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There is no place in this world for racism, discrimination and hate. At MPI, we’re committed to embracing the diversity of the MPI community through intentional and strategic change. Meeting Professionals International has always valued inclusion. More than 20 years ago, we created the MPI Principles of Professionalism, which includes “respecting diversity”—a goal focused on fostering an inclusive business climate of respect for all people. Now we must do more.

This year, more than ever, we stand with the leaders of our industry who advocate on behalf of those facing inequities; we stand with MPI volunteers and leaders who have passionately given their time to the MPI Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee. Their efforts to raise awareness and create change does not go unrecognized; in support of our entire community, we’re continually evolving our approach towards sustainable change. 

Working together, our industry can and will be a powerful force for equity and inclusion. We have demonstrated what we can do collectively through our efforts to combat the horrors of human trafficking, improving on the Duty of Care of attendees, celebrating the diversity of the LGBTQ community and lobbied governments to provide economic stimulus legislation to accelerate the recovery from COVID-19. By working together, we can make a difference in where we go from here, recalibrating systems of inequities across all social identities and within our workplaces to ensure accessibility, empowerment and representation. 

Our amazing industry reflects the diverse interests of countless associations, corporations and organizations. And while we can all try and speak louder than each other to get our issues addressed, real success and real change will come with collaboration. There is strength in a UNITED effort. It’s not always easy and it can get frustrating. But, as a community of meeting professionals, let us harness the power and influence of the live event industry as thought leaders committed to actionable diversity, equity & inclusion. 

Let’s connect, learn and engage in peace. We say, “When We Meet, We Change the World,” arm in arm, face to face and heart to heart.


Paul Van Deventer
MPI President & CEO


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