MPI Reveals Program for 2015 World Education Congress in San Francisco

San Francisco

This year's edition of its World Education Congress (WEC), taking place Aug. 1-4 in San Francisco, will feature more than 100 education sessions covering topics such as food and beverage trends, cutting-edge event technology, meeting design, corporate social responsibility, women in leadership, and room block poaching, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) announced this week.

Leading the program will be an opening keynote from James Curleigh, executive vice president of Levi Strauss & Co. and president of the Levi's brand, who will deliver a presentation titled "The Edge of the Modern Frontier" focusing on how to balance authenticity and innovation. For the first time, the keynote will be delivered over brunch.

"Our theme for WEC 2015 is all about finding your professional edge, so we will deliver a variety of learning experiences designed to give attendees a competitive advantage when planning meetings," MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer said in a statement. "We want to encourage attendees to sharpen their minds, push boundaries, and rediscover the unique edge that live meetings and events give to business and to society."

New to this year's program is an expanded Chapter Leaders Forum that will take place in advance of the show and provide education sessions exclusively for more than 200 MPI chapter volunteer leaders.

Other highlights include:

• Flash Point speakers Evelyne White, co-founder and CEO of the global social dining community, BookaLokal; Pamela Meyer, author of the national best-seller, Liespotting; Liz Murray, an international bestselling author who went from being homeless to a Harvard graduate; and Kai Kight, a multi-talented violinist, composer, and inspirational speaker.

• Presentations by WEC newcomers Yigit Pura, season one winner of the Bravo television show, "Top Chef Just Desserts," and Judith Holler, personal branding expert, professional improviser, and president-elect of the MPI Chicago Area Chapter.

• Sessions by returning WEC speakers Tyra Hilliard, Corbin Ball, Joanne Dennison, and Brandt Krueger.

• A redesigned "Career & Learning Central" area in which attendees will see a take on the creative "San Fran" workspace, incorporating new break room and brainstorm areas as well as pop-up meeting rooms.

For more information, including session descriptions, speaker bios, pre-conference programming, and networking events, visit

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