23 Feb 2015 See how the MPI Foundation fuels growth and advancement of MPI members in Europe
The MPI Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing them professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The MPI Foundation also propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding innovative research and pan-industry initiatives that support the strategic plan of MPI. Watch the message of Carole McKellar, Chair of MPI Foundation European Council and Executive Director Europe for HelmsBriscoe, during the openning general session at EMEC 15 in Krakow and discover why it is important to donate to the MPI Foundation:  The MPI Foundation Rendez Vous Party at EMEC15: The MPI Foundation Rendez Vous Party took place on Monday 2nd February and was a great success. It has helped to collect funds for scholarships and grants for your MPI European Chapters. Scholarships now available for MPI members: Wynn Las Vegas and Encore New Membership Scholarship Sponsored by Wynn Las Vegas and Encore. Two new membership scholarships available per month for Association and Corporate meeting planners. Jim Fausel Scholarship – CMP Supported by friends of Jim Fausel. One scholarship available to any current MPI member to support their efforts in pursuing the CMP designation. Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI) Scholarship Program – CMM Three scholarships available to support member efforts in pursuing the CMM designation. Fairmont Hotels and Resorts Scholarship Program – CMM Three scholarships available to support member efforts in pursuing the CMM designation. MGM Scholarship Program – CMM Six scholarships available to support member efforts in pursuing the CMM designation. Larry Lee Memorial Scholarship Program for Sudents Supported by Encore Productions, Freeman and friends of Larry Lee. Open to all MPI Student members. Four full scholarships provided each year for attendance at IMEX America, IMEX Frankfurt, WEC 2015 and EMEC. American Paper Converting Inc. WEC Scholarship for Students Open to any current MPI student member. One scholarship available to WEC 2015 in San Francisco for up to $1,500 USD. APPLY NOW! Future MPI Foundation events: The 5k run in March MPI Foundation Chairman, Gus Vonderheide, is asking every MPI Chapter to host, or participate in a non-cause related 5K run or walk on a Saturday in March 2015. Participate with our European Chapters in Paris, London or Warsaw, to promote the importance of professional development, healthy lifestyles, strong chapters, and a robust meetings industry, more informations on the Chapter websites.Funds raised by the challenge will go towards the MPI Foundation Education Endowment: 25% of all funds raised by chapter members will go back to each chapter to produce educational programming within their chapters locally; 75% of the funds raised will go towards the next fiscal year’s MPI Foundation chapter grant program. The Not so Silent auction at IMEX where you can donate your price and then bid at IMEX Frankfurt - May 19-21, 2015 on MPI Booth or online. In 2014 the MPI Foundation has spent 27000 € in Europe on giving grants to chapters for their educational programs, scholarships to individuals to help them with their professional development and on pan industry initiatives. The MPI in Europe Team...
