January 26-28, 2020 | Hyatt Regency Jersey City | Jersey City, New Jersey


As always, FICP is pleased to offer exceptional education to attendees. Topics for the event aligned with the areas of interest noted below.

Leadership Meets Culture Meets Results

Professional Growth and Personal Development

Susan Reilly Salgado, Ph.D., Keynote Speaker, Advisor, Thought Leader
Represented by Rave Speakers & Entertainment 

Areas of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain F: Stakeholder Management

With powerful story-telling and real-life examples, Susan explains how great leaders inspire their employees to deliver outstanding customer experiences. In her fascinating and often interactive keynote, Susan shows how leaders can foster a remarkable culture with strong teamwork while still maintaining intense accountability to high standards of excellence. Anticipate actionable takeaways and practical steps for both leaders and team members alike.

Strategic Goal Setting: How to Prioritize and Organize Your Next Step

Meeting Trends and Strategic ThinkingProfessional Growth and Personal Development

Stacey McKibbin, Corporate Storyteller & CEO, Consilio Corporation

Areas of Interest: Meeting Trends and Strategic Thinking, Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic Planning

Did you carve out time to set your 2020 professional and personal goals? Are they tactical or strategic? Do you hold yourself accountable? When establishing goals it is easy to default to your “to-do list” without thinking about the big picture. It is time to start approaching goals differently. Walk away with tangible action items for organizing, prioritizing, and hitting your goals.

An Evolving Industry: Brace for Impact

Meeting Trends and Strategic ThinkingFinancial and Insurance Industry

Aran Ryan, Director of Lodging Analytics, Tourism Economics
Panel: Dean Altvater, Global Sales Director, PRA; Sherri K. Lindenberg, Senior Vice President, Marketing Communications, Crump Life Insurance Services; Kerry McMahon, Director of Global Sales, Northeast, AIC Hotel Group

Areas of Interest: Meeting Trends and Strategic Thinking, Financial and Insurance Industry
CMP-IS Domain F: Stakeholder Management

Each year there is a new wave of trends that shake up the industry, be it customized experiences, technology advancements or more. In many instances, we cannot prevent the changes but we can prepare for impact. During this session, we will dive into the economic trends that are shaping the tourism industry. After sharing his analysis, Aran will lead panel discussion comprised of your peers. Share your takeaways with colleagues and c-suite to position yourself as a proactive leader.

Navigating Challenging Situations and Conversations with Ease

Professional Growth and Personal DevelopmentMeeting and Planning Solutions

Barbara Kay, President, Barbara Kay Coaching

Areas of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development, Meeting Planning Solutions
CMP-IS Domain E: Human Resources

At the end of the day, the event industry is all about people… and people are complicated! As a result, you often find yourself in challenging situations where you have to do what is best for your company despite how it makes you feel. This may mean saying no to a business partner who is your friend. Or providing constructive feedback to a loyal colleague. Join this session to learn and practice techniques for gracefully handling difficult situations.

Deconstruct Your Pressing Topics

Meeting and Planning Solutions

Melissa La Rue, CMP, Director, Conference & Meeting Services, Prudential; Kendra Heredia, Marketing Manager, NORCAL GroupCarlin Putman, CMP, Meeting and Event Specialist, AIG

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

This is your opportunity to pose your most pressing questions and challenges to likeminded peers. What’s on your mind – risk and security, industry ethics, technology? After hearing a short pitch on each topic, you will navigate to and/or between your most pressing topics. Come prepared to share stories and collect recommendations to enhance your day-to-day role.

Going Undercover: Finding Your Purpose in a Dangerous World

Professional Growth and Personal Development

Michele Rigby Assad, Former CIA Counterintelligence Officer; Author of Breaking Cover
Represented by Goodman Speakers

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

Known for her work and expertise within CIA, Michele Rigby Assad specialized in counterterrorist and counterintelligence issues. Join Michele as she dives deeper into several topics, including how “going to war” teaches you to manage fear and elevates your game to elite levels, secrets for dealing with terrorists and more. You will leave equipped with tools on how to read body language and establish rapport with anyone, as well as techniques for escaping an attack or surviving an ambush that may push you out of your comfort zone. Michele’s story will shine a light on the importance of finding and remembering your purpose.


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

Meeting Trends and Strategic Thinking Strategic Thinking & Impact: This area of interest will dive into honing critical thinking skills, developing strong meeting goals, and 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.