18 Jan 2016 [20 days to go!] Interview with Mr Lars Blicher-Hansen, Co-Founder of the MPI Denmark Chapter !
More about Lars Blicher-Hansen Lars Blicher-Hansen, meeting industry advisor and editor-in-chief at Meetings & Events Magazine Lars Blicher-Hansen is since 2010 independent meeting industry advisor and editor-in-chief of the Danish industry publication “Meetings & Events Magazine”, published by Kursuslex.He has over three decades specialised in congresses and meetings. Originally journalist by education and profession, he builds his work today on his experience as among others: Market director for Business Tourism at VisitDenmark, Director of Sales and Marketing at Wonderful Copenhagen CVB, Deputy Director of the Danish Hotel & Restaurant Association, Managing Director of the Danish Convention Bureau and Chief Information Officer at the Bella Center in Copenhagen. Furthermore, Lars has been Managing Director of US/Danish joint venture Entertainment Publications in Denmark and Sweden. During his career at VisitDenmark, Lars also was responsible for the development of the national Internet portal visitdenmark.com, the cultural events project Event Denmark, and the highly acknowledged “Meetovation” project. Green initiatives like The Green Key, MPI’s White Paper on Green Meetings and Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol are also on the list of his many tasks.Past board member including MPI Denmark Chapter, the Association of Festivals and Events in Denmark, the Hans Christian Andersen Foundation, Export Promotion Denmark and Sport Event Denmark. Photo: Lars at the Danish MPI Award Dinner in 2013 when he was appointed “MPI Honorable Member of the Year”.             Lars Blicher-Hansen about MPI, Meetovation and EMEC My involvement with MPI started many years ago, when I was invited to give a presentation at the MPI European Conference in Monaco around 1990 of how we created the Danish Convention Bureau in 1988. I felt at once that the MPI organization and its network was extremely relevant also for the Danish meetings industry. Together with my staff at DCB, I started forming a MPI Denmark Chapter shortly after, supported by and in cooperation with my friend and professional colleague Lars Christensen, who at that time was the owner and CEO of the PCO company International Conference Services in Copenhagen and a member of MPI’s International Board Of Directors.Since then, during shifting career situations, I’ve been active on and off whenever it was relevant for my job. Around 10 years ago, while being responsible for the MICE sector at the national tourist board, VisitDenmark, we took over the secretariat of MPI Denmark, and I was voted in for the Board.My firm belief is, still, that MPI network is the most important for everybody in the country who works 100 percent of their job time with meetings and events to enhance both their own professionalism and the awareness and respect of the meeting and event industry as such in our society.My last large achievement during my years at VisitDenmark was to be the responsible project manager of developing the Meetovation concept.And when Copenhagen hosts for the third time, the EMEC16 I will be as proud as any ‘father’ to a beautiful baby (I do have a ‘real’ and successful daughter as well!), when the entire conference will be carried through based on our Meetovations principles. Facilitated by my dear colleagues and friends, the Meetovation ‘mother’ Ann Hansen and ‘uncle’ Bo Krüger. I do look forward to EMEC16 – and hope that all the MPI members planning to join us too!    Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen!  The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. For More information click here below:   ...
