Career & Learning Central

When: Sunday, August 03, 2014 / 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Location: Mezzanine Foyer / Minneapolis Convention Center

The world of conference education is changing dramatically, according to MPI’s own research. And while many learners enjoy the classroom, many others crave individualized and customized education, one-on-one and one-on-few conversations and interactive learning solutions. The mass availability of online education is driving learners to seek context from their peers and from subject matter experts in conversations and discussions, as opposed to lectures and panels.

Career and Learning Central acts as MPI’s learning laboratory, offering a variety of unique learning opportunities—for the individual, the small group and the masses— presenting the resources learners need to expand their knowledge, strengthen their careers and transform their events outside the confines of the concurrent session space. In each of its core areas, MPI not only shakes up the education headspace, but showcases innovation and experimentation as a means to knowledge and advancement.

Campfires have long been a source of light and warmth, conduits of conversation and inspiration. At WEC, you will find these centuries-old discussions in Career and Learning Central, where you can discuss the future of meetings, corporate social responsibility, technology and the current state of the industry with subject matter experts in a series of 30-minute, interactive sessions—all while earning CIC clock hours.

If you came to the WEC looking for a change of pace, fresh direction or a new career, The Career Fair is the place for you. Network and connect with hiring managers from some of the industry’s hottest employers, and discover new career paths and job opportunities. Open 8 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 3, and 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4.

In Coaches’ Corner, you can sign up for one-on-one appointments with career, résumé and human resources experts who advise on job-search documents, role progression and interview skills. Here, you can find the counseling you need to get the job or advance your career, all while discussing your unique needs with an expert in the field.
Facilitated By: Dawn Rasmussen, Belinda Thompson, Lisa Thompson and Diane Hawkins

MPI has spent the last several years conducting research around a variety of areas including the future of meetings, corporate social responsibility, meeting design, technology and more. From this research, MPI created a series of tools—from white papers and case studies to worksheets, learning aids and how-to guides—that can revolutionize the way you do business. In The Library, consult with MPI’s own librarian and customize a toolkit that helps you innovate in the context of your events and offers ways for you to prepare for the future of meetings and events.
Facilitated By: Marj Atkinson

Stop by the playground and test your knowledge of the challenges and opportunities facing the meeting and event industry. Make the leader board and challenge your friends and peers, all while learning about the hot topics and cool trends that will affect the future of your events. Forge your way to the top for a free prize.

MPI partner Orange Photography is set up in The F-Stop to help you advance your marketability with a free professional headshot, a must for any meeting designer, organizer or supplier in today’s world of online networks and social media sites. While you wait, charge your device at The Rest Stop, so you never lose connectivity to the online WEC community or mobile event app.

MPI’s own research says that the best way for planners to learn about technology is through their partnerships with suppliers. In the Tech Café, MPI facilitates that relationship by offering subject matter experts in all areas of technology the opportunity to present sessions and discuss the challenges and opportunities that new technologies provide to meetings and events. Find out what is new and next in the ever-changing world of event technology, and how that applies to your events, both now and in the future.
Sponsored By: Freeman