Volunteer

Get Involved: Become a Volunteer

Volunteers who offer industry expertise and diverse experiences in both the meetings and events and financial services and insurance industry are at the heart of FICP.

We invite meetings professional members and hospitality partners to help the association achieve its goals by serving in various leadership capacities. Whatever time and effort you can give, there's a volunteer opportunity for you.

FICP Volunteer Opportunities Include:

FICP Volunteer Levels

 

Board of Directors

  • ​Meetings professionals only 
  • Composed of strategic thinkers focused on the big picture and future outcomes of the association
  • Must have at least five years of work experience in the meeting planning profession
  • Directors serve for three years
  • View the current Board of Directors

The application period for the 2023-2025 Board of Directors closed on August, 26, 2022. 

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.

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Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee (HPAC)

  • Hospitality partners only
  • Provides insight and perspective on the hospitality community, which helps the board to set strategy and direction for the association
  • Committee members serve for three years
  • View current HPAC members

Typically, the application period for the HPAC occurs in August. 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.

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Standing Committees

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.

Influence Committee: Positions FICP as an influential organization of thought-leading meetings professionals through research, media placements and industry collaborations.

Membership Committee: Provides guidance and direction for membership benefits amd supports the associaton's recruitment and retention efforts.

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Event Teams

  • Meetings professional members and hospitality partners
  • Service period ranges from 1-1.5 years, depending on the event
  • Event team members are selected by the event team chair and confirmed by the Governance Committee

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: 

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Working Groups

  • Meetings professional members and hospitality partners
  • Service period ranges from 1-1.5 years, depending on the intiative
  • Working group members are selected by the working group champion and confirmed by the Governance Committee

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. 

Interested in serving on a working group in 2023? Reach out info@ficpnet.com to learn more.

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Content Contributor

  • Meetings professional members and hospitality partners
  • Year-round opportunity to volunteer on an ad hoc basis

Your voice is FICP's voice! Contribute to the advancement of FICP members by presenting on an area of expertise at FICP events, authoring posts for TheBlog or other content on behalf of FICP, and leading discussions in TheNetwork

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Raise Your Hand to Volunteer

Appointments can occur at different times throughout the year and on an as-needed basis. While 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. 

Signing up is easy — with just a few clicks, you are added to FICP's Volunteer Pool and will be considered for upcoming volunteer opportunities. 

Submit An Application

Volunteers must be active members or hospitality partners in good standing. With limited spaces available, volunteers will be notified when an opportunity that matches their interest area becomes available.

What Makes an Effective Volunteer?

  • Commitment to participate actively in all scheduled meetings and conference calls
  • Dedication to furthering FICP's goals and objectives
  • A willingness to learn from others
  • A positive attitude and high degree of flexibility
  • An understanding of the role of committees within FICP's structure
  • Knowledge relevant to the purpose of the volunteer opportunity

Thank You FICP Volunteers! 

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