14 Sep 2015 MPI introduces the MPI Academy, Launches New Certificate Programs and Experiential Event Series
During WEC15 in San Francisco, MPI introduced the MPI Academy, which aligns with the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standards (MBECS) and is designed to provide multi-faceted learning oppotunities for meeting professionals at all levels. Its portfolio is comprised of training courses, certificate programs, streaming sessions from MPI events, webinars and tools such as the new MPI Professional Development Roadmap. The roadmap helps individuals map out their carreers, pursue continuing education and supplement professional development. The Professional Development Roadmap lets you identifiy where you are in your career and lays out the steps you need to take to get where you want to be. MPI is cultivating a “best in class” collection of certificate programs that cover the main areas in the meeting and event industry, including Healthcare meetings, core meeting skills, CSR and meeting technology, all the way through obtaining your CMP and CMM. It can be used as a tool to map out your career, to continue your education, or supplement your professional development. New programs available now The program is designed for novice and mid-level professionals, helping participants enhance their skills in competencies. The course cover fundamental knowledge needed to execute and deliver high-quality, relevant meetings and are recommended in preparation for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) exam. This intensive certificate course provides education, tools and applicable instruction to immediately begin practicing sustainable meeting planning. It is built around learning and using the Sustainable Meeting Planning Program. Presented in partnership with the Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), the certificate course explores the advantages of hosting events on cruise ships comparet to traditional venues. This interactive session highlights which types of meetings or events should be conducted onboard as well as provides valuable cost comparisons. Experiential Event Series. MPI is partnering with high-profile events in key areas such as sports, entertainment, culinary and mega-events to provide unique, intimate education experiencees, including behind-the-scenes tours and discussions. These programs will include certificates in areas such as event production and sports event management. MPI’s first experiential event was in the entertainment category—The Miss America Competition (not to be confused with Donald Trump’s Miss USA competition). Celebrating its 95th anniversary, the Miss America Competition was televised live on ABC from Atlantic City, New Jersey on September 13, 2015.    ...
7 Sep 2015 Closer Than You Think: the Converging Roles of Meeting Managers and Business Travel Managers!
Over 900 business travel professionals will gather in Frankfurt on 9-11 November for Europe’s largest business travel conference – GBTA Conference 2015 | Frankfurt, which for the second year running will be held in partnership with German business travel association, VDR. The event will take place in Frankfurt Congress Centre and is expected to attract delegates from more than 20 countries. The programme will feature:  Five centre stage sessions with industry leaders; including an interview with Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr 15 breakout sessions More than 8 hours dedicated expo time Invaluable networking throughout highlights being the Welcome Reception and lavish gala dinner The programme contains dedicated meetings content such as ‘New broom, new rooms – rebooting the corporate meeting’ a session looking at how companies are transforming the way in which they stage meetings that will feature industry experts such as Mike van der Vijver of Mind Meetings; Osama Hirzalla, Marriott International and Stefan Rief, from the Fraunhofer Institute. The event will also see the release of at least four new research studies including a session on MICE to present the findings of a study on the new ways to optimize processes. However, the converging roles of the Meetings Planner and Business Travel Manager means that much of the non-traditional meetings content is very relevant too, other sessions including:  How do I take my travel programme mobile and wearable The sharing economy – am I managing a threat or an opportunity How will NDC change the way I buy air Build your own travel management technology (strategy) Sustainability – why new EU reporting rules have made green travel management essential Travel risk management 2.0 The future role of the travel manager The future of the TMC The Business Travel Outlook The expo will provide a valuable opportunity to source and meet with new providers including airlines; travel management companies; technology providers; hotel groups; car rental companies and payment solutions providers. When planned properly a conference like GBTA Conference 2015 is a very productive use of time from an educational; networking and sourcing perspective. To help delegates make the most of their time, GBTA and VDR have developed an event app to plan their time effectively and link in with other delegates to ensure they make the most of the experience. For more information on the GBTA Conference 2015 | Frankfurt and to register click here below :  ...
