Women in Leadership: Executive Skills Certificate

Break down the bias and the barriers.

check   CMP Clock Hours: 4

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


“women are leaving the workforce at four times the rate as men” and that the U.S. Labor Department reported that “just in September [2020] - 865,000 women over 20 dropped out of the American workforce compared with 216,000 men in the same age group”

(Schneider, Hsu, Horsley, 2020).

This 4-hour course is designed to help you channel your inner leadership voice to help you capitalize on your earning potential and strength as a woman in the modern workforce.

Program Overview

Women play key roles in the hospitality and meeting industries, but many find it challenging to move into leadership positions. Recent studies show that women are 28% less likely to get an executive-level position even if they possess the skills that make other job applicants attractive candidates for C-Level positions.

What are the skills necessary to be considered for high-level leadership roles, and how do they translate to the level of leadership you seek for your career? In MPI’s Women in Leadership: Executive Skills Certificate Program, you’ll learn about the key roles women play in the hospitality and meeting industries and how to overcome career obstacles to executive-level positions.

Through the program, based on where you want your career and leadership to grow in the next three to five years, and you’ll create an action and development plan that advances your career, your leadership and your influence.

Course Details

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

  • Identify the skills that help women ascend to executive leadership roles in the meeting and event industry, and self-evaluate where you excel and where you can improve.
  • Utilize best-practice methods for overcoming common challenges women face in obtaining leadership opportunities.
  • Follow your personal action plan for leadership success and career development and find success in right-fit leadership roles.
  • Locate additional resources available to women seeking leadership roles in the meeting and event industry.

The program presents real-life case studies of women who overcame adversity to excel in the meeting and event industry while maintaining the right balance for their personal and professional lives. You’ll examine what skills they possess, the decisions they made and what actions they took to enable their industry leadership. You’ll also analyze your own personal leadership skills using a Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment to discover the areas in which you excel and where you can fill gaps with future training and advancement teams. 


"The best part this class was writing out an action plan for my career. So often as women, we have goals and fight for them in our mind, but rarely take the time to figure out actionable steps toward achieving those goals"

- Tara Henderson

Lori Pugh Marcum

Lori Pugh Marcum


Lori Pugh Marcum has 16 years of experience in the meeting industry on both the planner and supplier side of the business. As Head of Meeting Innovation with Meeting Professionals International, she oversees the educational strategy and deployment at IMEX Smart Monday and MPI’s World Education Congress and European Meetings and Event Conference. As a subject matter expert, she facilitates several MPI certificate programs, including Basics Boot Camp, Meeting and Event Strategist and Emergency Preparedness. She is also the producer and anchor for MPI’s Global Meetings Industry Day Broadcast.

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