Mariela McIllwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA
Saturday, 17 November | 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Investing in the development of our industry’s future leaders is a proven best practice. The IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum is a global programme that is making this investment by supporting students considering a career in meetings and events. In addition to the opportunity to participate in the forum, students will have an opportunity to participate in select CMP Conclave events and may also apply for a scholarship for the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate, offered immediately before Conclave on 15-16 November.
Final year students studying meetings and conventions, tourism or hospitality at a university or college are invited to attend a Forum. Forums typically take place as part of a larger meetings industry conference or trade show in 12 or more locations around the world every year. In the 16 years since its launch at the inaugural IMEX in Frankfurt, the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum has amassed a powerful legacy – with over 8,000 future event professionals attending over 150 Forums across the world.
The focus of the forums is to provide students with current industry perspectives and knowledge from active meeting professionals as well as provide high quality networking opportunities. The forums also provide the students with knowledge and tools that will help them in their transition from academic education to professional life. Over 95% of participants have said they are more likely to enter the industry as a result of the Future Leaders Forum.
All forums provide opportunities for the future leaders to:
- Gain an international perspective on the global meetings industry
- Overview of meetings and events industry career opportunities
- First-hand advice from meeting and event professionals
- Hear inspirational career stories and case studies
- Engaging session by industry experts on key topics (for example: sustainability, technology, online and offline networking, industry trends, business etiquette and personal branding)
- Career-focused networking opportunities
- Showcase their skills and talents
To register for the IMEX-MPI-MCI Future Leaders Forum at the CMP Conclave, please register here.