MPI Academy Calendar


Inclusive XP: Designing Incredibly Welcoming Experiences

Tuesday, March 26 11:00 AM - Tuesday, March 26 12:00 PM

Sponsored by Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

You want to create warm and inviting experiences that embrace all of the differences your participants bring with them—ensuring that every single attendee feels welcome and cherished. But how do you even get started? Discover recent findings from research conducted by Meeting Professionals International in association with the NYU School of Professional Studies Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality and examine best and next practices in ensuring that all attendees at meetings, conferences and exhibitions feel welcome through inclusive event design. And finally, discover information about a new certificate course from MPI and Greater Fort Lauderdale on creating truly welcoming experiences.

Learner outcomes:

  • Learn why it is important for all attendees to feel welcome and wanted at your meetings and exhibitions.
  • Discover ways you can change the way you design experiences to be more inclusive.
  • Share your own best practices and learn how your peers are creating inclusive experiences.

Your Killing Your Business Because You’re Killing Yourself – 5 Steps to Turn It Around!

Tuesday, April 2 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 2 12:00 PM

Proposed 1 Clock Hour Domain E:  Human Resources

In this day and age of high expectations in the business, stress is at an all- time high! People are overwhelmed, overworked, overweight and unhappy. People feel a lack of control when it comes to the work that must get done. What I know for sure is that it is critical for us to take care of ourselves before we can handle anything or anyone else. I am going to share the 5 fundamentals to transforming your health – and provide 5 strategies you can then use to transform your life and transfer all of that into the workplace.

Learner outcomes:

  • Identify the 3 major causes of stress in their life because awareness is the first key to ‘change’.
  • Learn the #1 success technique to take back the locus of control in their life so that you can create the business and life of your dreams.
  • Implement new habits on a daily basis that will bring joy back to the work they are doing, and the life they are living.

Live Online: Q2 HMCC Refresh 04.03.2019

Wednesday, April 3 11:00 AM - Wednesday, April 3 12:30 PM

Proposed 1.5 Clock Hours Domain A: Strategic Planning

To keep our Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate recipients up to date on healthcare meeting compliance regulations, cross-border compliance, CMS Open Payments changes and updates, the EFPIA Disclosure Code, and other healthcare trends, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) requires all current HMCCs to attend a refresh webinar on the second anniversary of their class date.

Learner outcomes:

  • Hear about new legislation and compliance laws impacting life science meetings.
  • Understand cross-border compliance challenges and how to navigate them.
  • Discover new trends for life science meetings and events.

Contract Strategies for the Evolving Marketplace

Tuesday, April 9 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 9 12:00 PM

Proposed 1 Clock Hour Domain D:  Financial Management

The only thing constant in our industry is change. This workshop will arm you with tactical strategies that will help you to negotiate & defend your organization in this evolving market. In this high-level workshop, attendees will review key contract clauses, negotiations tips and strategies on how to get to “Yes” and review variables that help influence a hotels decision to accept your business.

Learner outcomes:

  • Understand our current marketplace and how it affects a planners’ strategy during negotiations.
  • Review key contract clauses and how to defend them to benefit your organizations bottom-line.
  • Discuss variables that the hotels consider when reviewing your overall business value.

Taking the Mystery out of Healthcare Meetings

Wednesday, April 10 11:00 AM - Wednesday, April 10 12:00 PM

Proposed 1 Clock Hour Domain A: Strategic Planning

This interactive session will provide specific information to increase your understanding of the issues regarding selling, planning, and managing healthcare meetings. We will dispel the mystery around international regulations and codes of ethics, who is a Healthcare Professional (HCPs), the need for transparency with HCP interactions, product lifecycles tied to regulated and non-regulated meeting types, and what planners expect from suppliers when operating healthcare meetings.

Learner outcomes:

  • Understand the unique needs of the health care industry
  • Learn about the issues and concerns regarding international codes and regulations
  • Recognize what the planner expect and what the hotel team needs to know

Live Online: Business Value of Meetings 04.11.2019

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

Proposed 6 Clock Hours Domain A: Strategic Planning

Session One: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Central Time

Session Two: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Central Time

Meeting professionals must understand the value of the events they deliver in order to ensure that they successfully achieve business goals and objectives, justify costs and other expenditures, design authenticate and deliberate experiences and improve their events over time. Understanding the role that meetings play for their overall organizations is an integral industry skill set 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.

In this online course, learn the process for measuring the business value of meetings from identifying stakeholders and implementing change management systems (if necessary) and creating goals and objectives to setting measurements and reporting out results. Practice delivering on the business value of meetings through case studies and best practices from organizations around the globe.

