MPI Moves WEC Dates

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Tha Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas will be the site of MPI’s WEC November 3 to 6.

One of the most important industry events of the year, Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress (WEC), has been moved from June to November.

The new dates for the WEC, which has assumed the slogan “Reunite for Recovery,” are November 3 to 6 at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas and will include “a fully virtual conference component.” Unfortunately, November 3 is Election Day, so those attending in person will need to work around that.

“Our goal is to create a live experience, rich in education and connection, that people feel comfortable about attending in-person, while we stay intensely focused on the duty of care of delivering a safe, secure and healthy environment—as well as also offering a high-quality streaming option for those who want to attend virtually,” said Paul Van Deventer, MPI president and CEO.

MPI is working with the host property on new efforts the hotel and Marriott International, which operates the property, will be putting into place to ensure attendee safety. New education sessions will focus on industry insights post-coronavirus, planning for risk and future business disruptions, business agility and acumen, and personal wellness.

“We’re not going to just be looking at clinical wellness; we’re looking at mental wellness as well, so it’s the whole-body experience,” Van Deventer said. “We’ll be testing some new approaches, bringing a lot of content focused on pandemic response—how you should manage your own event and things you should be doing.”

Keynote speakers David Allison, Shabnam Mogharabi and Ben Nemtin are still scheduled to speak to conference attendees. Conference planners are also adding an industry leaders panel.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.