Held in Indianapolis, Indiana, this year's World Education Conference (WEC) was one to remember! As Meeting Professionals International's (MPI) signature event, WEC aims to deliver premier education, business and networking opportunities for meeting and event planners.
This year's event, held from June 2-5, was especially exciting as WEC debuted a whole new look and feel. As there were many new features and topics introduced to help showcase its enhancements, here are some of our favorite moments:
Inspiration around every corner
WEC certainly knew how to inspire its attendees this year. From Monday morning's pep rally where attendees were greeted by a line of cheering staff, to event moderator Dena Blizzard and speaker Visit Indy CEO Leonard Hoops coming in wearing auto racing suits followed by a drum line (also a nod to its host city's racing history), excitement was everywhere!
Another inspirational moment came from a poetry slam-style speaker who delivered a message about the planner’s role as the event artist.
The all-new WEC Villages
This year the conference took education out of the session rooms and brought it to life via its four WEC villages. According to conference organizers, the villages formed the basis of a completely redesigned WEC format, enabling more education, connections, and customization than ever before.
Each "Village" had a different theme (Experiential, Leadership, Innovation and Social) in an open layout, with a variety of topics and session duration lengths (30, 60 and 90 minutes) to fit attendees' goals and needs. It was definitley an interesting format to further inspire planners!
The impact of the #MeToo movement has been incredible over the last year and that couldn't be more true in the meetings and events industry. In fact, did you know a study found that 80% of meeting professionals have been sexually harassed in a professional setting? That's why we were glad to see that the topic was a front and center at WEC with Tuesday's "Meetings Too" session, which aimed to help planners understand and manage sexual harassment in the industry.