16 Feb 2015 Powering Up: Women & Leadership in the Meetings & Events Industry !
Here is a very interesting session held at EMEC 15 on « Women & Leadership in the Meetings & Events Industry ». You can watch this webcasted session here. We are pleased to introduce this important topic in your European Newsletter and here’s the first article of a long series, based on an interview done by Maguy Sicuro, Managing Director SICURO EVENTS, VP Membership MPI France-Switzerland with Fatiha Hajjat, Founder & Curator of TEDxLyon. Enjoy!   Serendipity or why we TEDx By using serendipity as a modus operandi, we open ourselves to new avenues and solutions that were not initially within our radar. Fatiha Hajjat, Founder & Curator of TEDxLyon & Director @ Shine Unlimited was a speaker at our MPI educational entitled «New trends in public speaking » which took place in Lyon, France, last November. Fatiha has also just organized the 2nd edition of TEDxLyon at the end of January. Passionate about this rather new activity (she created the first TEDxLyon in 2011), she explains hereunder how she enjoys bringing this event together, getting the most out of her selected speakers and using serendipity to explore unexpected avenues. Please Fatiha, could you tell us who is behind TEDxLyon ?  At TEDxLyon we consider ourselves as ideas curators and community builders. We are not event organizers per se: we just use events as excuses to meet our community, share and pollinate ideas that can change the world. We are a collective force made of passionate volunteers from all walks of life. A core team overuns the organization of the event and we hire volunteers for specific roles throughout the process How is a TEDxLyon event organized? We do follow very stric guidelines coming from TED in the US. Yet, within these constraints, there is tremendous space for our intuition and creativity to unfold. We start with no budget and believe in Creative Partnerships ie in our search for partners we go for those who share the same ethos. We are not interested in simply getting a line of budget covered. We want our partners to be involved and see how our theme and ideas can be cascaded within their organizations. For example we offer TEDx talks projections followed by a debate animated by one of us within their business. However our partners are not involved on the choice of speakers and the programme. Our speakers are chosen for their ideas and are not paid. We choose them carefully, within the frame of our theme. Once we’ve found the speakers that share our values and defend great ideas, a lot of our energy goes into extracting the quintessence of their meaning. Our coaches (and myself) take them through a demanding storytelling coaching. We make sure our speaker panel is eclectic and covers different disciplines. Our speakers know that they will be transformed by the process: it is part of the deal. At TEDxLyon, we are particularly keen on scouting and finding new voices that we feel need to be heard, and a high percentage of them are local voices. We put diversity at the centrestage. We practise audience curation as the strength of our events lies in the diversity of profiles. We make sure our audience includes all industries, age groups, gender etc... Our promise is to create the right conditions for our participant experience to be outstanding and for serendipity to emerge.   Serendipity was the theme of your recent TEDxLyon. How did it emerge? I came across the concept of serendipity while preparing for an MA in Applied Imagination at Central Saint Martins School of Art in London. I remember the incredible sensation as I stumbled upon the word and could finally verbalize this « built-in »experience that had paved my entire life. Serendipity is a force/quality that emerges from a system when the conditions are right. It is the Holy Grail of the creative process as it brings surprises, new avenues and untapped resources. In 2011 as I was settling back in France after a long stay abroad, I found out about the TEDx license again out of serendipity as I was browsing the web gathering new coaching material for a client. The prospect of pioneering such an event in the region immediately appealed to me. I had no clue how I was going to build it but I knew I trusted the process enough to give myself a chance and do it. Serendipity as a theme was a fantastic opportunity to build an eclectic speaker & artists line- up and touch upon disciplines as wide as cosmology, neuro-science, improv or even literature. I met my team out of serendipity and as we went along with the process, it caught us by surprise by becoming our very own mindset and modus operandi. Our theme is our thread and we use it as a canvas to choose the artists on and off stage and all the other event components: catering, animations, etc...The devil is in the detail and every single item should resonate with the theme.   Your experience as a TEDx organizer will most probably inspire our community. What would be your conclusion ? We localize the global and globalize the local. As TEDx organizers, we are part of a large and worldwide community that shares common resources. We get inspiration from other events and regularly share best practises. We are most probably completely mad to put so much energy, as volunteers, in such a demanding exercise. But we are addic-TED and we feel so privileged to be part of something so much bigger than us ! Interview done by Maguy Sicuro, Managing Director SICURO EVENTS, VP Membership MPI France-Switzerland with Fatiha Hajjat, Founder & Curator of TEDxLyon ...