14 Jan 2016 [24 days to go!] EMEC16 - Speaker not to be missed John Parke !
More about John John Parke, CMP, Leadership Synergies CEO and Founder John Parke worked for Marriott International for more than 18 years, ultimately as Vice President of the Global Account Sales Organization. Under Mr. Parke’s leadership, the Marriott sales force was rated Number 1 by Sales & Marketing Magazine for three consecutive years. Mr. Parke was a lecturer at Cornell University for five consecutive years, where he designed and taught the Sales and Marketing Management program. Mr. Parke is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) who has extensive experience in the hospitality industry and association community and has served on several boards, including Meeting Professionals International (MPI), E-Philanthropy, and Certified Meeting Professionals. Mr. Parke is the author of the book Effective Sales Force Leadership. John Parke educational sessions at EMEC16 Strategic Account Management: Taking It To The Next LevelDo you want to continue to let your customers commoditize your offerings? Or should you position yourself and your offerings as valuable business solutions? Your biggest customers are influential, important—and sought after by your competitors. How can you and your company mobilize to protect and grow your most important assets? Strategic account management is the way to unlock innovations that benefit both parties.This session will show you how to understand the different types of selling, learn how to interview customers like a consultant and become a better strategic thinker.Monday, February 08, 2016 / 14:00 - 15:15 Getting a Seat at the Executive Table: Going From Senior Planner to the Executive LevelMuch has changed over the past five years in the meetings industry, yet rarely are meeting professionals represented at the executive level. Learn the job skills necessary to take your position to the top, with an emphasis on personal brand building and strategic thinking.Hear real-life stories of people who have been successful in being promoted to the executive level in meeting- and event-planning jobs. Learn how they did it, the obstacles they faced, and the steps you need to take to move in this direction – if you have the skills and the desire for a long-term career path.Learn how the SMM and CMP designations have impacted the role of the meeting professional and take a look at the long-term impact of these transitions on the industry, business and people.Tuesday, February 09, 2016 / 09:00 - 10:30 Start the Sales Process, Reduce the Risk of Losing Customers, and Close SalesSelling is a combination of science and art. The science has to do with employing a research- and process-oriented approach. The art has to do with seller technique and style. The best salespeople find a good balance between the two to perform at higher levels with greater consistency.Learn how to navigate selling in today's turbulent marketplace: how to initiate contact, how to increase value in the relationship, and how to close effectively. You will also gain an understanding of the role of the sales process, the clear sequence you need to follow to drive revenue, and the tools for effective solicitation.Monday, February 08, 2016 / 09:45 - 10:45 From EMEC15 John Parke explains why should meetings professionals attend EMEC !  Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen!  The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. For More information click here below:                     ...
11 Jan 2016 [27 days to go!] Last chance to register for EMEC16 Certificate Sessions !
Pre-con Sessions at EMEC16: register by the 16th of January! To attend select your chosen session on EMEC registration webpage! Going Local: Optimize Your Meeting with Local Flavor In this session you'll learn how to take full advantage of your meeting's location – including the who, what, why, and how of incorporating the destination into your event.From local food and wine, art and entertainment to community, philanthropy, speakers, and industry best practices, you'll discover how the power of your location can elevate the direction of your meetings and events.Covering such critical items as sustainability approaches unique to local venues, destination selection rationale, along with stories and lessons to be learned from local best practices, speakers, and businesses, you'll learn the keys of incorporating them in your meetings.Sunday, 7 February, 13:00 – 16:00Speaker: Mariela McIlwraithPrice: MPI members - 90 Euros | Not yet MPI members - 260 Euros Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate - HMCC  Why not make an investment in your future and your company's success by participating in the accredited Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate Program (HMCC)?Every healthcare meeting professional must balance the need for effective meeting management with unprecedented changes and demands in the arena of global healthcare compliance. Planners must tackle trough regulations, adjust and readjust priorities, while keeping one eye on short-term and the other on long-term survival – a tough job unless a continuous flow of knowledge is available to guide the effort. The HMCC provides a foundation in key healthcare disciplines in a condensed format. It's designed for planners and suppliers who need a broader understanding of a full range of regulatory topics. This program, taught by professionals and faculty members who are trained to provide a competency foundation and critical thinking skills, is presented through case studies, business simulation, discussion, and active exercises.This intensive four-hour educational and training course 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. Tuesday, 9 February, 14:00 – 18:00Speaker: Pat SchaumannPrice: MPI members - 440 Euros | Not yet MPI members - 610 Euros      Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen!  The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. For More information click here below:                                          ...
