contract clauses found in venue contracts.
  • Give examples of how contract language may result in financial or liability risk.
  • Prioritize issues for negotiation, determining “hot buttons” based on your meeting specifications.
  • Distinguish between contract language that is merely unfavorable and that which puts a party at significant financial or liability risk.
  • Negotiate key performance and liability clauses in at least three different ways so that the result is multiple options and not just a win-lose scenario.
  • Modify venue contracts based on knowledge of meetings contracts, meeting specifications, market conditions, and knowledge of the venue.

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WEC Grapevine: How We Did It - Digital Event Strategy & Considerations

Friday, March 12 11:00 AM - Friday, March 12 12:00 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

MPI’s WEC Grapevine wasn’t just a groundbreaking in-person experience, it also offered an early look of what hybrid events will look like in the pandemic era and beyond. Join this critical conversation about MPI’s hybrid event strategy, with an emphasis on the digital attendee experience. From strategy to execution, what lessons did MPI learn from its live digital event? Learn what worked and what didn’t from the WEC Grapevine Digital Experience, and what considerations and questions you should be asking as you plan hybrid meetings, both today and tomorrow. What considerations should you take into account and how does the design of the digital experience differ from the in-person event? Gain access to MPI’s hard lessons well learned from the design of a truly live hybrid experience—and the critical decisions that impact a parallel digital event.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Discover the strategy behind MPI’s design of the WEC Grapevine Digital Experience.

2. Learn why and how critical decisions were made, and their impact on the digital participant.

3. Consider the challenges and opportunities of going live, and how you can make the best technology decisions for your participants.

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Meeting & Event Strategist | 03.18.2021

Thursday, March 18 9:00 AM - Thursday, March 18 4:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning| 6 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

As automation and AI increasingly create efficiencies in the modern workforce, meeting professionals must embrace a role that is shifting increasingly into the strategic space. But what does that mean, and what future-ready skills are required to thrive in an environment where you do have a seat at the table? The first steps are understanding the value that your meetings drive for your business, and more importantly, being able to articulate that value to senior members of your organization.

You need to be able to create, design and execute meetings that help your organization achieve five-year business goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) and that drive efficiency in the workplace, and you must be able to demonstrate in quantifiable ways how your meetings positively impact revenues, profits, and cost-savings for your business. You are no longer a meeting planner; you are a strategist that drives significant growth for your organization, and you know how to articulate that value in meaningful ways to business leaders.

Meeting professionals must understand the value of their events to ensure that they successfully achieve business goals and objectives, justify costs, design authentic and deliberate experiences and improve their events over time. Understanding and demonstrating the role meetings play in driving organizational growth and effectiveness is an integral, future-ready skill that fuels better, more strategic meetings and events and motivates businesses to look at their meeting managers as strategic and essential players on senior leadership teams.

You can be a key player and business leader in your organization … if you position yourself as a strategist and consultant who can drive growth and value through the utilization of an important business tool—meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Articulate how—and by how much—your meetings drive growth, efficiency, and loyalty for your business and brand
  • Implement event measurement programs using proven change management models and with key stakeholder support
  • Speak in terms understood by your Chief Financial Officer and business leaders with additional financial literacy
  • Develop and create goals and SMART objectives that allow you to gain true insight into the value your meetings drive
  • Create measurements that matter for your business (and not just attendee satisfaction) and better understand how the behavior change your meetings create drives positive fiscal growth for your organization
  • Analyze and report your results to key business leaders and articulate the quantifiable value of meetings and events

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The Science of Meetings & Events Series: Transforming your Mind to Create Emotional Wellness and Life Success | 03.19.2021

Friday, March 19 11:00 AM - Friday, March 19 12:00 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain E: Human Resources

We all strive to achieve the highest level of health and success. We were reminded that being good is not enough, we want to be great. That phrase became more evident with Jim Collin’s book Good to Great has sold over four million copies and counting. How do achieve the individual level of wellness and success that you desire? It all starts with your mind. Our minds are so filled with clutter, uncertainty, insecurity, and negativity that it keeps us filled with stress and blocks greatness. In this session, Dr. Gladney helps you understand the psychology of emotional wellness and success and teaches you techniques that will shift your thinking and transform your mind to help you move to the best of yourself.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Understand the impact of emotional health in your daily life

2. Learn the power of your mind and how to change it

3. Learn keys to emotional wellness and techniques that will transform your thinking for ultimate success

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The Power of Play in Virtual Meetings | 03.22.2021

Monday, March 22 2:00 PM - Monday, March 22 3:00 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Presenting through Zoom is not the same as presenting on a stage. You can’t ask people to put their screens away and give you their full attention - it is through these screens that your audience is watching you! Unfortunately, one-way communication is easy to ignore. Zoom fatigue makes our audiences tune out, and highly addictive social media is only a click away. By using the Power of Play, and inviting interaction from your attendees, your next Zoom presentation will be engaging, exciting, and full of smiles.

Learner Objectives:

1. Appraise their own energy as a member of an audience playing a game, in order to contrast that energetic state with a passive observer of content

2. Recognize the difference between speaking and facilitating, in order to apply both modes of delivery to an audience

3. Discover the shift in their own attention when they are invited to contribute, in order to plan interactive exercises that engage their audience

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HMCC Refresh | 03.25.2021

Thursday, March 25 9:00 AM - Thursday, March 25 11:00 AM

REFRESH: Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC)

2 Clock Hours | Domain A: Strategic Planning 

Cost: $163.99 member / $213.99 non-member

Global compliance regulations are constantly changing. This refresh course is required every two years for recipients of the Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate and ensures that attendees are aware of and can apply healthcare meeting compliance regulations, cross-border compliance, CMS Open Payments changes and updates, the EFPIA Disclosure Code and other trends. Meeting Professionals International (MPI) requires all current HMCCs to attend a refresh webinar on the second anniversary of their class date.

Participants Also Receive:

  • HMCC digital credential for two years (subject to refresh class)


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WEC Grapevine: How We Did It - Marketing & Communications in a Pandemic World

Thursday, April 1 11:00 AM - Thursday, April 1 12:00 PM

1 Clock Hour |Domain A: Strategic Planning

Hosting a meeting safely during a pandemic requires more than the critical needs for solid Duty of Care and hybrid event strategies—it means transparently communicating those strategies and the tactics therein early, often, and effectively with your participants and industry stakeholders. Discover the strategies MPI implemented to not only market the hybrid WEC Grapevine in-person and digital experience effectively, but how we designed and executed a robust communication approach to ensure that lack of awareness wasn’t a barrier to attendance. Learn what worked and what didn’t and how these hard lessons well learned provide a blueprint for marketing and communication not just in a pandemic world, but in the new world of live events.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Learn Geomarketing techniques and how they played a key role in the WEC Grapevine marketing strategy.

2. Discover the critical importance of communication, with emphasis on the duty of care, behavioral expectations, and personal responsibility.

3. Consider key lessons and applicable communication strategies for during- and post-Coronavirus era marketing.

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Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual | 04.08.2021

Thursday, April 8 6:00 AM - Thursday, April 8 6:00 PM

12 Clock Hours | Domain A: Strategic Planning

In celebration of Global Meetings Industry Day on Thursday, April 8, 2021, MPI will be hosting GMID: Virtual, a live, 12-hour broadcast featuring education and activities worth 12 clock hours at absolutely no charge to you! Given the global challenges that our industry has been facing, this is an opportunity to connect virtually to gain valuable education and resources to help our industry move forward stronger than ever before. Last year, nearly 11,000 meeting and event professionals participated in MPI’s GMID: Virtual digital experience.

The live broadcast will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. (06:00 to 18:00) Central Standard Time and connect you with industry leaders from all over the world. The Meetings Mean Business Coalition announced the 2021 GMID theme, “Meet Safe,” which will guide the content of the broadcast.

GMID: Virtual is the perfect event to rally together because when we meet, we change the world.

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Basics Boot Camp | 04.14.2021

Wednesday, April 14 9:00 AM - Wednesday, April 14 4:00 PM

Cost: $499 member/ $699 non-member

Domain A: Strategic Planning | 6 clock hours

If you been involved with the design and creation of meetings and events for 10 months or 10 years, there are certain definable and demonstrable steps to ensuring successful execution, delivery, and measurement. MPI’s Basics Boot Camp offers a lightning-fast deep dive into the fundamentals of successful event planning—from defining meeting goals and objectives and identifying stakeholders through meeting design, development, RPFs, and contracting to food and beverage, staging, audiovisual, and more.

This certificate class touches on every element of the meeting planning process, offering you the opportunity to employ best practices for your business, make changes to your processes and procedures and ensure that your operations conform with industry-leading standards. Basics Boot Camp offers a strong foundation in the core skills and practices necessary to plan meetings and events.