31 Aug 2015 MPI Member Stories: Milan Expo 2015 invites the world to discuss ‘Feeding the planet’!
As a guest of a tailor-made luxury travel firm based in Milan, I became one of the 20 million expected visitors to ‘Expo Milano 2015’ that runs from May 1 to October 31. It is the first time in 15 years that Europe has hosted a World Expo, with more than 147 countries and international organisations sharing ideas and solutions on the theme of ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’. They cogitate over the critical question - how to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, whilst respecting the planet and its equilibrium. Korean cuisine is widely known to be one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. It is the home of Kimchi,a fermented cabbage dish like no other, which underpins the health giving properties of Korean food and is the most important accompaniment to every meal in every household and restaurant across the peninsula. During Expo the Korean Pavilion introduces the best of Korean cuisine under the theme “Hansik, Food for the Future: You are what you eat’. The secret to Korea’s cuisine is ‘Fermentation’, the process through which sugars are converted into acids. In food products, this typically means carbohydrates being broken down into lactic acid using yeasts and healthy bacteria, yielding a number of positive effects. But it is more than scientific mechanisms around preparation, production and diet, but the intimate culture that has evolved through millennia that creates the uniqueness of Korean cuisine and another platform for discussion. Other countries and Pavilions give visitors the opportunity to walk across suspended netting, that forms a canopy above a garden composed of Brazilian vegetation, follow the journey of a honey bee in an English orchard and wildflower meadow before spiralling into a structure that imitates a bee hive or watch an interactive animation film created by the EU Pavilion to explore how joint cooperation can lead to a strong marriage between scientific research, tradition, nature and sustainability for global food security.  The Expo covers 1.1 million square meters of exhibition space, so big that a shuttle bus circuits the show stopping at no less than 10 times for visitors to maximise their time and energy. Reserving energy is essential because just a short train ride away, one of the world’s great city centres awaits in classical elegance and style. A good starting point is Milan Expo Gate, the two modular, transparent and eco-sensitive buildings stand in front of the defensive architecture of the 14th century ‘Sforza Castle’ and is a short stroll from the unimaginably beautiful gothic masterpiece that is ‘Milan Cathedral’. Expo Milano 2015 is a fun, educating forum and I urge you to be one of the other 20 million expected visitors Written by Ramy Salameh    ...
25 Aug 2015 Woman & Leadership: How can women excel in our industry? by Rosa Garriga Mora speaker at WEC 15
Why is it that, in our industry, over 70% of professionals are women but most CEOs and top executives are men? Why most speaker line-ups are male-dominated? These are questions that, as a woman and a young leader, I’ve asked myself many times. So I was very excited when I received an invitation to speak at a panel session about Women and Leadership at the World Education Conference 2015 in San Francisco. The jam-packed session was facilitated by Karin Krogh, president of the MPI Denmark Chapter, and featured Fiona Pelham chairwoman-elect of the MPI's IBOD, Dr. Tyra Hilliard and Kevin Kirby chairman of the MPI's IBOD. To prepare for the session, Karin asked us to think about what’s the biggest obstacle for women working in the events industry. Reflecting on my own experience and what I’ve learned from my mentor, Dr. Elling Hamso, I came up with the conclusion that my biggest obstacle has been myself. I think that we, as women, tend to lack confidence in ourselves: we always want to please everyone but we don’t dare to ask for that raise or promotion that we deserve. During the panel session some women also asked why we tend to put each other down and point out our weaknesses, seeing other women as competitors. This behaviour doesn’t help to raise women to the top. Other hurdles that women often find are a lack of support from their companies, their families or the society at large, a lack of communication skills or male bosses who don’t value our unique talents. It was very inspiring to hear the story of Fiona Pelham who runs a women-friendly business. Her company, Sustainable Events Ltd., allows its employees to have a flexible schedule, as well as reduced hours, so that they can better manage their work-life balance. Say what you may, but I don’t believe in the so-called “work-life blending” - in my opinion, what any healthy person needs (male or female) is a proper balance. How can women excel in the meetings and events industry? After we discussed the obstacles, Karin asked the 170 people attending the session to come up with an idea to overcome them. Most ideas were about building our confidence: gaining communication skills, supporting and mentoring each other, owning our own successes and being more assertive. One of my favorite ideas is to be part of professional associations like MPI, where you can get involved in boards and committees and surround yourself of a community that will support your professional development. I believe it’s also very important to have role models. That’s why at my company, myQaa, we’ve started an initiative called “The Top 5 Women in Event Technology”, which showcases women who are doing outstanding work, and oftentimes are too shy to ask for the credit that they deserve.  Now it’s your turn to make it happen! It’s clear that there are many things that can be done, while at the same time not everything is under our control. But if you’re dreaming about a new job or promotion, I encourage you to gather all the confidence that you can get and take risks - after all, life is about getting out of our comfort zones.  Written by Rosa Garriga Mora,  Marketing & Communications at myQaa.com...
