BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Sessions subject to change.

Monday, November 14 | 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Professional Growth & Personal Development

Keys to Leadership Regardless of Title: Coaching, Motivating and Delegating
Areas of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain E: Human Resources

Gail Miniutti Parsons, Founder & President, LifeCycle Focus

"A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” – John C. Maxwell

Take a minute to think of someone you admire that has made a positive impression on you. Most likely this person made you feel valued, energized, and capable – in other words they embodied leadership. Leadership is a dynamic skill based on your everyday actions, not simply your job title. This session will explore the leadership mindset and help you master three key skills: coaching, motivating and successful delegating.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify what it means to be a leader
  • Learn how to overcome barriers to effective delegation
  • Recognize how to build loyalty and trust through coaching
  • Create a plan to drive engagement and energize teams
  • Develop essential leadership skills
Technology Solutions

FICP Chat LIVE! Mobile Apps – Strategy and Execution
Area of Interest: Technology Solutions
CMP-IS Domain H: Site Management

A Peer Conversation Facilitated by Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, Independent Contractor, Boston Private

We live in a digital world connected by our devices, but are mobile apps always a strategic choice for meetings and events? Join this FICP Chat LIVE! session to learn the pros and cons of using an app for your event, how to build an app into your event timeline and any risk factors you might have to keep in mind. Each group will report their top takeaways to determine best practices for incorporating an event mobile app in your planning process.

Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions

How Recent Events Have Influenced Stakeholder Wants, Needs and Projections
Areas of Interest: Financial & Insurance Industry Knowledge, Strategic Thinking and Impact
CMP-IS Domain F: Stakeholder Management

Jeffery Calmus, Principal, Jeff Calmus & Associates
Vicki Lester, Vice President – Head of Intermediary Marketing, Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Moderated by Koleen Roach, Director, Meetings & Conference Management, Securian Financial Group, Inc.

Increased costs, labor shortages, turnover, social movements, technological advances… there are plenty of challenges and opportunities these days that might “keep us awake” at night. What is weighing most on the stakeholders we serve? Be a part of this discussion to hear first-hand how recent events are changing the financial and insurance services industries and how events can effectively support a company’s strategic goals. Leave with a better understanding how meetings professionals can communicate with and demonstrate value to executives.

Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions

Meeting and Event Essentials: Planning With Inclusion, Accessibility and Sustainability in Mind
Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Trends and Solutions
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Susan Fitzgerald, Founder and CEO, Huddle Agency

"Essential” doesn’t mean it’s easy to plan! When considering the attendee hierarchy of needs, event professionals work hard to ensure physiological and safety needs are met: attendees have a safe place to gather, eat, drink and sleep. But do those attendees feel welcome and comfortable? Do they feel a part of something larger than themselves? And how do we minimize the carbon footprint of our event? Inclusion, accessibility and sustainability should be addressed and incorporated in the planning process early on. This session will cover general best practices for marketing to and planning for a diverse audience, non-negotiable accessibility features and easy wins for your next meeting.

Focus on Senior Level Professionals

Ground Transportation Trends: What You Need to Know About Rising Costs, Labor, Future Forecasts, and More!
Area of Interest: Strategic Thinking and Impact
CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic Planning

Michael Costa, General Manager, Yankee Line
David Reinhart, Chief Executive Officer for North America, TBR Global
Moderated by Courtney Church, CEO & Founding Partner, Corinthian Events
 

Reliable and safe transportation feels like a wild card these days. Costs, staffing and schedules are constantly fluctuating. Health and safety recommendations are inconsistent. Yet, transportation to, during and from events remains essential. Join this session to hear from travel experts as they share the 411 on transportation trends and what you should account for!

Tuesday, November 15 | 9:15-10:15 a.m.