If you are new to event planning—or you’ve been doing this for a while—this A-Z certificate class offers a series of best practices and must-perform tactics to ensure successful event execution for any level.

You’ll Be Able To:

• Identify meeting stakeholders and employ your role as intermediary and mediator to evaluate their needs toward designing right-fit experiences
• Define event goals and SMART objectives and employ strategies for measuring the value of your meetings
• Develop budgets and blueprints and assess potential risks associated with your meeting or event
• Manage the RFP process, conduct well-thought-out and precise site inspections, select vendors, and develop contracts
• Design your meeting using key elements that enable your organization to achieve its meeting goals and objectives
• Manage speakers and conference content design, design room sets, work with audiovisual teams, and design technical plans
• Plan menus and arrange transportation and attendee movement plans
• Oversee pre-and post-conference meetings and onsite logistics and conduct program evaluations
• Communicate success metrics to meeting stakeholders

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Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC) | 04.15.2021

Thursday, April 15 9:00 AM - Thursday, April 15 1:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning

Cost: $513.99 member / $713.99 non-member

Note: Course now includes the price ($14.99) of a digital badge credential that will ensure you and your stakeholders know that your HMCC designation is up to date.

Healthcare meeting professionals on both sides of the marketplace must balance designing and hosting events and quantifiable returns for their organizations with unprecedented and frequent changes in global healthcare compliance and regulations for their companies, their attendees, their destinations, and more. They must tackle tough regulations and adjust and readjust priorities while keeping an eye on short- and long-term survival—a tough job that requires a continuous flow of knowledge.

Invest in your future and your company’s success by participating in MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program, which provides a condensed foundation in key healthcare disciplines. Designed for both event strategists and their partners who need a broad understanding of a full range of regulatory topics, this program develops competency groundwork while building critical thinking skills through case studies, business simulation, discussion, and active exercises. This intensive, four-hour educational and training program provides healthcare meeting compliance stakeholders with the knowledge and experience they need to successfully navigate the increasingly complex pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device regulatory environment.

Upon completion of this program, attendees will earn the HMCC credential signifying awareness of and competence in the latest compliance regulations that impact healthcare meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Utilize new healthcare compliance management skills and unique terminologies in the event planning and design process
  • Oversee process reporting management across a variety of sectors, regions, and countries
  • Meet new reporting and submission timelines and understand transfers of values, and what that means for meetings and events
  • Apply the who, what, where, and how of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Open Payments), and other global compliance

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Strategic Negotiating in the Post-Shutdown World | 04.16.2021

Friday, April 16 11:00 AM - Friday, April 16 12:00 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

The only thing constant in our industry is change! This workshop will arm you with tactical strategies that will help you negotiate and defend your organization in the post-shutdown world. In this high-level workshop, attendees will review key contract clauses, negotiation tips, and strategies on how to ensure a strong contract to protect your organization.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Understand our current marketplace and how it affects a planners’ strategy during negotiations.

2. Review key contract clauses and how to defend them to benefit your organization's bottom-line.

3. Discuss variables that the hotels consider when reviewing your overall business value.

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Sustainable Event Strategist | 04.22.2021

Thursday, April 22 9:00 AM - Thursday, April 22 1:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning| 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

With the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the government and industry have refocused toward the 2030 achievement of responsible targets from poverty, hunger, and education to climate action, clean energy, and sustainable growth. These 17 goals have filtered through all levels of business, including meetings and events.

As the meeting and event industry looks for solutions to the climate crisis, plastic pollution, and other world challenges, the potential increases for our sector to be a force for good. Humans will always gather for face-to-face connection, so the challenge for today's event professionals remains—how can we plan those gatherings in ways that preserve the planet for future generations?

Through MPI's Sustainable Event Strategist Certificate Program, discover how to view the event planning process through the lens of sustainability. Learn tactical best practices for reducing the environmental impact of your events and explore how to create a culture of sustainable decision-making throughout your planning process.

Sustainability isn't just a matter of protecting the planet — it's a matter of relevance. In today's world, a robust sustainability strategy is vital for meeting your stakeholders' expectations and maintaining event credibility. In this program, learn how to plan your event with sustainability as a core value, as well as measure and share results to build stakeholder trust.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Articulate the business case for implementing a sustainability strategy for meetings and events
  • Understand the main causes, effects, and solutions to climate change
  • Establish a culture of sustainability within your event planning process and team
  • Apply pre-planning and budgeting practices to set your sustainability programs up for maximum success
  • Contrast various frameworks for sustainable event planning, including the EIC Sustainable Event Standards, ISO 20121, Council for Responsible Sport certifications, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Implement tactics to reduce event waste and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Measure, report, and share your event's sustainability results

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Meeting & Event Strategist | 04.29.2021

Thursday, April 29 9:00 AM - Thursday, April 29 4:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning| 6 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

As automation and AI increasingly create efficiencies in the modern workforce, meeting professionals must embrace a role that is shifting increasingly into the strategic space. But what does that mean, and what future-ready skills are required to thrive in an environment where you do have a seat at the table? The first steps are understanding the value that your meetings drive for your business, and more importantly, being able to articulate that value to senior members of your organization.

You need to be able to create, design, and execute meetings that help your organization achieve five-year business goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) and that drive efficiency in the workplace, and you must be able to demonstrate in quantifiable ways how your meetings positively impact revenues, profits, and cost-savings for your business. You are no longer a meeting planner; you are a strategist that drives significant growth for your organization, and you know how to articulate that value in meaningful ways to business leaders.

Meeting professionals must understand the value of their events to ensure that they successfully achieve business goals and objectives, justify costs, design authentic and deliberate experiences, and improve their events over time. Understanding and demonstrating the role meetings play in driving organizational growth and effectiveness is an integral, future-ready skill that fuels better, more strategic meetings and events and motivates businesses to look at their meeting managers as strategic and essential players on senior leadership teams.

You can be a key player and business leader in your organization … if you position yourself as a strategist and consultant who can drive growth and value through the utilization of an important business tool—meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Articulate how—and by how much—your meetings drive growth, efficiency, and loyalty for your business and brand
  • Implement event measurement programs using proven change management models and with key stakeholder support
  • Speak in terms understood by your Chief Financial Officer and business leaders with additional financial literacy
  • Develop and create goals and SMART objectives that allow you to gain true insight into the value your meetings drive
  • Create measurements that matter for your business (and not just attendee satisfaction) and better understand how the behavior change your meetings create drives positive fiscal growth for your organization
  • Analyze and report your results to key business leaders and articulate the quantifiable value of meetings and events

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Women in Leadership | 05.06.2021

Thursday, May 6 9:00 AM - Thursday, May 6 1:00 PM

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Domain E: Human Resources| 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

Women ​play ​key ​roles ​in ​the ​hospitality ​and ​meeting ​industries, ​but ​many ​find ​it ​challenging ​to ​move ​into ​leadership ​positions. ​In ​fact, ​recent ​studies ​show ​that ​women ​are ​28% ​less ​likely ​to ​get ​an ​executive-level ​position even ​if ​they ​possess ​the ​skills ​that ​make ​other ​job ​applicants ​attractive ​candidates ​for ​CEO, ​COO, ​CMO ​, and ​CFO ​positions. ​What are the skills necessary to be considered for these types of high-level leadership roles, and how do they translate to the level of leadership you seek for your current and future career?

Learn about the key roles women play in the hospitality and meeting industries and how to overcome career obstacles to executive-level positions—or the right-fit leadership level for you. Review and learn from real-life case studies of women who have overcome adversity to excel in the meetings space, while maintaining the right balance for their personal and professional lives. Examine what ​skills they possess, the decisions they made, and what actions they took to enable their industry leadership.

Analyze your own personal leadership skills using a Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment to discover the areas you excel, and where you can fill gaps with future training and advancement. Think about where you want your career and leadership to grow in the next three to five years and create an action and development plan that advances your career, your leadership, and your influence.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Identify the skills that help women ascend to executive leadership roles in the meeting and event industry, and self-evaluate where you excel and where you can improve
  • Utilize best-practice methods for overcoming common challenges women face in obtaining leadership opportunities
  • Follow your personal action plan for leadership success and career development and find success in right-fit leadership roles
  • Locate additional resources available to women seeking leadership roles in the meeting and event industry

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Med Up-Meet Up | Medical Meeting Series 05.07.21

Friday, May 7 11:00 AM - Friday, May 7 12:30 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

The MPI MD Advisory Board, and our sponsors, invite you to join our series on medical meetings.

