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MPI Foundation Scholarships are Available! 

The MPI Foundation provides MPI members professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. MPI Foundation scholarships are accepted on an ongoing basis. Applications received by the end of the month will receive notification by the end of the following month. Conference scholarships do not typically follow the normal application cycle but will be reviewed each month. For more information on the scholarship application cycle and specific deadlines, download the 2017 Scholarship Overview.

Types of Scholarships

Membership Scholarship
•  Available for new MPI members.
•  Covers the cost of a Preferred MPI membership for one (1) year.
•  Designated funds are not available for renewals at this time.

Professional Development Scholarship
•  Only available to current MPI members in good standing.
•  Funding available towards all MPI Academy courses (including CMM, HMCC, Experiential Event Series, Meetings Essentials, Basics Boot Camp and more). Browse courses here.
•  Partial and full scholarships awarded.
•  Funds awarded will be applied towards registration and program fees.
•  CMP scholarships are awarded as reimbursements for courses successfully passed within one year from date of passing the exam.

Conference Scholarship
•  Only available to current MPI members in good standing.
•  Conferences available for funding each year include: WEC, EMEC, IMEX America and IMEX Frankfurt.
•  Partial and full scholarships awarded.
•  Funds can be applied towards registration fees, airfare, and accommodations, depending on the amount and type of scholarship awarded.
•  Conference scholarships are awarded as complimentary registration to MPI events. Additional funding opportunities are awarded as reimbursements after the conference, provided the member has attended the conference.
•  Conference scholarships do not typically follow the normal application cycle but will be reviewed each month. Deadlines are set for conference scholarships to ensure enough time is allowed for recipients to arrange travel and accommodations.

For more information or to apply for a scholarship, click here.

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Calendar of Events

MPI Virginia September Education - How to improve the Planner and Supplier Relationship in Today's Tech Driven World
September 21, 2017
Quirk Hotel - Richmond, VA

Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
October 5, 2017
Grace States Winery - Crozet, VA

VSAE Educational Symposium & Expo
October 5, 2017
Greater Richmond Convention Center - Richmond, VA
*Use code MPI25 for $25 off registration!

MPI Virginia Networking Fundraising Event
October 19, 2017
Uptown Alley - Midlotian, VA

MPI Virginia CMP November 2017 Bootcamp
November 20 - 21, 2017
Virginia Tech Richmond Center - Richmond, VA

CMP Conclave
November 13 - 15, 2017
MGM National Harbor - National Harbor

MPI Virginia Annual Holiday Luncheon and Basket Raffle
December 7, 2017
Renaissance Portsmouth Waterfront Hotel - Portsmouth, VA

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Innovation Zone: Team-Building that Builds Teams 
September 12, 2017 12:00 PM Eastern

Proposed I Hour Domain G: Meeting Design

Team activities, events and games. Like public speaking, the mere mention of these at work can strike fear among staff members. So, what are the best exercises for your workplace? The answer is straight forward--the ones that your people enjoy! Team productivity exercises, when they work, sharpen communication, foster collaboration and introduce fun back into a stressful workplace. Learn how to create corporate activities for adults that are challenging, sophisticated, unpredictable and uplifting.

Learner Objectives:
•  Learn why it's imperative for your team building activities to be fun.
•  Discover how to team building can actually impact your daily business.
•  Find out the keys to team-building success.

Internet Considerations for Small Meetings 
September 13, 2017 12:00 PM Eastern

Proposed 1 Hour Domain A: Strategic Planning

Sponsored by IACC - the International Association of Conference Centres

As an industry, we talk a lot about Internet infrastructure for large conferences and events with hundreds or even thousands of attendees, but when it comes to smaller conferences, meetings and training programs, what should meeting planners expect from their venues? Should Internet be free or will this result in inferior service? And how can you prepare for the inevitable virtual attendees and video conferencing?

Learner Objectives
•  Discover the unique Internet specs needed for small meetings and events.
•  Learn what you can expect from your venues when you hold these types of meetings.
•  Understand how you can ensure a quality experience for all of your attendees--in person and virtual.

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