Focus on Senior Level Professionals

Event Risk Management – 2022 Risk Categories: What’s My Responsibility in Managing Risk?
Area of Interest: Strategic Thinking and Impact
CMP-IS Domain C: Risk Management

Liz Warwick, Consultant, Warwick Strategic Planning
Q&A portion moderated by Kristal Cardone, Director, Enterprise Recognition Events, Liberty Mutual

COVID-19 placed a glaring spotlight on one risk element of meetings and events: health. Yet, event risk is much broader than health. Learn what’s “old” and what’s “new” in analyzing event risk categories. What is your responsibility in managing the risk at your meetings and events?

Learning objectives:

  • Discuss a structure and process to evaluate risk 
  • Discuss the evolution of event related risk
  • Identify “old” and “new” event risk categories
  • Review resources for additional risk evaluation
Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions

F&B and Décor: Short and Long-Term Challenges and Opportunities – A Supplier Perspective
Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Trends and Solutions
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Lindsay Ball-Lewis, Director of Event Planning, JW Marriott Marco Island Beach Resort
Jean-Philippe (JP) Cote, Director of Food & Beverage, Fairmont Copley Plaza
Yousef Ghalaini, Executive Chef, Omni Hotels & Resorts
Cara Pratt, CMP, DMCP, DES, Vice President of Business Development, CSI DMC
Moderated by Tara Chaffee, CMM, CMP, DES, Sr. Consultant, Group Protection Distribution External Development, Lincoln Financial Group

It feels great to be back in person and incorporating fresh and exciting ideas into your F&B and décor, until it changes last minute due to a shortage or supply chain challenge. Do you have a creative solution? Will your budget accommodate? Attend this session to get the inside scoop on what suppliers are experiencing and how it ultimately affects your planning process and onsite experience. In the end, we are all in this together.

Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions

FICP Chat LIVE! Organizing Attendee Travel – How Policies and Best Practices Are Evolving
Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Trends and Solutions
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

A Peer Conversation Facilitated by Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, Independent Contractor, Boston Private

Attendee travel policies are changing and event professionals are revaluating how they book travel for individuals vs. group blocks, mileage reimbursement, car rentals… the list goes on! Take advantage of this peer-to-peer brain trust to share and discuss solutions to today’s obstacles. Each group in this FICP Chat LIVE! session will report their top takeaways to determine best practices for transportation accommodations while maintaining a stellar attendee experience.

Technology Solutions

Presentation Tools to Make Your Ideas and Data Shine
Area of Interest: Technology Solutions
CMP-IS Domain B: Project Management

Tara Thomas, Co-Founder & CMO, The Meeting Pool, LLC

Do you present regularly to teams, leadership, or clients? Do you have a difficult time translating large sets of data into digestible visuals and recommendations?

Then you need to consider powering up your tech and delivery. Hear the latest in alternative approaches to standard tools and learn new strategies for PowerPoint presentations that ensure you deliver a message in a compelling, highly visual fashion.

Professional Growth & Personal Development

Transform Your Relationship With Stress: Access Flow State to Achieve Optimal Performance
Area of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain E: Human Resources

Jeska Brodbeck, Executive Performance Coach, Be Light Consulting

Welcome to the future of work— a new reality where anyone can reach their highest level of performance without the negative stress by learning how to enter and sustain “Flow State.”

There are over 40 years of verifiable scientific research on it. Olympic athletes hire coaches to teach them how to access it. The Navy Seals also pay the big bucks to learn how to stay in it — yet corporate America is not even talking about it. Instead, mainstream work culture asserts the myth that if we work harder and faster, we can get it all done. The reality is that the work never ends, and chronic stress destroys the very productivity we need to be successful.

The typical anti-stress tips and tricks are just a bandaid over the real issue: negative stress blocks our creative genius, our ability to solve complex problems, and our enjoyment of the work that we do.

Now is the time to radically transform our relationship with stress and to experience the power of “Flow” at work.

Tuesday, November 15 | 10:45-11:45 a.m.


