Meeting Professionals International MPI’s signature event World Education Congress (WEC) 2015 will deliver more than 100 education sessions covering topics such as food and beverage trends, cutting-edge event technology, meeting design, corporate social responsibility, women in leadership and room block poaching. The association revealed program details about the conference, including session descriptions, speaker bios, pre-conference programming, networking events and more. WEC is scheduled for August 1 – 4, 2015, at San Francisco’s Moscone Center.
The opening keynote will be presented by James Curleigh, executive vice president of Levi Strauss & Co. and president of the Levi’s® brand. During his presentation titled, “The Edge of the Modern Frontier,” Curleigh will discuss the essential balance between leveraging authenticity and at the same time creating excitement with new innovative solutions for today’s lifestyle. Attendees will be challenged to think about what is next for the modern frontier and to re-envision their world by chasing and changing the landscape.
MPI has engaged an array of distinguished speakers for WEC this year including Flash Point speakers Evelyne White, co-founder and CEO of the global social dining community, BookaLokal; Pamela Meyer, author of the national best-seller, Liespotting; Liz Murray, an international bestselling author who went from being homeless to a Harvard graduate; and Kai Kight, a multi-talented violinist, composer and inspirational speaker. The education sessions will feature WEC newcomers such as Yigit Pura, season one winner of the Bravo television show, “Top Chef Just Desserts,” and Judith Holler, personal branding expert, professional improviser and president-elect of the MPI Chicago Area Chapter as well as high-demand, returning WEC speakers Tyra Hilliard, Corbin Ball, Joanne Dennison and Brandt Krueger.
In addition, MPI is taking a fresh approach with the opening general session by hosting a spectacular brunch, which is quite a popular pastime in San Francisco, for all attendees. The association also plans to redesign the WEC 2015 Career & Learning Central with its own take on the creative “San Fran” workspace, incorporating new break room and brainstorm areas as well as pop up meeting rooms.