7 Jan 2016 [31 days to go!] EMEC16 - Speakers not to be missed Mie Nørgaard and Joshua Samson
More about Mie and Joshua Mie Nørgaard,  Ph.D., Multimaterial sketching practitioner within the fields of interaction design, business development, design and user involvement Mie Nørgaard is an experienced visual facilitator with a background in experience design, innovation processes and user involvement. Since the mid-nineties she has deployed a range of research based sketching methods to help businesses be more efficient in -for example- strategy seminars and user centered work camps. Activities include visual facilitation and graphic recording in formats that suit your meeting, and experience design that affords certain behaviours and atmospheres in a conference setting. Mie Nørgaard at EMEC16 During the EMEC16 conference Mie Nørgaard will listen, analyze and interpret the key take-aways of the presentations and activities. In three days she will create the ‘MPI Story’ in an oversized fairytale book from stage. The story is available for participants during the conference and will be made public for download afterwards. Mie will take part to the following sessions:Opening General Session – Finding Your StorySunday, February 07, 2016 / 16:30 - 18:00Monday Morning General Session - Cure Your Writers' Block in Business and LifeMonday, February 08, 2016 / 09:00 - 09:30Monday General Session – Creative Setup & Responsible ThinkingMonday, February 08, 2016 / 11:15 - 12:45Closing General SessionTuesday, February 09, 2016 / 11:00 - 12:30 Joshua Samson - (More Balls Than Most) Percussionist, speaker, founder of the Health and Wellness methodology OneMinuteFit Joshua J. Samson is a well known percussionist, speaker, founder of the Health and Wellness methodology ‘OneMinuteFit’ and is one of the leading improvising percussionists in Europe. Joshua combines performing in concerts with the delivery of creative and interactive performance programs in which company culture, work dynamics and professional human interaction are key. He integrates keynote speaking with his music, voice and interactive examples sharing his years of experience with consultants, CEO’s, management teams and people interested in the insights that music can bring to the workplace. With experience in more than 500 companies in 18 different countries, Joshua has established himself as one of the most successful providers of creative experiences and artistic corporate training programs. With very little he is able to create harmony and energy in a group. He performed for the Dutch Royal Family on various occasions as well as for the World Food Program’s international executives and United Nation VIPs among thousands of other listeners all over the world. Joshua Samson - (More Balls Than Most) at EMEC16 Monday General Session – Creative Setup & Responsible Thinking In the second General Session on Monday you will be introduced to two more Meetovation principles: Creative setup and Responsible thinking. Joshua Samson will introduce you to the Power of Music at events and its impact on the physical environment of your meetings.  Dozens of books have been written on the impact of music on man. Artist Joshua Samson is one of the leading improvising percussionists in Europe and he will introduce us to the power of music in events.Monday, February 08, 2016 / 11:15 - 12:45 Sunset Session: Rhythm & Connection  Explore the power of music and its impact on the dynamics and energy levels of your meetings. The physical environment has a profound effect on people: on our thoughts, our emotions, our state of being, and ultimately on our behavior. We may not consciously hear every sound, but our brains are constantly processing them nonetheless. Learn how to intentionally design and use sound and music to draw attention, influence mood, create engagement, evoke emotion, convey a message, strengthen memory or meaning, and even train thought processes to move at different speeds.Monday, February 08, 2016 / 17:15 - 18:15 Joshua will also participateto to the Closing General Session Watch a preview of Joshua Samson's Workshops:  Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen!  The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. For More information click here below:                                            ...
4 Jan 2016 Women leading men: A man’s perspective on diversity and inclusion
Ben Hainsworth, Executive Director for Associations with K.I.T. Group GmbH Berlin, and a PCMA Board Member as from January 2016, is a smart male leader who understands the importance of gender parity. And with good reason. From the beginning of his career onwards, Hainsworth has had the privilege of working almost exclusively with some of the most respected women in the Meeting Industry. Could you give us a brief overview of your background?I grew up in a very multicultural and diverse environment in North London. After a degree in Languages and European Studies, I joined the London based think-tank Policy Studies Institute in the early 90’s, and believe it or not, my first boss was a woman!  Professor Isobel Allen, Head of Health and Social Policy at the University of Westminster, was a great source of inspiration. And the idea of having a woman as a boss didn’t seem surprising to me. How did you become involved in the Meeting Industry?I guess it was my destiny! My wife-to-be was working in publishing in London, and when she was offered a position with the ESC (European Society of Cardiology) near Nice, I followed her to the South of France. Soon after, I joined the ESC Congress Department as an Exhibition Coordinator. I had my baptism of fire with the World Congress of Cardiology in Berlin; my first experience with a large-scale medical congress. After several positions within the ESC Congress department, I was appointed Director of Congresses and Meetings fifteen years later. Then, nearly two years ago, I joined the PCO and AMC K.I.T. Group in Berlin, so I’m back to where it all began! While most of your managers have been female, you have had a couple of male managers. Have you encountered any obvious gender-related differences in their