A heavy dose of nostalgia and a sprinkle of inspiration made for a successful 25th anniversary celebration as 2,421 MPI (Meeting Professionals International) members gathered in Baltimore in early August. The annual World Education Congress was just that--a celebration--with countless awards and ceremonies, some hilarious 25-year-old photos of MPI's leaders, and many of the organization's founding members in attendance. For added inspiration, keynote speaker Senator Jack Kemp spoke of the excitement of the new millennium, and Mount Everest climbers Alan Hobson and Jamie Clarke captivated the audience with the story of their unbelievable journey.
Among the meeting's other highlights: * Anna Lee Chabot, CMP, took her place as the organization's new president, replacing Kitty Ratcliffe. Chabot is head, meetings and assemblies section, for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
* MPI announced that its Certificate in Meetings Management (CMM) program for industry professionals will be offered worldwide. The certification, which is targeted to address the needs of experienced meeting planners, was originally designed for the European market.
* MPI and the Disney Institute announced that they will create an educational program to be offered exclusively to MPI members.
* MPI promoted its new WEC WOW (World Education Congress WithOut Walls), a Web site that lets browsers view the meeting highlights online. It's located at www.mpiweb.org.
* Corbin Ball, CMP was awarded the newly renamed Marion D. Kershner Memorial Chapter Leader Award (formerly the Chapter Leader of the Year Award); Margaret A. Moynihan, CMP was awarded the 1997 Meeting Professional Award, International Planner Category; Carol Krugman, CMP and Lori Rogel, CMP were the recipients of the 1997 Meeting Professional Award, Tomorrow's Leader category; and J. William Boyd, CMP, was awarded the 1997 Meeting Professional Award, International Supplier Category.