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Keeping Up With Technology: 40 Government and Nonprofit Executives Pursue Certification in Virtual Event Production in Fall 2014

Moving to virtual helps government agencies improve services and reduce operational costs

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. and WASHINGTON, D.C. – SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 – Facing shrinking travel budgets, government departments and nonprofit organizations are turning to the only logical solution: virtual technology. Webinars and hybrid/virtual conferences reduce costs, expand awareness, and improve opportunities for professional development.

Forty government and nonprofit executives have registered for the Fall 2014 semester of Meetings Without Walls™ and Gov Meetings Go Virtual™. The six-week courses, which run in parallel, are held three times per year, and are administered through the iCohere Academy online learning community. The courses have been attended by over 500 government and nonprofit executives since 2012. Of those attending, 280 have completed the requirements for certification as a Certified Virtual Event Planner (CVEP)™.

The CVEP™ designation recognizes professionals who have demonstrated proficiency in virtual event production. It is built on internationally applicable standards of practice, knowledge, and ethics to differentiate professionals who have taken the steps necessary to become certified.

Renee Ruchotzke, Dean of The Unitarian Universalist Leadership Team Institute, said, "Thanks to what I learned in Meetings Without Walls, I was able to take our week-long residential leadership school for congregational leaders and turn it into a hybrid/online version. We can now teach practical skills, provide content depth and foster personal relationships between our leaders at a fraction of the cost."

The iCohere Academy Difference.

Not all certification programs are the same. To become certified through the iCohere Academy, candidates successfully complete a six-week course, all assignments, and six module exams. Students receive the benefits of live interactive training sessions, interaction with fellow students, and an extensive virtual event planning kit. Students are given ongoing membership to the largest worldwide professional community of practice dedicated to the evolution of webinars, web meetings, and hybrid/virtual conferences.

"We created the iCohere Academy and these courses in order to raise the level of expertise in virtual meetings across all organizations," said Lance A. Simon, vice president client & government solutions for iCohere and the course instructor. "It is very gratifying to have so many professionals interested in the topic and such a strong mix of government and nonprofit professionals learning about these solutions together and helping to establish best practices."

For more information about the Certified Virtual Events Producer (CVEP) program and to apply online, visit or email or call (202) 870-6146.

Media Contact

Media and industry bloggers are invited to take a behind-the-scenes look at how iCohere is used for hybrid/virtual conferences. Contact Lance A. Simon, CGMP CVEP at (202) 870-6146 or

About iCohere

iCohere ( is a customer-focused technology company that provides a proven, cloud-hosted platform with facilitation, media production, and support services for professional online collaboration projects and events. Its "all-in-one" integrated system is flexible enough for online conferences, collaborative eLearning courses, large-scale webinars, and online communities of practice. iCohere offers training and support through every step of the planning, configuration, and execution process, ensuring that clients fully understand and maximize their experience with iCohere's feature-rich platform.

iCohere, iCohere Academy, Certified Virtual Events Producer (CVEP), Meetings Without Walls, and Gov Meetings Go Virtual are trademarks of iCohere, Inc.