December Education 2016

December 2016 MICE Educational Opportunities has compiled a collective list of professional development educational opportunities from all sectors of the Meetings Industry for the month of December 2016 to include webinars, courses, training sessions and events.

December 2016



11 AM America/Chicago

Bienvenido a Mexico: Meetings South of the Border

Your organization has been considering the option of holding meetings in Mexico, but you’re not sure why it makes a good business decision. Discover Mexico’s competitive advantages, tax incentives, overall connectivity, and business clusters by industry, and how they make the country an ideal partner for your meetings. Clear up some common misconceptions about the “language barrier” and more. Then, learn from several key regions (Los Cabos, Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara and Monterrey) about hotel infrastructure, venues, air connectivity and leisure attractions.

Learner Outcomes:

∙ Learn about tax incentives, connectivity and business in Mexico.
∙ Clear up common misconceptions about meetings in Mexico.
∙ Discover several key regions and the options they provide for your meetings and events.





Monthly CMP Information Session – December 2016

Value of Certifications- Advance Your Career with the CMP

Are you ready to show your expertise as a meetings professional? There are many certifications out there. The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program is designed to identify those who have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful meeting professional. In this session, you will learn what the CMP Program is, how to apply for the CMP exam, what the exam tests, and how earning the CMP designation will help advance your career and leverage your knowledge. Also learn about other CIC programs and initiatives. Have questions on recertifying your CMP? – This can help you too!

Earn one (1) CE at the completion of this event as part of the CMP Preferred Provider Program.





The “Internet of Things” and Its Impact on Meetings

From wearable technology to augmented reality, and from smart buildings to diagnostic tools that help make sense of vast new streams of data, the “Internet of things” (IOT) is transforming the way we plan, execute, measure and experience meetings and tradeshows.

Join Meetings Today and meetings industry tech guru Corbin Ball, who will turn his attention to one of the most revolutionary developments taking place around the world today. Ball will outline the latest products and current opportunities for venues, meeting planners and other suppliers, while also addressing the challenge to remain competitive over the coming decade as delegate expectations increase and as new developments disrupt current ways of doing business and managing events.

This session will provide practical advice on how to enhance your current business practices, as well as give you insights into the changes you’ll need to make in the near future to keep up with your competitors.

By attending this webinar, participants will:

  • Experience a range of IOT tools, including wearable and location-aware tools, beacon technology, virtual reality/augmented reality systems and much more
  • Learn best practices and case studies to get the most out of these tools
  • Receive apps, links and web tools you can use to harness the power of IOT

Earn CEUs: CIC has reviewed the learning objectives of this activity and has indicated that attendees will receive 1 CE hours in the Meeting or Event Design Domain of the CMP or CMP-HC Standards.





Planning a Wellness-Minded Meeting

Planning a Wellness Minded Meeting

Lisa A. Grimaldi, Senior Editor, Meetings & Conventions

Wellness is a growing priority for meeting planners and attendees. Learn to keep participants feeling active and energized throughout a meeting or conference by integrating health breaks, outdoor activities, power foods and more.


Looking Ahead



PCMA Convening Leaders 2017
Austin, Texas

2017 CL

The definitive annual event for the business events industry.

Get the insight you need to develop winning business strategies and benefit from unique learning experiences – filled with inspirational presentations, real-world case studies, peer exchange and access to leading solution providers. Understand how audience behaviors are evolving and where design and collaboration intersect. Be ready for the next big adult learning shift and today’s fast-moving participant expectations. Learn how you can pivot now to maximize your opportunities.




NYU School of Professional Studies

According to the Convention Industry Council, of the 1.83 million meetings held in 2012, approximately 88 percent were classified as being corporate, convention, trade show, or incentive in nature. Given the significant economic impact of meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE), it is no surprise that more hospitality and events professionals are focusing on this important segment of the tourism industry. This course provides an introduction to the inherent opportunities and challenges within specialized MICE planning; an understanding of the economic value these groups represent; and the knowledge and skills that are required to develop a MICE business strategy, including how to attract new business and how to keep it once you have it. Learn how client goals, resources, and challenges are unique to each type of event, and gain knowledge to expertly navigate the complicated road of supplier engagement and risk management.


∙ Effective sales strategies to attract clients
∙ The knowledge to select and evaluate appropriate venues


∙ Hotel sales and event managers
∙ Conference center and other event venue operators

Anyone who enrolls in a meeting, conference, or events management-related course will be eligible to join Meeting Professionals International (MPI) at the discounted student rate. This membership provides exceptional opportunities to enhance your education by attending exclusive panels, lectures, and industry networking events. For more information, email or call 212-998-9100.


Students should be familiar with event management through industry experience or completion of the Introduction to Event Management/TCCE1-CE9563 course or Professional Diploma in Meeting and Convention Management

Continuing Education Units (CEU)



If you are hosting a professional development webinar, course, training session or event educating MICE professionals contact Michael Mayhew at Please send any links along with a brief description.