International industry association Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has engaged the MPI Mexico Chapter to serve as an authorised training partner for the MPI Academy, extending the association’s education capabilities in Mexico and other Spanish-speaking countries.
The partnership is the first of its kind for MPI and will entail the delivery of both in-person and online educational offerings slated for launch in the first half of 2019.
The news was announced by Darren Temple, MPI’s chief operations officer, during a keynote presentation at the 25th National Congress of the Meetings Industry in Zacatecas, Mexico.
Earlier this year, MPI and the MPI Mexico Chapter partnered on a research initiative to ascertain educational needs of meeting professionals in Mexico, which led to the development of the new training partnership. The research revealed the need for relevant certificate-based programmes delivered locally and in Spanish. In addition, the research highlighted education topics of interest among local meeting professionals, which include strategy and innovation, event design, executive education and event production.
“Our new partnership with the MPI Mexico Chapter will be a game-changer in advancing the event planning profession in the region, and we believe it will serve as a successful blueprint for expanding our global reach in other geographies as well,” said Melissa Majors (pictured), director of the MPI Academy.
“We feel very proud of this agreement with MPI Global and for being the first authorised chapter to serve as a training partner outside the US. This strategic alliance is a great opportunity that will certainly help us achieve our main goals, which are to strengthen the professional capabilities of all meeting industry players in Mexico and to become a vehicle for encouraging greater MPI engagement from our friends throughout Latin America,” said Michel Wohlmuth, president of the MPI Mexico Chapter.
“The MPI Mexico community is strong and rapidly growing. Our team at MPI Global is dedicated to fuelling this growth and we look forward to partnering with the local chapter to deliver our cutting-edge education and event planning certificate programs,” added Temple.
To learn more about MPI Academy education programmes, visit www.mpi.org.
MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals in 90 chapters and clubs in 19 countries.