Due to the overwhelming response to our recent webinar on The Future of Medical Meetings, MPI, in conjunction with our sponsors, presents a 4-part series that will cover important topics relevant to the current and future state of medical meetings. Due to the rapidly changing business environment, we are facing, topics will vary based on what’s relevant at the time leading up to each panel discussion. Each session will cover important regulation updates and include Q&A with a panel of global meetings and compliance experts. Each class will end with a summary of global compliance regulations and legal changes that have taken place in the previous quarter.

Each session is worth 1.5 CEU’s and a Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who attend all 4 sessions.

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Emergency Prep | 05.13.2021

Thursday, May 13 9:00 AM - Thursday, May 13 4:00 PM

Domain C: Risk Management | 6 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Your No. 1 role as a meeting professional isn’t executing flawless experiences or driving business results for your organization. It’s ensuring the safety and security of the people you have brought together onsite. But if this is your most critical role, how prepared do you feel for stepping into it during a crisis or incident? And do you have the plans in place to ensure that you are successful?

Build and maintain an understanding of the risk management and emergency planning process with this six-hour certificate course, developed in partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Discover processes for risk assessment and emergency preparedness, adapted from the best-in-class experts in marathons and World Cups. Deep dive into incident management strategies as needed for the prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from all-hazard emergency incidents. Discover techniques to prevent and respond to everything from ordinary incidents such as fights or drunkenness to extraordinary crimes, violence, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters.

Learn how you can ensure the safety and security of all attendees, limit damage, and restore services in the event of emergencies. Helping your organization host successful meetings begins with creating events that are safe and secure for all attendees and stakeholders. Give yourself the tools you need to effectively plan for and respond to crisis and deliver on your responsibility to your attendees and your organization.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Differentiate between events and incidents for managing risk onsite at meetings and events of all kinds
  • Identify various stakeholders in communication and collaboration for meeting and event emergency preparedness
  • Apply risk assessment and management techniques to mitigate, transfer, accept and/or avoid risk
  • Implement and execute the critical components of the emergency planning process
  • Create post-event reports and lessons learned and implement tactics for continuous improvement

Inclusive Event Strategist | 05.20.2021

Thursday, May 20 9:00 AM - Thursday, May 20 1:00 PM

Domain G: Meeting or Event Design| 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

The Spirit of Inclusion goes beyond basic legal compliance to welcoming and embracing the many aspects of diversity and different perspectives that create powerful experiences and environments for problem-solving, innovation and success. Inclusion is the right thing to do … but it also enhances business value and profits for organizations when they send the right messages to audiences and embrace all the ways in which people are different.

MPI’s Inclusive Events Strategist certificate focuses on practical actions that meeting professionals on both sides of the marketplace can take to create inclusive environments at their events. Explore the different dimensions of diversity to ensure the full and respectful participation of all participants and attendees, as well as your role as an inclusion broker for the diverse groups you represent.

Explore recent MPI Foundation research conducted by the New York University Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and discover where meeting professionals are excelling in the creation of welcoming environments, and the areas where they could improve in enhancing the experience for diverse groups. Meanwhile, gain access to more than 350 best practices for designing and executing inclusive experiences that embrace all your diverse attendees.

MPI’s focus is not on changing individual beliefs or ideas. Our goal is to explore the topic of inclusion and its relationship to the success of events and to provide strategies and actions that you can take to create inclusive experiences.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Utilize key findings from MPI research on inclusion to make the business case for greater efforts toward welcoming environments at your organization
  • Explain the business case for inclusion, and why creating objectives and tactics for inclusion will benefit your business or organization
  • Use the dimensions of diversity in your event strategy and design to create fully inclusive environments
  • Embrace your role of inclusion broker, and strategies you can use in representing the diverse people at your meetings and events
  • Recommend actions you and your organization can take to create inclusive environments
  • Commit to taking actions that create an environment of inclusion by completing an Inclusive Action Plan

Meetings Outlook: Future Predictions for the Business of Meetings | 05.21.21

Friday, May 21 11:00 AM - Friday, May 21 12:00 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

Given the reality of the current pandemic, meeting professionals are finding it nearly impossible to make decisions related to the business of events. What will the conditions look like in the next year? What will the new reality look like? And how are other meeting professionals overcoming current obstacles to grow business? Much is uncertain, but current projections can help. Deep dive into MPI's most recent Meetings Outlook research, published quarterly in The Meeting Professional magazine, and then discuss the trends that are most affecting you and your peers.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Review the forecast for events in the coming year, including a budget, attendance, and business conditions.

2. Deep dive into trends that matter and discuss the next steps with your peers.

3. Learn how these trends affect you and the future of your meetings.

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Event Leadership Strategist | 05.25.21

Tuesday, May 25 9:00 AM - Tuesday, May 25 1:00 PM

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4 Clock Hours | Domain E: Human Resources or Domain F: Stakeholder Management


Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

The Leadership Strategist Certificate Course is a 4-hour course designed for new to mid-level professionals who want to develop and strengthen their unique leadership voice. This class will help you define, own, and share your personal leadership voice to make you a more competitive and confident professional within the meetings & events industry.

The Event Leadership Strategist course is an essential part of the career strategy for every professional within the meetings & events industry. Whether you have been in the business many years or are just getting started, you will benefit from the clarity of understanding your leadership voice and the power it holds.

Make an Impact

The Leadership Strategist Certificate Course will help you professionally distinguish yourself by:

  • Increasing your confidence.
  • Defining your unique voice.
  • Learning to say what needs to be said without getting dismissed.
  • Increase your influence and your effectiveness.
  • Be respectful while being heard.
  • Future proof your career.

Despite decades of research, millions of leadership articles & books, there is no widely accepted definition of leadership. That is because each person’s approach to leadership is as unique as the leader. Attend this session to get clear on your unique leadership and breakthrough the career barriers holding you back from your next level of success.

Bust Leadership Myths

The world is ripe with myths about leadership such as:

  • Leadership is about a title or a position you hold (TRUTH: Leadership is about action).
  • When it’s your time, someone will invite you to the top TRUTH: You need to shape your own path).
  • Leaders are born (TRUTH: They are created, and you have the potential if you apply yourself).

Join this course to challenge assumptions that may be holding you back. As John Quincy Adams said, “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader!”

Get the Edge in Life and Leadership:

Increase your effectiveness and influence by improving the clarity and strength of your leadership voice. This session is for mold-breaking, high-impact leaders to identify their unique skills and leadership perspective, so they can lead in unexpected ways and achieve unprecedented results.

  • Understand the dimensions of a leadership voice to get clear on your unique voice. Do you know how you sound? How should you sound? Where are you on the magic quadrant?
  • Create a personal leadership definition so that you capture your unique, dynamic natural ability (DNA) and lead in a more authentic manner based on what leadership means to you.
  • Own Your Impact and Increase Your Influence. Create an actionable plan to improve your leadership effectiveness.

Want access to great educational content year-round for a free or reduced rate? Learn more about MPI membership here today!

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Event Data Analyst | 05.27.21

Thursday, May 27 9:00 AM - Thursday, May 27 4:00 PM

6 Clock Hours – Domain A: Strategic Planning

Cost: $499 Members/$699 Non-Members

Format: 3-hour lecture | 3-hour workshop

The Event Data Analyst course can best be described as a practitioner’s journey from problem identification to the presentation of recommendations.

As our roles continue to evolve within the meetings industry, becoming more strategic is at the core of our evolution. But what does it mean to be strategic?

Being strategic is not only a critical attribute of leadership but also involves the ongoing practice of making informed decisions, which are based on data, not intuition. As an event strategist, you need the ability to think critically, with a lens that supports overarching goals. You need to be able to extract insights from data and determine the next steps. You need to compare and contrast solutions. You need to form and communicate recommendations in ways stakeholders and executives can easily understand.

At the completion of the program, you'll be able to:

  • Develop an outline for a written business case in the form of a SlideDoc.
  • Define techniques for problem identification.
  • Identify industry trends related to the problem.
  • Identify various data sources.
  • Manage a raw data file and derive insights.
  • Compare a recommendation to alternative solutions.

Want access to great educational content year-round for a free or reduced rate? Learn more about MPI membership here today!

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HMCC Refresh | 06.03.2021

Thursday, June 3 9:00 AM - Thursday, June 3 11:00 AM

Domain A: Strategic Planning

Cost: $149 member / $199 non-member

Global compliance regulations are constantly changing. This refresh course is required every two years for recipients of the Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate and ensures that attendees are aware of and can apply healthcare meeting compliance regulations, cross-border compliance, CMS Open Payments changes and updates, the EFPIA Disclosure Code, and other trends. Meeting Professionals International (MPI) requires all current HMCCs to attend a refresh webinar on the second anniversary of their class date.

