FICP was pleased to offer exceptional education to attendees. Topics for the 2024 FICP Winter Symposium aligned with the areas of interest noted below. 

Wednesday, January 31

Communicating Confidently With Stakeholders — How to Best Present Data-Driven Options and Show Your Value

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Area of Interest: Strategic Thinking & Impact
CMP: Domain F: Stakeholder Management
Speakers: Kol Chu Birke, Managing Principal, Community & Technology Engagement, Commonwealth Financial Network; Kristen Johnson, VP, Conferences and Events, Commonwealth Financial Network; Heather Nutter, CMM, Manager, Conferences and Events, Commonwealth Financial Network

Want to improve your stakeholder communication skills? During this interactive session, you'll learn invaluable storytelling techniques that will not only make event-centric data-driven options more engaging but also facilitate better decision-making. You’ll walk away with the tools to stand behind your data to ultimately demonstrate your value to stakeholders.

Meeting and Event Excellence — Getting Back to Basics

1:00-2:00 p.m.
Area of Interest:
Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions
CMP: Domain G: Meeting or Event Design
Facilitators: Sarah Gippin, Marketing Executive Director, Hello! Destination Management; Cody Morgan, Senior Manager, Aflac

Jump in, we’re going back to basics! Join this interactive roundtable discussion where meeting professionals and hospitality partners will share their insights and expertise to planning a successful meeting and event. From creating your budget, designing your run of show, RFPs, and more, you’ll leave this conversation with new tips and tricks from your peers.

Risk-Proofing Your Events — Strategies for Success and Attendee Safety

2:15-3:30 p.m.
Area of Interest:
Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions
CMP: Domain C: Risk Management 
Speakers: Skip Brandt, CPP, CLSD, Director of Safety & Security, Hilton Boston Park Plaza; Lindsay Maloni, Global Sales Director, DMC Network; Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, Chief Events & Sales Officer, RIMS (Risk and Insurance Management Society)

Whether you are a meetings professional or hospitality partner, the safety of attendees is always on top of mind. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the initial steps that event professionals must take when developing and executing a risk management plan. You will be able to dive deep with your peers on varying scenarios to strengthen your skills and ensure the safety of your events.