#1 RATED MPI Certificate Course!

A great way to get the basics or a refresh on the fundamentals of event and meeting planning.

Most attendees rate this course 4.5 or more stars ratings

Career starters:

Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals

What You'll Learn

  Identify meeting stakeholders, and employ your role as intermediary and mediator to design right-fit experiences

  Define event goals and SMART objectives, and employ strategies for measuring the value of your meetings

Develop budgets and blueprints, and assess potential risks associated with your meeting or event

✓  Plan menus and arrange transportation and attendee movement plans


  Manage the RFP process, conduct well-thought-out and precise site inspections, select vendors and develop contracts

   Design your meeting using key elements that enable your organization to achieve its meeting goals and objectives

   Manage speakers and conference content design, design room sets, work with audiovisual teams and design technical plans

 Oversee pre-and post-conference meetings and onsite logistics and conduct program evaluations

There’s a reason “Start with the basics” is a phrase so commonly used to introduce any learning. The basics are the most important aspects or principles that you should learn first. In the world of meetings and events, the basics are a necessary foundation on which to build your planning skills.

Whether you 1) are new to event planning, 2) are planning events even if that’s not your job title, or 3) need a refresher, MPI’s Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals Certificate Program teaches you the must-perform tactics that ensure successful event execution, delivery and measurement.

This Events Industry Council-certified, six-hour course offers a deep dive into the building blocks of successful event planning. You’ll learn how to define objectives and identify stakeholders through meeting design development. As well, you’ll learn how to create RFPs, contracts and menus, and identify staging, audiovisual needs and more.

Led by an expert facilitator from MPI, this certificate class touches on every element of the meeting planning process, offering you the opportunity to employ best practices for your business, make changes to your processes and ensure that your operations conform with industry-leading standards.

Participants of this course receive the following after program completion: 

  • Part 1 - Meeting Sourcing & Strategy & Part 2 - Meeting Design & Logistics
  • 6 clock hours in CMP-IS Strategic Domain A: Strategic Planning or Domain G: Meeting or Event Design
  • Certificate in Meeting Fundamentals

What Our Attendees Say

"The Basic’s Bootcamp was great! I “helped” my way into planning and I’ve been an official Events Planner since 2003, planning 10+ conferences each year. I learned so much new information and have a better understanding of the how’s and why’s to doing certain things. The instructor was very knowledgeable and presented the information in a way that everyone could understand it. I took the class as a refresher/learning course to help in working toward obtaining my CMP and CMM certification"

~ Wanda Woods

Lori Pugh Marcum

Instructor: Lori Pugh, M.S. MEM, PMP, CMP, CMM, CED

Currently, Lori serves as the Events Content Director for Path to Purchase Institute, spearheading content strategies for events, awards, and webinars. Previously, Lori held roles like Head of Meeting Innovation at Meeting Professionals International, overseeing event production and speaker management for MPI's global event portfolio.

She also enjoyed a successful six-year tenure as an event producer and manager at PRI Productions in Jacksonville and served as the Special Events Manager for the AAA Five-Diamond resort, Ponte Vedra Inn and Club, and as the Events Manager for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Lori holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Advertising from the University of North Florida and a Master's Degree in Meeting and Event Management from San Diego State University.

Recognized for her industry contributions, Lori has been honored as one of Eventex's 2022 Top 100 Most Influential People in the Event Industry, named among MeetingsNet's 2021 Changemakers, and featured as one of Meetings and Conventions Magazine's 22 Millennials to Watch in 2016.



Instructor: Pamela Esbrandt Wynne, CMM, CMP, HMCC

Pam has been in the Meetings & Events industry for over 20+ years. She has worked at several Pharmaceutical and third-party meeting and event planning agencies in a variety of roles in Operations, Business Development, and Account Management. She has been a speaker, facilitator and trainer on a variety of topics including SMMP, Staffing, Women’s Leadership, DE&I, Risk Mitigation, and The Attendee Experience. She is also a frequent contributor to several industry publications. In addition to her current role in talent acquisition, she serves on the working group for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee for Inizio Engage XD. She is a Past President of the New Jersey Chapter of Meeting Professionals International. She lives in Ewing, NJ with her fiancée Danielle, dogs Hank and Winnie, and cats Felix and Lizzie. In her spare time she loves to Golf, Travel, cook and putter around in the garden.



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Course Dates:

-Please note that 2024 courses are split into 3 hour sessions over 2 days -

June 18, 2024 9:00 AM

Members: $505 / Non-Member: $705


September 18, 2024 9:00 AM

Members: $505 / Non-Member: $705


October 31, 2024 9:00 AM

Members: $505 / Non-Member: $705


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