Inaugural Class Graduates with CMM Designation — Thanks to MPI and GBTA Collaboration

Posted by Kevin Iwamoto on 07/28/2015

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I love it when collaboration happens for the greater good of our industry! A great example of this collaboration is the inaugural graduating class for the jointly developed Certificate in Meetings Management (CMM) designation.

The class included 46 meeting and travel professionals who successfully completed the updated CMM program, developed jointly by The GBTA Foundation — the education and research arm of the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) — and Meeting Professionals International (MPI). The certification was awarded by the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and the CMM designation is now the business standard of excellence for meeting and travel professionals.
“The teams at GBTA and MPI could not be more pleased with the positive feedback we’ve received from this first class of participants on the redesigned CMM program,” said Paul Van Deventer, president and CEO of MPI. “We commend each of these leaders on this milestone achievement and wish them unlimited success in the future.”

This joint collaboration effort started in December 2013, when MPI and GBTA first announced that they were joining forces to develop the updated CMM program — which is a three-phase, comprehensive business education program designed for both meeting and travel professionals.

It includes a 3.5-day, on-site immersion program, comprised of rigorous business education courses delivered in a participatory learning format by professors from the renowned Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. The program also features a virtual boot camp with on-demand offerings focused on both meeting management and business travel management, and requires the development and evaluation of an independent, work-based business project.

If you’re interested in the certification program, here are the future upcoming program dates and locations:
  • August 27-30, 2015 in Denver, CO
  • October 1-4, 2015 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • October 22-25, 2015 in Mexico (City TBD)
  • November 12-15, 2015 in Anaheim, CA

For more information, visit http://www.mpiweb.org/cmm or http://www.gbta.org/cmm.
Again, congratulations to the most recent 46 professionals who earned the CMM designation — increasing the total number of CMM holders worldwide to 996. View a complete list here.

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