The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) World Education Congress that wrapped up Tuesday night turned out to be a real San Francisco treat for the host organization and attendees.

Proving that San Francisco brings out the best in MPI and other groups that meet in the City by the Bay, MPI experienced a 25 percent increase in its 2015 attendance compared to a year ago, with 2,500 registered attendees. What’s even more impressive is that the MPI Foundation set a new record for most money raised at an MPI conference, taking in $270,000 after generating $170,000 in 2014.

Proceeds from fundraisers held during the four-day convention at Moscone Center go toward the MPI Foundation Education Endowment, which provides chapter grants and scholarships to MPI members. The foundation has distributed nearly $1 million in scholarships, grants, and research since January 2014.

“The MPI Foundation is thrilled by the support we received at WEC 2015,” said Stephen Revetria, chairman of the board for the MPI Foundation. “The contributions received will allow us to give even more to our members next year.”



There were 140 education sessions that took place during the 2015 convention.

Here are a few sessions and valuable insights gained by the Smart Meetings staff during the convention:

Sizzling Site Visits
Best Practices to Market Events
Green tour of the Moscone Center

Start making plans now to attend the 2016 MPI conference, which will take place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, June 11-14. MPI will take over Harrah’s Atlantic City Waterfront Conference Center.

The 2017 convention will take place in Las Vegas July 9-12, the 2018 event in Indianapolis is set for June 2-5 and the 2019 convention will be in Toronto June 11-14. MPI has decided to move up its World Education Conference to avoid the heart of the convention season.

MPI membership is comprised of approximately 18,500 members belonging to more than 80 chapters and clubs in 22 countries.