The value of meetings and events to organizations around the world has only one way to go: up. That's the word from the the Meeting Professionals International World Education Congress 2000, which drew 3,500 attendees to Los Angeles in July. MPI unveiled a new globe logo and an updated Web site ( at the meeting.

MPI Foundation's "Focus on the Future" report shows a shift in corporate meetings away from information delivery toward more interactive, problem-solving events. The foundation brought together 54 top corporate meeting executives, industry suppliers, and "thought leaders" from outside the meeting industry to define the role of meetings today. According to the participants, meeting planners will become strategic communicators and group-dynamics specialists as well as consensus builders skilled in negotiation, diplomacy, presentation, and leadership. --Alisa Wolf