Inclusive Event Strategist Certificate Program

Creating meetings and events in which all people feel valued and respected.

check   CMP Clock Hours: 4

check    Members: $299 / Non-Member: $399


Program Overview

Inclusion is not only the right thing to do—it unquestionably enhances your event’s value. Inclusion goes beyond basic legal compliance; it means creating an atmosphere in which all people feel valued and respected. Meetings and events succeed when they embrace the ways in which people are different, and the result is a powerful setting for problem-solving, innovation and success.
Through MPI’s Inclusive Event Strategist Certificate Program, you’ll discover how to keep a strategy of inclusion at the center of your event’s design and execution. You’ll explore the dimensions of diversity and learn best practices that ensure the engagement of all event participants. You’ll learn to adopt your role as an “inclusion broker” for the diverse groups you represent and focus on practical actions that result in inclusive event programs and environments.

The program’s focus is not on changing individual beliefs or ideas. Its goal is to explore the topic of inclusion and its relationship to the success of events and to provide strategies and actions that you can take to create inclusive experiences.

Course Details

At the completion of the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Utilize key findings from MPI research on inclusion to make the business case for greater efforts toward welcoming environments at your organization.
  • Explain the business case for inclusion, and why creating objectives and tactics for inclusion will benefit your business or organization.
  • Use the dimensions of diversity in your event strategy and design to create fully inclusive environments.
  • Embrace your role of inclusion broker, and strategies you can use in representing the diverse people at your meetings and events.
  • Recommend actions you and your organization can take to create an inclusive environment.
  • Commit to taking actions that create an environment of inclusion by completing an Inclusive Action Plan. 

Participants of this course receive: 

  • Certificate of completion in Inclusive Event Design
  • 4 clock hours in CMP-IS Strategic Domain G: Meeting or Event Design


"I was motivated and empowered by MPI’s Inclusive Event Strategist certificate program, it is an excellent tool for industry professionals to learn new ideas in implementing inclusive strategies for all facets of the meeting planning process - from the genesis of the RFP to the post-con meeting. I learned insight into the questions we need to be asking, the considerations we need to be taking and the dimensions of incorporating diversity and cultural competence in making conferences and meetings more inclusive."

- Joe Bedsole


Antwone Stigall, CMP, DES


Antwone Stigall is a diversity champion, event leader, advocate for the advancement of the meeting and event profession and dedicated member of Meeting Professionals International—moving from student member to chapter leadership to founding chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee for MPI. Antwone has a passion for not only creating events and experiences for participants of all backgrounds, but also for making those events and experiences diverse, equitable, inclusive and welcoming for all.


The program explores MPI Foundation research conducted by the New York University Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality. You’ll discover where meeting professionals are excelling in the creation of welcoming environments, and the areas where they could improve in enhancing the experience for diverse groups. Meanwhile, you’ll gain access to more than 350 best practices for designing and executing inclusive experiences that embrace all your diverse attendees.

Course Registration


Course Dates:

9:00 am to 1:00 pm CST 

February 3, 2022 (Live-Online)

June 2, 2022 (Live-Online)

September 29, 2022 (Live-Online)

December 8, 2022 (Live-Online)