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Welcome to the MPI Heartland Chapter!

MPI Heartland is made up of meeting planners and suppliers from across Iowa and Nebraska and we are a part of the MPI Global community.

MPI Heartland brings networking and educational opportunities to our members, and non members, in order to advance the meeting profession. Almost every month there are opportunities to be involved in the chapter through events.

Meeting Professionals International, the meeting industry’s largest and most vibrant global community, is committed to delivering success for its nearly 17,000 worldwide members by providing innovative knowledge and learning experiences, connecting people and ideas, and creating rich marketplace opportunities. Founded in 1972, the Dallas-based organization delivers global human connections through its 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. For more information or to join, visit www.mpiweb.org


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Member Spotlight

Brenda Ram, CMP, CHCP
Omaha, Nebraska

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As Coordinator in the Center for Continuing Education at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, I develop, design, coordinate, implement and evaluate a wide variety of high profile, increasingly complex and multifaceted continuing education activities locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. This includes the responsibilities of researching, developing and monitoring activity budgets; researching, negotiating and executing contractual agreements with meeting site venues and other vendors; preparing proposals, soliciting and acquiring industry funding support for each activity; soliciting and coordinating exhibit space requests and on-site requirements; coordinating poster presentation peer review processes, acceptances, and on-site arrangements; formulating comprehensive marketing materials and distribution strategies to optimize exposure; coordinating, supervising and executing a wide variety of activity on-site logistics including staffing; designing participant materials, needs assessment and evaluation instruments; arranging national and international travel arrangements; maintaining activity documentation detailing program planning and implementation while maintaining ACCME accreditation requirements; and interacting with course director(s), faculty and other partners while monitoring the activity timelines for successful implementation.

As I believe networking and education are important for success, I obtained the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) certification in 2000 and have recertified (currently through 2020).  I was part of the working committee for reviewing questions for the CMP-HC through the Convention Industry Council. On the medical education side, I obtained my Continuing Healthcare Professional (CHCP) certification in 2013 and recertified in 2016.

I have been a member of MPI since June 2004 and have been on the MPI Heartland Board since 2007 as the Chapter Administrator and have also held roles on the Membership Committee, Annual Meeting Committee, Fall Summit Committee, and the VP of Finance.  As of July 2016, I now maintain the Chapter Administrator role for the MPI Heartland Chapter.

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