2016 World Education Congress


Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is committed to providing industry-leading professional development, networking and marketplace opportunities for our members. The annual World Education Congress (WEC) is the signature event through which MPI delivers top-rated education, networking and business opportunities to the meeting and event community. For 3 ½ days, WEC attendees are immersed in a variety of learning experiences designed to give you the competitive edge when planning meetings.

WEC features programming and people that will allow attendees to think and grow in new ways. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a variety of topics that will not only impact their individual performance, but also understand the impact to the industry as a whole. WEC educational sessions give attendees the best tools, exposure to sound business practices and the latest business trends.

WEC provides attendees with outstanding networking and marketplace opportunities for conducting business. With both formal and informal scheduled face-to-face activities, WEC attendees can connect to industry peers and partners that will allow them to expand their business network.

Purchase individual sessions for $34.99 each or a full conference pass that includes access to all 69 sessions, worth nearly 70 clock hours worth of education for just $799 (a $400 savings off the full conference rate).


Are you working towards achieving your CMP designation? MPI is a preferred educational provider, which means that our sessions have been pre-approved for CMP-IS and CMP-HC credits by the Events Industry Council. All sessions on this platform have been submitted for review and assignment of clock hours. Learn more about earning your CMP here.

MPI also is a CAE-approved provider, which means that watching our sessions can help meet the professional development requirements to earn or maintain the CAE credential. Learn more about the CAE designation here.

Once you're logged in, you can view sessions you've purchased or added to your cart as well as your transcript of sessions you've completed. Use this transcript to keep track of hours you may need to submit to the CIC, ASAE or other credentialling authorities.

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Standard: $49.99
Premier: $0.00
Preferred: $0.00
Essential: $0.00

Sessions

10 Ways to Attract and Retain Millennials

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

The Millennials: a generation of digital professionals who are entering our workforce. It takes more than daily donuts and cool tech tools to recruit and retain. This session addresses the inherent challenges in this new generation as well as an action plan on how to recruit and retain them.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to attract Millennials to your workplace.
  • Understand what makes a Millennial a valuable member of your team.
  • Create an environment that not only will attract them to your workplace but keep them on your team.

Speaker(s):
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

Master Class: Rethinking Stress and Sustaining Positive Change

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

Take a deeper dive into the fascinating work around Strategic Happiness with our Opening General Session Keynote speaker Amy Blankson. In this Master Class, Amy will share more details on strategic happiness and the ability to manage energy and stress in a positive way in the midst of change and challenge.

Learning Objectives:

  • Minimize the effects of burnout by rethinking stress.
  • Inoculate your brain against negativity and setback.
  • Create a renewable source of positive energy that maximizes your impact.

This session was not approved for CMP-IS clock hours, but may count towards other industry designations such as the CAE.

Speaker(s):
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

Navigating International C’s: Culture, Contracts, and Currency

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

Planning and staging meetings outside the United States is fraught with legal and financial pitfalls. Professional meeting and convention organizers must understand the complexities and issues in three key areas when planning international meetings. This session, for novice and intermediate level planners, will address all three areas.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how negotiating internationally is different from negotiating in the United States.
  • Identify critical contract terms to include in international contracts.
  • Implement strategies for handling risks with currency, deposits, and methods of payment in global contracts as well as preferred methods for dispute resolution in international contracts.

Speaker(s):
  • John Foster, JD, CHME, Partner, Attorney At Law, Foster, Jensen & Gulley
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

Nerd Know-How: A Day in the Life of a Nerdy Meeting Professional

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

What would your day look like if you took the advice of all your nerdy friends and implemented the tech tools and apps they recommend to make your life easier? This fast-moving, laugh-filled session takes you hour-by-hour through a day in the life of a tech-savvy meeting professional.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how technology fits into every part of your day.
  • Use technology systems to streamline projects and tasks.
  • Discover dozens of free and bargain apps as well as online tools that put the ideas from the conference into action!

