IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum

In Person Only
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
9:00am – 1:00pm PST

IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum:

The event for talented emerging professionals considering a career in the meetings industry.

For emerging professionals entering their final years of hospitality, event or tourism management degrees, the Future Leaders Forum is a unique and FREE opportunity to gain expert insight into the meeting industry, learning from and connecting with inspirational industry experts and peers. It provides students with valuable insight into next-practices, trends, and strategic elements of the meeting industry.

More than 8,000 industry emerging professionals have successfully completed the Future Leaders Forum since its inception.

Applicants selected to participate in the program receive free attendance to the Future Leaders Forum program June 21, 2022 as well as free registration for the World Education Congress June 21-23, 2022. Applicants must not have attended a Future Leaders Forum in the past.





  • Specifically, this program is designed for emerging professionals who are in their junior or senior year of college or pursuing their master’s or doctorate degrees and are interested in making a career in the meeting industry.
  • All applicants must have a college GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants are ineligible if they have already attended a previous Future Leaders Forum in North America or Europe.


  • Applications are due by June 1, 2022.
  • After applications are reviewed, participants will be provided with a schedule and link to join the FLF experience.
  • Those who want to participate in the IMEX-MPI International University Challenge will also be provided with the brief for this year and will have two weeks to complete their submission.

IMEX-MPI International University Challenge:

The IMEX-MPI International University Challenge was created in 2009 to encourage applicants to showcase their ideas and talent based on a fictitious brief. It is held at six selected Future Leaders Forums each year. The winner of each challenge competition is invited to participate in the finals at the 2023 IMEX event in Frankfurt. Transportation and accommodation costs are covered by the MPI Foundation. The final challenge is in the same format and has the same briefing as the previous rounds.


Click the "Apply Now" button above and opt-In to the University Challenge. If accepted, you will need to submit your written proposal by June 1, 2022 to be considered. View this year's brief.


Gain experience in elevating your problem-solving skills, budget planning, meeting client expectations and developing a plan proposal. Participate in a hands-on workshop designed for YOU, the (soon-to-be) new professional. Know your worth and learn how to showcase your skills. The future of the industry is YOU and there is no time for you to undersell yourself! Apply today, and we can’t wait to see you there!

If you have any questions, contact Gabby Kalil, MPI Learning Operations Specialist, at





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