July 2016


Last month's Education Forum was another memorable event! Did you miss out? There are still several opportunities to connect with your peers face-to-face, starting with the Summer Symposium, August 18-20 at the InterContinental Toronto Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 


Five Things to Know in July

  1. FICP is raising the bar with our new Mission, Vision and Brand Statements. Watch this easy-to-follow new video to learn more about the importance of these statements and what they mean for you 
  2. Interesting Read: The Secret Forumla for Event Instagram Success
  3. In the News: Education Forum speaker, retired Admiral James Stavridis, is being vetted as a possible running mate for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
  4. From Social: 9 Ways to Check if you Have an Exceptional Event Planner Mindset
  5. The July digital edition of MeetingsNet is now available! This month's issue features bringing your general sessions to life with theater-in-the-round, incentives for a new workforce and more!

Call for FICP Board of Directors and HPAC Nominations

FICP is seeking candidates interested in serving on the association's Board of Directors or Hospitality Partner Advisory Committee (HPAC) for 2017-2019. Interested planner members may complete the candidate application form (below) and return via email to info@ficpnet.com by Friday, August 19. This deadline is necessary to give the Governance Committee opportunity to consider the full slate of potential candidates.

For more information, view the FICP Leadership page. 

2016 Summer and Fall Symposia  

The 2016 Summer and Fall Symposia are almost here! This is your opportunity to meet with your fellow meetings and events professionals in a first-rate destination to experience superior education, with intimate networking sessions. Both of the remaining Symposia take place in Canada this year, allowing planner members and hospitality partners a unique opportunity to experience two extraordinary Canadian destinations in just one summer!  

Once you register for either Symposium, book your travel through WestJet! Planners: learn how you can save up to 50% on travel when you book through WestJet for the Summer and Fall Symposia. Hospitality partners - book your travel through WestJet and receive a 10% discount off your flight when leaving from any Canadian city. 

Register for the Summer Symposium here.

Register for the Fall Symposium here



Annual Conference Silent Auction 

FICP is currently accepting donations with a minimum retail value of $75 for the 2016 Annual Conference Silent Auction. Participation from both planners and hospitality partners is strongly encouraged. A wide variety of items are appreciated, including theatre and sporting event tickets, marathon and race entries, spa packages, hotel stays, and restaurant gift certificates. All Silent Auction proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement® (JA) National, as well as the JA of Middle Tennessee.

Donations are due by October 28; bidding begins September 28. Donate today

2016 FICP Education Forum

The Education Forum, held June 24-26, 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay, was another successful FICP event! In total, 193 planner members and hospitality partners flocked to Pacific coast for three days of education, networking and wellness events at a beautiful seaside location. Want to re-live the action, or see it for the first time? Check out the stunning pictures (including overhead drone shots!) on FICP's Flickr, or view presentation materials in TheNetwork.


2016 Recruit a Member Contest Has Closed

Due to space restrictions, the hospitality partner recruitment contest for the 2016 Annual Conference is now closed. Thank you to all of those who participated, and welcome to all of the new planner members!

Featured Strategic Partner

FICP Strategic Partners support the organization year-round. This month, learn more about Preferred Hotels and Resorts. Click their logo to read our interview with them.

FICP Welcomes New Members and Hospitality Partners


Leigh Armstrong, Travelers Canada 
Amy Chapin, LPL Financial 
Brenda Lyle, Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines 
Beth Payne, The Cincinnati Insurance Company 
Stephanie Treccia, CMP, Northern Trust Asset Management
Lauren Watkins, QBE North America 

Hospitality Partners

Norma Howard, Arizona Biltmore
Jane Mato, Hilton Waikoloa Village




On June 30, Richard Granger of Sun Life, retired after nearly 40 years (!) in the industry. FICP is grateful to his contributions to the financial sector over his lengthy career and wishes him well in all of his future endeavors. 

Do you have kudos or milestones to share? Let us know and send a note to communitymanager@ficpnet.com.