September 18-20, 2019 | Andaz Savannah | Savannah, Georgia


As always, FICP is pleased to offer exceptional education to attendees. Topics for the event will fall within the areas of interest noted below. Check back often for detailed education information. 

A Movie Guide to Better Business Stories

Professional Growth and Personal DevelopmentShane Meeker, Corporate Storyteller & Company Historian, Procter & Gamble
Represented by Goodman Speakers

Area of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain E: Human Resources

More than ever, there is one thing that truly separates most brands and companies today - that one thing is an engaging STORY. When it comes to connecting, teaching, influencing, and inspiring others, a story will make whatever you say more impactful. It can also make any experience more powerful and easier to plan.

Nationally recognized storyteller, story trainer and author, Shane Meeker, knows the challenges that meeting professionals experience as they try to create impactful, engaging and memorable events in a crowded marketplace. After years of research and study in the film industry he created a way to take his favorite movies, books and TV shows and apply their story methods to any challenge. In fact, he often tells audiences that you can solve almost any business problem with what works in Star Wars (don’t worry, he will explain how).

 Come join us for an engaging and fun session that will take your understanding and appreciation for the power of story to the next level.

Navigating F&I Trends from a Leaders' POV

Financial and Insurance Industry

Roberta Butler, Senior Vice President - Marketing and Enterprise Learning, FM Global
Stephanie S. Treccia, Head of Client Events and Stakeholder Initiatives, Intermediary Distribution, Asset Management, Northern Trust
Moderator: Debbie Murray, Event Manager, Sales, Prudential Financial 

Area of Interest: Financial and Insurance Industry 
CMP-IS Domain F: Stakeholder Management

As financial and insurance sectors change, organizations strive to remain relevant and innovative. If we understand the pressures of those organizations meeting professionals serve, we can better support our teams. This panel of leaders will share insights into the future of financial and insurance companies, including lessons learned from implementing past regulations and how to prepare for those on the horizon. Listen closely to determine how you might translate their experiences into strategy and revenue for the business. 

Stay One Step Ahead of Meetings and Events Trends

Meeting Trends and Strategic ThinkingJeff Hurt, DES, Executive VP, Education & Engagement, Velvet Chainsaw Consulting

Area of Interest: Meeting Trends and Strategic Thinking
CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic Planning

 The emergence of the millennial generation and rise of technology continue to be hot conversation topics among meeting professionals. What other disruptions are influencing the meeting and event space? Storytelling, future-focused content, transformational not transactional, brain healthy, dialogic and neuroscience, to name a few. This session will explore a handful of industry shifts and challenge you to stay ahead of the curve. 

Event Technology and the Coming Platform Evolution in Events

Meeting Trends and Strategic ThinkingMichelle Bruno, MPC, Content Strategist & President, Bruno Group Signature Services

Area of Interest: Technology Solutions & Meeting Planning Solutions
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Some of the most powerful, influential and valuable companies of the twenty-first century were developed using a model unlike that of previous businesses. Google, Facebook, Apple, Airbnb, Uber, Lyft, Amazon and others continue to disrupt and scale rapidly because they are built as platforms able to leverage cloud-based software solutions, take advantage of distributed resources and produce network effects.

To design and plan meetings using platform principles, event technology must provide an open, participate, plug-and-play infrastructure for producers and consumers and help planners curate participants and govern the social and economic interactions that result. Fortunately, the components of such an architecture, as well as ways to integrate them are emerging for events along with the need for an “event technologist” to execute on a platform strategy.

This session enables meeting planners and event strategists of all levels to think more deeply about using platform principles to transform and execute their events so they grow faster, produce more benefits to participants, lower costs and deliver a competitive advantage. It will cover some of the new event technology platforms that aim to be part of a platform evolution in events and explore a new role for a planning-technology-data expert to help lead organizations into the future.

Embrace the Shake: Transforming Limitations into Opportunities 

Professional Growth and Personal DevelopmentPhil Hansen, Internationally-recognized Multimedia Artist, Author, Innovator
Represented by Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau

Area of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Success, especially in today’s fast-changing business environment, depends on our ability to make "creativity and innovation" a continuous process. Leaders want to know how their teams can rise above any challenge and succeed no matter what comes their way. Whether it’s to embrace change, overcome obstacles, sustain growth, or take your success to the next level, they want to “Embrace the Shake”.

The term “Embrace the Shake” is coined from Artist Phil Hansen’s personal story of transformation. After developing a career-ending tremor in his drawing hand, Phil embraced his “shake” both physically and metaphorically by redefining his limitation as an impetus for creativity. Phil not only restored his artistic abilities, he became a much more creative and innovative artist than ever before. Upon sharing his message on the TED stage and millions subsequently after, “Embrace the Shake” has become a motto for many businesses to approach their limitations in a new way.

Phil’s powerful message of finding creativity within limitations will inspire you to stop looking on the outside, and start looking inside yourself for resources that can transform your challenges into opportunities for success. Like Phil’s art, “Embrace the shake” isn’t just a talk, it’s an experience! Through jaw-dropping visuals and LIVE interactive art, get ready to break preconceived assumptions, activate your creative capacity, and bring fresh ways of viewing the task at hand that will culminate with success.

Are you ready to Embrace your Shake?

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify preconceived assumptions that cause us to believe obstacles have the power to limit success.
  • Break down resistance to limitations by recognizing their role in driving - versus stifling - creativity.
  • Explore ways to view problems with a fresh perspective by activating internal resources, the most important being creativity.

Master the Art of Negotiating and the World is Your Oyster

Meeting and Planning SolutionsChristy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, Founder & Master Strategist, Strategic Meetings & Events

Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Solutions 
CMP-IS Domain B: Project Management

Michael Jackson, among many others, is quoted as saying, ‘I’m a lover, not a fighter.” That sentiment can be applied to most meeting and hospitality professionals. Why then are we who are so agreeable so quick to snap when we start negotiating? Whether you’re a pro with a stack of iron clad clauses at the ready, or a newbie who is unsure where to begin, the key to success is not what you say, it’s how you say it and how you approach the process. There are dozens of resources available about what clauses to use. This seminar focuses on mastering the negotiation experience. Because without willing participants, the process is destined to fail. Audience members will learn to:

  • Engage in a discussion where both sides can walk away satisfied
  • Keep emotion out of the process (no more sweaty palms or breaking pencils in frustration)
  • Get more than you asked for and be thanked in the process

Areas of Interest

Designed to provide a focused and well-rounded experience, FICP education centers around the following areas of interest:

Meeting and Planning Solutions
Meeting Planning Solutions: Sessions will focus on the day-to-day responsibilities of the meetings professional, highlighting best practices, efficiencies and creative ideas.

Meeting Trends and Strategic Thinking Meeting Trends and Strategic Thinking: This area of interest will dive into changes in the marketplace, providing a look into the industry now and in the future.

Professional Growth and Personal Development Professional Growth and Personal Development: Focusing on brain and physical fitness, productivity tools and more, attendees will emerge as more engaged professionals.

Technology Solutions Technology Solutions: Sessions will address two areas: technology to aid meeting planners and technology to enhance events.

Focus On Senior Level Professionals Focus on Senior Level Professionals: Designed to guide senior level professionals, sessions will focus on management skills, corporate navigation, reverse mentorship and more.

Focus On Emerging Professionals Focus on Emerging Professionals: Future leaders will be developed through sessions highlighting professional development, networking and mentorship opportunities.

Financial and Insurance Industry Financial and Insurance Industry: Sessions in this category will provide key insights into the Financial and Insurance industry, helping meetings professionals plan for opportunities and potential changes.