management styles?Definitely not. I don’t think gender defines a style of management. Each manager brings his or her own style of management and I am very wary of generalizations. What I have noticed though, as an observation, is that the women I have worked with have achieved a healthier perspective of work/life balance. I think this has an influence on how they manage themselves and therefore a direct influence on how they manage others.The ESC for example has a huge majority of female directors in key positions, not only in the Congress Division but also in Finance, HR, Communication, Marketing, Association Management, Advocacy and Representation. Not to mention the fact that the CEO is a woman. Female leaders are clearly the majority in this association HQ and I have often been the only male manager in a meeting, so my experience may not be typical. How do you explain that?I really cannot explain why the ESC HQ is female driven.  I have no doubt that the best candidates who applied for a given post were selected every time. Perhaps it is linked to the geographical location or the Association context, I don’t know. It is well known that far more women than men work in the Meeting Industry, but not enough at top positions. Still, I would say that there is a trend towards an increasing number of female CEOs and Board members in specific environments of the Meeting Industry, such as Associations, Agencies, PCO, AMC or CVB. For example, PCMA, Berlin CVB or IMEX are led by first-rate female CEOs. So more and more women do get through the glass ceiling. In Academia, female leaders are well represented too and there seems to be quite a good parity. I am not sure about the management in Hospitality, Venues and Airlines where the glass ceiling seems to be more of a problem as the amount of C-Level women is rather low and more progress is required. Creating a gender balance in the Meeting Industry Technologies is definitely required too and progress needs to be made on that front because I think women probably have better innate empathy skills rather than a more typically pushy male approach. How would you improve gender balance?Complementarity is very important to me and gender balance leads to complementarity. At all levels of an organization, including its management, diversity is key. In my experience, when the Board is managed by one gender only, it is sometimes harder to achieve results than when both genders are represented. Negotiations seem to be more difficult when the group is dominated by one gender, whereas with a good gender balance on a Board, I feel diversity makes it easier to compromise, and creates an environment which is more conducive to efficient achievement of results. I think that there is more often than not a more open and inclusive way of management –both of people and issues. I think that a mixed group of people, with different perspectives, is less likely to get mired down in personal ‘disagreements’ and more likely to address the real issues. On the other hand I don’t see the ability or willingness to delegate effectively to be a specifically gender defined trait. Networking and mentoring are often the two main pieces of advice given to the young generation of women who aim to have a successful career. What would your advice be?Networking and mentoring are definitely important. I am not sure if it is gender related or that young women need them more than young men, I’d say they’re important for all young professionals. To be inspired by role models is key. I never had a career plan in mind and I spent a big chunk of my career at the ESC, so female management was just part of my daily professional life from the start. I am really grateful to the leaders I have met along the way, both men and women. When Wil F.J. Neijmann, CEO and Founder of the ESC Headquarters hired me, he certainly opened my eyes to the business and gave me the inspiration to get into the Meeting Industry.  After that, Isabel Bardinet confirmed my interest and helped me appreciate the philosophy behind the role of associations. Finally, being with the PCO K.I.T. Group now, I am impressed by the business acumen and determination of its Managing Director, Jocelyne Mülli. To conclude, as a male professional surrounded by female leaders, I can only but encourage gender diversity at all levels, right to the top, to enable more empathy and achieve better results. Interview by Maguy Sicuro (Managing Director SICURO EVENTS, VP Membership MPI France-Switzerland).  If you are interested in the Women in Leadership topic don't miss Karin Krogh educational session at EMEC16!  Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen!  The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. 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31 Dec 2015 [38 days to go!] EMEC16 - Speakers not to be missed Ulrika Martensson and Ib Ravn
More about Ulrika and Ib Ulrika Mårtensson, Head of Communications - Meetings & Conventions, Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau Ulrika Mårtensson is a communications professional with 15 years of experience in the international meetings industry. She is especially passionate about networking; business development; meetings design; sustainable meetings management, social enterprise, Copenhagen and the open source initiative #BeeSustain. Ulrika is the ‘Head of Communications – Meetings & Conventions’ in Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau and the ‘master mind’ behind the #BeeSustain campaign launched by Wonderful Copenhagen to generate a global buzz around the importance of sustainability in the meetings industry. Ulrika has been involved with the Copenhagen Sustainable Meetings Protocol – which pioneered by eco-certifying the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference COP15 that attracted 30,000 people to Copenhagen in 2009. Ulrika has a Master in Communications, a Bachelor in Psychology and is a certified meetings designer. She is ‘President Elect’, ‘VP Communications’ and ‘VP Finance’ on the board of MPI Denmark.  