Participants Also Receive:

HMCC credential for two years (subject to refresh class)

Emergency Prep | 06.24.2021

Thursday, June 24 9:00 AM - Thursday, June 24 4:00 PM

Domain C: Risk Management | 6 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Your No. 1 role as a meeting professional isn’t executing flawless experiences or driving business results for your organization. It’s ensuring the safety and security of the people you have brought together onsite. But if this is your most critical role, how prepared do you feel for stepping into it during a crisis or incident? And do you have the plans in place to ensure that you are successful?

Build and maintain an understanding of the risk management and emergency planning process with this six-hour certificate course, developed in partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Discover processes for risk assessment and emergency preparedness, adapted from the best-in-class experts in marathons and World Cups. Deep dive into incident management strategies as needed for the prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from all-hazard emergency incidents. Discover techniques to prevent and respond to everything from ordinary incidents such as fights or drunkenness to extraordinary crimes, violence, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters.

Learn how you can ensure the safety and security of all attendees, limit damage, and restore services in the event of emergencies. Helping your organization host successful meetings begins with creating events that are safe and secure for all attendees and stakeholders. Give yourself the tools you need to effectively plan for and respond to crisis and deliver on your responsibility to your attendees and your organization.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Differentiate between events and incidents for managing risk onsite at meetings and events of all kinds
  • Identify various stakeholders in communication and collaboration for meeting and event emergency preparedness
  • Apply risk assessment and management techniques to mitigate, transfer, accept and/or avoid risk
  • Implement and execute the critical components of the emergency planning process
  • Create post-event reports and lessons learned and implement tactics for continuous improvement

Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC) | 07.08.2021

Thursday, July 8 9:00 AM - Thursday, July 8 1:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning | 4 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Healthcare meeting professionals on both sides of the marketplace must balance designing and hosting events and quantifiable returns for their organizations with unprecedented and frequent changes in global healthcare compliance and regulations for their companies, their attendees, their destinations, and more. They must tackle tough regulations and adjust and readjust priorities while keeping an eye on short- and long-term survival—a tough job that requires a continuous flow of knowledge.

Invest in your future and your company’s success by participating in MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program, which provides a condensed foundation in key healthcare disciplines. Designed for both event strategists and their partners who need a broad understanding of a full range of regulatory topics, this program develops competency groundwork while building critical thinking skills through case studies, business simulation, discussion, and active exercises. This intensive, four-hour educational and training program provides healthcare meeting compliance stakeholders with the knowledge and experience they need to successfully navigate the increasingly complex pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device regulatory environment.

Upon completion of this program, attendees will earn the HMCC credential signifying awareness of and competence in the latest compliance regulations that impact healthcare meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Utilize new healthcare compliance management skills and unique terminologies in the event planning and design process
  • Oversee process reporting management across a variety of sectors, regions, and countries
  • Meet new reporting and submission timelines and understand transfers of values, and what that means for meetings and events
  • Apply the who, what, where, and how of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Open Payments), and other global compliance

Course Preparation:

  • Registrants can purchase the textbook “Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance," and read prior to the session. Books are available for $89.95 (print) and $80.00 (e-book) and can be ordered online at: http://meetingcompliance.com.
  • This is a suggested but not required component of the HMCC Class.

Basics Bootcamp | 07.15.2021

Thursday, July 15 9:00 AM - Thursday, July 15 4:00 PM

Cost: $499 member/ $699 non-member

Domain A: Strategic Planning | 6 clock hours

If you been involved with the design and creation of meetings and events for 10 months or 10 years, there are certain definable and demonstrable steps to ensuring successful execution, delivery and measurement. MPI’s Basics Boot Camp offers a lightning-fast deep dive into the fundamentals of successful event planning—from defining meeting goals and objectives and identifying stakeholders through meeting design, development, RPFs and contracting to food and beverage, staging, audiovisual, and more.

This certificate class touches on every element of the meeting planning process, offering you the opportunity to employ best practices for your business, make changes to your processes and procedures and ensure that your operations conform with industry-leading standards. Basics Boot Camp offers a strong foundation in the core skills and practices necessary to plan meetings and events.

If you are new to event planning—or you’ve been doing this for a while—this A-Z certificate class offers a series of best practices and must-perform tactics to ensure successful event execution for any level.

You’ll Be Able To:

• Identify meeting stakeholders and employ your role as intermediary and mediator to evaluate their needs toward designing right-fit experiences
• Define event goals and SMART objectives and employ strategies for measuring the value of your meetings
• Develop budgets and blueprints and assess potential risks associated with your meeting or event
• Manage the RFP process, conduct well-thought-out and precise site inspections, select vendors, and develop contracts
• Design your meeting using key elements that enable your organization to achieve on its meeting goals and objectives
• Manage speakers and conference content design, design room sets, work with audiovisual teams, and design technical plans
• Plan menus and arrange transportation and attendee movement plans
• Oversee pre- and post-conference meetings and onsite logistics and conduct program evaluations
• Communicate success metrics to meeting stakeholders

Event Marketing Strategist | 07.22.2021

Thursday, July 22 9:00 AM - Thursday, July 22 1:00 PM

Domain I: Marketing | 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

Brands use in-person, digital, and hybrid events to connect to customers. But did you know that these same events are absolute goldmines of customer data that often go unnoticed due to a lack of event marketing strategies?

With MPI’s Event Marketing Strategist certificate program, you’ll understand what it takes to meet brand goals and objectives through events—regardless of the platform. Cvent and MPI have brought together top experts to deliver an unparalleled, four-hour course focused on the purposeful and measurable practice of deploying live and virtual events to achieve brand marketing and revenue goals.

You’ll uncover “the why” behind the choices necessary to achieve objectives, and you’ll start to grow your role from logistician to strategist by delivering impactful attendee experiences that bring systematic returns to your clients’ bottom lines.

Through the program, you’ll learn how to uncover invaluable data that will drive bottom-line results, and your value as a meeting and event professional will skyrocket as a result.

During this Program You’ll Explore:

  • The business case for modernized event marketing
  • Outcomes-based event strategy design
  • Multi-channel promotional strategies, tactics, and tools
  • Impactful attendee experiences and systematic achievement of ROO (return on objectives)
  • Customer and event intelligence through technology
  • Insights to achieve ROI (return on investment)

At the completion of the program, You’ll Be Able To:

  • Design an outcomes-based event strategy including critical event marketing metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Make the business case for how live in-person and digital marketing events can drive bottom-line business results for your organization.
  • Design, build, and execute a full-scale marketing event strategy and plan and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Deliver an impactful attendee experience.
  • Utilize common tools and technology in gathering event marketing intelligence.
  • Use best-in-class tactics to achieve systematic ROI and ROO, with measurement and revenue attribution.

Meeting & Event Strategist | 07.29.2021

Thursday, July 29 9:00 AM - Thursday, July 29 4:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning| 6 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

As automation and AI increasingly create efficiencies in the modern workforce, meeting professionals must embrace a role that is shifting increasingly into the strategic space. But what does that mean, and what future-ready skills are required to thrive in an environment where you do have a seat at the table? The first steps are understanding the value that your meetings drive for your business, and more importantly, being able to articulate that value to senior members of your organization.

You need to be able to create, design, and execute meetings that help your organization achieve five-year business goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) and that drive efficiency in the workplace, and you must be able to demonstrate in quantifiable ways how your meetings positively impact revenues, profits, and cost-savings for your business. You are no longer a meeting planner; you are a strategist that drives significant growth for your organization, and you know how to articulate that value in meaningful ways to business leaders.

Meeting professionals must understand the value of their events to ensure that they successfully achieve business goals and objectives, justify costs, design authentic and deliberate experiences, and improve their events over time. Understanding and demonstrating the role meetings play in driving organizational growth and effectiveness is an integral, future-ready skill that fuels better, more strategic meetings and events and motivates businesses to look at their meeting managers as strategic and essential players on senior leadership teams.

