News & Articles - Meeting Professionals International

  • MPI appoints Julie Holmen as sales leader for Canada, international markets

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Julie Holmen to serve as Director of Business Development covering Canada, Europe and Asia, effective December 4, 2017. Based in Toronto, Holmen will be responsible for revenue generation and management of strategic partnerships for the association and the MPI Foundation within her assigned markets, and reports to Evan Casey, MPI’s Vice President of Global Sales. Holmen has 20 years of experience working in the meeting and hospitality industries. Prior to joining MPI, she held…

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  • MPI and San Diego State University partner to develop meeting and event management graduate degree, certificate programs

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and the L. Robert Payne School of Hospitality and Tourism Management at San Diego State University (SDSU) have announced they will collaborate to create the first graduate-level degree program offered in the United States focused on meeting and event management for mid and senior-level professionals. In addition, they plan to develop a related academic certificate program for non-traditional students. Scheduled to launch in 2019, the master’s degree program will incorporate experiential learning, simulations, and industry partner…

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  • MPI 2018 International Board slates announced

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has announced the approved slate for its 2018 International Board of Directors and the 2018 MPI Foundation Global Board of Trustees. “I am very proud of the interest received from our membership to be part of MPI’s International Board. The new slate of directors represents thought leadership and experience that will make a difference at the leadership level of this organization. Their perspectives and contributions will help to grow and advance the global meeting and event community,” said Fiona Pelham, chair of the MPI Board Development Committee. Board…

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  • SITE + MPI Global Forum will feature powerful education and inspirational keynotes to ignite innovation

    Meeting and incentive professionals from around the world will convene at the SITE + MPI Global Forum in Rome, Italy, 12-14 January 2018 for three days filled with culturally diverse experiences, local inspiration and global knowledge sharing. The forum is the first time Society for Incentive Excellence (SITE) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have come together for a global event to share industry trends, offer innovative education and provide a collaborative yet exclusive environment for networking and business exchanges. “We…

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  • Industry veteran Julie Coker Graham to co-chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition

    The Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) has appointed Julie Coker Graham, president and chief executive officer of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), as its next co-chair. Coker Graham will join Paul Van Deventer, president and chief executive officer of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), in leading the coalition and promoting the value of face-to-face meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions. “We are very excited to have Julie be the first CEO of a convention and visitors…

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  • GBTA partners with MPI to deliver new meeting and event education track at GBTA conference

    The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the voice of the global business travel industry – and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) have announced the two associations are collaborating to present meeting and event focused education at GBTA Conference 2017 Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR, taking place in Frankfurt, 28-30 November. GBTA’s European Meetings Committee, in partnership with MPI, will deliver four engaging educational sessions during the conference, sharing best practices from companies across the globe as well as industry-leading case…

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  • MPI appoints Christine Roberts as executive director of Foundation

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has selected Christine Roberts to serve as Executive Director of the MPI Foundation. In this role, Roberts will be responsible for setting strategic and financial goals as well as directing fundraising and operational activities for the foundation. She officially begins the role on September 18, 2017, reporting to Darren Temple, COO of MPI and Executive Vice President of the MPI Foundation. Roberts has more than 25 years of experience in the hospitality and meeting and event industries. She…

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  • MPI’s Summer 2017 edition of Meetings Outlook Report now available

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has published its Meetings Outlook, 2017 Summer Edition. The latest installment of the quarterly report forecasts a continued healthy market, with indications of anticipated increases in employment, business conditions and both live and virtual attendance. Key findings include the following: The majority of respondents envision a seller’s market continuing throughout 2017 (70 per cent) and into 2018 (69 per cent)—although the strength of this swing is only slightly in favor of suppliers, nearly a balanced market.…

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  • MPI returns as strategic partner and premier education provider for IMEX America 2017

    For the seventh consecutive year, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) will deliver educational programming during IMEX America in Las Vegas this fall. The association will present the daily keynotes as well as power the Smart Monday program on October 9, 2017. Also, the MPI Foundation will present its largest fundraising and networking event of the year – Rendezvous, the IMEX America Night. Smart Monday powered by MPI will feature nearly 30 education sessions covering topics such as risk management, medical meetings,…

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  • MPI announces new advanced-level education offerings and plans to develop more security and risk management programs

    Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has introduced several new education offerings from the MPI Academy as part of its new Executive Education Series, including the Women in Leadership Program and a designation program for the highly-regarded MPI Experiential Event Series. In addition, the association formally announced it is collaborating with the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at the University of Southern Mississippi to develop educational programming and resources, with the first course – Emergency Preparedness for Meetings…

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