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FICP was pleased to offer exceptional education to attendees this Education Week 2.0. FICP provided case studies and lessons learned from members and hospitality partners on the topics of  virtual events, hybrid events, in-person event safety, and wellness. No matter where you are in your journey, you heard new ideas and trial and errors from real people, to prepare you for upcoming events.

The Meaning of Virtual In 2021

Tuesday, June 22 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT 

Area of Interest: Technology Solutions
CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic Planning, 1.00 CE

Moderator: Jenna Jorge
Speakers: Kristi Allan, Florence Nalepka

The phrase for 2020 was “pivot to virtual” and in the early months of last year, we did not totally understand what that would mean. Now, with a year of virtual events under our belts, we’re expected to continue to push the envelope without breaking the bank and deliver what is best for our audience. However, with so many people attending and hosting virtual events, how do you manage the fatigue and determine the success?


Hybrid Meetings: Creating a Shared Understanding and Experience

Tuesday, June 22 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Area of Interest: Strategic Thinking & Impact  
CMP-IS Domain B: Project Management, 1.00 CE

Moderator: Susannah Frances
Speakers: Stephen Wheeler, Jeff Silva, Julie Wilson, Ashley Parrish

Hybrid meetings can be a challenge to plan for with so many unknowns like:

  • What is your company’s definition of a hybrid meeting?
  • How do you provide an engaging experience for hybrid attendees?
  • How are you measuring ROI?
  • How do you communicate the cost implications of hybrid meetings?

The list goes on and on. In this session, you heard how presenters secured their stakeholders' approval to host a hybrid meeting and made those events successful.


Leveraging and Embracing Diversity in the Workplace

Wednesday, June 23 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

Area of Interest: Strategic Thinking & Impact
CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic Planning, 1.00 CE

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Omékongo Dibinga
Represented by: Washington Speakers Bureau 

This keynote explored the importance of achieving true cultural diversity and appreciation in a corporate environment. Research has shown that companies that value diversity are more productive and profitable. Participants probed deeply into the challenges that prevent employees and leaders from having a truly inclusive work environment. By acknowledging their truths as it relates to experiences of racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, and more, participants were empowered to carry the dialogue back to their colleagues and beyond.


On the Horizon: In-Person Meetings

Wednesday, June 23 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Area of Interest: Meeting Planning Trends & Solutions
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design, 1.00 CE

Moderator: Jennifer Attersall
Speakers: Meredith Donaghey, Matthew Coyne, Cody Morgan, Lisa Messina, Holeigh Daniel

Many of us are waiting for the opportunity to travel and get back to in-person meetings. While we wait, we’re discovering all of the new implications that will need to be considered when going back to in-person events. The topics covered in this session included educating your attendees on protocols (even if they’ve received the vaccine), how to communicate with those attending your meeting, hotel expectations on staffing levels, and internal post-COVID protocols.

Sponsored by: Destination Canada


Fear to Fabulous: Overcoming your Fears & Taking on Dreams

Thursday, June 24 | 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CDT

Area of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design, 1.00 CE

Keynote Speaker: Princess Sarah Culberson
Represented by: Eagles Talent Speakers Bureau Inc.

In ‘Fear to Fabulous’ Sarah Culberson explored how she achieved her dream of connecting with her biological family: an experience that changed the trajectory of her life for the better. She began her journey faced with the fear of rejection but stepped into a fabulous world where she met her family, connected with her tribe, and accepted the responsibility of supporting those with low visibility. Discovering her heritage revealed a new purpose where she actively works alongside community leaders in order to promote various infrastructure, public health, and female empowerment initiatives throughout Sierra Leone. With both a BFA and MFA in theater, Sarah mastered public speaking and acts as an advocate to campaign for diversity, equity, and  self-discovery.  Sarah inspires others with her experience of how she embraced the unknown and ventured into a wonderful world where she found what she is meant to do in her lifetime. 

Key Takeaways:

  1. Turning fears into opportunities
  2. How to have productive conversations that create better communication: Action steps for powerful listening and understanding  
  3. Understanding the different intersections of D&I work: Action steps can look like book clubs, activities and more 


Making the Mindset Shift (Again)

Thursday, June 24 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CDT

Area of Interest: Professional Growth and Personal Development
CMP-IS Domain G: Meeting or Event Design, 1.00 CE

Speakers: Holly Duckworth

With so many changes occurring over the past year, you should not forget about your health and wellness. And now that in-person events are slowly returning and virtual events and are still holding strong, how do you maintain your healthy habits, work/life balance, returning to the office, and everything in between. In this session you learned how to keep yourself healthy but also continue to be a team player and continue to strive for results.