About the Future Leaders Forum
Forums are designed to provide budding meeting industry professionals with a packed educational programme including inspirational sessions from industry experts on key topics, an insightful international and regional overview of the meetings industry, round table discussions for further questions and debates and a chance to network and make valuable contacts within the indusrty.
Over 125 Forums have taken place and around 7,000 students (June 2015) have passed through the programme since its launch in 2003. 90% of students surveyed have said they are "likely to enter the industry as a result of attending" a Forum.
Forums typically take place as part of a larger meetings industry conference or trade show in 12 or more locations around the world every year.The largest Forums take place during IMEX in Frankfurt and IMEX America in Las Vegas, with over 100 students participating in a two day programme.
Forum at IMEX in Frankfurt: Wednesday 20 - Thursday 21 April 2016
With a focus on soft skills for career success, the 100 Future Leaders representing 20 universities in 10 countries learnt about creativity and engagement techniques for culturally diverse audiences, from industry experts. After a session on networking, the students were able to put theory into practice at a reception sponsored by the Sheraton Hotel Offenbach. On day two Making new Connections was also theme. The students met selected exhibitors on the show floor and had career chats with a variety of industry experts.
The winner of the International University Challenge, Karolina Widawska, was announced during the Gala Dinner.
IMEX would like to say a special thank you to our supporters - Starwood Hotels who invited the Future Leaders to a drinks reception. IAEE coordinated the visit to the show floor. Marriott supports the International University Challenge.
“I actually got even more inspired and motivated in pursuing a career in the industry. The people I met at IMEX and especially the speakers were so fascinating. Now I have a broader knowledge of what I can expect and what the industry is really about.” - Participant at IMEX in Frankfurt 2016
Forum at IMEX America - Las Vegas
Forum at IMEX America: Wednesday 19 – Thursday 20 October 2016
The Forum at IMEX America brings together students from all across the USA, Canada and Mexico to take part in this outstanding career development opportunity. The two day educational programme covers inspiring sessions by experienced industry professionals, appointments with selected exhibitors on the show floor and many networking opportunities.
Students attending the Future Leaders Forum at IMEX America will meet and learn from meetings industry leaders about many topics relevant to their career interests, including:
- The future of the meetings industry.
- Strategies for success in a global, culturally diverse economy.
- Tactics to establish and advance a professional career in today’s competitive environment
International University Challenge
The challenge was created in 2009 to encourage students to showcase their ideas and talent based on a fictitious brief. The final is held at IMEX in Frankfurt where the regional winners of six selected forums will compete for the grand prize (the MPI Foundation Student Scholarship Award and participation in an MPI conference of choice) sponsored by the MPI Foundation and Marriott International.
More about the International University Challenge and past winners.
Do you have any further questions, please check out the FAQ section or contact us.
Upcoming Forums 2016
|19 January 2016
|7 February 2016
||MPI European Meetings and Events Conference
|22 February 2016
||Johannesburg, South Africa
|2 March 2016
|| Guadalajara, Mexico
|18 March 2016
||Meetings Week Poland
|| Warsaw, Poland
|31 March 2016
|| Bologna, Italy
|7 April 2016
|| Shanghai, China
|20 - 21 April 2016
||IMEX in Frankfurt
|| Frankfurt, Germany
|11 June 2016
||MPI World Education Congress
|| Atlantic City, USA
|12 July 2016
||World Meetings Forum
|| Monterrey, Mexico
|27 - 28 September 2016
|| Bangkok, Thailand
|19 - 20 October 2016
|| Las Vegas, USA
“I learnt, I networked, I had fun. The event taught me a lot and I met different kinds of people who were all so friendly and willing to share their knowledge.”
(Participant at Meetings Africa 2016)