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June 16, 2015

Questex LLC and HSMAI’s MEET Announce Educational Partnership With MPI

handshakeQuestex LLC and HSMAI’s MEET today announced they have entered into a partnership with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) to offer two certificate courses to attendees of its upcoming MEET National event. The two courses include MPI’s Meeting Essentials2 Fast Track and Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC) programs.
The 26th annual HSMAI’s MEET National event, to be held Sept. 9-10 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C., is the meeting industry’s pre-eminent conference and showcases connecting meeting planners with suppliers via one-to-one meetings prescheduled by the attendees and sponsor/exhibitors themselves. 
The conference’s robust educational program offers clock hours for participants and, through the new partnership with MPI, now includes the following sessions:
Course 1: Meeting Essentials2 Fast Track Program presented by MPI
Part 1 - Tuesday, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. to noon (preconference)
Part 2 - Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Price -  MPI or HSMAI members: $299; nonmembers: $399
Clock hours: Six total
Meeting Essentials2 is a certificate program designed for meeting and event professionals with three to five years of experience, providing the knowledge they need to understand the business purpose of their roles and also to improve their meetings or meeting portfolios. Attendees in the Fast Track version of the program will dive into the areas of:
∙ Objective and Metric Setting
∙ Budget Development
∙ Meeting Components and Content Design
∙ Sustainability and CSR
Course 2:  HMCC Program presented by MPI
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
Price - MPI or HSMAI members: $399; nonmembers: $499
Clock hours: Four total
Endorsed by Saint Louis University, the HMCC course examines the fundamental information on health-care compliance regulations, laws and techniques for managing health-care meetings. An effective meeting and business event professional must understand several aspects of conformity of information in order to identify and report the nature and type of payments made to “covered recipients.” In addition, the class examines the interaction between manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, medical device, biologics and medical products, physicians and those who are responsible for planning medical meetings and conferences.
Marilyn McHugh, Questex Travel Group's vice president of global events, said the program will bring a deeper level of education to the attendees of MEET National.
"Last year’s event drew over 1,300 registrants," she said. "We are collaborating with MPI to build upon the proven popularity and educational component of MEET National. Together, Questex and MPI are delivering valuable education to meeting professionals to help them expand their career goals.  And there will be other announcements in the near future on additional partnerships with key industry associations."
"Since late 2012, MPI and HSMAI have successfully collaborated to offer industry-leading education during our respective conferences and events as well as dual membership," said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. "We are thrilled to deliver two of our certificate programs at MEET National for the first time."
MPI also is offering another session entitled Tactical to Strategic - Moving from Manager to Director, during MEET National. For more information on MPI’s Meeting Essentials and HMCC programs, visit www.mpiweb.org/ProfessionalDevelopment.

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