The #BeeSustain Challenge: How To Drive Innovation and Enhance Meeting Quality and ROI Through Sustainability (and have FUN in the process) - Ulrika Mårtensson educational session at EMEC16 The #BeeSustain Challenge is an interactive game executed Meetovation Style – showcasing all five elements of the meetings design concept, but with the element Responsible Thinking as the main focus.In this highly interactive session, you will physically be taken through various stations to meet and engage with local experts in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, testing the level of your knowledge and commitment.Depending on your level of experience with implementing sustainability in your meetings and events (whether you are a planner or supplier), you will follow different routes in the #BeeSustain Challenge. You’ll learn about sustainable best practices from experts, and get the option to share – so come prepared to share your own sustainability successes and challenges.You’ll also be collecting a toolkit to take home with inspiring and applicable ways to implement sustainability right away.Tuesday, February 09, 2016 / 09:00 - 10:30 Ib Ravn - Ph.D., Associate Professor at Aarhus University, Campus Emdrup Ib Ravn, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Program on Organization and Learning at the Department of Education, Aarhus University, Denmark. He does research and consults on the facilitation of knowledge processes at meetings, conferences and in the workplace generally. He has published numerous scholarly articles (such as “Facilitating Learning at Conferences” in the International Journal of Learning and Change) and four books in Danish on meeting facilitation and, with Steen Elsborg, “Leaning Meetings and Conferences in Practice” (People’s Press, 2007). He headed the early research-and-intervention project “The Learning Meeting” with VisitDenmark in 2003-05.     Facilitating Meetings to Enhance Participants' Sense of Autonomy, Competence, and Intrinsic Motivation - Ib Ravn educational session at EMEC16 Academic research has established that people are universally motivated by needs for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. Remarkably, these needs have been ill served by large meetings and conferences as traditionally conceived.As to autonomy, participants are kept in their seats all day and are required to listen impassively to one-way communication for hours on end.As to competence, every meeting is designed so as to impress the participants with the expertise of the presenters, leaving the participants to feel that their own experience matters little.As to relatedness, often participants are left to fend for themselves, when in fact networking is much too important to be left for the breaks.In this session Ib Ravn will present basic principles, critiques of classical meetings, and spend the majority of time demonstrating small-group and open-floor processes where participants are treated as folks with universal needs for deciding what to do for themselves (autonomy), showing and telling how much they know and can do in relation to the session topic (competence), as well as meeting and sharing with others at the conference (relatedness).Tuesday, February 09, 2016 / 09:00 - 10:30    Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen!  The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. For More information click here below:                                          ...
28 Dec 2015 [41 days to go!] EMEC16: Jonas Wilstrup welcomes you in Copenhagen !
More about Jonas Jonas Wilstrup, Convention Director - Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau Jonas Wilstrup is the Convention Director in Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau since January 2014. One of his primary tasks is to cement Copenhagen's position as a leading meeting and convention city. Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau is the official convention bureau of the greater Copenhagen area and is a non-profit organization offering free support to international associations and corporate meeting planners. Jonas Wilstrup is 38 years old and holds a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Copenhagen. Jonas has been working with sustainability for some time before his work at the CVB and has been strategically responsible for the eco-label “The Green Key”, which is one of the world's largest eco-labels within the hospitality industry. In Wonderful Copenhagen CVB, Jonas has been engaged in projects such as ICCA Scandinavia Sustainability Index, a benchmarking project across a number of cities. Jonas Wilstrup will take part to EMEC16 educational session: The #BeeSustain Challenge: How To Drive Innovation and Enhance Meeting Quality and ROI Through Sustainability (and have FUN in the process) In this highly interactive session, you will physically be taken through various stations to meet and engage with local experts in sustainability and corporate social responsibility, testing the level of your knowledge and commitment. Those who are already working with CSR will enjoy peer-to-peer exchange, networking and inspiration – sharing best practices. Novices will receive concrete tools to start working with CSR along with arguments in favor of sustainability that you can provide your boss/client. In general, the session will provide inputs on how to work strategically with CSR to achieve a heightened meeting experience, drive innovation and engagement, and maintain cost efficiency.Tuesday, February 09, 2016 / 09:00 - 10:30 Why should you attend EMEC 2016? To meet one-on-one with qualified corporate & association planners from the US and EuropeTo solidify your future meetings businessTo discover Meetovation: a meeting design concept that aims to create a better learning outcome and an increased return on investment (ROI) by using creative techniquesTo discover Copenhagen: a city with a long track record of sustainable meetings management, voted Europe's Green Capital for 2014 by the European Environment Commission.  Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen!  The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. For More information click here below:                                          ...