You can be a key player and business leader in your organization … if you position yourself as a strategist and consultant who can drive growth and value through the utilization of an important business tool—meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Articulate how—and by how much—your meetings drive growth, efficiency, and loyalty for your business and brand
  • Implement event measurement programs using proven change management models and with key stakeholder support
  • Speak in terms understood by your Chief Financial Officer and business leaders with additional financial literacy
  • Develop and create goals and SMART objectives that allow you to gain true insight into the value your meetings drive
  • Create measurements that matter for your business (and not just attendee satisfaction) and better understand how the behavior change your meetings create drives positive fiscal growth for your organization
  • Analyze and report your results to key business leaders and articulate the quantifiable value of meetings and events

Contract & Negotiation Specialist | 08.05.2021

Thursday, August 5 9:00 AM - Thursday, August 5 4:00 PM

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Domain B: Project Management | 6 Clock Hours

Contracting and negotiation are crucial—yet complex—roles for meeting professionals and understanding legal terminology and common contract clauses (and the liabilities they protect against) allows meeting professionals to negotiate from a position of strength. Even if you know what to look for, contracting is dynamic, and negotiation strategies change with market conditions, competition, and the economy. Solid knowledge of contract law and negotiation tactics enables meeting professionals to protect the interests of their organizations. With knowledge comes power, especially when it comes to legal matters.

Negotiating contracts involves managing financial and liability risks and protecting your business, particularly when considering the performance clauses (attrition and cancellation) that are standard in most venue contracts. No contracts are the same; words and phrasing vary and need to be carefully reviewed and edited. Sometimes, additional clauses must be added to balance the risk and liability between parties. And what of force majeure, indemnification, and the host of clauses that deal with issues that range from nuisances to calamities, such as construction and remodeling and incompatible groups?

It’s said the only right answer in the law is “it depends.” This certificate program will illustrate legal principles with examples from the news, the instructor, and your peers. Bring success and horror stories to share with other participants, enhance your legal knowledge, and fulfill your role to negotiate contracts that protect your organization from the financial and liability risks associated with your meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Explain the purpose of the primary contract clauses found in venue contracts.
  • Give examples of how contract language may result in financial or liability risk.
  • Prioritize issues for negotiation, determining “hot buttons” based on your meeting specifications.
  • Distinguish between contract language that is merely unfavorable and that which puts a party at significant financial or liability risk.
  • Negotiate key performance and liability clauses in at least three different ways so that the result is multiple options and not just a win-lose scenario.
  • Modify venue contracts based on knowledge of meetings contracts, meeting specifications, market conditions, and knowledge of the venue.

Meetings Outlook: Future Predictions for the Business of Meetings | 08.06.2021

Friday, August 6 11:00 AM - Friday, August 6 12:00 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

Given the reality of the current pandemic, meeting professionals are finding it nearly impossible to make decisions related to the business of events. What will the conditions look like in the next year? What will the new reality look like? And how are other meeting professionals overcoming current obstacles to grow business? Much is uncertain, but current projections can help. Deep dive into MPI's most recent Meetings Outlook research, published quarterly in The Meeting Professional magazine, and then discuss the trends that are most affecting you and your peers.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Review the forecast for events in the coming year, including a budget, attendance, and business conditions.

2. Deep dive into trends that matter and discuss the next steps with your peers.

3. Learn how these trends affect you and the future of your meetings.

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Event Start Up Strategist | 08.09.21

Monday, August 9 9:00 AM - Monday, August 9 1:00 PM

6 Clock Hours | Domain A: Strategic Planning

Cost: $499 Member/$699 Non-Member

Thinking like a start-up company isn’t a fad, it’s a way of reimagining the way that you do business. Every day, new and established businesses flounder trying to survive in an ever-evolving and sometimes uncertain market. How can you change the trajectory of your business’s growth? By harnessing the power of entrepreneurial leadership.

Do you often feel like you excel at helping others, extinguishing fires, and putting together the most complex logistics? If so, you likely are wondering about what is next for your business. Whether that be venturing out on your own or gaining more insight and clarity about your path of development – thinking like an entrepreneur and learning how to implement entrepreneurial strategies will get you there.

Specifically, this course will focus on how you can:

  • Develop your own business strategy.
  • Implement sales & marketing techniques to take your ideas to the next level.
  • Understand the role of personal development in entrepreneurship.
  • Execute a custom action plan for success.

At the completion of this workshop, you will be on the cutting edge of entrepreneurial strategy and thinking as you:

  • Define a process to manage long term personal and professional goals.
  • Develop tools to enhance all aspects of your business strategy.
  • Prioritize ways to create personal accountability.
  • Create a new model for thinking like an entrepreneur.

Want access to great educational content year-round for a free or reduced rate? Learn more about MPI membership here today!

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Event Crisis Communication | 08.12.2021

Thursday, August 12 9:00 AM - Thursday, August 12 1:00 PM

Domain C: Risk Management | 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

Meeting professionals aren’t responsible for communication during a crisis … right? WRONG!

You hold a variety of roles when an incident unfolds onsite during a meeting or event, including the coordination of the emergency management team, the determination of the next steps, and the consultation, management, and direction of the communication process. Your marketing team isn’t going to know the best communication streams to use, which ones are available, and how best to communicate and when. But if those are the roles of a meeting professional, are you prepared to act when a crisis happens?

Meeting professionals must ensure that there is a crisis communications plan in place (and assert their roles as leaders on the team that creates it), that spokespeople are trained to respond at the moment, and that their organizations are ready to communicate to attendees across multiple platforms. Being prepared ultimately comes down to developing a communications plan that includes three things: 1) auditing vulnerabilities, 2) training spokespeople, and 3) establishing means of communicating.

This certificate class will answer your burning questions about how to use social media and other forms of communication when it really matters. The basic steps of effective crisis communications are not difficult, but they require advance work to minimize risk and damage. Learn how to create a crisis communications plan for your event and make critical decisions for your organization and experience an exercise in real-time crisis communications. Never be caught unprepared again.

In the wake of crises like the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting and Hurricane Maria, how we communicate to our attendees is something we can no longer overlook

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Identify the results of poorly developed, poorly executed, and non-existent crisis communications plans, and avoid similar consequences for your organization
  • Conduct vulnerability audit for your events, identify the varying types of crises—and respond to them.
  • Create a crisis communications plan and effective emergency management using best practices for internal and external communications

Med Up-Meet Up | Medical Meeting Series 08.13.2021

Friday, August 13 11:00 AM - Friday, August 13 12:30 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

The MPI MD Advisory Board, and our sponsors, invite you to join our series on medical meetings.

Due to the overwhelming response to our recent webinar on The Future of Medical Meetings, MPI, in conjunction with our sponsors, presents a 4-part series that will cover important topics relevant to the current and future state of medical meetings. Due to the rapidly changing business environment, we are facing, topics will vary based on what’s relevant at the time leading up to each panel discussion. Each session will cover important regulation updates and include Q&A with a panel of global meetings and compliance experts. Each class will end with a summary of global compliance regulations and legal changes that have taken place in the previous quarter.

Each session is worth 1.5 CEU’s and a Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who attend all 4 sessions.

Want to access more information on healthcare compliance and earn your Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) - https://www.mpi.org/education/...

Interested in becoming a member of the MPI MD Community?

Learn more about MPI MD members here: https://www.mpi.org/membership...

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Event Data Analyst | 08.19.21

Thursday, August 19 9:00 AM - Thursday, August 19 4:00 PM

6 Clock Hours – Domain A: Strategic Planning

Cost: $499 Members/$699 Non-Members

Format: 3-hour lecture | 3-hour workshop

The Event Data Analyst course can best be described as a practitioner’s journey from problem identification to the presentation of recommendations.

As our roles continue to evolve within the meetings industry, becoming more strategic is at the core of our evolution. But what does it mean to be strategic?

Being strategic is not only a critical attribute of leadership but also involves the ongoing practice of making informed decisions, which are based on data, not intuition. As an event strategist, you need the ability to think critically, with a lens that supports overarching goals. You need to be able to extract insights from data and determine the next steps. You need to compare and contrast solutions. You need to form and communicate recommendations in ways stakeholders and executives can easily understand.

At the completion of the program, you'll be able to:

  • Develop an outline for a written business case in the form of a SlideDoc.
  • Define techniques for problem identification.
  • Identify industry trends related to the problem.
  • Identify various data sources.
  • Manage a raw data file and derive insights.
  • Compare a recommendation to alternative solutions.

Want access to great educational content year-round for a free or reduced rate? Learn more about MPI membership here today!

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Event Leadership Strategist | 08.26.21

Thursday, August 26 9:00 AM - Thursday, August 26 1:00 PM

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4 Clock Hours | Domain E: Human Resources or Domain F: Stakeholder Management


Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

The Event Leadership Strategist Certificate Course is a 4-hour course designed for new to mid-level professionals who want to develop and strengthen their unique leadership voice. This class will help you define, own, and share your personal leadership voice to make you a more competitive and confident professional within the meetings & events industry.

The Event Leadership Strategist course is an essential part of the career strategy for every professional within the meetings & events industry. Whether you have been in the business many years or are just getting started, you will benefit from the clarity of understanding your leadership voice and the power it holds.