17 Aug 2015 Meetings Outlook Summer Edition - The WOW-factor is back!
The quarterly study, produced by MPI, is taking a look again at the trends in the industry. The dedicated panel has shared their views on several topics, ranging from financial trends to employment. Doing a lot more with a little more As the budgets keep on showing positive signs, there's again room for more wow-factor and also for more business intelligence. In the wake of steady increase in the meeting budgets, organizers are focusing more and more also on the "wants" of the attendee. And the attendees want that wow-factor that really get the buzz going on. As the industry is growing again, meeting professionals are indeed focusing again in big-name speakers and entertainment. These have not been abandoned before either, but now there are more possibilities to incorporate them back into the program. Not forgetting the key element, education, of course. Another trend is the business intelligence. Even though budgets are on the rise, the costs are following suit and fast. This causes meeting planners to get creative and really think about all their choices. You might not have to more with less anymore, but to "do much more with a little more", like Bill Voegeli from MPI Georgia Chapter notes. Employment is picking up Another change in the industry since a year ago is the clear trend of jobs coming back. A great number of panelists see that there's a clear increase in all aspects, whether its full-time, part-time or contract based. The natural evolution would seem to be going from contract based employment to part-time and full-time. Though the percantage of panelists seeing this growth varies from 30% to 44%, majority still see the job market as flat. A side effect of the positive job markets is that experienced planners notice a need to mentor their junior colleagues who don't necessarily have the experience yet on tough negotiations. Panelists have noticed that "upselling" is more likely to happen now that the budgets are improving. This creates unfamiliar challenges for newer planners who have not perhaps faced such approach before. Strong network of connections is a big plus and those combined with intelligent decision making are bound to create buzzworthy and effective events. One trend, above others, bodes well for the industry. A clear majority of panelists predict an increase in both live and virtual attendance for events. The percentage for live attencance is as high as 62%. That's an improvement from the same time last year when 53% were predicting an increase in the live attendance. Download the full Meetings Outlook - Summer Edition at MPIWeb.org. Learn more about MPI and the member benefits by visiting our Membership page. The MPI in Europe Team...
10 Aug 2015 MPI RISE AWARDS AT WEC 15: Interview with Ms Kinga Socko, award recipient!
The RISE Awards-Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence-features seven annual awards in three categories: organizational achievement, individual achievement and community achievement. Recipients are recognized for innovation, global transferability, impact and influence. Individual winners join the MPI Community of Honorees, a group composed of past award winners and distinguished MPI leaders. The RISE Award for Young Professional Achievement was presented to Kinga Socko of Poland for her instrumental role with the Poland Meetings and Events Industry Report, which is used to prepare national and city budgets and influences business tourism in Poland. Kinga played a key role in the Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) accreditation process and also in making the European Meetings and Events Conference in Krakow, Poland a success. Check Kinga's acceptance speech below. Interview with Kinga Socko -What are your impressions and takeaways from the RISE award ceremony at WEC 2015? It is my second RISE Award ceremony that I have attended and I still remember my first impression. Great event, meeting professionals from all over the world and amazing industry personalities. Now one of my dream come true. Every year we can meet outstanding achievements of organizations and individuals. I am sure that it is a privilege for everyone who is awarded. -What does the RISE award mean to you and to be recognized as a professional by the industry? RISE Award for Young Professional is a great recognition and it gives a lot of opportunities for the future. I am happy that my work and projects that I am involved in are visible at the international area. It is not only recognition but it gives me even more power and motivation to hard work. Now it is the time to prove that I really deserve this award. -How has MPI helped you to build your career from being a student to your job now? -What would you recommend to young professionals on how they can get out the most of MPI membership? From the very beginning I am MPI member. With you I had a chance to take part in several industry events and be part of scholarship programs. MPI gives a lot of possibility for young leaders to learn, develop and make new business contact. Sometimes I just had to step out of my comfort zone, start networking and be involved and engaged.  MPI community is really open to help young professionals with their carries. We just need to show that we really want to. -You won a price for “Young professional” and involvement at EMEC15, what are your take aways from EMEC 2015 in Krakow? It was one of the best experiences in my professional life. From the perspective of LOC project manager, it was the first time I was responsible for coordination for such a big project.  It was a great challenge to communicate local partners with global MPI team and do everything to succeed. It helped me to focus on different things and look at many sides of the same goal. -How do you see MPI being part of your future professional growth in the coming years? I would like to be more involved in MPI activities both within MPI Poland Club and international community. Small steps but still forward. As I have mentioned, now it is the time for me to prove that I deserve this award and to show the best of me. Congratulations for your achievements Kinga! MPI in Europe Team...