9 Feb 2015 Missed EMEC15 ? Here is your chance to discover great education sessions!
Last week EMEC15 in Krakow was a great success and for whom missed the MPI annual European event we have a great story to tell. To view streaming sessions from the conference click here! Promising key facts for EMEC 2015: More than 300 registered attendees excluding MPI support staff 87 percent of registered attendees were from Europe. 11 percent of registered attendees were from the North America. About 200 attendees at MPI Foundation’s Rendezvous fundraiser and networking event on the evening of February 2nd at the Hard Rock Café Kraków. Delivered 50+ education sessions, including preconference workshops, deep dives and campfire sessions. Held an intimate version of the inaugural MPI Hosted Buyer Program in Europe, which included 17 meeting planners and 16 suppliers. Debuted MPI’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) course for the first time in Europe, resulting in 10 new HMCC holders. Convened MPI’s first European Chapter Business Summit prior to EMEC on January 31 – February 1, 2015. Nearly 2,100 tweets using #EMEC15 between January 31 – February 3, 2015. MPI Global Event App had 375 total device activations, was opened 8,500+ times and was viewed almost 31,000 times as of today. Announced Copenhagen as the host destination for EMEC 2016. Pictures and related articles on EMEC15: C&IT Magazine Meetpie  Kongres Magazine Additionally we featured a special Social Media Coverage with MPI in Europe account (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and live the Social Media Booth displayed the wall of tweets during the conference (#EMEC15). The MPI in Europe Team...
3 Feb 2015 Meeting the needs of allergic event participants
The recent European allergen law forces our sector to inform guests about the presence of allergens in dishes. As MICE professionals we need to comply with these regulations, and as an industry committed to provide excellent experiences we need to learn how to be smart about managing food at events. Food allergies and intolerances are only getting more common, and we are also seeing an increase in other dietary requests - medical, cultural, religious, or philosophical related. If you understand the various needs, learn the similarities between diets and know how to prepare meals safely, you can learn how to better manage this extra layer of complexity. Here are a few tips on how to improve your guest satisfaction without losing your mind. 1) Ask in advance Use your registration software to ask attendees about their dietary needs well in advance of your event. Streamline the process by asking everyone the same information – this includes the speakers, sponsors, exhibitors and staff – and send the dietary requirements to your caterer by simply exporting the information from your registration system. Be specific when asking for dietary requirements (allergic, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, halal, kosher and more) and ask to specify allergies. 2) Choose the right catering partner If you decided to ask your attendees for dietary requirements, make sure your catering partner(s) are familiar with creating menus that fit different dietary needs prior to signing a contract. 3) Communicate Acknowledge you received attendees’ information and explain to them how their needs will be met at the event. Will they receive a special meal voucher, will buffets be labelled or should they contact the caterer on-site? Take the time to discuss with catering partners how the needs of attendees will be addressed, how to provide last-minute options and how attendees will be communicated with. 4) Think outside of the box and provide alternatives Provide a lunch box with pre-packaged food (as seen on eg. planes). Try to see whether nearby restaurants/shops can accommodate your attendees and provide them with a list of placed they can eat when they check in at the event. Provide an all-day available corner with non-processed items such as fruit, nuts ... This important topic has been discussed at EMEC in Krakow See the recorded session: Tracy Stuckrath "A Fork in the Road: The Impact of New F&B Trends and the EU's Food Allergen Law on Meetings & Events”. View MPI Belgium’s Food Educational Resources White paper Managing food restrictions in the MICE industry. BBT Online’s article on MPI Belgium’s ‘Food Educational’. Written by Mieke Barbe, VP Membership MPI Belgium...