Make an Impact

The Event Leadership Strategist Certificate Course will help you professionally distinguish yourself by:

  • Increasing your confidence.
  • Defining your unique voice.
  • Learning to say what needs to be said without getting dismissed.
  • Increase your influence and your effectiveness.
  • Be respectful while being heard.
  • Future proof your career.

Despite decades of research, millions of leadership articles & books, there is no widely accepted definition of leadership. That is because each person’s approach to leadership is as unique as the leader. Attend this session to get clear on your unique leadership and breakthrough the career barriers holding you back from your next level of success.

Bust Leadership Myths

The world is ripe with myths about leadership such as:

  • Leadership is about a title or a position you hold (TRUTH: Leadership is about action).
  • When it’s your time, someone will invite you to the top TRUTH: You need to shape your own path).
  • Leaders are born (TRUTH: They are created, and you have the potential if you apply yourself).

Join this course to challenge assumptions that may be holding you back. As John Quincy Adams said, “if your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader!”

Get the Edge in Life and Leadership:

Increase your effectiveness and influence by improving the clarity and strength of your leadership voice. This session is for mold-breaking, high-impact leaders to identify their unique skills and leadership perspective, so they can lead in unexpected ways and achieve unprecedented results.

  • Understand the dimensions of a leadership voice to get clear on your unique voice. Do you know how you sound? How should you sound? Where are you on the magic quadrant?
  • Create a personal leadership definition so that you capture your unique, dynamic natural ability (DNA) and lead in a more authentic manner based on what leadership means to you.
  • Own Your Impact and Increase Your Influence. Create an actionable plan to improve your leadership effectiveness.

Want access to great educational content year-round for a free or reduced rate? Learn more about MPI membership here today!

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HMCC Refresh | 09.02.2021

Thursday, September 2 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 2 11:00 AM

REFRESH: Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC)

Length: Two Hours

Cost: $149 member / $199 non-member

Global compliance regulations are constantly changing. This refresh course is required every two years for recipients of the Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate and ensures that attendees are aware of and can apply healthcare meeting compliance regulations, cross-border compliance, CMS Open Payments changes and updates, the EFPIA Disclosure Code and other trends. Meeting Professionals International (MPI) requires all current HMCCs to attend a refresh webinar on the second anniversary of their class date.

Participants Also Receive:

HMCC credential for two years (subject to refresh class)

2 clock hours in CMP-IS Strategic Domain A: Strategic Planning

Sustainable Event Strategist | 09.09.2021

Thursday, September 9 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 9 1:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning| 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

With the launch of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, the government and industry have refocused toward the 2030 achievement of responsible targets from poverty, hunger, and education to climate action, clean energy, and sustainable growth. These 17 goals have filtered through all levels of business, including meetings and events.

As the meeting and event industry looks for solutions to the climate crisis, plastic pollution, and other world challenges, the potential increases for our sector to be a force for good. Humans will always gather for face-to-face connection, so the challenge for today's event professionals remains—how can we plan those gatherings in ways that preserve the planet for future generations?

Through MPI's Sustainable Event Strategist Certificate Program, discover how to view the event planning process through the lens of sustainability. Learn tactical best practices for reducing the environmental impact of your events and explore how to create a culture of sustainable decision-making throughout your planning process.

Sustainability isn't just a matter of protecting the planet — it's a matter of relevance. In today's world, a robust sustainability strategy is vital for meeting your stakeholders' expectations and maintaining event credibility. In this program, learn how to plan your event with sustainability as a core value, as well as measure and share results to build stakeholder trust.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Articulate the business case for implementing a sustainability strategy for meetings and events
  • Understand the main causes, effects, and solutions to climate change
  • Establish a culture of sustainability within your event planning process and team
  • Apply pre-planning and budgeting practices to set your sustainability programs up for maximum success
  • Contrast various frameworks for sustainable event planning, including the EIC Sustainable Event Standards, ISO 20121, Council for Responsible Sport certifications, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
  • Implement tactics to reduce event waste and greenhouse gas emissions
  • Measure, report, and share your event's sustainability results

Meeting & Event Strategist | 09.16.2021

Thursday, September 16 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 16 4:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning| 6 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

As automation and AI increasingly create efficiencies in the modern workforce, meeting professionals must embrace a role that is shifting increasingly into the strategic space. But what does that mean, and what future-ready skills are required to thrive in an environment where you do have a seat at the table? The first steps are understanding the value that your meetings drive for your business, and more importantly, being able to articulate that value to senior members of your organization.

You need to be able to create, design, and execute meetings that help your organization achieve five-year business goals and key performance indicators (KPIs) and that drive efficiency in the workplace, and you must be able to demonstrate in quantifiable ways how your meetings positively impact revenues, profits, and cost-savings for your business. You are no longer a meeting planner; you are a strategist that drives significant growth for your organization, and you know how to articulate that value in meaningful ways to business leaders.

Meeting professionals must understand the value of their events to ensure that they successfully achieve business goals and objectives, justify costs, design authentic and deliberate experiences, and improve their events over time. Understanding and demonstrating the role meetings play in driving organizational growth and effectiveness is an integral, future-ready skill that fuels better, more strategic meetings and events and motivates businesses to look at their meeting managers as strategic and essential players on senior leadership teams.

You can be a key player and business leader in your organization … if you position yourself as a strategist and consultant who can drive growth and value through the utilization of an important business tool—meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Articulate how—and by how much—your meetings drive growth, efficiency, and loyalty for your business and brand
  • Implement event measurement programs using proven change management models and with key stakeholder support
  • Speak in terms understood by your Chief Financial Officer and business leaders with additional financial literacy
  • Develop and create goals and SMART objectives that allow you to gain true insight into the value your meetings drive
  • Create measurements that matter for your business (and not just attendee satisfaction) and better understand how the behavior change your meetings create drives positive fiscal growth for your organization
  • Analyze and report your results to key business leaders and articulate the quantifiable value of meetings and events

Inclusive Event Strategist | 09.23.2021

Thursday, September 23 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 23 1:00 PM

Domain G: Meeting or Event Design| 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

The Spirit of Inclusion goes beyond basic legal compliance to welcoming and embracing the many aspects of diversity and different perspectives that create powerful experiences and environments for problem-solving, innovation, and success. Inclusion is the right thing to do … but it also enhances business value and profits for organizations when they send the right messages to audiences and embrace all the ways in which people are different.

MPI’s Inclusive Events Strategist certificate focuses on practical actions that meeting professionals on both sides of the marketplace can take to create inclusive environments at their events. Explore the different dimensions of diversity to ensure the full and respectful participation of all participants and attendees, as well as your role as an inclusion broker for the diverse groups you represent.

Explore recent MPI Foundation research conducted by the New York University Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and discover where meeting professionals are excelling in the creation of welcoming environments, and the areas where they could improve in enhancing the experience for diverse groups. Meanwhile, gain access to more than 350 best practices for designing and executing inclusive experiences that embrace all your diverse attendees.

MPI’s focus is not on changing individual beliefs or ideas. Our goal is to explore the topic of inclusion and its relationship to the success of events and to provide strategies and actions that you can take to create inclusive experiences.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Utilize key findings from MPI research on inclusion to make the business case for greater efforts toward welcoming environments at your organization
  • Explain the business case for inclusion, and why creating objectives and tactics for inclusion will benefit your business or organization
  • Use the dimensions of diversity in your event strategy and design to create fully inclusive environments
  • Embrace your role of inclusion broker, and strategies you can use in representing the diverse people at your meetings and events
  • Recommend actions you and your organization can take to create inclusive environments
  • Commit to taking actions that create an environment of inclusion by completing an Inclusive Action Plan

Contract & Negotiation Specialist | 09.30.2021

Thursday, September 30 9:00 AM - Thursday, September 30 4:00 PM

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Domain B: Project Management | 6 Clock Hours

Contracting and negotiation are crucial—yet complex—roles for meeting professionals and understanding legal terminology and common contract clauses (and the liabilities they protect against) allows meeting professionals to negotiate from a position of strength. Even if you know what to look for, contracting is dynamic, and negotiation strategies change with market conditions, competition, and the economy. Solid knowledge of contract law and negotiation tactics enables meeting professionals to protect the interests of their organizations. With knowledge comes power, especially when it comes to legal matters.

Negotiating contracts involves managing financial and liability risks and protecting your business, particularly when considering the performance clauses (attrition and cancellation) that are standard in most venue contracts. No contracts are the same; words and phrasing vary and need to be carefully reviewed and edited. Sometimes, additional clauses must be added to balance the risk and liability between parties. And what of force majeure, indemnification, and the host of clauses that deal with issues that range from nuisances to calamities, such as construction and remodeling and incompatible groups?