4 Aug 2015 MindBlowing Meeting Design – Meetovation from Denmark at WEC15 !
Typically when meeting and event organizers start planning a meeting, they begin with the hardware, the physical setup, the food and the audiovisual before considering the purpose of the meeting. Meetovation is a Danish meetings design concept that focuses on optimizing the outcome of meetings and events by using selected meeting design elements. Meetovation starts with clear objectives. By asking the right questions, you can then create the setup to match and can ensure that you get a return on your meeting investment.  The Concept of Meetovation: The unique Danish Meetovation meeting design concept guarantees return on investment by using four elements: Get your attendees Actively Involved: engage, excite and encourage! Focus on Creative Set-ups: use facilities in ways that support the overall aim of your meeting! Get inspired by the Local Environment at your destination: embrace its uniqueness in your meeting! Responsible Thinking: make sustainability a natural part of your meeting! Meetovation specialists Karin Krogh (President of MPI Denmark Chapter) and Jonas Wilstrup, Convention Director at Wonderful Copenhagen, presented the MindBlowing Meeting Design concept at WEC 2015 in San Francisco. Watch the interview of Karin Krogh at WEC15: It's time for Meetovation! It’s time for involvement and dialogue, for new creative setups, for local inspiration and responsible thinking. In short, explore the great variety in Meetovation tools available and get inspired to improve the return on investment on your next meeting right here: Meetovation MPI’s 2016 European Meetings & Events Conference (#EMEC16) in Copenhagen next February will be redesigned based on these Meetovation principals. Make plans to join this mind-blowing Meetovation event and register with special early bird rate at EMEC 16 Copenhagen!   The MPI in Europe Team...
27 Jul 2015 Women in Leadership: Interview with Isabel Bardinet, CEO of the European Society of Cardiology!
It is a great honour to present you with the interview of one of the most recognized women in our industry. After starting her career with a leading French PCO, Isabel Bardinet took over a management position at the Palais des Congrès de Paris. In 2005, she joined one of the most prestigious medical associations in Europe  - the European Society of Cardiology, as Director of the Congress Division, before going on to  become CEO of the ESC in 2009.  Read about her professional triumph! How it all started…  « I read Law, English and History, with a major in History of Religion, which has turned out to be of particular relevance in association management!  As many other students, I wanted to be independent and so found a job teaching English to adults. One of my students was actually the future president of an international congress…  So, I ended up working for him to organise and manage his congress and association!  From that moment, I chose to work for SOCFI (a French PCO & Association Management Company, today COLLOQUIUM) and stayed there for 17 years, holding positions from trainee to General Manager. » Moving forward in the Meetings Industry… « After 17 years with a PCO, I decided it was time for a change. Consequently, the move to a congress centre was deliberate.  I felt then, and still do, that all aspects of the meetings environment should be linked and understand each other.  Later on, the move to an association, especially the ESC, was a dream come true. » About being a woman in a leadership position… «Throughout my career, I have always been fortunate enough to work for exceptional people - key opinion leaders in their different specialties. This has been an honour. And I think being a woman probably made the relationship easier! »  Empowerment… with a little help of a mentor… « The founder /owner of the first PCO SOCFI, who took me through all the steps from trainee to appointing me as General Manager of the company, was definitely my mentor. I think it is a role which is underestimated today and it should be defined and encouraged.  I try to reproduce this with younger people around me. » Sometimes life can be unexpected… « Surprisingly enough, I was offered the position of Congress Director at the ESC while trying to convince them to come to Paris with their congress (I mean the European Congress of Cardiology) as I was working for the Palais des Congrès de Paris at the time! The ESC was, and still is, one of the most innovative and impressive organisations in Europe (and probably in the world), organising up to 8 congresses per year, including the largest medical congress in Europe which welcomes over 30 000 participants every year.  Who would turn down such an offer? » Two different worlds… « Although I had the experience of medical societies from a PCO’s perspective, joining the ESC was a different story.  