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It's that time of the year when we're encouraged to reflect upon our accomplishments, challenges and overarching journeys. We celebrate our successes, give thanks where due, offer our time to support a good cause, and more. In this Education Essentials, you'll learn how you can benefit personally and professionally from volunteerism, how to start your own volunteer program, how the FICP community has impacted the organization's success and more.
What Were You Reading in 2019?
The Power of Volunteering
The benefits of volunteering go far beyond the act of positively impacting a community, a cause or an organization. It can also help you feel healthier and happier. Volunteering has the power to connect you to others, advance your career, and bring fun and fulfillment to your life. Read more about the benefits of volunteering.
FICP depends on its volunteers to offer industry expertise and diverse experiences. By serving in various leadership capacities, FICP's volunteers help the association achieve its goals. We asked some of our 2019 FICP volunteers to share what volunteering for FICP means to them. Read more about what they had to say.
"Volunteering for FICP offers me a greater partnership with like-minded colleagues. After 20+ years in the industry, it feels great to share some of the knowledge I have gained, talk through common experiences, and help others overcome obstacles. Offering my time outside of my day-to-day job makes me feel good – it’s an opportunity to grow beyond my own organization, both personally and professionally."
Monica Heanue, Morgan Stanley
Are you interested in reaping the benefits of volunteering with FICP? Learn more about our volunteer opportunities and how you can best contribute.
How to Start a Volunteer Program
Whether you're looking for your next corporate social responsibility (CSR) opportunity or launching a volunteer program, it's important to understand how you can best multiply your impact. Begin by creating a mission statement and answering fundamental questions as to what your program means. Next you'll want to establish volunteer goals and formulate a strategic plan. Check out this resource for more information on the four essential steps to growing your volunteer program.
Make 2020 the Year You Focus on Strategy
Strategic events are the most powerful sales and marketing tools companies have. They shorten sales cycles and bring marketing messages to life; nothing else can do that. By harnessing the power of content customized to the audience’s needs, an organization can influence what attendees feel, think, say and do, leading them towards its strategic goals. Start by demonstrating the value of this strategic shift and create a support team to help socialize your plan and bring it to fruition. Watch the FICP Short below from Christy Lamagna, Strategic Meetings & Events, for tips on getting strategic in the New Year. For more tangible tips on thinking strategically, check out her recent FICP blog post.
Thanks for a Successful Year
What do new productivity-boosting webinars, increased idea-sharing on TheNetwork and a record-setting event have in common? They were all part of your 2019 experience with FICP, which each of you helped to make happen.
Watch the video below to learn more about efforts this year to grow our community, deliver value to members and partners and increase the influence of the organization and its members.
#TBT - Executive Guest Speaker
We love when F&I executives participate in FICP Events! At the 2019 Education Forum, Roberta Butler with FM Global joined Wayne Robinson and Kendra Heredia for a discussion about communicating with leadership in a strategic way.
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