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Mother's Day wasn't always about showering Mom with gifts and appreciation. In fact, it was originally a movement started by three women, Ann Reeves Jarvis, Julia Ward Howe and Ann’s daughter, Anna M. Jarvis. Each woman had a different version of what Mother's Day meant, but the common theme was promoting peace and community in the wake of war. After the passing of her mother, Anna M. Jarvis campaigned for a day honoring all mothers as a way to memorialize her mom's life-long commitment to activism. Learn more about the history surrounding Mother’s Day.
5 Things to Know in May!
- Introducing FICP Chats: Join your peers in virtual conversations about the future of meetings. Register in TheNetwork.
- The May digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available.
- Your peers are discussing best practices and tips for virtual events in TheNetwork.
- ICYMI: Refer Members and Win Big. Learn more about how you can earn rewards for sharing the value of FICP.
- FICP is proud to be a founding partner of the Go LIVE Together Coalition. Learn more.
Meetings Professionals: Tune in to the Next Virtual Idea Exchange
Meetings professional members are encouraged to join our next Virtual Idea Exchange, hosted by FICP's Shared Interest Groups. The conversation, taking place Friday, May 15 at 1:00 p.m. CDT, will focus on the future of our work, including contract language, expectation-setting with C-suites, how to approach vendors, as well as risk and liability. Register now in TheNetwork.
Stay Connected to Your FICP Community
FICP recognizes some of you may currently be in transition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is sorry if you are experiencing these challenges. Please know that we want you all to stay connected to our community during these challenging times. Hospitality partners who affiliated with FICP earlier in the year may remain affiliated through the end of 2020 even if they are no longer employed by the organization through which they originally joined, and receive access to non-event benefits. In accordance with FICP Bylaws, FICP meetings professionals may also remain members for six months during transitions as well. Make sure you update your contact information by logging into your FICP account so that FICP and our members and partners may continue to contact you, and help spread the word to those who may be unaware of these opportunities.
Next FICP Chat: Going Virtual
FICP meetings professional members and hospitality partners are invited to the next FICP Chat, focusing on the role "going virtual" will have in our industry moving forward. Topics will include results from the Spring Pulse Survey, how meetings professionals are adapting, and how hospitality partners can help support virtual events. Register in TheNetwork to join us Thursday, May 21 at 1:00 p.m. CDT.
Spring 2020 Pulse Survey Results Available
With an exclusive focus on COVID-19, the FICP Spring 2020 Pulse Survey saw high participation from both the meetings professionas and hospitality partners who have been impacted by the global pandemic. View highlights or the full report from this survey, which provides a point-in-time look at plans and reactions as of late April 2020.
Annual Conference Sales Go Live May 14
FICP recognizes that this year has been a challenging one. In the face of these setbacks and tribulations, our community remains stronger than ever and poised to forge ahead and continue to foster and environment where business happens. We invite our hospitality partners to join us in making the financial and insurance meetings and events industry even stronger. Sponsorship sales for the 2020 FICP Annual Conference, taking place November 15-18 in Washington, D.C., will open Thursday, May 14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. CDT. Learn more about hospitality partnership.
May Member of the Month: Katherine LaMacchia
Get to know our featured member this month! Katherine LaMacchia is a Director of Corporate Events at Baird, an employee-owned, international financial services firm that has been in business for over 100 years and nationally recognized as a great workplace since 2004. She leads a team of talented professionals that plan more than 200 events annually for the Private Wealth Management and Fixed Income business units. She's new to FICP, joining just a year ago but already attended her first Annual Conference and Strategic Leaders Event! Learn more about Katherine on TheNetwork.
Learn more about all of the 2020 Strategic Partners, here.
FICP Welcomes New Members
Felicia Bogdanski, Northwestern Mutual
Emily Bonkowski, Cambridge Associates
Christin Corbett, Alliant Insurance Services
Morgan Cross, CMP, CAWC, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America
Cristiana Di Menna, Sun Life
Marie-Elaine Duguay, Sun Life
Silvia Fuentes, Pinnacol Assurance
Margaret Garcia, CMM, CMP, Farmers Group, Inc.
Karen Knox, Northwestern Mutual
Nikki Lunkenheimer, American Fidelity Assurance
Kylie Olanowski, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America
Maria Perry, MFS Investment Management
Sarah Potts, Northwestern Mutual
Ann Rice, Safety National
Laura Scott, CMP, Wells Fargo
Melanie Vachon, Sun Life
Shaleyna Velez, Northwestern Mutual
Hannah Weiss, Wells Fargo
Jessica Cannon, Streamsong Resort
Wendy Gillotti, CIS, Dorchester Collection
Michael Lorenz, Frenchman's Reef Beach Resort & Spa
Tina Porter, Explore Asheville Convention & Visitors Bureau
Kevin Rosa, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
2020 FICP Strategic Partners
All Other Partners
|ACCESS Destination Services
||AZA Events, Inc.
||Buy the Sea
|Disney Meetings and Events
||Fiesta Americana Hotels
||Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
|Global DMC Partners
||Island Partners Hawai'i
||JPDL Destination Management Canada
||Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
|Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings
||Preferred Hotels & Resorts
||Visit Newport Beach