MPI Tennessee offers a variety of professional development options including local CMP study sessions.  Click on the links below to learn more or contact our Director of Leadership & Professional Development Holly Stevenson CMP at

CMP Study Sessions

World Education Congress (WEC)

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is committed to providing industry-leading professional development, networking and marketplace opportunities for our members. The annual World Education Congress (WEC) is the signature event through which MPI delivers top-rated education, networking and business opportunities to the meeting and event community. For 3 ½ days, WEC attendees are immersed in a variety of learning experiences designed to give you the competitive edge when planning meetings.

WEC features programming and people that will allow attendees to think and grow in new ways. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore a variety of topics that will not only impact their individual performance, but also understand the impact to the industry as a whole. WEC educational sessions give attendees the best tools, exposure to sound business practices and the latest business trends.

WEC provides attendees with outstanding networking and marketplace opportunities for conducting business. With both formal and informal scheduled face-to-face activities, WEC attendees can connect to industry peers and partners that will allow them to expand their business network.

University of Tennessee Meeting & Event Planning Certificate

MPI Tennessee is excited to offer its partnership and endorsement of the University of Tennessee Meeting & Event Planning Professional Certificate program as a professional step toward a career in the industry and toward a CMP.

The UT Meeting & Event Planning Professional Certificate program is designed to help students start a career in the meeting and event planning industry. Students pursuing the certificate must take Meeting & Event Planning Basics, Contracts for Event Planners and Meeting & Event Planning Budgeting plus two electives; obtain three hours of fieldwork experience; and complete a planning project.  Registration also requires student membership with a premier meeting and event planning organization, choosing either MPI Tennessee or ETMP, to grow professionally.

We welcome this partnership as a progression to develop the next generation of meeting planning professionals in Tennessee, and encourage MPI Tennessee members to consider participation in the program by teaching classes within their professional expertise.

MPI Global Professional Development

Belmont University Meeting & Event Planning Certificate Program (MEP)

The Center for Executive Education at Belmont University, in partnership with Meeting Professionals International Tennessee Chapter, offers a Meeting and Event Planning Certificate Program. The program is collaboratively taught by some of Meeting Professional International's most outstanding members, seasoned meeting and event professionals, each with his or her own area of expertise. If you are responsible for planning meetings for your business whether it be health care, non-profit, a governmental agency, public corporation, a privately held company or your own business venture, this five session certificate program will give you new skills to work more effectively and more efficiently.