by Sarah J.F. Braley | August 06, 2014
Meeting Professionals International's 2014 World Education Congress wrapped up in Minneapolis Tuesday after welcoming about 2,000 attendees, including 250 hosted buyers who made appointments with 150 suppliers. Following the hiring of president and CEO Paul Van Deventer 16 months ago, the organization has looked inward to streamline its offerings. "We're refocusing what we do, changing our vision and mission," said Van Deventer. "We want to make sure we are getting our entire community in line and understanding why they want to be part of MPI." The core of the association's offerings are going back to professional development through education and networking, creating business opportunities and advocating for the industry. MPI also is refocusing on its domestic members, said Van Deventer: "We're a global organization, but our core is still housed in North America. We are rebuilding partnerships with the key drivers and supporters in this region." The MPI Foundation also has been restructured, changing its funding model, emphasizing education and giving back to MPI's communities. New at this year's convention was a career center, featuring a job fair; MPI also is redesigning its online career pages, the third most visited area of In addition, the organization has replaced the chapter content database with the MPI Speaker Resource, a database of more than 8,000 presenters.