Meeting Professionals International and the MPI Foundation are collaborating with The Masie Center & Learning Consortium in a creative alliance that is meant to "revolutionize" the learning opportunities provided to the largest global community of meeting and event professionals, according to a Jan. 11 release.
The cooperation produced a video featuring Elliott Masie, CEO of the Masie Center and MPI president and CEO Bruce MacMillan, available through the association's website. There is also an interactive ThinkTank Session scheduled during MPI's 2008 Professional Education Conference-North America (PEC-NA) in Houston, February 2-5, where members and non members of MPI are invited to share in co-creating and discussing the "Future of Meetings."
By uniting learning and meeting professionals, both MPI and the Masie Center hope to revolutionize the thinking and perspectives about the meetings industry. The Masie Center & Learning Consortium, encompasses a worldwide membership of more than 1,000 "Learning Leaders" from corporations such as Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Target, American Express and 3M in a "first time" collaboration that will tap into the wealth of knowledge from both organizations. Some of the professional development opportunities available through several door-opening avenues, include:
* New Technology Development
* Content Management
* Marketplace Opportunities
* Attendee Experience
"As more companies embrace the strategic role meetings play in achieving their business goals, an even greater emphasis will be placed on how to conduct a more productive, and impactful meeting by employing new technologies, re-examining the overall structure of the meeting and enhanced knowledge and training for meeting professionals," said MacMillan.