24 Dec 2015 [45 days to go!] EMEC16 - Speakers not to be missed Nicoline Jacoby Hansen and Janet Sperstad
More about Nicoline and Janet Nicoline Jacoby Hansen, Meeting design expert, CEO PLUS Agency and author Nicoline Jacoby Hansen is an expert in participatory meetings. She holds a PhD from The Danish School of Education/University of Aarhus and an MA in communication and psychology. Her PhD explored how to develop new conference formats based on adult learning theory and dramaturgy. Today she is the CEO of PLUS Agency, a conference consultancy based in Copenhagen which focuses on developing participatory meetings for a broad mix of clients, ranging from private companies to public institutions, employers’ organizations, trade unions and NGO’s. She has published a number of articles and books about conferences and learning, leadership, knowledge management and visual research methods and her new book on participatory meetings will be published in English in 2016.  From Yawn to Yeah! How To Design Participatory Meetings By Applying Dramaturgy And Adult Learning - Nicoline Jacoby Hansen educational session at EMEC16 This session presents a novel approach to participatory meeting design that keeps people's attention throughout an entire meeting and, as a result, increases their overall outcome.Inspired by dramaturgy and adult learning, five design principles will be presented along with numerous examples of how to apply these principles. The cases presented will focus on association meetings and company meetings like strategy kick-off meetings or other types of employee meetings for 300+ participants.During the session, you will get the opportunity to practice applying this approach to your next meeting design. So think about your next meeting and bring the information along!Monday, February 08, 2016 / 09:45 - 10:45 Speaking also at the Closing General Session. Janet Sperstad - CMP, Program Director Meeting and Event Management Degree at Madison Area Technical College Janet Sperstad’s professional history reflects her lifelong vocation: driving excellence in meeting and event management execution and education. Over 25 years of experience as a meeting professional and executive leader in the corporate and non-profit sectors. She has an Executive Masters in Neuroleadership and is a Certified Meeting Professional. She currently leads Madison College’s Meeting and Event Management Associate degree program, which she founded in 2002. This program has been selected as a Competency Model Champion by the U.S. Department of Labor. Ms. Sperstad has been recognized for her leadership and contributions to the events industry over the years both locally through MPI WI Chapter as well globally. She has written for and been featured in a variety of industry publications, academic journal and authored a leading industry white paper on neuroscience and event design. Master Class: Igniting the Brain’s Spark - Janet Sperstad educational session at EMEC16 In a world of increasing change, driven by technology and speed, it is becoming even harder to deliver event experiences that create moments of meaning and inspire creative thinking as well as deeper learning.In this session we will explore how event professionals can optimize the brain's ability to encode information to foster deeper understanding and learning. We will also focus on how you can create intentional points in time during your events that drive innovate thinking and inspire "a-ha" moments.Monday, February 08, 2016 / 15:45 - 16:45 Speaking also at Monday General Session Read the interview with Neuroscientist and Subject Matter Expert Janet Sperstad by Rich Luna  Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen!  The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016. For More information click here below:     ...
21 Dec 2015 Chapter Story - MPI Finland Chapter Celebrates its 10 Years Anniversary!
MPI Finland celebrated its 10 year anniversary as a chapter in December with a company of members and other stakeholders. The purpose of the celebration was to thank our committed stakeholders but also to engage our stakeholders for the future. MPI Finland Chapter would not be as lively as it is without our committed members and sponsors. The anniversary gala was organized, not only to celebrate the the members and partners that we have today, but to also thank the founding members who drove the creation of the Finnish MPI Chapter. The current leader had a great dialogue with members of the founding board and the invitees learned a lot from the history of MPI Finland. Below are some pictures of our anniversary gala. Minna Sauramaa and Anette van der Vliet (in the middle) were part of the first committees who made MPI Finland a reality. Juhapekka Koppanen (left) and Anne Laukkanen (right) have continued to steer the chapter in the past year and a half. Long-standing members were rewarded. Taru-Maija Heilala-Rasimov's 19 years as a member have been full of active participation locally and globally. Cheers for the first 10 years and many more to come! Looking forward to coming years During the last two terms, our chapter’s focus has been strongly in different development projects, and the chapter development will continue in upcoming year as well. During the ongoing year, we have carried out a workshop with our members to be able to offer education that is more beneficial, valid content in communication and add value to membership itself. The results of the workshop were extremely fruitful, and our members truly appreciated