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Attend the FICP Community Confab: An Interactive, Virtual Town Hall
Mark your calendars to join us at the first-ever FICP Community Confab, taking place Tuesday, July 12 from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT.
FICP Board Members and our HPAC Chair will share updates on all things FICP, including our history highlights, a preview of the 2022 FICP Annual Conference, the value of FICP membership, our 2022-2024 strategic plan, our 2022 strategic priorities, volunteer opportunities and more!
After hearing about FICP's progress this year, attendees will choose from one of three breakout rooms and have the opportunity to share their thoughts on how FICP can help push the needle forward for one of the following breakout room topics:
- Online user experience
- Next-gen leaders
- Diversity, equity and inclusion
This event is exclusive to FICP members and hospitality partners. Register now on TheNetwork!
We’re Half Way There With ITI – and Need You!
Do you have 15 minutes today to make a direct impact on the business events industry's most authoritative study of the global incentive travel market?
The Incentive Travel Index survey was significantly streamlined this year to make it as easy as possible and quick to complete (we promise – no calculators necessary!). For meetings professionals, it should be no more than 15 minutes and even quicker for hospitality partners.
Whether on a bus, train or your couch at home, we’re looking for each member and hospitality partner to complete the Incentive Travel Index (ITI) survey over the next week. We’re almost half way to our goal, and we need you to take us across the finish line. Will you help us as part of Team FICP?
Register for the Next FICP Anytime Webinar
A lot has changed with the return to in-person events. Hotel, production, travel, technology and F&B costs have gone up but budgets are expected to stay the same. Many are finding that being transparent with your partner is key when it comes to your budget expectations. Join the FICP community on Friday, July 29 at 12:00 p.m. for the next FICP Anytime webinar, “Collaborating With All Partners to Understand Budget Implications,” as we explore:
- The new norm and what to expect with costs
- Solutions on how to minimize costs without losing the integrity of the event
- How to share this information with your stakeholders
CMP-IS: Domain A - Strategic Planning
Learn more about this webinar, and register now on TheNetwork. This webinar is brought to you by our 2022 Strategic Partners.
In Case You Missed It: Watch the Latest FICP Anytime Webinar and FICP Chats Recordings
Missed a recent webinar or FICP Chats? Access the recordings on demand in TheNetwork.
Reminder! Although access to recordings is usually an FICP member benefit, our recent "Reinvent Your Events" two-part webinar series recordings remain available to non-members, free of charge. Do you have colleagues that would find value in these recordings? Let them know about the non-member access. FICP members have complimentary access to the recordings in TheNetwork.
Join Us in Toronto for the 2022 FICP Canadian Seminar
FICP is pleased to bring together Canadian meetings professionals and hospitality partners in person for the 2022 FICP Canadian Seminar.
Join us on August 15 as we focus on trends and challenges unique to the Canadian meetings and events industry and learn from some of the industry's rising experts, including our keynote speakers.
To learn more, view the schedule and additional education details, register to join us today!
Meetings Professional Registration Is Now Open for the 2022 FICP Annual Conference
The wait is over! Meetings professional registration is now open for the 2022 FICP Annual Conference, taking place November 13-16, 2022 in Boston!
Be among the first to secure your registration for FICP's premier event, and join hundreds of fellow FICP meetings professional members, hospitality partners and experienced experts within the industry as we create our new history of meetings and events. Visit the Annual Conference website to learn more and register today!
View our interactive advance program for additional event details.
Join the Silent Auction Committee
Interested in helping FICP make an impact on the local Boston community this fall? Join the Silent Auction Committee and help seek donations and promote the auction. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to raise your hand to volunteer. Committee meetings will begin later this summer.
The Education Forum Bloomed in Pasadena
With more than 120 attendees, 20+ speakers, 13 hours of scheduled networking time and 2.5 days of critical relationship-building, the 2022 FICP Education Forum was indeed a success.
Attendees heard from Dr. Greg Wells about how we need to slow down in order to speed up – and incorporate “forest bathing” in our lives. The Industry Panel led by moderator Gail Rutkowski shared the current state of logistics and how the logjam will impact global economies and the meetings and events industry over the next year. Our closing keynote, Shabnam Mogharabi, dared us to directly reach out to people we are grateful for in our lives and share that gratitude directly, offline – as one way to truly harness the power of joy. It was with joy that attendees crafted 40 beautiful vases of silk flowers during the Launch With a Cause to be donated to a local senior assisted living community.
And if that wasn’t enough, attendees had two incredible evening networking events to foster deeper connections: first at The Langham Huntington for a SoCal, Coachella-inspired evening under the stars, followed by a lively, deconstructed Hollywood experience at the historic – and active – Warner Bros. Studio at Brownstone Street.
Thank you to all of our sponsors, speakers and attendees for making this event unforgettable! We look forward to reconvening the Education Forum at the Omni Amelia Island Resort in Fernandina Beach, Florida next June!
Partnering Through the Comeback: Download the Free Report!
Earlier this year, the FICP community came together for an FICP Chats session: “Partnering Through the Comeback.” In this discussion, there were a number of important questions raised about the state of meetings and events as well as critical information and background shared about our current state and where we expect the industry to go.
To help answer some of these questions, FICP developed the report, "Partnering Through the Comeback," in which FICP’s hospitality partner community shares talking points across six key questions to help meetings professionals educate themselves and their stakeholders as we steer through the next several months. Read the summary, and download the report to learn more.
Congratulations to This New CMP
FICP would like to recognize the following member for recently earning the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation 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. Abbe joins nearly one-third of FICP members who have achieved this designation. Congratulations!
