Jessie States, CMP, CMM, is the head of meeting innovation for Meeting Professionals International and oversees learning design and delivery for the MPI Academy across delivery channels—from live events and webinars to online learning and chapter programs. She acts as an educational advocate for MPI, designing, creating and sourcing education for MPI and its partners and chapters. She also manages and executes MPI’s overall chapter education strategy and acts as the educational and MPI Academy liaison for MPI partner associations and companies. She determines the direction for research initiatives that fuel education and resource creation and help MPI make key business decisions. Jessie received the 2018 Pacesetter Award from the Events Industry Council, an honor that recognizes emerging leaders and industry supporters who exhibit individual excellence based on innovation, impact, vision, leadership, influence, collaboration, courage, perseverance and other achievements. In 2017, she earned a place on the list of 25 Most Influential People in Meetings and Events (Successful Meetings magazine) and the title Trendsetter (Meetings Today magazine).