Did you Know?
Fall – the season of "pumpkin spice and everything nice."
Did you know that pumpkin spice isn’t actually pumpkin? You might think you love the taste of pumpkin but actually, you just love the way you think pumpkin tastes! Pumpkins are a part of the squash family and the taste we think we know and love is actually just a mix of ground cinnamon, nutmeg, dry ginger, and cloves – aka nothing to do with the flavor of squash.
There are more fun facts where that came from! As you gather with your family this Thanksgiving, keep them saying “oh my gourd!” with more Thanksgiving trivia.
5 Things to Know in November
- Considering going hybrid for your next event? Check out Smart Meetings' article where they share seven considerations when planning a hybrid meeting for groups that may be conservative in their return to physical travel.
- The voices of FICP thought-leaders are in your pocket with FICP Anytime podcasts. Tune in for expert-led conversations anytime. Listen here.
- Your colleagues are discussing holiday gift options, virtual networking, and returning-to-live budget impacts over on TheNetwork. Join them!
- Unsure how to confidently and safely resume meetings? FICP Education Committee Member, Lis Chmiel, shares the measures hotels are taking to abide by safety standards and instill confidence in attendees and meeting professionals over on TheBlog. Read it here.
- Encourage your members of Congress to include ALL of the travel industry's top priorities for relief, protection and stimulus in the next COVID-19 legislative package using Power of Travel Coalition’s Action Alert.
Time is Running Out! Register Now for FICP: Reimagined
FICP: Reimagined is almost here! Will we see you there?
Only a few clicks stand in between you and FICP: Reimagined’s outstanding education sessions and interactive networking and entertainment. If you haven’t already, register NOW and join us online next week November 16-18.
Hospitality partners may also attend FICP: Reimagined. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with more meetings professionals than ever before. Register now!
FICP's 19th Annual Silent Auction
Interested in a virtual makeover? Beach Getaway? A weekend in the mountains? The 2020 FICP Silent Auction has a package for everyone! This year's Silent Auction benefits The Above and Beyond Foundation's Helping Hospitality Urgent Aid Grant Program, which awards $500 virtual VISA cards to those in the hospitality industry that have gone above and beyond but have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. Help contribute to the success of the auction by making a bid on one or more of these amazing packages online at www.ficp.givesmart.com. Bidding is open until November 17 at 1:30 p.m. CST.
Attend the 2020 Strategic Leaders Virtual Event
As we wrap up 2020 and prepare for next year, the 2020 FICP Strategic Leaders Virtual Event is the perfect opportunity to share lessons and learn from other strategic meeting professionals in an online, collaborative setting. Apply now to attend the Strategic Leaders Virtual Event taking place December 7-9, 2020.
Hospitality partners: If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Raise Your Hand to Volunteer – Applications Due Tomorrow!
Each year FICP invites meetings professional members and hospitality partners to help the association achieve its goals by serving in various leadership capacities as volunteers. This is the last call to raise your hand for 2021! Applications to volunteer for FICP in 2021 are due tomorrow Friday, November 13. Apply now!
FICP Canadian SIG Virtual Idea Exchange
Calling all Canadian meetings professionals! Join Kim Langan, CMP, and Ann LeBlanc, CMM, CMP, DES, (Canadian SIG Co-Chairs) as they welcome members to the Shared Interest Group (SIG) and host targeted conversations specific to Canadians!
Our first SIG Conversation will be hosted on December 11 from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. CST/1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST, where Ann and Kim will facilitate a discussion around your new normal, home office space and any technology limitations you are currently facing or have faced during these times at home.
We’ll share best practices of what’s been accomplished (or a challenge) throughout this pandemic and continue to hone in on topics that are top of mine for you! Register to attend here.
Tune Into the Latest FICP Anytime Podcast: Best Practices to Minimize Event Disruptions in a Virtual World
The last several months have been very interesting for all of us. In today’s virtual world, we are fortunate that people are forgiving and accustomed to hearing a dog bark or seeing a child walk by – the line between work and home has naturally become blurred. But through it all, it is admirable how we as a community have pivoted to virtual events and it is incredible what we have learned and continue to learn.
In this podcast, host Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, a member of the FICP Board of Directors, is joined by two professionals who are great talents in the events industry. They will share their wisdom and best practices as we evolve in this new events environment. Panelists include:
· Karin Ponte, CMP, Senior Meeting Planner, Liberty Mutual
· Beth Daniel, DMCP, CIS, Managing Director, PRA Palm Springs
FICP Anytime podcasts are part of the FICP Anytime suite of on-demand, virtual education resources available to meetings professional members and hospitality partners. Learn more and access FICP Anytime podcasts here.
Congratulations to these New CMPs
FICP would like to recognize the following members for earning the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in October from the Events Industry Council (EIC). The CMP program was launched in 1985 to enhance the knowledge and performance of meeting professionals, promote the status and credibility of the meeting profession and advance uniform standards of practice. These individuals join nearly one-third of FICP members who have achieved this designation. Congratulations!
Casey Angle, SEI
Amy Ingalls, Transamerica
Learn more about the CMP and FICP’s Preferred Provider status.
Strategic Partner Profiles
Great Stirrup Cay and Silver Cove
With the incredible expansion of Great Stirrup Cay, you will be able to take relaxing to another level. Unwind at an exclusive, private retreat at Silver Cove where your luxurious villa awaits. Each Villa offers A/C, in villa TV with complimentary on-demand movies, access to the upscale Silver Cove buffet, full private restroom, a retractable glass wall providing unobstructed views and access to the beach.
Hidden away at the top of the ship is The Haven by Norwegian®, an exclusive enclave with our most luxurious, well-appointed and spacious accommodations. Not only will you have access to all the ship has to offer, you’ll enjoy the personal service of a concierge and 24-hour butler throughout your entire stay.
FICP Welcomes New Members and Partners
Burton Aldrich, Cigna
Emily Baldwin, Capital One
Stephanie Beatty, CMP, Safety National
Stephanie Callahan, Cigna
Lori Chafin, Cigna
Natasha Edwards, CTA, CEM, Capital One
Blake Foster, BlueTarp Financial
Jen Hanson, UMB Financial
Kaitlin Jakel, CMP, Cigna
Marci Kinnin, Cigna
Matthew Majikes, Capital One
Claire McCarthy, Cigna
Ashley Miller, Capital One
Llana Naidamast, Capital One
Sadie Nave, Capital One
Susan Osterberg, CTE, Cigna
Lisa Prickril, Cigna
Rebecca Santamaria, Capital One
Sakhiah Smith, Capital One
Jomarie Arturet, Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve
Kellie Cahill, CMP, New York Hilton Midtown
Kerrieann Gourley, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort & Spa
Geraldine Gray, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel
Therese Jankovsky, Sheraton Grand Chicago
Nicky Labourdette, CIS, Rosewood Mayakoba
Nancy Long, Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
Ruth Lundquist, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel
Sarah Materne, Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa
Martha McKay, The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler
Bridget Miller, Hyatt Regency Seattle
Jennifer Moeggenberg, Eden Roc Cap Cana
Meg Pfaff, JW Marriott Marco Island
Robert Riter, Muana Kea Beach Hotel
Melissa Robinson, Margaritaville Beach Resort Nassau, Bahamas
Jennifer Wierer, Rosewood Baha Mar
2020 FICP Strategic Partners
All Other Partners
|ACCESS Destination Services
||AZA Events, Inc.
|Fiesta Americana Hotels
||Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
||Global DMC Partners
||Island Partners Hawai'i
|JPDL Destination Management Canada
||Visit Newport Beach
||Norwegian Cruise Lines Holdings