Speaker(s):
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

Productivity in Hand: The Five Things Every Professional Nerd Should Be Able to Do on the Go

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

Are you making the most of your mobile device? This session helps you discover tech tools for work that you can use from your mobile device to make you more efficient, connected, and organized.

Learning Objectives:

  • Stay connected to colleagues.
  • Better manage your email.
  • Keep your life organized.

This session was not approved for CMP-IS clock hours, but may count towards other industry designations such as the CAE.

Speaker(s):
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

Say Anything to Anyone, Anywhere! 5 Keys to Cross-Cultural Communication

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

Is what you say actually what you mean? Differences are the spice of life, but cultural differences can be the source of embarrassing blunders and miscommunication for business and social travelers alike! This presentation will increase your self-awareness and help you adapt your style in multicultural relationships.

Learning Objectives:

  • Improve interpersonal skills with everyone – in any country or culture.
  • Develop strategies to avoid miscommunication in person, on the phone, and by email or text.
  • Use global etiquette tips that all cultures will appreciate.

Speaker(s):
  • Gayle Cotton, Emmy Award Winner, Bestselling Author, President, Circles Of Excellence Inc., CIRCLES OF EXCELLENCE INC.
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

Strategic Meetings Management (SMM) Brings Big Returns – Defining the future of SMM

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

Political and economic forces are driving an evolution in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. As a result we need more from our strategic meetings management programs than bottom line savings. This session will be valuable for any planner considering or engaged in SMMP.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the implications for meeting and event leaders of changes in the pharmaceutical, medical and other industries.
  • Applying a simple "walk, don’t run", step-by-step implementation of an SMM program that is both compliant and effective.
  • Analyzing your internal SMM stakeholders before beginning your SMM.

Speaker(s):
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

Sunset Session: Optimizing Your F & B Budget

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

Upon identifying the six (6) key elements for a successful F&B event, you will be able to design Food & Beverage functions that will fulfill the expectations of your clients, attendees, and sponsors. Come to this session to share ideas with your colleagues on how you can work together with facilities to develop menus which optimize your meeting budget. Discover “what’s hot”, “what’s not” and the latest trends. Be a knockout with your event.

Learning Objectives:

  • “Wow” your attendees with sensational food and beverage functions within your budget.
  • Communicate effectively with the chef and banquet manager to encourage creativity and cost savings.
  • Discover the latest trends in Food and Beverage.

Speaker(s):
  • Bonnie Wallsh, CMP, CMM, Chief Strategist, Bonnie Wallsh Associates, LLC
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

Super Women: Your Secret Weapons for Success

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

Women still struggle for equity in pay and management positions. Solving this disparity starts with you. What if the secret to professional success is embracing and leveraging our natural strengths, instead of striving to be like our male counterparts? Find out how in this session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Leverage your natural strengths to differentiate yourself in the workplace – Crystallize what "success" looks like and have the courage to pursue it.
  • Create a more diverse approach to decision-making, resulting in more creative solutions.
  • Apply a tool for healthy team communication and closure.

This session was not approved for CMP-IS clock hours, but may count towards other industry designations such as the CAE.

Speaker(s):
  • Annette Gregg, CMM, MBA, Senior Vice President, Experience, Meeting Professionals International
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00

The Devil Is In The Details: Mobile App RFP Questions and Answers

Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm ‐ Jun 11, 2016 11:00pm

Credits: None available.

This session is a case study of an actual mobile app proposal process along with the key questions asked and their responses. It will take a look at the importance of each question and how the answers affect the functionality and attendee experience in your app.

Learning Objectives:

  • Use the RFP process to choose a mobile app provider for your events.
  • Ask all the key questions during the RFP process.
  • Determine how the answers will affect the functionality and attendee experience in your app.

Speaker(s):
  • Timothy LaFleur, CMP, Director, Mobile Strategy and Non-Hotel, Meetings & Incentives Worldwide, Inc.
Standard: Free
Members: $0.00