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Our CMP family spans six continents across people of all ages, genders, races and walks of life. It is our work—our passion for the CMP—that brings us together under one common goal: to host events and meetings that are of the highest caliber.

For the Events Industry Council, our global organisational footprint is propelled by technology through social media and virtual platforms allowing us to reach more people than ever.

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By Miguel Neves, CMP, DES

Increasing an event’s global attendance is a challenge. While the idea of attracting a global audience may only seem within the reach of large international events, this may not be the case at all. Even a small scale regional event has the potential to resonate across the globe.

In the traditional sense, global attendance means that people travel from all around the world to attend the event; the ideal situation, but not always realistic. Today, event attendance can take many shapes, provided an event is set up in a way that enables remote attendance and the content has the potential to include and affect people globally.


Join Events Industry Council for an important webinar addressing what CMPs can expect when it's time to renew their certification.

Join Josh Hinman, Events Industry Council’s Certification Coordinator, for a webinar to review the full CMP renewal process on 19 April 2019 at 1:00 pm EST/UTC-6. In addition to a brief review of the eligibility requirements, this webinar will focus on the renewal application itself, from validating your experience to submitting industry support activity and self-reporting any remaining continuing education.

The webinar will also include time for questions from the audience at the end of the presentation. The webinar is eligible for 1.00 CE. A recorded version will be available approximately two weeks after the live presentation.

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Galveston Island CVB
Mix work and play in Galveston Island, Texas. Ultramodern meeting facilities and exhibition spaces? Yep. Exceptional off-site event venues? Of course. A charming historic district filled with attractions and activities? Definitely. And the bonus that sets Galveston apart—easy access to beautiful stretches of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico.
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Events and programmes

Global Meetings Industry Day is Thursday, 4 April 2019, and the Events Industry Council wants to help you celebrate! This is a day to raise awareness about the work meeting and event planners do, and to show appreciation for the industry’s global impact.

On 4 April, use the hashtag #GMID19 and #CMPProud to share what you do as a meetings professional. Also, update your profile picture to include our custom Global Meetings Industry Day photo frame.

Finally, make sure to follow us on Instagram where our staff will be doing GMID takeover. See what we do behind the scenes to support the events community around the world.


The Events Industry Council, in collaboration with the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, and the Society of Independent Show Organizers, is analysing current trends related to deceptive practices, consumer fraud and scams affecting the events industry, specifically focusing on attendance list scams and room block poaching and piracy.

For our 2019 research focus, we are also introducing an in-depth analysis on unauthorised offers to sell event attendance lists, often referred to as "attendance list scams."

Estimated completion time is 7-10 minutes. Thank you in advance for taking the time to complete the survey by Wednesday, 17 April at 5:00 pm EST/UTC-5.


In partnership with Sustainable Brands, the Events Industry Council will host an informative and action-driven Sustainable Event Professionals Certificate (SEPC) Course at SB’19 Detroit from 2–5 June 2019. Combining active learning and experiential elements, this programme is designed to enable participants to implement their own sustainable events. Topics will include:

  • Understanding the business value of sustainability for the events industry
  • Practical solutions for improving environmental performance in food and beverage, transportation and supply chain management
  • Effective methods for achieving corporate social responsibility goals

Registration: $595 USD

A limited number of scholarships, hotel and travel subsidies are available for qualified planners. Contact Jennifer Miller for more information.

Dates: Sunday, 2 June—Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Location: Cobo Center, 1 Washington Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48226

Partner hotels: Book your hotel room within the Sustainable Brands hotel block to take advantage of pre-negotiated rates.

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How ALA Automated Logistics Management for Their Annual Conference
ALA, along with other major organizations like ADA, WVC, MLA, and AAAnthro, have been in the process of Beta Testing the Logistics Module for the past year and a half so that it is ready for use by all meeting organizers in 2019. One organization calculated over 40 hours of labor saved after using the system
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CMPs in the news
Beth Surmont, CMP, CAE, was featured in an article celebrating International Women’s Day. Surmont is the director of experience design for 360 Live Media, part of the SmithBucklin company. She and several of her coworkers were asked to share their secrets in a Meetings Today article.

Carol Krugman, CMP, CMM, M. Ed, recently spoke with PCMA about how she started her own business. Krugman, who was inducted into the Events Industry Council’s Hall of Leaders in 2017, said starting her own business was a scary but rewarding endeavor.

"Thanks to the right combination of other skills, a lot of energy, irrepressible chutzpah, and the good fortune to meet, work, learn from and partner with extraordinary professionals all over the world, I ended up in the industry," she told PCMA. "The rest, as they say, is history!"


Seven CMPs were named to Connect Corporate’s 40 under 40 list, which denotes young movers and shakers in the events industry. Those profiled include:


Several women were honored earlier this month with awards from Smart Women in Meetings in several different categories.

  • 2019 Visionary Award: Sandy Biback, CMP Emeritus; Claire Smith, CMP; and Nancy Zavada, CMP
  • 2019 Innovator Award: Ashely King, CMP, and Jennifer Dela-Cruz, CMP
  • 2019 Rising Star Award: Candace Wilborn, CMP; Carrie Yeiser, CMP; and Deanna Zercher, CMP.
  • 2019 Entrepreneur Award: Kelsey Anderson, CMP, CMM; Liz Lathan, CMP; and Shelli Vasser Gilliam, CMP 
  • 2019 Industry Leader Award: Deirdre L. Clemmons, CMP; Carolyn Pund, CMP, CMM; and Erin Scholes, CMP, CSEP, CMM
  • 2019 Stellar Performer Award: Kristi Casale, CMP, DMCP; Bethany Blue Chirico, CMP; Michelle Crosby, CMP, DMCP; Nancy Foy, CMP; Amy Lippincott, CMP, CGMP, HMCC; and Julie T. Sibthorp, CMP
  • 2019 Hall of Fame Inductees: Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP; Polly Grieger-Rossi, CMP-HC, CMM, HMCC; and Christly Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM

See a full list of winners on Smart Meetings’ website.


PCMA announced its list of finalists for the visionary awards, as well as the three Lifetime Achievement honourees.

All three Lifetime Achievement honourees are CMPs. Chris Wehking, CMP, of the American Society of Anesthesiologists; Eduardo Chaillo, CMP, CMM, CASE, of the Global Meetings & Tourism Specialists; and Lauren Kramer, CMP, CAE, MTA, of Meeting Priorities, LLC., will receive their lifetime achievement awards at PCMA’s Visionary Award’s reception on 7 May.

Other finalists include:

  • Business Strategist of the Year: Heather M. Seashotlz, CMP
  • Community Advocate of the Year: Jennifer Bond, CMP, CMM, and Christine Faiman, CMP
  • Event Designer of the Year: Sally Ann DeBolt, CMP, and Diane E. Kovats, CMP, CAE
  • Digital Experience Strategist of the Year: Janet Cooper, CMP, and Roberta Odebrecht, CMP, DES
  • Outstanding Service to a Chapter: Debra Maines, CMP-HC; Meagan Prescott, CMP; and Elisa Sandoval Wong, CMP, HMCC
On the move

Krystal Kirby, CMP, was recently named the marketing director for Schneiderman & Sherman, a Michigan-based law firm.

Previously, Kirby served as director of marketing for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Michigan, Michigan’s second largest real estate brokerage. According to an article on DS News, she plans on using traditional and digital marketing strategies, as well as supporting philanthropic initiatives.


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Contact us at and we can share it with the leading individuals and companies involved in the events industry!

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