Volunteer

Become a Volunteer

Volunteers who offer industry expertise and diverse experiences in both the meetings and events and financial services and insurance industry are at the heart of FICP.

We invite meetings professional members and hospitality partners to help the association achieve its goals by serving in various leadership capacities. Whatever time and effort you can give, there's a volunteer opportunity for you.

FICP Volunteer Levels

FICP Volunteer Opportunities Include:

 

Board of Directors

  • ​Meetings professionals only 
  • Composed of strategic thinkers focused on the big picture and future outcomes of the association
  • Must have at least five years of work experience in the meeting planning profession
  • Directors serve for three years
  • View the current Board of Directors

 The application period for the 2023-2025 Board of Directors is now open.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, or know of potential board members you would like to recommend, complete the online Candidate Application Form by August 26, 2022.

Submit An Application

The Governance Committee will review applications and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for the following year’s Board. A slate of recommended directors is sent to all meetings professional members in October of each year, members can vote on the slate and the results are announced at the Annual Business Meeting in November.

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Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee (HPAC)

  • Hospitality partners only
  • Provides insight and perspective on the hospitality community, which helps the board to set strategy and direction for the association
  • Committee members serve for three years
  • View current HPAC members

For, 2023, there will not be an open call for nominations for the HPAC.

There will be only one seat available on the HPAC, and that seat must be a chain hotel representative given the makeup of the remaining committee. This appointment-based approach is an exception to the norm for 2023.

Typically, the application period for the HPAC occurs in August. The Governance Committee reviews applications and makes a recommendation to the Board of Directors for the following year’s committee. The process is usually concluded by late September/early October.

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Standing Committees

FICP has three standing committees, each one directly supports FICP's strategic plan: 

Education Committee: Provides guidance and direction on the association’s education vision and generates content recommendations for the various education activities throughout the year, in-person and online.

Influence Committee: Positions FICP as an influential organization of thought-leading meetings professionals and an educator and advocate on issues that impact the meetings and events industry.

Membership Committee: Provides guidance and direction for membership benefits, programs, policies, and recruitment and retention efforts.

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Event Teams

  • Meetings professional members and hospitality partners
  • Service period ranges from 1-1.5 years, depending on the event
  • Event team members are selected by the event team chair and confirmed by the Governance Committee

FICP has an event team for each in-person FICP event. The event teams assists FICP staff in selecting educational content, provide input on incorporating local elements and networking opportunities into meetings that align with FICP’s strategic goals, and participates in “grassroots” marketing campaigns as needed. In a typical year, FICP has the following event teams: 

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Content Contributor

  • Meetings professional members and hospitality partners
  • Year-round opportunity to volunteer on an ad hoc basis

Your voice is FICP's voice! Contribute to the advancement of FICP members by presenting on an area of expertise at FICP events, authoring posts for TheBlog or other content on behalf of FICP, and leading discussions in TheNetwork

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Mentorship Program

  • Hospitality partners only

The FICP Mentorship Program assists new and existing FICP hospitality partners with their transition into the association and/or understanding effective ways to recognize and achieve return on investment for their participation.

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Raise Your Hand to Volunteer

Appointments can occur at different times throughout the year and on an as-needed basis. While FICP event teams are tied to specific events, committee terms are for one year and may be renewable. Most volunteers meet throughout the year via Zoom and do not require business travel; however, all volunteers are expected to be engaged members who frequently attend FICP events, online and in person. 

Signing up is easy — with just a few clicks, you are added to FICP's Volunteer Pool and will be considered for upcoming volunteer opportunities. 

Submit An Application

Volunteers must be active members or hospitality partners in good standing. With limited spaces available, volunteers will be notified when an opportunity that matches their interest area becomes available.

What Makes an Effective Volunteer?

  • Commitment to participate actively in all scheduled meetings and conference calls
  • Dedication to furthering FICP's goals and objectives
  • A willingness to learn from others
  • A positive attitude and high degree of flexibility
  • An understanding of the role of committees within FICP's structure
  • Knowledge relevant to the purpose of the volunteer opportunity

Thank You FICP Volunteers! 

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