It’s said the only right answer in the law is “it depends.” This certificate program will illustrate legal principles with examples from the news, the instructor, and your peers. Bring success and horror stories to share with other participants, enhance your legal knowledge, and fulfill your role to negotiate contracts that protect your organization from the financial and liability risks associated with your meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Explain the purpose of the primary contract clauses found in venue contracts.
  • Give examples of how contract language may result in financial or liability risk.
  • Prioritize issues for negotiation, determining “hot buttons” based on your meeting specifications.
  • Distinguish between contract language that is merely unfavorable and that which puts a party at significant financial or liability risk.
  • Negotiate key performance and liability clauses in at least three different ways so that the result is multiple options and not just a win-lose scenario.
  • Modify venue contracts based on knowledge of meetings contracts, meeting specifications, market conditions, and knowledge of the venue.

Basics Bootcamp | 10.07.2021

Thursday, October 7 9:00 AM - Thursday, October 7 4:00 PM

Cost: $499 member/ $699 non-member

Domain A: Strategic Planning | 6 clock hours

If you been involved with the design and creation of meetings and events for 10 months or 10 years, there are certain definable and demonstrable steps to ensuring successful execution, delivery and measurement. MPI’s Basics Boot Camp offers a lightning-fast deep dive into the fundamentals of successful event planning—from defining meeting goals and objectives and identifying stakeholders through meeting design, development, RPFs and contracting to food and beverage, staging, audiovisual, and more.

This certificate class touches on every element of the meeting planning process, offering you the opportunity to employ best practices for your business, make changes to your processes and procedures and ensure that your operations conform with industry-leading standards. Basics Boot Camp offers a strong foundation in the core skills and practices necessary to plan meetings and events.

If you are new to event planning—or you’ve been doing this for a while—this A-Z certificate class offers a series of best practices and must-perform tactics to ensure successful event execution for any level.

You’ll Be Able To:

• Identify meeting stakeholders and employ your role as intermediary and mediator to evaluate their needs toward designing right-fit experiences
• Define event goals and SMART objectives and employ strategies for measuring the value of your meetings
• Develop budgets and blueprints and assess potential risks associated with your meeting or event
• Manage the RFP process, conduct well-thought-out and precise site inspections, select vendors, and develop contracts
• Design your meeting using key elements that enable your organization to achieve on its meeting goals and objectives
• Manage speakers and conference content design, design room sets, work with audiovisual teams, and design technical plans
• Plan menus and arrange transportation and attendee movement plans
• Oversee pre- and post-conference meetings and onsite logistics and conduct program evaluations
• Communicate success metrics to meeting stakeholders

Event Start Up Strategist | 10.11.21

Monday, October 11 9:00 AM - Monday, October 11 4:00 PM

6 Clock Hours | Domain A: Strategic Planning

Cost: $499 Member/$699 Non-Member

Thinking like a start-up company isn’t a fad, it’s a way of reimagining the way that you do business. Every day, new and established businesses flounder trying to survive in an ever-evolving and sometimes uncertain market. How can you change the trajectory of your business’s growth? By harnessing the power of entrepreneurial leadership.

Do you often feel like you excel at helping others, extinguishing fires, and putting together the most complex logistics? If so, you likely are wondering about what is next for your business. Whether that be venturing out on your own or gaining more insight and clarity about your path of development – thinking like an entrepreneur and learning how to implement entrepreneurial strategies will get you there.

Specifically, this course will focus on how you can:

  • Develop your own business strategy.
  • Implement sales & marketing techniques to take your ideas to the next level.
  • Understand the role of personal development in entrepreneurship.
  • Execute a custom action plan for success.

At the completion of this workshop, you will be on the cutting edge of entrepreneurial strategy and thinking as you:

  • Define a process to manage long term personal and professional goals.
  • Develop tools to enhance all aspects of your business strategy.
  • Prioritize ways to create personal accountability.
  • Create a new model for thinking like an entrepreneur.

Want access to great educational content year-round for a free or reduced rate? Learn more about MPI membership here today!

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Women in Leadership | 10.14.2021

Thursday, October 14 9:00 AM - Thursday, October 14 1:00 PM

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Domain E: Human Resources| 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

Women ​play ​key ​roles ​in ​the ​hospitality ​and ​meeting ​industries, ​but ​many ​find ​it ​challenging ​to ​move ​into ​leadership ​positions. ​In ​fact, ​recent ​studies ​show ​that ​women ​are ​28% ​less ​likely ​to ​get ​an ​executive-level ​position even ​if ​they ​possess ​the ​skills ​that ​make ​other ​job ​applicants ​attractive ​candidates ​for ​CEO, ​COO, ​CMO ​, and ​CFO ​positions. ​What are the skills necessary to be considered for these types of high-level leadership roles, and how do they translate to the level of leadership you seek for your current and future career?

Learn about the key roles women play in the hospitality and meeting industries and how to overcome career obstacles to executive-level positions—or the right-fit leadership level for you. Review and learn from real-life case studies of women who have overcome adversity to excel in the meetings space, while maintaining the right balance for their personal and professional lives. Examine what ​skills they possess, the decisions they made and what actions they took to enable their industry leadership.

Analyze your own personal leadership skills using a Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment to discover the areas you excel, and where you can fill gaps with future training and advancement. Think about where you want your career and leadership to grow in the next three to five years and create an action and development plan that advances your career, your leadership, and your influence.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Identify the skills that help women ascend to executive leadership roles in the meeting and event industry, and self-evaluate where you excel and where you can improve
  • Utilize best-practice methods for overcoming common challenges women face in obtaining leadership opportunities
  • Follow your personal action plan for leadership success and career development and find success in right-fit leadership roles
  • Locate additional resources available to women seeking leadership roles in the meeting and event industry

Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate (HMCC) | 10.21.2021

Thursday, October 21 9:00 AM - Thursday, October 21 1:00 PM

Domain A: Strategic Planning | 4 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Healthcare meeting professionals on both sides of the marketplace must balance designing and hosting events and quantifiable returns for their organizations with unprecedented and frequent changes in global healthcare compliance and regulations for their companies, their attendees, their destinations, and more. They must tackle tough regulations and adjust and readjust priorities while keeping an eye on short- and long-term survival—a tough job that requires a continuous flow of knowledge.

Invest in your future and your company’s success by participating in MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) program, which provides a condensed foundation in key healthcare disciplines. Designed for both event strategists and their partners who need a broad understanding of a full range of regulatory topics, this program develops competency groundwork while building critical thinking skills through case studies, business simulation, discussion, and active exercises. This intensive, four-hour educational and training program provides healthcare meeting compliance stakeholders with the knowledge and experience they need to successfully navigate the increasingly complex pharmaceutical, biotech, and medical device regulatory environment.

Upon completion of this program, attendees will earn the HMCC credential signifying awareness of and competence in the latest compliance regulations that impact healthcare meetings and events.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Utilize new healthcare compliance management skills and unique terminologies in the event planning and design process
  • Oversee process reporting management across a variety of sectors, regions, and countries
  • Meet new reporting and submission timelines and understand transfers of values, and what that means for meetings and events
  • Apply the who, what, where, and how of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act (Open Payments), and other global compliance

Course Preparation:

  • Registrants can purchase the textbook “Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance," and read prior to the session. Books are available for $89.95 (print) and $80.00 (e-book) and can be ordered online at: http://meetingcompliance.com.
  • This is a suggested but not required component of the HMCC Class.

Emergency Prep | 10.28.2021

Thursday, October 28 9:00 AM - Thursday, October 28 4:00 PM

Domain C: Risk Management | 6 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Your No. 1 role as a meeting professional isn’t executing on flawless experiences or driving business results for your organization. It’s ensuring the safety and security of the people you have brought together onsite. But if this is your most critical role, how prepared do you feel for stepping into it during a crisis or incident? And do you have the plans in place to ensure that you are successful?

Build and maintain an understanding of the risk management and emergency planning process with this six-hour certificate course, developed in partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Discover processes for risk assessment and emergency preparedness, adapted from the best-in-class experts in marathons and World Cups. Deep dive into incident management strategies as needed for the prevention, preparedness, response and recovery from all-hazard emergency incidents. Discover techniques to prevent and respond to everything from ordinary incidents such as fights or drunkenness to extraordinary crimes, violence, terrorist attacks and natural disasters.

