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Meeting Professionals International Expands Learning Opportunities

Meeting Professionals International has expanded the offerings in their Executive Education Series.

The series was developed in order to further education opportunities for senior-level and executive meeting professionals, and mid-level professionals aspiring to leadership. The new courses feature women in leadership and emergency preparedness. The Experiential Event program was also introduced and provides experience in sports, culinary, entertainment, and mega-event categories, with the option to qualify as designated Experiential Event Professionals.

Meet Terri Woodin

These interviews are part of a series that highlights new hires within the industry. Have you recently started a new role or do you know someone who has? Submit your ideas to brittany.trevick@tigeroak.com.

Terri Woodin was recently hired as the Vice President of Marketing & Global Meeting Services for Meeting Sites Resource.

1. What are you looking forward to the most in your new role as the vice president of marketing and global meeting services?

SITE and MPI Announce Co-located Event in 2018

The Society for Incentive Travel Excellence and Meeting Professionals International have come together to offer a new, enhanced experience for global meetings and incentive professionals at the SITE + MPI Global Forum. The crossover between both industries and memberships sparked the idea for the event, taking place Jan. 12–14, 2018 at the Rome Cavalieri Waldorf Astoria in Italy—a hotel in the heart of Rome.

Event Snapshots: Celebration! 2016 MMPI Awards Gala

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The Meeting Professionals International Michigan Chapter held its annual awards party on June 2 at The Henry, Autograph Collection in Dearborn. The event recognizes the hard work and dedication of Michigan’s meeting pros. This year’s individual winners were Chris Rowley, CMP, for Finest Sales Professional; Veronica Rogers, CMP, for Finest Planner; and Deb Denyer, MIM+E board member, for the 2016 President’s Award of Excellence.

GBTA and MPI Present Meeting Certificates

Recently, the Global Business Travel Association and Meeting Professionals International awarded the Certificate in Meeting Management to 37 professionals from the CMM Norfolk 2016 class. The association will offer programs in Palm Springs, Calif., and Reno, Nev., this year.

“We cannot be more pleased with the strong interest the CMM Program has received from our global community,” says Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO, MPI. “Participants have consistently shared positive feedback on the program’s educational content and instructors.”

Backpacks to Briefcases

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On Nov. 16, 20 MPI PHL members and myself had the pleasure of engaging with Temple and Drexel Hospitality and Tourism students in an information filled speed networking hour, aptly named Backpacks to Briefcases.

MPI Confirms 2017 Board

Meeting Professionals International has just announced their leaders for the Board of Directors and the MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees in 2017. All members are effective Jan. 1, 2017, and their term is up on Dec. 31, 2017.

“Over the past few years, MPI has had many prominent industry leaders serve on our boards and this year is no different,” says Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We have a broad mix of volunteers representing meeting planning firms, hoteliers, convention and visitors bureaus, technology and travel companies, and more.”

Paul Van Deventer to Co-Chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of Meetings Professional International, has been appointed to coalition co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition effective January 2017.

“Paul is already an active coalition member and I am thrilled to work alongside him next year as we continue to expand MMB’s reach and influence," says MMB co-chair Richard Harper. “He is the first MMB co-chair who leads a meeting professionals organization and his insights and experience will help us spread the MMB message to a larger audience in the coming years.”

Event Snapshots: MPI WEC Opening Night and Rendezvous Celebration

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MPI WEC’s Atlantic City arrival began with a bang at the Opening Night Celebration on the sand. It was a beach party to remember (the flip-flops at the entrance were a definite hit with the heel-wearing female attendees!) A few nights later, Train’s concert at WAV Nightclub was a hit.

IBTM World Partners with MPI Foundation to Launch Networking Event

Ibtm world is partnering with Meeting Professionals International Foundation and NBTC Holland Marketing to launch the foundation’s networking event, Rendezvous. The event will be part of the show program for ibtm world 2017 and ibtm latin america 2017.

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