January 23-25, 2022 | New York Marriott Marquis


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

Sunday, January 23

Meetings Professionals Exchange

Sunday, January 23 | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions and Strategic Thinking & Impact
CMP -IS Domain: Domain G: Meeting or Event Design

The Meetings Professionals Exchange gives you the opportunity to connect with like-minded peers in a meetings professional-only setting. Join our Event Team members as they facilitate a conversation on the latest topics and hottest trends we're seeing in 2022. We encourage all attendees to come prepared to share their challenges and discuss ways to overcome these obstacles!

Monday, January 24

Leading More Effectively

Monday, January 24 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Area of Interest:
Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions
CMP -IS Domain: Domain E: Human Resources
SpeakersCourtney Bryson, MPA, CMP (Moderator), Senior Meeting Planner, Prudential; Bonnie Boyd, CMP, DMCP, President & CEO, BBC Destination Management; Melanie Neuhauser, CMP, Meeting Planner, Prudential; Heather Nutter, CMM, Commonwealth Financial Network.

We all have the opportunity and ability to be viewed as leaders, even if we don’t manage a team. Leading over the past 20+ months has been challenging. Our roles as meetings professionals and hospitality partners has evolved into something different, which has tested skillsets, team dynamics and growth potential. A panel of leaders at different levels of their careers will share their experiences and stories of how they’ve adapted during this change and the purpose of connecting (in-person) to motivate others and drive positive outcomes.

Technology Trends on the Horizon: Roundtable Discussion

Monday, January 24 | 1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Area of Interest:
Technology Solutions
CMP -IS Domain: Domain G: Meeting or Event Design
SpeakerBrandt Krueger, Technical Producer, Consultant and Educator

As in-person meetings return, you can count on technology continuing to have an impact on how your participants engage, interact and network throughout your events. Have you given any thought to what’s to come? What should you be incorporating into your meetings now, that you might not have done in the past? You'll hear from a tech expert on rethinking how technology can be used for all different event formats and share examples that you can implement within your future events – whether in person or virtual. Then discuss at your tables how YOU can take this information back and execute on it!

How-To Workshop: Contract Negotiations

Monday, January 24 | 2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Area of Interest:
Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions
CMP -IS Domain: Domain B: Project Management 
SpeakersJoshua L. Grimes, Esq., Grimes Law Offices, LLC; Judi McLaughlin, Managing Director, Northeast, HelmsBriscoe

Contracts have been constantly changing since the beginning of 2020. Meeting professionals and hospitality partners are now trying to work through the different requests coming from stakeholders, clients, and more. The presenters will discuss the trending clauses being written into contracts, what to look for to protect your event and negotiation tips that can create a win-win situation for both parties.

Tuesday, January 25

Financial and Insurance Economic Update

Tuesday, January 25 | 8:45 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Area of Interest:
Strategic Thinking and Impact
CMP -IS Domain: Domain F: Stakeholder Management
Speakers: Skip Edmonds, Chief Compliance Offiver, LL Global ; January Cantrell, CMP, Director of Meetings and Events, AIG Retirement Services

The financial and insurance industry has started to layout new regulations around digital transformation, data and more. These regulations will affect our companies and the future of our meetings and events. The presenter will share how these new changes and regulations will influence the work of the meeting professionals and hospitality partners as we look into 2022 and beyond.

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.