19 Jan 2015 Networking is an important part of EMEC15
13 Jan 2015 What's new and exciting at EMEC 2015 in Krakow ?
On February 1st, the EMEC conference will reveal an exceptional program. Here are some tips of the professional education specially tailored for you and the last additions to the program: GREAT EDUCATION FOR SUPPLIERS then make sure to check out following sessions: The science and art of selling The new age of Strategic Account Management The price is Right! Getting the best price for your event, product or service   YOU ARE A MEETING PLANNER LOOKING FOR AN EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGE, the following sessions are for you: A Fork in the Road: The Impact of New F&B Trends and the EU’s Food Allergen Law on Meetings & Events Planners Only!  If you are a Heathcare Meeting professional, make sure to check out the post conference for HMCC . The Healthcare certificate training program will be Tuesday 2nd February in the afternoon Executive full day deep dive – How leaders and change makers use the Event Model Canvas” is something for you. Join other senior meeting pros and take a deep dive an challenge yourself and the status quo. Come and connect at the MPI in Europe Social Media Booth powered by Social Dynamite: Social Media is one of the key aspect of EMEC 2015, we will have this year a dedicated area. In this area we will create content (interview of speakers and sponsors) and we will show you the Social Media activity and help you to connect to Twitter, create accounts, understand hashtags and stay connected with your peers. This area is powered by our Partner Social Dynamite LAST ADDITIONS  On Monday FLASH POINT IDEA ASSEMBLY with three new Speakers: Jane Gunn, Andy Habermacher, Evelyne White!  Monday’s General Session is presented in MPI’s popular Flash Point Idea Assembly format.  Find your Eureka moment with Flash Point. Debuting at this years conference is Robert Daverschot from Sendsteps, who will be the voice of the audience at EMEC. Robert will be monitoring all incoming messages that are being sent by members of the audience. He will ensure to raise those issues that matter most to the participants and will closely collaborate with Dave Sharpe to have the voice of the audience heard. Robert is an expert in advocacy and will be able to speak up on behalf of the audience. So ensure to join in on the discussion and make sure you have downloaded the MPI Global Events app from your store. You will be able to post and ask questions and vote directly from the app on your own smartphone. REGISTER Add you name on the participants list and look who's coming and register at EMEC 15. We look forward to seeing you in Krakow for hard work, great networking and fun! The MPI in Europe Team....
6 Jan 2015 Back to the Future : Build on the Past for a Better Future by Dr Rodolfo Musco
I was lucky to win a Fulbright scholarship at a very young age. The university I attended in the USA taught me a lot and contributed to opening my mind. I started my career as the marketing manager of an international company, and realized that meeting are very important to link the “field” to the “building”. At that time the meetings were mostly related to international congresses and former interpreters became congress organizers. Corporate meetings were almost unknown, so that I started to write hundreds of articles on how to organize and manage meetings and incentive programs. In Italy – AIMP, Italian Association of Meeting Planners - was set up in Milano in 1978, and in a short time the membership grew to more than 350. FROM LOCAL TO INTERNATIONAL The need to look for alliances with associations based in other countries became stronger and stronger. I joined MPI in 1989. The MPI CEO came to Switzerland at the beginning of 1990 and I met him to talk about the possibility of sharing part of the programs of the two associations. The meeting was a disaster, and I proposed MPI Board of Directors to remove the “I” from MPI, as at that time the Association did not include any “international” element. After worth it was a great honor for me to be invited to join the international committee and participate in a meeting in Chicago with one point to discuss: How to internationalize MPI. By that time MPI members in Europe were just 13, and 4 of them were Italians. I talked with my colleagues, and we decided to try to start a chapter. MPI members based in USA had relevant benefits, such as discounts on car rentals, and more. So, we asked for promotional fee for the first year of their membership. The board of directors accepted the proposal, but requested there be 100 members to start the chapter. THE FIRST CHAPTER OUTSIDE NORTH AMERICA! At the end of 1990, MPI Italia membership was 112, and at the beginning of 1991 MPI Italia Chapter was approved.  