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As I write this month’s column, I have just returned from the CMP Conclave at the MGM National Harbor where more than 400 events professionals gathered. As always, it was a wonderful experience, and brought a new perspective. For me, it started on Sunday attending our CMP Governance Commission meeting. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting four of the five incoming commission members who were invited to attend and observe.
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The theme of the 2017 CMP Conclave was ‘Perspectives’. As event planners and designers, we create the environment in which our participants live, learn, share and innovate. In doing so, we need to consider the perspectives of all our potential participants to design events that are welcoming, inclusive and accessible to encourage full and dignified participation for all. It’s not only the right thing to do — it’s also good business sense to expand your audience, improve the quality of your events and strengthen your reputation. Find easy and practical ways to design more inclusive events by encouraging diversity and making your events more accessible for people with disabilities.
If you are due to recertify by December 31, 2017, be sure to submit your recertification application as soon as you can to ensure that you keep your hard-earned CMP. Don't know how to reapply? Access your account to get started. The email we have on file is your username, and if this is your first time accessing your account, you will need to reset your password. If you need to update the email address you have on on file, please email Please review the 2017 CMP Reccertification Handbook, or visit the Events Council website.
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The Events Industry Council is seeking engaged events professionals for volunteer roles with the 2018 APEX Standards Committee, the APEX Sustainable Event Standards Re-Writing Committee and Sustainability Initiative sub-committees. The deadline for nominations is Friday, December 10, 2017. Selected APEX Standards Committee volunteers serve two year terms beginning January 1, 2018. Sustainability Initiative sub-committees will be convened for specific tasks and the duration will vary depending on the area of responsibility.
December 7, 2017 11:00 AM EST In a recent Events Industry Council survey of over 200 meeting professionals, 82.4 percent of respondents felt that a data breach has the potential to adversely affect their organization, but only 26.56 percent are aware of having an information security policy that provides for events.The risks are significant for our industry and our organizations, with those affected reporting brand reputation damage, financial damage, time taken from managing the event and attendee dissatisfaction.This webinar will help you to assess your cyber security risk and will provide practical guidance to help you to protect your information.
At the Association Forum Holiday Showcase, Events Industry Council speaker Steven Antolick will be presenting an educational session about the benefits of a CMP and CMP-HC designation. Come see our booth and learn more about the showcase, taking place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Thursday, Dec. 14.
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4 Things to Consider While Searching for the Perfect Event Management Software
Deciding which software system to use for event content management is no easy task. There are so many options on the market, so how do you choose which one is right for your organization? Here are four things to consider while you’re shopping for event management software to collect, manage, and share content from your various stakeholders.
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This past July, the United States Federal Communications Commission, with industry participation, including from the Events Industry Council’s APEX work group, the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and the International Association of Exhibition and Events (IAEE), established and approved as an industry best practice, Common Sense Rules for Wi-Fi usage in public assembly venues.
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Of the 40 industry role models, influencers, innovators and pioneers named to SPIN:Senior Professionals Industry Network’s inaugural SPIN: 40 Over 40 honorees, 29 hold the designation CMP.
Feeling stressed as an events planner? It may not be a coincidence, according to a survey from Career Cast which named the profession the fifth most stressful.
Check out the latest in meeting innovation in this new report from Skift.
On the move
Mary Thao, CMP, recently joined the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) as Director of Conference Management. She brings with her 13 years of association conference and event management experience. Her responsibilities include leading a team of six conference professionals in IFAI’s event logistics, trade shows, vendor management, registration, budgets and trends. Karen Gonzales, CMP has joined the staff of the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) as Director, Partnership Relations.
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