Volunteers are the heartbeat of FICP. They offer industry expertise, unique insight and diverse experiences from their viewpoint of serving in the meetings and events, financial services and insurance, and hospitality industries.
For those who have the interest and ability, and can make the commitment to serve, we invite meetings professional members and hospitality partners to help the association achieve its goals by serving in various leadership capacities.
Applications to be considered for the 2024 Board of Directors are not currently open. The next call will launch in Summer 2024.
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The Governance Committee reviews the applications and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for the following year’s Board. A slate of recommended directors is sent to all meetings professional members in October of each year, members can vote on the slate and the results are announced at the Annual Business Meeting in November. Board terms are for three years and are not renewable; officer terms are for one year.
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Applications to be considered for the HPAC are not currently open. The next call will launch in Summer 2024.
The HPAC exists to listen to the needs of FICP’s hospitality partners and represent their interests to the Board of Directors. The committee provides advice and guidance on planner member needs; monitors hospitality partner and sponsor needs and trends; provides input regarding sponsorship and advertising program effectiveness; and hosts a hospitality partner session at each of the following: Annual Conference, the Education Forum and Symposia.
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The Governance Committee reviews applications and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for the following year’s committee. The process is usually concluded by late September/early October. HPAC terms are for three years and are not renewable.
Applications to be considered for an FICP Standing Committee are not currently open. The next call will launch in Summer 2024.
View the current standing committee volunteers
FICP has three standing committees, each one directly supports FICP's strategic plan:
Education Committee: Provides guidance and direction on the association’s education vision and generates content recommendations for the various education activities throughout the year, in-person and online. Ideal candidates are extremely familiar with industry trends and what’s important to meetings professionals for career growth and development, and are connected with experts capable of speaking on such topics.
Influence Committee: Positions FICP as an influential organization of thought-leading meetings professionals through research, media placements and industry collaborations. Ideal candidates are senior level professionals not only familiar with FICP but also have insight on elevating the perception of meetings professionals so they can further gain a seat at the strategy table within their companies.
Membership Committee: Provides guidance and direction for membership benefits and supports the association’s recruitment and retention efforts. Ideal candidates feel comfortable talking to strangers, are well-networked and can speak from the heart about why they are FICP members or hospitality partners — real ambassadors who can speak to the value of FICP to others.
The incoming FICP Chairperson, in conjunction with the Governance Committee, appoints committee chairs with the approval of the Board. The Committee Chairs, in collaboration with the Board Liaison and Staff Liaison, appoint committee members; the Governance Committee is consulted and the Board is informed. This process is completed by the end of the calendar year or earlier.
Applications to be considered for an FICP Event Team are not currently open. The next call will launch in Summer 2024.
FICP has an event team for each in-person FICP event. The event teams assists FICP staff in selecting educational content, provide input on incorporating local elements and networking opportunities into meetings that align with FICP’s strategic goals, and participates in “grassroots” marketing campaigns as needed. In a typical year, FICP has the following event teams:
Event Teams are formed in collaboration with the Event Team Chair and Staff Liaison in collaboration with the Governance Committee. The Event Team Chair, in collaboration with the Board Liaison and Staff Liaison, appoint event team members; the Governance Committee is consulted and the Board is informed.
Working Groups are formed and appointed by the chair of the Board in order to accomplish a short-term initiative, as determined by the Board of Directors. This year, FICP has the following working groups:
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group: The DE&I Working Group is a body, appointed by the FICP Board Chair, that exists to provide leadership on diversity, equity, and inclusion for FICP and for the profession. The group will identify opportunities, develop resources, and promote best practices with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion for the FICP Community to position the association as an industry leader in accordance with the FICP Strategic Plan.
View FICP's recently approved Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Rising Leaders Working Group: The Rising Leaders Working Group is an evolving body, appointed by the FICP Board Chair, that exists as a strategic resource to the board to provide insight and perspective on wants and needs of FICP’s defined persona, the Rising Meetings Professional, and to make recommendations to the Board on how best to serve this audience.
Online Experience Working Group A brand’s public website is its most important asset and communication vehicle. We are excited to share that FICP is moving forward with a full website redesign, in support of the recommendations from the 2022 Online Experience Working Group and the FICP Board of Directors. The 2023 Online Experience Working Group will play a critical role in that full redesign to be launched in Q4 2023 as well as advancing forward FICP’s strategy, selection and development of mobile app solutions for year-round and event-specific needs, also launching in Q4 2023.
FICP event teams are tied to specific events; committee terms are for one year and may be renewable. Most volunteers meet throughout the year via Zoom and do not require business travel; however, all volunteers are expected to be engaged members or hospitality partners who frequently attend FICP events, online and in person.
Being appointed by your peers to serve as an FICP volunteer is an honor and great responsibility. Before accepting your assignment, determine if you are fully committed by reading the “Before You Say Yes” document, and ensure that you have your employer’s support. Also, consider below what is in it for you and your employer:
Share your expertise and make a difference. Some people serve FICP for altruistic reasons – in other words, to give back to the profession in which they work. Sometimes the desire to serve comes from a passion to share knowledge and talents with others and enable them to grow. At the highest level, serving as an FICP Volunteer offers a way to gain meaning in one’s career – or at least a sense of personal pride and satisfaction. Ultimately, serving FICP provides the chance to make a difference to your profession and leave a legacy.
Serving as an FICP volunteer can be one of the most rewarding personal growth experiences of your life. Those who have served frequently say that they got more out of the experience than they contributed. The work is challenging, meaningful and highly rewarding.
For more information about the association, refer to FICP's bylaws or contact FICP Headquarters at (312) 245-1023 or firstname.lastname@example.org.