- Abbe Adair, CMP, Frankenmuth Insurance
Learn more about the CMP and FICP’s Preferred Provider status.
Is There Someone You’d Like to Nominate as an FICP MVP?
Is there an FICP member or hospitality partner that is leading the way and doing great things for our industry? Recognize their hard work by nominating them as an FICP MVP! Complete this nomination form.
Strategic Partner Profiles
Lori James, DMCP, President & Owner, AZA Events, Inc.
"Over the past 18 years, it has been such a rewarding experience and fulling experience to be aligned with one of the premier organizations such as FICP as a strategic partner.
I reflect on my career for the past 30-plus years on the success I have been able to achieve as a business owner. It is associations such as FICP that have afforded me such growth personally and professionally providing impactful education, networking opportunities and cannot even put a price tag on the relationships made with the members and hospitality partners that I call my friends. We all learn from one another through the experiences we have had attending annual meetings, educational forums, and/or symposiums.
I cannot encourage hospitality partners to get involved and volunteer. One of the most gratifying experiences I have ever had in my life is being on the Hospitality Partners Advisory Committee, which afforded me to engage with my peers and Board Members to have an impact on the present and future of FICP.
Every day I am grateful for being involved in FICP.”
San Diego Event at the Hotel Del Coronado
This intimate dinner on the beach of the Hotel del Coronado was inspired by Autumn in this seaside destination, Coronado Beach. The leaves may not fall to the ground, but we still enjoy the crackle of the fire and warm tones of saffron, nutmeg, and citrine. The stunning table “trees” were adorned with greenery and chandeliers, providing depth to our table landscape.
Jennifer Attersall, Director, Incentive Travel, Destination Canada
"Destination Canada Business Events is thrilled to be a strategic partner of FICP for over 10 years. This partnership allows us to stay up to date on the latest news and trends in the industry — while also providing opportunities to share our own stories of the diverse destinations for meeting and incentive experiences in Canada. Beyond that, a range of events throughout the year allows us to build meaningful connections with a community of meetings professionals in the financial services and insurance industry."
From coast-to-coast, Canada delivers unforgettable incentive rewards with meaning. Whether you want to honour your peak performers in one of Canada’s diverse, cosmopolitan cities, in a luxurious mountain spa resort or in one of the country’s many alluring, off-the-beaten-path destinations, there’s a Canadian incentive experience for your team.
Dean Altvater, Global Sales Director, PRA
"FICP membership for me has been so rewarding. Having been in the industry for over 30 years, I found myself attending FICP as a “first timer” just 5 years ago. The warm welcome I received from our Meeting Professional Partners and the wiliness of our Hospitality Partners to make introductions was so appreciated. The Network has provided untold opportunities for me to connect with customers and new industry peers. The knowledge share is tremendous, and I feel that I have found a new group of “trusted advisors” within the FICP community. I hope to become more involved as I continue my membership."
PRA - Impactful Events from PRA on Vimeo.
FICP Welcomes New and Returning Members and Partners
Kelly Ard, AIS, Ohio Mutual Insurance Group
Chelsea Crowe, Ameriprise Financial
Lisa Foos, CMP, Lockton Companies
Victoria Guerrazzi, Accident Fund Insurance Company of America
Kimberly Henderson, Equitable
Tawny Herron, CMP, CMM, The Standard
Shira Jones, CMP, SEI
Carolanne Patrylak, SEI
Katie Santoli, The Standard
Kendra Slack, Crump Life Insurance Services
Maggie Walton, CMP, Nationwide Insurance
Tyler Adams, Visit Denver
Sarah Agramonte, Posadas Hotels & Resorts
Jeff Barry, Montage Palmetto Bluff
Katie Benson, Willard InterContinental
Larry Browder, Visit Savannah
Dorothea Calabrese, CMP, CoralTree Hospitality
Maggi Calder, ETHOS Event Collective
Chris Carpenter, Edwardian Hotels London
Brent Centlivre, Disney Cruise Line
Shea Cochran, Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
Jessica Cohen, Sea Crest Beach Hotel
Emilie Depierrois, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts – South of France (Bordeaux / Lyon / Marseille)
Mariasol Diaz-Gomez, The Westin Anaheim Resort
Mitzi Forrester, Corazon Cabo San Lucas
Hanna Giem, Madarin Oriental, New York
Grainne Gray, CMP, The St. Regis Deer Valley
Mindy Grote, Wind Creek Bethlehem
Kaelan Henderson, Niagara Fall Business Events
Erica Hofeld, Swissotel Chicago
Chris Iglesias, The Langham, New York, Fifth Avenue
Dwight Ireland, Speakers’ Spotlight
Peter Killam, Hotel del Coronado
Verena Kuhn, InterContinental Carlton Hotel
Reese Lee, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino
Yvette Lincoln, Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac
Dan McConnell, CITP, CPIM, MBA, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings
Sue McLain, The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, Santa Barbara
Michael Nelson, Origin Event Planning
Breia Noble, MBA, Accor
Vanessa Ortega, Hilton Hotels
Meghan Pearis, Zemi Beach House
Jessica Perkins, Fontainebleau Las Vegas
Susan Ramsay, Cantrav Services Inc.
Lindsay Vaughan, Montage Laguna Beach
Tim Walsh, Discover Newport, Rhode Island
Gael Wehner, France Convention Bureau (Atout France)
2022 FICP Strategic Partners
|360 Destination Group
||ACCESS Destination Services
||AZA Events, Inc.
||Disney Meetings & Events
||Fiesta Americana Hotels & Live Aqua Hotels & Resorts
||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