Mrs Diane Smith, CMP, was at that time the president of MPI Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. We started a “sisters chapter program” exchanging visits, seminars and best practices both in USA and in Italy. PLANNERS OR PROFESSIONALS I took a chance again, and proposed to the MPI International Board that the name of the Association be changed from “Planners” to “Professionals”, as our activity is not just related to planning meetings, but also analyzing previous events with the same participants, the needs of meeting stakeholder and attendees, the direction of the meeting, the evaluation of ROI and ROO, and more. FROM CMP TO CMM The next step was the certification. MPI is an active member of and contributor to the Convention Industry Council, the “administrator” of CMP designation, Certified Meeting Professional. Fifteen Italian colleagues agreed to study and to sit for the test that was scheduled in Rome, for the first time outside of North America. During a European meeting I emphasized that CMP is essentially based on “how to do” things in meeting management. But professionals need to know also “why to do” things in that way. This means that they must know some elements of the “affluent sciences”. So, I proposed a “university level” certification. A committee was appointed and in a very short time CMM was launched in Europe. I remember so well the great experience of the full week course in Denmark, with 11 facilitators in the same hall and colleagues from several European countries studying for no less than 10 hours a day. Giving and getting experience and updating. MULTI-LEVEL CERTIFICATIONS : A NEW APPROACH A new challenge is ahead of us, starting in Europe. A couple of years ago, I noticed the cover of a book that I wrote in 1992 featuring a picture of a director thanking the spectators at the end of a theatre performance. He is surrounded on the stage by the actors. “We cannot produce meetings without the contribution of a series of technicians and experts who take care of lights, sound, registration, scenography, interpretation, catering, security, transfers, etc.”, I tought. If all of them share knowledge, the co-operation can flow much better and the results of it can be greater. The whole meetings & events industry can be improved and have a greater consideration in the market. Of course, we cannot require that each technician or expert must study everything a meeting executive must know. There are some subjects that everybody should know, such as “Types of meetings and their specificities”, “Goals and Objectives”, Ethics”, “Risk Management” etc. Other subjects are selected according to the specialization of each technical or specialized area. Based on that, three levels of certifications have been identified. The highest level is for meeting executives, the second level is for five categories of “experts” and the third level is for six specializations of “technicians”. 140 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES IN THE WORLD Just 5% of the world population knows enough English/American to pass tests based on that language. So, a great innovation is that candidates may study manuals edited in their national language and be tested in the language that they speak. The Multi-Level Certifications manuals will contain international standards and references, but will be sized on the local culture for a better understanding. MPI Italia Chapter is the first country adopting the Multi-Level Certifications program and the first tests will take place on February 12 in Milano. The Multi-Level Certifications project will be presented and discussed at the European Chapters Business Summit in Krakow, Poland. I wish you all a successful 2015! Written by Dr Rodolfo Musco, CMM, CMP  ...
15 Dec 2014 Global Healthcare Compliance Impacts Meeting Professional
With nearly 1 million medical meetings per year, the Meeting Professional has to adapt to new planning strategies to comply with laws, regulations and mandates. Meeting professionals brace themselves for the ever-changing laws and regulations regarding healthcare compliance. MPI reacts to the changes by working with Saint Louis University to offer the only accredited program – Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC).   Every healthcare meeting professional must balance unprecedented changes and demands on understanding the global impact of healthcare compliance. They must tackle tough regulations, adjust and readjust priorities while keeping one eye on the short-term and the other long-term survival – a tough job without a continuing flow of knowledge. Any mishaps can result in huge financial penalties and even jail time.  There are 196 countries in the world and approximately 34% have compliance laws or regulations. And they are all different,  resulting in a very complex system for meeting professionals to learn. In conjunction with Saint Louis University, MPI offers the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate which provides a learning foundation in key healthcare meeting disciplines. Since July, 2013 there are nearly 300 meeting professionals, representing over 16 countries who have received their HMCC.  More information is available on the St Louis University University website. The very first in Europe, the HMCC class will be delivered during the European Meetings & Events Conference in Krakow, Poland on February 3rd, 2015. The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate is a program providing a foundation in key healthcare disciplines in a condensed format. It is designed for those (planners and suppliers) who need a broader understanding of a full range of regulatory topics. Learner Outcomes Receive specialized training to expand your expertise in the area of healthcare compliance and regulation. Understand the global implications of healthcare laws and what this means for your meetings. Earn an accredited credential to advance your career and improve the output of your events. Click here to register at the HMCC session at EMEC 2015. Click here to register at EMEC15.   Pat Schaumann is the HMCC speaker at EMEC15 in Krakow, Poland...
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