PCOs and medical associations are two different worlds, each with a very different business model. Also, the relationship with the "owner" of the congress is not the same.  In addition, I was appointed to organise the ESC Congress, which is a large and complex event. It was a challenge but I guess I like challenges! » From heading the ESC Congress Division to leading the whole organisation… « When the previous CEO left, the Board opened the position via a Head Hunting company and I must admit that I did not think of applying at first. Then, I was asked by board members to consider applying, which I did. When doing this, I was of course in competition with other male candidates since the ESC is definitely male dominated. And I am pleased to say it is the first time the ESC has a female CEO! » An organisation dominated by male Doctors… What is it like? « Surprisingly, our recent surveys show a gender flip in preparation - over 70% of cardiologists in training are female! While doctors tend to have the reputation of being difficult, I would rather say they are dedicated. They do indeed have high expectations and when in such positions, by nature they have high capabilities. Consequently, they tend to expect the same dedication from their collaborators. They can seem "invasive" sometimes and do not know what a weekend or evening means!  But they give so much, it is impossible to hold it against them. » Which advice would you give a young Meeting Professional? « Apply Confucius proverb: Do what you love and you will never work a single day of your life "  Would you do things differently if you could do it all over again?  « Don't regret, learn to change today for tomorrow » Article brought to you by Maguy Sicuro, Managing Director of SICURO EVENTS & VP Membership MPI France-Switzerland Chapter....
20 Jul 2015 The most ancient Botanic Garden in the World hosts the MPI Italia 24th Annual Convention!
The MPI Italia 24th Annual Convention took place in Padova, in the amazing setting of the most ancient Botanic Garden in the World (1545) and the most innovative Biodiversity Garden in Europe (2014), dealed with the species selection and inclusion process within organized systems, based on the biodiversity culture, to put species and human beings at the Centre and grant the evolution of territory, company and environment as ecosystems. “The species can cooperate only if they are organized, in order not to cannibalize each other” commented Olimpia Ponno, scientific strategic content designer & coordinator of the Convention and President MPI Italia. Today more than ever we live in an environmental and managerial context of VUCA kind (Volatility Uncertainty Complexity Ambiguity) demanding us to concentrate more on inclusion and diversification processes more than on procedures, to evolve and benefit of diversity, respecting one’s own nature. Any organization is therefore an ecosystem, a territory is an ecosystem and the MPI Italia Annual Convention itself is an ecosystem, we ourselves are an ecosystem. A journey towards change and evolution of any kind starts with the need to understand if the vehicle transporting us is ready to start, if our travel mates are happy to join us for the journey ahead. Two days of seminars, round tables, master chef style teambuilding and extraordinary Gala's at the Villa dei Vescovi (part of Fondo Ambiente Italiano). Mr Marco Biamonti, President of the Ediman group attended the Annual Convention. Watch below his interview on today's Italian Meetings & Events Industry Outlook: The first tests for the MPI Italia Multilevel Certification in Italian took place during the Annual Convention. The MPI Italia Chapter is registered in the Ministry of the Economic Development, and MPI Italia promotes the industry professional qualifications for its members. Orchestrated by Rodolfo Musco CMM, CMP Emeritus this Certification will increase the professional development and knowledge of the Italian's Meetings and Events professionals. Mr Giuseppe Lepri took part of this Certificaiton. Watch his feedback just after the exam in the below video: Congratulations to the MPI Italia Chapter for an exceptionnal Annual Convention and for launching this new Multilevel Certification. No doubt that Giovanna Lucherini, MPI Italia President will work with the new Board of the MPI Italia Chapter to implement new tests for this certification in the coming months. Not to forget that with the support of the Padova Convention Bureau, a delegation visited Expo 2015 in Milano on July 6th, to deepen the knowledge of biodiversity topics through a tailor made itinerary. The MPI in Europe Team...
13 Jul 2015 BE Conference 2015: A Royal way to celebrate MPI Belgium 20th Anniversary !
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