January 27-29, 2019 | Ritz-Carlton, Boston | Boston, Massachusetts


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.

Unlock Creativity: An Experiential Approach to Meetings & Events 

Meeting and Planning SolutionsJessica Gibbons, Director Global Partnerships, C2 International

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

Known for redefining the event experience, C2 Montréal is committed to maximizing creativity and personalizing learning at their annual international business conference each year. Join Jessica Gibbons of C2 International to explore C2’s 8 core competencies for enriching business and engaging audiences. Come prepared with your own creative and budget friendly experiences and ideas to share. And, leave with additional talking points to bring back to your organization about the importance of investing in innovation. Learn from this one-of-a-kind event, and challenge your perception of what makes a meeting successful and memorable.
This session contains similar but updated content from the 2018 Canadian Seminar of the same session title.

Event Disruptions: Planners & Business Partners Prepare for Contingencies

Meeting and Planning SolutionsMeeting Trends and Strategic ThinkingJoan L. Eisenstodt, Principal, Eisenstodt Associates, LLC

Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Solutions, Meeting Trends and Strategic Thinking
CMP-IS: Domain C: Risk Managemnet

Weather is the usual consideration when preparing for contingencies. In a changed world, what must we do to prepare for active shooters or other acts of violence? People who overconsume alcohol or marijuana? Change in ownership or management of a hotel? Hotel renovation? Speakers or entertainers who are... well, inappropriate? Learning of the one thing, we didn’t ask or contract for?

As a result of being involved in this interactive session, participants will:

  • Think more critically about meeting and event contingency planning; 
  • Weigh risk factors when planning meetings and selecting destinations and sites; and 
  • Prepare to (better) partner with others to provide necessary resources to manage contingencies. 

Get Strategic or Get Left Behind

Meeting Trends and Strategic ThinkingChristy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM, Founder & Master Strategist, Strategic Meetings & Events

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

Make 2019 the year you become an indispensable part of your organization and earn executive status, benefits and compensation. In 60 minutes, you will learn how to lay the foundation for transforming your organization’s event programs, your career and the meetings industry. By shifting your thinking from a logistic to a strategic perspective you’ll turn your programs into the most powerful sales and marketing tool at your company’s disposal, bringing quantifiable ROI and contributing to the bottom line. Make a list of the things you would like to change about your work environment and bring them to the session. Be prepared to leave with a plan to eliminate most of what is on that list and make this the year everything changes!

Three key things you'll learn: 

  • The difference between planning strategically and logistically
  • 3 key questions to ask when determining ROI
  • What a continuous communication cycle is and why it's imperative to achieving strategic goals

Finding a Way

Professional Growth and Personal DevelopmentJohnny Cupcakes, Highly Successful Entrepreneur and Branding Expert
Represented by Washington Speakers Bureau

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

So many ideas, so little resources! Some of the biggest business success stories were the product of dollar coffees and a loving parent’s garage – including Johnny Cupcakes. So if you have the drive then this presentation will show you how to get behind the wheel and steer your organization, teams, and events into new territories and gently away from old ways! With utter conviction and complete passion, Johnny will share lessons he has learned on his journey to global domination – and arm you with easy to apply strategies for making your professional and personal dreams a reality. Johnny shares dozens of ingredients to success, including the power of details, collaboration, and the art of rolling with the punches while learning to adapt.

Event Technology Trends for 2019

Technology SolutionsFinancial and Insurance IndustryKristina Nichols, CMP, CMM, Strategic Account Consultant, Cvent

Area of Interest: Technology Solutions, Financial and Insurance Industry
CMP-IS: Domain A: Strategic Planning

During this session, Cvent will discuss some of the key industry trends for 2019 and how technology solutions are evolving to keep up with those trends. Special attention will be given to the trends that will impact the financial and insurance markets the greatest.

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader

Professional Growth and Personal DevelopmentJennifer Moss, Expert on Science-Based Workplace Happiness
Represented by Global Speakers Agency

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

We used to think IQ was the best determinant of a person’s likelihood for success. Now, we have scientific evidence that proves otherwise. As we understand more about emotional intelligence and how it plays into the cultural makeup of some of the most innovative companies, it’s impossible to ignore its relevance. When your team builds up their psychological fitness, it can give them the edge to outpace competitors through increased innovation, improved engagement, and higher productivity. This talk will explore how to unlock happiness in the workplace to rally organizational metrics while sustaining, or even reigniting, our passion for work. Jennifer will share how companies like Lululemon and TD Ameritrade have executed on her team’s research while outlining practical solutions to develop a clear strategy to implement a happiness plan at their organization.

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.