Learn how you can ensure the safety and security of all attendees, limit damage and restore services in the event of emergencies. Helping your organization host successful meetings begins with creating events that are safe and secure for all attendees and stakeholders. Give yourself the tools you need to effectively plan for and respond to crisis and deliver on your responsibility to your attendees and your organization.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Differentiate between events and incidents for managing risk onsite at meetings and events of all kinds
  • Identify various stakeholders in communication and collaboration for meeting and event emergency preparedness
  • Apply risk assessment and management techniques to mitigate, transfer, accept and/or avoid risk
  • Implement and execute the critical components of the emergency planning process
  • Create post-event reports and lessons learned and implement tactics for continuous improvement

Med Up-Meet Up | Medical Meeting Series 11.12.2021

Friday, November 12 11:00 AM - Friday, January 8 12:30 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

The MPI MD Advisory Board, and our sponsors, invite you to join our series on medical meetings.

Due to the overwhelming response to our recent webinar on The Future of Medical Meetings, MPI, in conjunction with our sponsors, presents a 4-part series that will cover important topics relevant to the current and future state of medical meetings. Due to the rapidly changing business environment, we are facing, topics will vary based on what’s relevant at the time leading up to each panel discussion. Each session will cover important regulation updates and include Q&A with a panel of global meetings and compliance experts. Each class will end with a summary of global compliance regulations and legal changes that have taken place in the previous quarter.

Each session is worth 1.5 CEU’s and a Certificate of Completion will be awarded to those who attend all 4 sessions.

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Event Marketing Strategist | 11.18.2021

Thursday, November 18 9:00 AM - Thursday, November 18 1:00 PM

Domain I: Marketing | 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

Brands use in-person, digital, and hybrid events to connect to customers. But did you know that these same events are absolute goldmines of customer data that often go unnoticed due to a lack of event marketing strategies?

With MPI’s Event Marketing Strategist certificate program, you’ll understand what it takes to meet brand goals and objectives through events—regardless of the platform. Cvent and MPI have brought together top experts to deliver an unparalleled, four-hour course focused on the purposeful and measurable practice of deploying live and virtual events to achieve brand marketing and revenue goals.

You’ll uncover “the why” behind the choices necessary to achieve objectives, and you’ll start to grow your role from logistician to strategist by delivering impactful attendee experiences that bring systematic returns to your clients’ bottom lines.

Through the program, you’ll learn how to uncover invaluable data that will drive bottom-line results, and your value as a meeting and event professional will skyrocket as a result.

During this Program You’ll Explore:

  • The business case for modernized event marketing
  • Outcomes-based event strategy design
  • Multi-channel promotional strategies, tactics, and tools
  • Impactful attendee experiences and systematic achievement of ROO (return on objectives)
  • Customer and event intelligence through technology
  • Insights to achieve ROI (return on investment)

At the completion of the program You’ll Be Able To:

  • Design an outcomes-based event strategy including critical event marketing metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs).
  • Make the business case for how live in-person and digital marketing events can drive bottom-line business results for your organization.
  • Design, build, and execute a full-scale marketing event strategy and plan and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Deliver an impactful attendee experience.
  • Utilize common tools and technology in gathering event marketing intelligence.
  • Use best-in-class tactics to achieve systematic ROI and ROO, with measurement and revenue attribution.

Meetings Outlook: Future Predictions for the Business of Meetings

Friday, November 19 11:00 AM - Friday, November 19 12:00 PM

1 Clock Hour | Domain A: Strategic Planning

Meetings Outlook & Twine Virtual Networking Event

Join us for a Meetings Outlook update on the future predictions for the business of meetings and a virtual networking event through using the new cutting edge Twine technology. Given the reality of the current pandemic, meeting professionals are finding it nearly impossible to make decisions related to the business of events. What will the conditions look like in the next year? What will the new reality look like? And how are other meeting professionals overcoming current obstacles to grow business? Much is uncertain, but current projections can help. After the Meetings Outlook, we will use Twine to network and continue the conversation on the future business of meetings.

Learner Outcomes:

1. Review the forecast for events in the coming year, including a budget, attendance, and business conditions.

2. Deep dive into trends that matter and discuss the next steps with your peers.

3. Using Twine, we will continue the conversation face to face on how these trends affect you and the future of your meetings.

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Inclusive Event Strategist | 12.02.2021

Thursday, December 2 9:00 AM - Thursday, December 2 1:00 PM

Domain G: Meeting or Event Design| 4 clock hours

Cost: $299 Member/ $399 Non-Member

The Spirit of Inclusion goes beyond basic legal compliance to welcoming and embracing the many aspects of diversity and different perspectives that create powerful experiences and environments for problem-solving, innovation and success. Inclusion is the right thing to do … but it also enhances business value and profits for organizations when they send the right messages to audiences and embrace all the ways in which people are different.

MPI’s Inclusive Events Strategist certificate focuses on practical actions that meeting professionals on both sides of the marketplace can take to create inclusive environments at their events. Explore the different dimensions of diversity to ensure the full and respectful participation of all participants and attendees, as well as your role as an inclusion broker for the diverse groups you represent.

Explore recent MPI Foundation research conducted by the New York University Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and discover where meeting professionals are excelling in the creation of welcoming environments, and the areas where they could improve in enhancing the experience for diverse groups. Meanwhile, gain access to more than 350 best practices for designing and executing inclusive experiences that embrace all your diverse attendees.

MPI’s focus is not on changing individual beliefs or ideas. Our goal is to explore the topic of inclusion and its relationship to the success of events and to provide strategies and actions that you can take to create inclusive experiences.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Utilize key findings from MPI research on inclusion to make the business case for greater efforts toward welcoming environments at your organization
  • Explain the business case for inclusion, and why creating objectives and tactics for inclusion will benefit your business or organization
  • Use the dimensions of diversity in your event strategy and design to create fully inclusive environments
  • Embrace your role of inclusion broker, and strategies you can use in representing the diverse people at your meetings and events
  • Recommend actions you and your organization can take to create inclusive environments
  • Commit to taking actions that create an environment of inclusion by completing an Inclusive Action Plan

Emergency Prep | 12.09.2021

Thursday, December 9 9:00 AM - Thursday, December 9 4:00 PM

Domain C: Risk Management | 6 clock hours

Cost: $499 Member/ $699 Non-Member

Your No. 1 role as a meeting professional isn’t executing flawless experiences or driving business results for your organization. It’s ensuring the safety and security of the people you have brought together onsite. But if this is your most critical role, how prepared do you feel for stepping into it during a crisis or incident? And do you have the plans in place to ensure that you are successful?

Build and maintain an understanding of the risk management and emergency planning process with this six-hour certificate course, developed in partnership with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi. Discover processes for risk assessment and emergency preparedness, adapted from the best-in-class experts in marathons and World Cups. Deep dive into incident management strategies as needed for the prevention, preparedness, response, and recovery from all-hazard emergency incidents. Discover techniques to prevent and respond to everything from ordinary incidents such as fights or drunkenness to extraordinary crimes, violence, terrorist attacks, and natural disasters.

Learn how you can ensure the safety and security of all attendees, limit damage, and restore services in the event of emergencies. Helping your organization host successful meetings begins with creating events that are safe and secure for all attendees and stakeholders. Give yourself the tools you need to effectively plan for and respond to crisis and deliver on your responsibility to your attendees and your organization.

You’ll Be Able To:

  • Differentiate between events and incidents for managing risk onsite at meetings and events of all kinds
  • Identify various stakeholders in communication and collaboration for meeting and event emergency preparedness
  • Apply risk assessment and management techniques to mitigate, transfer, accept and/or avoid risk
  • Implement and execute the critical components of the emergency planning process
  • Create post-event reports and lessons learned and implement tactics for continuous improvement

Event Data Analyst | 12.16.21

Thursday, December 16 9:00 AM - Thursday, December 16 4:00 PM

6 Clock Hours | Domain A: Strategic Planning

Cost: $499 Members/$699 Non-Members 

Format: 3-hour lecture | 3-hour workshop

The Event Data Analyst course can best be described as a practitioner’s journey from problem identification to the presentation of recommendations.

As our roles continue to evolve within the meetings industry, becoming more strategic is at the core of our evolution. But what does it mean to be strategic?

Being strategic is not only a critical attribute of leadership but also involves the ongoing practice of making informed decisions, which are based on data, not intuition. As an event strategist, you need the ability to think critically, with a lens that supports overarching goals. You need to be able to extract insights from data and determine the next steps. You need to compare and contrast solutions. You need to form and communicate recommendations in ways stakeholders and executives can easily understand.

At the completion of the program, you'll be able to:

  • Develop an outline for a written business case in the form of a SlideDoc.
  • Define techniques for problem identification.
  • Identify industry trends related to the problem.
  • Identify various data sources.
  • Manage a raw data file and derive insights.
  • Compare a recommendation to alternative solutions.

Want access to great educational content year-round for a free or reduced rate? Learn more about MPI membership here today!

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