MPI’s World Education Congress in June promises a robust, reimagined itinerary with takeaways for the new normal.
MPI is full stream ahead celebrating its landmark 50-year anniversary with a forward-thinking educational event. The association’s World Education Congress (WEC), always a highly creative conference, is being held June 21-23 in San Francisco with an agenda that responds to the extraordinary industry challenges of the past two years with interactive experiences and takeaways for the new normal.
The packed educational itinerary for MPI WEC San Francisco will showcase new design and engagement methodologies, and—responding to a shift from “content consumption to community collaboration”— offer many collaborative opportunities for attendees to connect and problem-solve with the industry gurus who are leading the sea change. There are eight categories of educational sessions ranked according to their level of interactivity, from the lowest levels of plenary sessions and featured speakers to the highest levels of hands-on labs and campfire discussions that invite everyone to contribute. Clear online descriptions of each session note learner outcomes and takeaway skill-sets in such areas as creativity, negotiation, network building, problem solving, emotional intelligence and more. Session content runs the gamut from “Contracting for Recovery: Safeguarding Your Business for the Next Normal” to “Gamify Your Hybrid Meeting Experience” and from “Beyond the Recycling Bin: Redefining Sustainability” to “Wildly Forward Together: Stepping In, Out and Through Old Beliefs and Towards What’s Next.”
MPI WEC speakers include three keynotes: digital media global leader Ben Chodor, president of Notified (formerly Intrado Digital Media); Denise Soler Cox, creator of Project Eñye and award-winning activist filmmaker and sought-after Fortune 500 speaker; and Omar Tawakol, Vice President & General Manager, Cisco Systems, in Cisco’s Webex business unit. Session speakers include a wide range of industry pros. An evergreen offering is the 13th edition of MPI’s hosted buyer program, which brings planners and suppliers together to connect with potential partners. Among the networking events are an opening night celebration at Oracle Park, home to the San Francisco Giants, and a closing Rendezvous party celebrating San Francisco at historic City Hall.
MPI is actively engaged with the City of San Francisco, the Moscone Center and the WEC Host Committee in following or exceeding all recommended safety and wellness protocols and adhering to all local guidelines for health and safety. Following the city and state recommendations and starting on April 1, MPI will not require proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test to enter Moscone West. Guidelines will be updated based on current conditions and posted on all MPI channels.