MPI Women Overview

Women dominate the meetings industry, representing somewhere between 70%-80% of the total workforce. However, women remain a minority in terms of executive leadership and have yet to achieve gender pay equity.

Leadership for this community is provided by an MPI Women's Advisory Board. The board's Top 3 initiatives for 2019 are:

  • Achieving gender pay equality and raising awareness about discrepancies (through advocacy, hard data and industry-specific information).
  • Creating a mentorship program.
  •  Identifying top skills women need to embrace to be more confident, present and promotable.

Members of the MPI Women's Community enjoy specialized education designed to help them fulfill their career potential and which is focused on actionable next steps women and their allies can take to raise awareness, and help close the leadership and pay gaps that currently exist. Members of the MPI Women community receive all the benefits of MPI membership, plus so much more:

  • Free educational webinars featuring community-specific education
  • Access to the MPI Women online community
  • Women-focused education at MPI’s World Education Congress (WEC)
  • Invitations to educational and social MPI Women community events
  • 24/7 access to on-demand community-relevant education





Who is eligible to join?

Although the education and social activities for the MPI Women’s Community are designed to educate and empower women and women-identifying MPI Members, men and male-identifying MPI Members are welcome to join MPI Women as allies. MPI Women is an inclusive community because we want to eradicate gender-based crimes, ageism, bias and discrimination in our industry. That means we need cooperation from 100% of the population.

Additional Education and Community Resources


MPIWomen Event Planners

Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills

Create a personal action plan to overcome the common career obstacles women face. This course is designed to help you identify what’s holding you back and give you the tools to take your career to the next level.

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Indiana-University CMM

Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM)

Earning your Certificate in Meeting Management shows the world that you are ready to assume a leadership role as a meeting professional. This intensive three-part executive program packs the highlights of a world-class MBA program into a long weekend (3.5 days), followed by eight hours of advanced-level online coursework and a final project focused on solving a real-world business problem.

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Inclusive Event Design Certificate

Participants will explore the practical actions need for inclusive environments at events and what event participants need to fully participate. The actions are couched in the framework of an event planner’s role as an inclusion broker, a professional who applies various strategies to support the participation of individuals and groups.

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On-Demand Education

Watch archived educational sessions when and where it's convenient for you. These clock hour-certified courses can help you achieve or maintain your CMP or CMP-HC designation. 

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Every month, MPI produces new webinars on hot topics as well as ones specific to this community.  If you're working to achieve or maintain your CMP or CMP-HC designation, these webinars offer essential clock hours and just-in-time information. 

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