2023 Annual Conference Networking

Below are networking sessions from the 2023 FICP Annual Conference that took place November 12-15, 2023 in Marco Island, Florida.

The 2023 FICP Annual Conference provided abundant networking opportunities in a balanced, meetings professional-to-supplier environment — with more than 21 hours of scheduled networking time over three days, there was plenty of opportunities to connect with peers and partners alike.

From happy hours to breakout sessions, there's never a dull moment at an FICP Annual Conference. Our networking events are where the sparks fly!

Below is a high-level view of the scheduled networking opportunities.

All times below are noted in EST.

Sunday, November 12

2:00-6:00 p.m. Pop-Up Gifting Experiences
3:00-3:45 p.m. First Connection
(meetings professionals & hospitality partner events held separately; by invitation only)
6:15-7:00 p.m. Rising Professionals Happy Hour
7:00-9:30 p.m. Evening Event: Sunset Soiree — Banyan Foyer and Sunset Terrace
Brought to you in partnership with MC&A

Monday, November 13

7:30-10:30 a.m. Pop-Up Gifting Experiences
7:45-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
10:00-10:30 a.m. Networking Break
12:45-1:45 p.m. Networking Lunch
2:00-3:30 p.m. Annual Business Meeting and Meetings Professionals Exchange

HP-Only Session
5:00-8:00 p.m. Evening Event: Seaside Coastal Reception — Palms Beach 
Brought to you in partnership with GlobalWorks Events & Destination Management

Tuesday, November 14

7:45-8:30 a.m. Breakfast
12:45-1:45 p.m. Lunch
2:30-4:00 p.m. Networking and CSR Activities
  • FICP Gives Back: A hands-on, indoor networking activity supporting Meals of Hope and the local community
  • FICP Teams Up: Partnered up with fellow attendees and enjoyed various games and activities on the beach
Attendees chose their preferred networking activity during registration. Availability was on a first-come, first-served basis. FICP Teams Up is brought to you in partnership with CSI DMC
7:00-11:00 p.m. Evening Event: Enchanted Everglades — Calusa Ballroom
Sponsored by Marriott International
Brought to you in partnership with ETHOS Event Collective and Hopkins Entertainment

Wednesday, November 15

8:00-10:15 a.m. Breakfast and Closing Session

Sunday, November 12

Sunset Soiree — Banyan Foyer and Sunset Terrace

7:00-9:30 p.m.

Brought to you in partnership with MC&A

The warm sun on your face, the sound of the ocean waves, and the taste of the tropics on your tongue – THAT is what guests experienced when they come to Florida. The hazy and lazy feeling you get when it’s the first day at the beach and it’s time to jump in the ocean. Well, luckily for you, it’s summer 365 days a year in Florida. This event design was meant to encapsulate the attitude of a well-deserved beachside vacation and the colorful vibrancy of a tropical oasis. Even better, you were surrounded by all of your favorite industry colleagues to enjoy it with. With an energetic color palette and out of the box catering and activations, guests experienced the famous warm and welcoming hospitality brought to you by your friends in the Sunshine State.

Attire: Casual

Monday, November 13

Seaside Coastal Reception — Palms Beach

5:00-8:00 p.m.

Brought to you in partnership with GlobalWorks Events & Destination Management

We enjoyed the relaxing ambiance of the JW Palms Beach at our Seaside Coastal Reception. We hope you enjoyed the many beach games or sitting back and listening to the classic sounds of Yacht Rock that filled the air as you enjoyed all the delicious delicacies the JW culinary team has to offer.

Attire: Casual
Flip flops and flat shoes are encouraged.

Tuesday, November 14

Enchanted Everglades — Calusa Ballroom

7:00-11:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Marriott International
Brought to you in partnership with ETHOS Event Collective

Marriott International & the JW Marriott Marco Island enjoyed an evening in the Enchanted Everglades as we featured the beauty within our preserved wetlands for an unexpectedly enchanted evening along with delectable cuisine and delicious treats from our exceptional culinary team.

Attire: Resort Chic