Learner outcomes:

  • Learn the basics behind delivering business value for business through meetings and events
  • Discover how to gain traction for measurement programs through stakeholder commitment
  • Enhance your financial literacy
  • Learn how to set goals and SMART objectives
  • Learn how to create measurements that matter
  • Learn how to analyze and report your results

Facing Trans: Education, Advocacy, and Inclusion of Transgender Needs for Meeting Professionals

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

Proposed 1 Clock Hour Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

This program is designed to help Meeting and Event Professionals provide a safe and supportive climate for all and become better advocates for the trans community. By understanding the needs of this community and being able to advocate and educate others, employees, volunteers, members, and participants can feel safe and welcomed with zero additional costs. Venues, cities, and states are evolving and passing legislation to provide the public with accommodations, and organizations are updating non-discrimination polices to understand gender identity and expression. Now it is your turn.

Learner outcomes:

  • Increase awareness of the existence of the trans/gender-variant populations.
  • Create more association and venue advocates for trans needs.
  • Elevate your meetings and events as a leader in serving trans populations.

Live Online: Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals 04.17.2019

Wednesday, April 17 9:00 AM - Wednesday, April 17 4:00 PM

Developed in partnership with InterContinental Hotel Group (IHG)

Proposed 6 Clock Hours Domain A: Strategic Planning or Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Basics Boot Camp 1: Meeting Planning Coursing & Strategy is a three-hour program designed for people who are responsible for planning meetings and events but may not have any formal training. Basics Boot Camp Part 1 will give you a strong foundation of core skills needed to plan your next meeting or event. Basics Boot Camp is divided into two parts each 3 hours in length. Attendees of Parts 1 and 2 will receive a certificate.

Learner outcomes:

  • Define meeting goals and SMART objectives
  • Identify meeting stakeholders
  • Develop a meeting budget
  • Create a meeting blueprint
  • Manage the RFP process
  • Conduct site inspections
  • Assess potential risks
  • Select vendors
  • Develop contracts

Basics Boot Camp 2: Meeting Planning Design & Logistics is a three-hour program designed for people who are responsible for planning meetings and events but may not have any formal training. Basics Boot Camp will give you a strong foundation of core skills needed to plan your next meeting or event. Basics Boot Camp is divided into two parts each 3 hours in length. Attendees of Parts 1 and 2 will receive a certificate.

Learner outcomes:

  • Understand how elements of meeting design help you achieve meeting goals and SMART objectives
  • Manage speakers and conference content design
  • Design room sets
  • Plan menus
  • Work with audiovisual teams
  • Design a technical plan
  • Arrange transportation and attendee movement plans
  • Oversee pre-con/post-con meetings and onsite logistics
  • Conduct program evaluations
  • Communicate success metrics to meeting stakeholder

New Member Orientation April 2019

Thursday, April 18 11:00 AM - Thursday, April 18 11:30 AM

Your first year of membership to Meeting Professionals International is full of opportunities, some of which you may not even be aware of. You may have joined MPI for a very specific reason and we want you to fully understand all the ways to achieve your goal. Our 30 minute webinar will give you an overview of the benefits you now have access to which will make you successful.

How To Embrace Experimentation To Drive Meaningful Results

Tuesday, April 23 11:00 AM - Tuesday, April 23 12:00 PM

Proposed 1 Clock Hour Domain I: Marketing

In this presentation, Ross will discuss an experimentation model that can be applied by organizations hoping to achieve success in marketing and productivity. He will offer insight around how managers can create systems and inspire their teams to run experiments more regularly and how experimentation can breakthrough in your marketing efforts.

Learner outcomes:

  • How to run successful experiments in your career + current role.
  • How brands can use experimentation to drive marketing results.
  • How to use more ‘risky’ channels to reach broader & better audiences.

Live Online: Q2 Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) 04.25.2019

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

Proposed 4 Clock Hours Domain A: Strategic Planning

The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) 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. A broad range of healthcare topics including cross-border healthcare compliance, industry trends, global regulations, and compliance, codes, laws and mandates will be covered.

Registrants have the option to purchase the textbook Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance, 4th Edition and read prior to the start of the session. Books are available for US $89.95 at

Learner outcomes:

  • Enhance healthcare compliance management skills
  • Recognize unique terminologies
  • Process reporting management with samples
  • Understand Transfers of Values Learn the who, what, where and how of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act - National Physician Payment Transparency Program: Open Payments
  • Better comprehend the “crossing the borders” compliance regulations