Did You Know?
As August comes to a close, and summer winds down, it's only fitting that National Beach Day is August 30! Established in 2014 by Colleen Paige, this holiday serves two purposes- to remind us to soak up the last bit of summer and, more importantly, to be cognizant and respectful of beach property. Every year, millions of animals die from trash and pollution left by beachgoers. Make the commitment to leave no trace behind, and be proactive by picking up trash other beach goers may have left. Learn more about National Beach Day and environmental advocacy.
5 Things to Know in August!
Don't miss these upcoming FICP events.
The August digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available.
Secure your spot for the Annual Conference. Learn more.
From Insights: 'Stand-Out Speakers and Engaging Entertainment'. Read the article.
View the results of the first Pulse Survey of the year. Read the article.
Dive In to a Festival of Opportunities at the Annual Conference
Meetings professional registration is open for the 2019 FICP Annual Conference, November 10-13 at the Fairmont Austin in Austin, Texas. This year's education spans the spectrum of our industry, from dietary restrictions to crisis management. Make the most out of your Annual Conference by taking the time to explore all that Austin, the city where quirk meets cowboy, has to offer, by adding the pre-event city tour to your conference experience. Secure your spot now. Registration is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Vocal Confidence: Tools to Engage Your Audience
Do you um…need some help becoming, like…a better public speaker? Tune in to August’s FICP Anytime webinar for tools to engage your audience and improve your vocal confidence from Liz Radzick. She’ll help you find your powerful voice by identifying tools to enhance your presence and engage your audience. If you attended her session at the 2019 FICP Canadian Seminar you won’t want to miss this follow up. And because these are tools every meetings professional needs, this FICP Anytime webinar is open to everyone – not just FICP members! Invite your colleagues to join you August 27 at 1:00 p.m. CT.
Register for the Webinar
Join the Top-Level Conversation
FICP superstar Jennifer Squeglia will return to the Strategic Leaders Event this year to facilitate conversations with senior meetings professionals. If you have 10 or more years of meetings management experience and currently oversee meeting planning functions (along with staffing, budget and policy responsibilities), apply to attend the 2019 FICP Strategic Leaders Event December 9-10 in Chicago. Apply now!
Interested in Participating in FICP's 18th Annual Silent Auction?
Donating is easy and can be done entirely online here. Or, be sure to bid on items starting September 25. Visit the Silent Auction website now! In 2018, FICP raised more than $90,000 to support three Orlando charity organization. Proceeds from this year's auction will support organizations that have a positive impact on the local Austin community today, and tomorrow's workforce.
Annual Conference Photo Directory Advertising Opportunity
Each year, FICP publishes a comprehensive printed Directory and an Annual Conference Photo Directory, both of which include detailed contact information for meetings professional members and hospitality partners. In addition to the directory listing recognition, FICP offers directory and website advertisement opportunities to hospitality partners. A hard copy, printed piece has longevity and heightened impact with audiences. Increase your company’s visibility in this go-to resource. Learn more about advertising opportunities.
Member of the Month: Susannah Frances, CMP
Susannah is a Senior Event Planner at Sun Life Global Headquarters. In this role she is responsible for planning events for the CEO and his Executive Team and Senior Vice Presidents. She also most recently served on the FICP Canadian Seminar event team to help plan the August 12 event. Learn more about Susannah.
Can you sum up the value of FICP membership to you in one sentence? It is a niche organization that brings together like-minded corporate professionals to share their insights, experiences and professional expertise.
What You May Have Missed in TheNetwork
Here are some recent discussion threads you may have missed this month in TheNetwork:
Strategic Partner Profiles
Dan Polulak, Marketing Manager, Miami Air International
“The relationships that Miami Air International has cultivated though our FICP Strategic Partnership with both hospitality partners and meetings professionals are unlike any other in the Meetings industry – we are a family focused on meeting the goals and initiatives of our respective organizations and the FICP family helps deliver these experiences 1000%! ”
"Large group charter flights to and from virtually any destination worldwide with Miami Air International"
FICP Welcomes New & Returning Members and Hospitality Partners
Jodi Hanoski, Northwestern Mutual
Blake Pippin, Premier Financial Alliance, Inc.
Donna Sullivan, Voya Financial
Alysa Gustafson , William Blair & Company, LLC
Renee Hohol, Advisor Group
Jerilyn Johnson, Sammons Institutional Group
Audrie Di Pasquale, RBC Wealth Management
Ali Speroni, Liberty Mutual
Emily Sutliff, Liberty Mutual
Sayaka Piper, Encova Insurance
Dawn Morris, Nationwide Insurance
Caitlin Veri Cadaret, Grant
Lisa Doutlick, Everence Financial
Karyn Lee, Natixis Investment Managers
Beatrice Flores, NFP
Melissa Lusczek, EY
Ashley Brewer, U.S. Bank
Katrina Kent, TD Ameritrade
Wendy Perry, The Ritz-Carlton, South Beach
Ashly Balding, Associated Luxury Hotels International
Ludovic Donguy, InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Angela Goodell, Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
Kara Nolan, Hilton Atlanta
Rainya Tao, Destination Concepts Inc.
Trent Theiler, Willard InterContinental
Carol Kavanaugh, Destinations DMC
Andres Garcia Martin
Kristin Tacey, Southwest Conference Planners
Patricia Parrish-Maddaloni, MC&A
Miguel Vargas Figueroa, Tropical Incentives DMC
Dayna Robins, Motif Seattle
Jill Philippe, MC&A
Erin Reichert, Waldorf Astoria & Conrad Hotels and Resorts
Toni Carle, Equinox Resort
Graeme Dowie, Spectra
Kristina Holbrook, Virginia Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau
Kate Sullivan, Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport
Jennifer Hunt, Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Daphne Chien, Waldorf Astoria Chicago
Whitney Houk, The Destination Manager
Andreas Caperonis, InterContinental New York Times Square
Theresa Chan, San Francisco Marriott Marquis
Christopher Harris, Gaylord Hotels
Katie Townsend-Clakley, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa
Jon Korosi, Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
Erin Dunn, Wolfgang Films, Inc
Philip Caparell, Boston Marriott Copley Place
Lissi Mullen, Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center
Tricia Harrington, Grand Hyatt Baha Mar
Joanne Sykora, Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress
Ryan Thompson, The Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort and Spa
Julien Albrecht, Fairmont Monte Carlo
Greg Tassinari, Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel
Cristina Amescua, The St. Regis Bal Harbour
Jane Kirkpatrick, Venetian and Palazzo Resort & Casino
Jeff Miller, Perry Lane Hotel, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Savannah
Lisa Laskey, Caesars Entertainment
Marilynn Johnson, Hilton Anatole
Felicia Lopez, Caesars Entertainment