for engaging them to development. In addition to the workshop, the second large-scale development project during the ongoing term has be the renewal of our Chapter Bylaws concerning the Finnish legislation. Even though we have done a lot during the 2015, its’ all been just a warm up as the development of our chapter continues goal-oriented in 2016 too. First time in our chapter’s history, we have been accepted a chapter grant by MPI Foundation for Ready. Set. Meet! -program. For the support of MPI Foundation we are organising an educational session on SMM: Adding Value to the Participant Experience during the biggest Congress and Events fair in Finland, taking place in April 2016 during the week of Global Meeting Industry Day! Ready. Set. Meet -program creates us a great opportunity to highlight the professionalism and relevancy of our chapter, as well as MPI in general. We are aiming to gain new members and stronger our status among the event professionals in Finland. In addition to new members, we are continuously seeking new ways to develop the existing memberships and their engagement to MPI Finland. For that reason, we are executing in the spring 2016 a qualitative research for our members who have not been actively involved to our chapter’s functions during the recent years. The purpose of the study is to gain more information of what we could offer more as a chapter to our “passive” members to be able to satisfy their needs and expectations better. The study will be conducted as a bachelors’ theses, and we are looking forward to have the results at the latest in May. The upcoming year 2016 is going to be a year full of successful encounters thanks to our committed board and stakeholders.  We are looking forward to the next ten years with great expectations! Anne Laukkanen, Chapter President of MPI Finland Chapter Happy Holidays ! On behalf of MPI Finland Chapter and MPI in Europe team, we want to wish you all a great holiday season!  ...
17 Dec 2015 [52 days to go!] EMEC16 - Speakers not to be missed Peter Ivanov & Karin Krogh: Leadership and Strategic Planning
More about Karen and Peter Karin Krogh, MPI Denmark President, Process Consultant, Facilitator and Meetovator Karin Krogh's career has revolved around good communication as the key to success. To secure joy at work, to give great presentations and to create a great personal power. With over 20 years of experience, she is an expert on presentations skills and joy at work. As a matter of fact she has invented “The Happiness Model”. Karin was awarded Best Content Facilitator at the Danish MPI Awards. She has advised both professional speakers, executives, politicians and entrepreneurs. With great passion and a lot of international work, Karin is the present President of MPI Denmark. She is a partner and consultant in the consultantcy company Progreso ApS. To the delight of her audience, she works based on the theme - It is both wise and funny.  Women and Leadership: What Next? - Karin Krogh educational session at EMEC16 The topic of women and leadership is gaining momentum at every industry event. And for good reason –the latest research suggests that the pay gap between men and women is actually widening. Plus, women are still vastly outnumbered in most boards and senior leadership positions. Obviously every woman has different priorities, but we must ensure that everyone receives equal opportunities. So, where do we start?In this highly interactive session, we’ll discuss what companies, professional associations, and individuals can do to change the status quo. We’ll hear about the newest research findings and learn from the experience of accomplished women leaders. Small group debates will be organized to explore different topics in-depth.We invite both men and women to join us, because we need them all to create a thriving meetings industry!Monday, February 08, 2016 / 15:45 - 16:45 Read the interview to President of the MPI Denmark Chapter and speaker Karin Krogh by Rich Luna  Peter Ivanov - Keynote Speaker & Executive Coach  Peter Ivanov has lead international virtual teams across the globe, and through his leadership, his teams have been honored with multiple prestigious corporate awards, among which are the "Best of the Best" in 2007 and the Global "IT Connect Award" in 2012. In his dynamic keynote speeches and seminars, Peter uses the experience he has gained as Manager, Virtual Team Leader, Athletic Champion and, yes, the father of five little girls, to show you how to organise, build up and lead your own successful virtual teams. Virtual Power Teams – How To Deliver Projects Quicker, Reduce Cost and Develop Your Organization For The Future! - Peter Ivanov at EMEC16 Today many successful meeting planners and event organisers lead their own virtual team consisting of graphic designer, proofreader, online marketer, etc.The possibilities for physical meetings or face-to-face conversations in such teams are strongly limited. Plus, all too often when a project team is dispersed they suffer delays and sometimes complete failure.Peter Ivanov is an international manager and virtual teams expert. His method "Virtual Power Teams" is proven in practice and has won multiple corporate awards.Monday, February 08, 2016 / 14:00 - 15:15   Join us at EMEC 16 in Copenhagen! The European Meetings & Events Conference takes place in Copenhagen from 7 to 9 February 2016.   For more information about EMEC 2016 click here below                                     ...
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