Professional Growth & Personal Development

Clarity in Your Communication – How to Show Up as Your Best Self for Clients, Customers and Co-Workers
Area of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain E: Human Resources

Debbie Peterson, Leadership & Career Coach, Author

In any organization, you need your team to work together for the dream to work, but when communication gets in the way, productivity, performance and profits suffer. If you want to take your communication to the next level, then this is the session for you.

Learning objectives:

  • Discover the most common obstacles to more confident communications and what to do about them
  • Learn the habits of the most successful communicators and put them to work
  • Discover how to improve rapport, credibility and influence with co-workers, colleagues and clients
  • Connect and communicate with anyone, no matter their style
  • Explore strategies that allow you to show up more confidently, not only physically but figuratively in your professional life

Good communication is so much more than the words you speak. Take charge of your personal communication, and experience the professional results you deserve!

Focus on Senior Level Professionals

Contracting: What’s Changing and Emerging as Best Practices – A Fireside Chat
Areas of Interest: Strategic Planning and Impact
CMP-IS Domain B: Project Management

Kimberly A. Pendo, Attorney, Chicago Law Partners
Moderated by Barbara Scofidio, Editor, Prevue

Contracting... the hottest meeting and event topic of this decade! We have spent the last three years soaking in expert advice as we navigate the woes of contracting. Now is the time to discuss what is here to stay. This session will cover everything from base contract terms, the pros and cons of MSAs, contingency planning, data privacy and much more. Come prepared to this program with your own questions and leave with a good understanding of emerging best practices.

Professional Growth & Personal Development

FICP Chat LIVE! Managing Teams in a Fluid Environment – Working Through Meeting Planning Challenges, Staff Shortages and Generational Workstyles
Areas of Interest: Focus on Senior Level Professionals, Meeting Planning Trends and Solutions
CMP-IS Domain E: Human Resources

A Peer Conversation Facilitated by Jennifer Squeglia, CMP, Independent Contractor, Boston Private

We can all agree that workstyle preferences and work-life balance expectations have changed in recent years. Managers have the difficult task of balancing their own needs while leading multigenerational teams in a hybrid environment. Join this peer conversation to share and listen to how your peers are not only working through post-pandemic meeting planning challenges but also staffing challenges and shortages. Each group will report their top takeaways to determine best practices for managing and motivating teams in a fluid environment.

Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions  

Managing Attendee Expectations and Logistics for International Events and Niche Experiences
Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Trends and Solutions
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

Jennifer Attersall, Director of Incentive Travel, Destination Canada 
Clarence Day, CMP, CIS, Director, Group Sales, SLS Baha Mar
Karen Devine, CITP, CEO & Founder, 3D Cruise Partners
Lorenzo Pignatti, DMCP, President, TERRAEVENTS
Moderated by Jana Stern, Manager, Strategic Event Planning, Thrivent

While business is back, many niche destinations and experiences have seen a slower return rate. While the logistics may seem daunting, the opportunity is great! This expert panel will discuss the perception of international events and explore the current risks and advantages of planning a niche experience for your next program. Learn how you can leverage international partners to help sell the idea to your stakeholders and must-know information for attendees to feel excited and at ease while there.

Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions

The Present (and Future) of Meeting Professional and Hospitality Partner Relations
Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Trends and Solutions
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

David Blansfield, Executive Vice President, Northstar Travel Group
Kristina Nichols, Senior Sales Executive, Sourcing and Housing Solutions, Cvent

While demand for in-person meetings continues to soar, many meetings professionals currently face a slew of new challenges. What are some of their biggest pain points right now? It’s navigating tighter booking windows, competing for space, and sourcing vendors to support new meeting requirements. 

During this session Northstar & Cvent will present the latest data from the Meetings Industry PULSE Survey, detailing what the data is showing us, and how meetings professionals and hospitality partners can work together and seek opportunities to overcome these challenges.

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