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Event and meeting professionals love bringing people together – obviously, it’s our job!
We plan meetings and events for a lot of reasons: likeminded professionals who want to network, a company retreat for employees to learn or people with a similar hobby or interest who just want to have a good time. But at the center of any event is the desire to be together and to learn from one another.
Because we’re so involved in the planning of these gatherings, I often wonder if we lose sight of how we ourselves can connect.
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Being a leader in the industry means you have to stand out among the rest. The Meeting Professionals International (MPI) RISE Awards recognise people who do just that, celebrating those who have the spirit of leadership, impact and innovation.
We sat down with a few of the CMPs who were honoured with awards to talk leadership, careers and the future of the industry.
Meetings on Island Time
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
Be sure to join us 15–17 November at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs for CMP Conclave. This educational and networking opportunity is the premier event for CMPs across the globe and will offer more continuing education (CE) hours than ever before. Registration is expected to open in the coming weeks.
To listen to last year’s CMP Conclave education sessions, visit our website.
Registration is now open for IMEX America, which takes place 10–12 September in Las Vegas. The Events Industry Council will present its Hall of Leaders inductees and Pacesetter awardees, as well as host a celebration afterward.
Induction into the Hall of Leaders is considered the industry’s highest honour, recognising excellence, career achievement and inspiration in the events industry. The Pacesetter award salutes emerging leaders and those who are making a difference in today’s marketplace. Registration for this event will be open soon.
Events Industry Council also has a Hosted Buyer Programme. As part of that, you will recieve:
  • Complimentary admission to the Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards Celebration
  • Round-trip flights
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • Exclusive access to the IMEX Hosted Buyer Lounge
Spots are limited and you may cancel at any time. To review eligibility criteria and apply, please visit the IMEX website.
For more information and to register for the event, visit IMEX America’s website.
Tuesday, 30 July | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. EDT/UTC-04:00
Gone are the days when meetings were a couple of projectors and a laptop. These days, even the smallest meetings and events are multimedia theatrical productions, with multiple projectors, stage lights and sound. Throw in LED walls, colorful scenic backdrops and multiple laptops, and you might have hundreds of power-hungry devices! Now add the trucks required for delivery and transportation for the crew, and audio-visual becomes a major contributor to your event’s impact on the environment.
How do you ensure you are using the best energy-saving equipment while limiting a carbon footprint?
Join our three AV experts to learn all of this and more while keeping money in your pocket.
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Learn the various environmental impacts, from the obvious to the more subtle, when it comes to your design.
  • Walk away with concrete ways to reduce the environmental impacts and save money.
  • Understand what to look for in a sustainable AV provider as you contract future events
Will Curran, Founder & Chief Event Einstein, Endless Events
Brandt Krueger, Owner, Event Technology
Consulting Moderator – Angie Ahrens, CMP, Vice President, Operations, Leadercast
The Timothy S.Y. Lam Foundation (TSYLF) supports the career advancement of hospitality professionals through research, education, training and scholarships. The TSYLF Certification Scholarship is available to those seeking first-time industry certifications. If you know anyone considering attaining their CMP, share this valuable resource. Scholarship applications are accepted quarterly and the next deadline is 15 August. CMPs considering additional industry certifications, or interested in an event travel grant, can apply through TSYLF to further their continuing education goals. EIC is grateful for the support of the foundation and their steadfast commitment to professional development for our industry.
To learn more and apply, click here.
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CMPs in the news
Eight CMPs were named to Connect Association’s 15 over 50 meeting professionals, which honours veteran event professionals who have contributed in multiple ways to the industry. This is the first time the association—which produces a B2B magazine, as well as resources for event professionals—has compiled the list.
Included are:
  • Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE | Executive vice president & COO of International Association of Exhibitions and Events | CEO for the Center for Exhibition Industry Research
  • Michael Downs, CMP, CAE | Director of conventions and meetings of Kiwanis International
  • Blanca Ferreris, CMP, CMM | Senior business events manager at RIMS, Risk Management Society
  • Kathryn Gleesing, CMP, MBA | President & CEO of Destination Management Connection
  • Stephanie D. Jones, CMP, CAE | Senior director of conference and events management at Water Environment Federation
  • Vanessa Kane, CMP, CMM | Manager or meetings/events & exhibits at Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S.
  • Lynne K. Tiras, CMP | President at International Meetings Managers, Inc.
  • Stephie Young, CMP | Vice president, director of events at Advanced Meetings Solutions, Inc.
Denise Suttle, CMP, was recently interviewed for an article in Meetings Today, which gave tips on how to make an event more accessible and inclusive. Suttle currently works as the assistant director of convention services at Visit Albuquerque and the former president of the Event Service Professionals Association, which helped start Project Access, an accessibility toolkit and checklist for both planners and suppliers.
Global perspective
By Alejandra González, Directora, Eventos Sustentables
Human trafficking occurs in every country on the globe and affects people of all genders and ages. The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons occurs every year on 30 July, and we encourage all event professionals to become informed so that we can collectively take action and make it more difficult for traffickers to use events and hotels as venues for their crimes.
To help combat commercial sexual exploitation in the context of events and tourism, the Mexican meetings industry is taking action on the trafficking of children and teenagers.
Lessons in leadership
By Joanne Dennison, CMP
It is with great sadness we write about the passing of Carol Norfleet, CMP, DMCP, on 15 June 2019. For many reading this, she has been part of your CMP journey.
Carol was known for many roles in the meetings and events industry. For more than 20 years she was with Destination Nashville, which in 2018 became PRA Nashville. With the transition of the company, she held a position on the national level for PRA.
On the move
Jennifer Brauner, CMP, recently joined Hilton as a manager of special events. Previously, she spent 14 years as manager of corporate events for Capital One.
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