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MPI Unveils Program for 2014 World Education Congress in Minneapolis

By M+E Staff

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) recently announced the details for its annual World Education Congress (WEC). The conference’s program will showcase premiere education, networking and business opportunities. It is set for August 2-5 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.    

“At MPI, we are continually making discoveries about our members, their needs and concerns, and what will make them successful in order to strengthen our association and our membership experience,” explains Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “With WEC 2014, our goal is to help attendees discover their own strategic potential, the right business partnerships, and ways to transform and elevate their approach to planning meetings and events.”

World-renowned spiritual leader, licensed physician and best-selling author Deepak Chopra will be presenting the opening keynote speech. Chopra will introduce his concept of “wellness real estate” and discuss the importance of healthy indoor environments for the home, office and meeting spaces.

Additionally, WEC 2014 will deliver more than 70 concurrent education sessions, including numerous professional development sessions eligible for clock hours. Plus, planners and suppliers participating in MPI’s Hosted Buyer Program now have the opportunity to attend more education sessions as appointments will not overlap the sessions.

MPI has also planned two flash-point-style general sessions featuring speakers like Sam Richter, an internationally recognized expert on sales intelligence and online reputation management, and Chris Heeter, founder of The Wild Institute, a national organization committed to connecting people to nature, themselves, and each other. 

WEC welcomes two new component’s to this year’s conference: CSR Central and the Tech Café. 

CSR Central, hosted by Meet Minneapolis, is a dedicated zone where attendees can volunteer with local community organizations throughout the day on August 4. In the Tech Café, which is sponsored by Freeman, attendees will experience new technology solutions and learn how to leverage them to deliver effective meetings. 

Other program highlights include the RISE Awards Luncheon, MarketSquare and MPI Foundation fundraising events. To learn more or to register for WEC 2014, visit www.mpiweb.org/wec.

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