Sunday, November 4 | 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday, November 5 | 8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. & 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 6 | 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The FICP Experience Zone offers Annual Conference attendees hands-on training and exposure to products and attendee engagement opportunities. Talk to an expert, charge your phone or relax for a few minutes while catching up with a colleague. Featuring quick-hit education opportunities, connection opportunities with speakers, a golf experience, one-on-one lessons on social media, access to new and exciting meeting support tools and more. The Experience Zone is the place to be at the FICP Annual Conference.
Please note: the Experience Zone is closed Monday during General Session, Lunch, HP-Only Session and the Annual Business Meeting and Meetings Professionals Exchange.
Volunteer with FICP!
This year, the Experience Zone will feature information and networking opportunities to learn more about volunteering within FICP. Some ways include, but are not limited to:
- Serving on a committee
- Contributing to educational blog posts, interviews, and industry articles
- Speaking at FICP events or facilitating roundtable discussions
- Identifying executives from your organization for industry trend updates
Ask a Cvent Representative
Engage with Cvent's Vice President of Product Management Daniel Russo, who will be on hand to answer your product questions and work with you to find solutions for your organization.
Get Organized with Audrey
On Tuesday morning, bring your Outlook, productivity and app questions to the Experience Zone for some 1:1 time with FICP speaker Audrey Thomas.
DAHLIA+ experts Dahlia el Gazzar and Nick Borelli will focus on trend sharing and support when it comes to building your professional and personal brand, social media presence, profile reviews and more.
Google is the first place others go to learn about you. What does a search revel about your story?
If you are seeking to amp up your personal brand and online presence, our Brand Bar experts from the DAHLIA+ AGENCY are here to guide you. After a personal review you’ll learn how to create a story with differentiation and elevate and amplify your profile across the web and social media.
Our skilled professionals will introduce you to the latest trends, gadgets and platforms to ensure you have the skills to continue to build upon your brand story long after you depart #FICP18.
Practice Your Putting
PXG’s golf gurus Kim Gartner, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Events and Kelsey Hughes, Evangelist, North Florida will be available to share tips for your next golf tournament while giving you a chance to play on a putting green.
Experience Zone Education Sessions
Better Space, Better Meetings
Monday, November 5 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Janet Sperstad, CMP, Program Director, Meeting and Event Management, Madison College
Using the FICP Experience Zone as a backdrop, Janet Sperstad will explore unique ways of designing your event space to engage attendees and create a lasting impression.
Mindful in the Moment
Tuesday, November 6 | 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
This introductory session will help you learn applied mindfulness for personal empowerment. Meditation is one way to be mindful but it's not about living it on a meditation mat. In this session, Holly will give you introductory meditation techniques to help you center, clear, and focus while running your meetings and events.
Experience Zone Experts
Audrey Thomas, CSP, Organized Audrey, LLC
Audrey Thomas, CSP, has been helping others for over 20 years and works with companies such as Boeing, Royal Bank of Canada, and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She has been awarded the Certified Speaking Professional designation, which less than 12% of all speakers receive. Audrey has written for several organizations, including The Business Journal and UnitedHealthcare. Her goal with every audience is to leave them better than she found them. Audrey lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When she’s not working, she loves being Nana to the four “littles” in her life. Her hobbies include traveling, target shooting and deleting email.
Dahlia el Gazzar, DAHLIA+ Agency
Dahlia has an OMG-attitude about tech and practical solutions. With more than a decade of experience in the meetings industry, Dahlia has held roles on the planner side as well as on the supplier side. She has been known in the events industry as the 'go-to' source for tech news, social media advice and solutions for the busy event professionals. Her mission is to untether the busy professional from their desktop and office, and have them be more efficient and productive working from a beach in Mexico with an umbrella drink through their mobile device and smart solutions and apps.
She is also an Evernote aficionado, and she speaks internationally on event technology, new-and-upcoming technology, and more to help empower event professionals with practical intel on everything event tech related, and digital innovation when it comes to their meetings and events. She wants you to break the status quo and make the shift happen!
Daniel Russo, Vice President of Product Management, Cvent
Daniel is Vice President of Product Management at Cvent, leading all things Enterprise and Technology partnerships. Prior to the merger, Daniel lead the product management department with responsibility for all Lanyon products.
Daniel has a wealth of experience and knowledge running successful software products and product organizations. During the first 10 years of his career, he managed engineering teams (and was a programmer himself), before moving over to Product Management where he has spent his last 10 years. Before Lanyon he was at Tektronix Communications, a division of Danaher, where he was responsible for the Customer Experience and Mobile Advertising product lines. In 2005 he founded SendUsOff.com, a travel registration platform that provided honeymoon registries, wedding websites, and sold destination tours and activities.
Holly Duckworth, CAE, CMP, LSP, Trainer and Executive Coach
Holly Duckworth is a trailblazing keynote speaker and mindful advisor. Contributor to the New York Times and countless meetings industry publications she works with stressed-out meeting professionals to create, peace, presence, and profits. Our world has become mind less. Through mindfulness training Holly works with you to know what mindfulness is, what it is not. Then apply your mindfulness techniques to produce more productive and profitable meetings.
Janet Sperstad, CMP, Program Director, Meeting and Event Management, Madison College
Janet Sperstad’s professional history reflects her lifelong vocation: driving excellence in meeting and event management execution and education. She has dedicated her career to defining the competencies and career pathways that articulate meeting planning as a design discipline requiring skills in the social sciences, executive leadership, and the cognitive sciences. Her contributions are global in scope androoted in over 25 years as a meeting professional and executive leader in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Ms. Sperstad has been employed by a Fortune 500 global company, a statewide association, and owned a professional event management firm.
She currently leads Madison College’s Meeting and Event Management Associate degree program, which she founded in 2002 and recently been selected as Competency Model Champion from the U.S. Department of Labor.
Nick Borelli, President and Strategist, Borelli Strategies
Every action Nick Borelli takes professionally is to fulfill his mission: “Improving live experiences for attendees by supporting and advancing event professionals globally”. Nick is the President and Strategist of Borelli Strategies and has been in the event industry since he was 14 years old. He specializes in digital marketing strategies through consulting, coaching, and brand communication management for events and event companies.He speaks internationally on a range of topics both from his professional focus (live experience marketing and activations) as well as industry hot buttons (diversity, pricing transparency, and association leadership). In 2018 alone he gave over 100 educational presentations to event professionals. In 2018, Nick adopted a panel inclusion rider which states that planners who book him must do everything in their power to make panel diversity a priority before he will contribute to their discussions.Nick has been awarded the International Live Events Association's Esprit Award for International Volunteer of the Year, Cleveland Business Connects magazine’s Networking Star of the Year, Smart Business Magazine’s Social Media Impact Award, and the ISES WOW Award for Best Marketing Campaign over $75,000. In June 2018, Nick was named one of Meetings Net's Game Changers for his work in advocating for the advancement of the events industry. He has held multiple positions with the International Live Events Association (ILEA) including International Marcom Chair, Chair of Digital Strategy, Midwest Brand Champion, ISES Live Conference Technology Chair as well as Cleveland Chapter VP of Communication and President. Nick is the Chair of Public Relations and Marketing for the SEARCH Foundation, is on the Advisory Council for the Student Event Planners Association and has contributed to Event Manager Blog.