Learning Opportunities for MPI Members


MPISCC, along with its parent organization, Meeting Professionals International (MPI), is strategically focused on education. The chapter provides a number of opportunities throughout the year for professional and business training and development in order to elevate careers and generate exceptional meeting experiences. 

Planners and supplier members alike benefit from increased knowledge and targeted training. The learning experiences offered through MPI and our SoCal Chapter address current industry trends and concerns and are future-focused in regard to helping you build expertise and career success. Beyond that, they are a means to connect with fellow industry pros through shared experiences.

At the global level, the MPI Academy provides leading-edge education on topics essential to meeting and event professionals as well as certificate programs that enhance critical job skills. This education is delivered online and in-person throughout the year and is open to all meeting and event professionals. Here is a line-up of learning opportunities available through MPI.

MPI Experiential Event Series

The MPI Experiential Event Series takes you behind the scenes of the world’s most impressive entertainment, sports, culinary and mega-events and introduces you to the people who produce them, program the content, manage the thousands of volunteers, develop the security and crisis management protocols, set the marketing strategy and design the event experience. Get more information and register.

MPI Academy Professional Certificate Courses


  • Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM)
  • Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC)
  • Women in Leadership: Executive Leadership Skills
  • Emergency Preparedness for Meetings and Events
  • Basics Boot Camp: Meeting Fundamentals
  • Part 1 (Strategy & Sourcing)
  • Part 2 (Design & Logistics)


  • Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate
  • Sustainable Meeting Professional Certificate
  • Meetings and Events at Sea Certificate
  • Venue Sales Certificate
  • Meeting Essentials2 Certificate


Webinars are free, on-demand education from the MPI Academy. Access is a member benefit of Meeting Professionals International. To become a member, click here.

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Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About

It’s an honor to serve as your 2017-2018 President.

In MPI, you’re part of the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Our chapter has more than $557 million dollars in buying power and our members come from all over the region — from Santa Barbara to Los Angeles, to Palm Springs and Las Vegas. You have choices. And of the 45 chapters in the United States you chose to be here. So thank you!

MPISCC is determined to elevate your personal and professional development.
Your network expands with every program.

I hope you feel great pride and gratitude for the work this organization does. Hundreds of volunteers put together memorable experiences. You have access to some of the best education and business opportunities. MPISCC is determined to elevate your personal and professional development. Your network expands with every program.

But this is not just a business organization, it’s a community. A community that gives back to those that invest into it. It’s within this community that we celebrate our success and it’s because of this community that we persevere through our challenges. Now it’s your turn to invest your time in MPI ultimately to invest in you.

Please know that you are appreciated and valued in this community.

The theme for the year is “Let’s Give Them Something to Talk About”. Music has inspired so many generations and it’s our hope that this song will inspire you.

Let’s talk about our industry trends and the 1.1 million jobs in meetings, events and incentives nationally.

Let’s talk about our opportunities, advocacy efforts and growth.  Let’s talk about us. Our theme is about creating unique experiences and keeping dialogue open beyond the meeting room.

We have an exciting year ahead and we look forward to sharing it with you. The power to move this organization and industry forward starts with you. Save the dates, get involved and “Let’s give them something to talk about!”

Joe Marcy, CMP
2017-2018 President, Meeting Professionals International Southern California Chapter

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MPISCC Community Outreach Focus for 2017-2018

We are very excited to announce the three wonderful organizations that MPISCC will be supporting for the year. The charities were votes on by the incoming board of directors.  Throughout the year we will have some exciting and fun opportunities for our members to support these organizations.  

My Friend’s Place


My Friend’s Place is a thriving, professionally staffed drop-in resource center serving over 1,400 homeless youth ages 12-25 and their children each year. Their primary goal is to lower traditional barriers to service and provide homeless youth with the opportunity to improve their psychological, intellectual and physical capacity to reach their potential.

The center, which is 100% privately-funded, served 1,418 homeless young people last year — which is more than one-third of the homeless youth population in Los Angeles. They provided nearly 30,000 meals to homeless youth, over 540 linkages to on-site and off-site medical care for youth, intensive case management to 452 homeless young people and helped over 118 homeless youth successfully move into housing.

Learn more about MY FRIEND’S PLACE

Operation Gratitude


Every year, Operation Gratitude delivers 200,000+ care packages filled with food, entertainment, hygiene, and handmade items, plus personal letters of appreciation to veterans, first responders, new recruits, wounded heroes, their care-givers, and to individually-named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.

Their mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the military and first responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation.


MPI Foundation

The MPI Foundation propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding research initiatives that support the strategic plan of MPI.

Learn more about the MPI FOUNDATION


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