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Recently, the Events Industry Council hosted its annual CMP Conclave. The event is a wonderful educational opportunity that touches on so many topics relevant to CMPs. What I love about this event is how invigorated I feel when I get back home. Not only do I get to interact with and learn from my peers, I get a chance to see what sparks inspiration for others.
This time of year can be a bit tough. We’re wrapping up a lot of things and looking forward to the new year—and it can feel like we’re in two places at one time. Often when that happens, you can lose sight of what drove you to become event and meeting professionals in the first place.
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Accessing online education for CE credits is now easier than ever. The new EIC Knowledge Hub, our web catalogue of online learning, is now easier to navigate, make purchases and learn at your own pace.
As the one-stop-shop for the Events Industry Council's (EIC) expansive collection of webinars, CMP Conclave session recordings, sustainability hot topics and more, it's easier than ever to keep up with your CE credits.
Enhanced features of the new hub include:
  • Single sign-on: Access our catalogue of education with your regular member login information—no special codes or re-entering your member credentials.
  • Personalised experience: Start, stop and resume your learning seamlessly. Track your progress and never a miss a beat of our extensive on-demand content
  • Anywhere, through any device: The mobile responsive design is compatible with PCs, tablets and smartphones, making your educational content completely portable.
The Events Industry Council announced leadership appointments for its board of directors and CMP Governance Commission, effective 1 January 2020.
"Our incoming and reappointed board and commission members are accomplished leaders who bring diverse perspectives, insights and experiences that will elevate our organisation’s efforts in championing the global events industry," said EIC’s chief executive, Amy Calvert.
Board officers and directors are nominated by the membership, which is comprised of more than 30 organisations in the events industry. Collectively, board members serve as the council’s governing body, hold fiscal responsibility and provide strategic direction for its programmes and services.
By Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Director of Industry Advancement, Events Industry Council
This month, I attended the UN Climate Conference, COP25, where I had the honour of being part of a panel presentation on the role of the events industry in bringing people together for climate. This was a table turn for me, as I’m usually speaking with event professionals about the sustainability imperative, and now I was speaking with climate experts about the value of events.
Events and programmes
The IMEX-EIC Innovation in Sustainability Award has been designed to celebrate event professionals driving sustainability forward through innovation, collaboration and idea sharing. The award recognises the meeting or project owner, and other stakeholders such as the event organiser, the venue and other key suppliers, rather than individual achievements by a single supplier or event.
This award recognises:
  • Innovation that strengthens the meetings industry by leveraging sustainable practices.
  • Meeting industry innovation that supports environmental, social and economic success and long-term resilience.
  • Collaboration between planners and suppliers to address sustainability related challenges through creativity and co-operation.
  • Commitment to education in the meetings industry on sustainable innovation and practices.
Tuesday, 28 January | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EST/UTC-05:00
 Join us for a case study on how Copenhagen, as a congress destination, worked with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs). This webinar will present and showcase two Danish hosts who have partnered with international associations in either incorporating the UN SDGs in their congresses or contributing to the goals. Presenters will share examples of SDG implementations from the Congress of the International Water Association–IWA 2020 and the Congress of the Union of International Architects–UIA 2023. Look for inspiration to see how you and your destination or event can do similar activations. 
Learning outcomes:
  • Learn how a destination can work with the UN SDGs in their congresses and events
  • Hear from a case study perspective of incorporating the UN SDGs in association congresses or working with the UN SDGs in the as part of the congress theme
  • Annette Blegvad, CEO of UIA World Congress 2023
  • Miriam Feilberg, Senior Advisor at DANVA Danish Water and Wastewater Association
  • Bettina Reventlow-Mourier, Deputy Convention Director at Wonderful Copenhagen Convention Bureau
  • Moderator: Gwendal Castellan, Member, EIC Rewrite and Sustainability Committee; Manager, Sustainable Destination Development, Tourism Vancouver
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We want to hear from Meeting Professionals! EIC is partnering with the IRF as it conducts the 2020 IRF Wellness in Meetings and Incentives survey to find out how meeting professionals are incorporating wellness into meetings and what types of wellness inclusions you’d like to add in 2020. The survey also asks for your insights and practical advice on how you maintain your personal wellness during those rigorous days onsite at meetings and events.
By completing this survey, you will help provide critical industry insights, contribute to trend and benchmark research, and help the IRF provide the most current information on best practices in wellness. Results will be published in a free report to be released in early 2020.
The 2019 IRF Wellness in Meetings and Incentives Study was an important study, and we look forward to updating and expanding this research with your help.
The deadline to submit is 24 December 2019.
CMPs in the news
The PCMA Leadership Committee has elected its PCMA Foundation 2020 Board of Trustees. Those appointed will being their appointments following PCMA’s Convening Leaders annual meeting in January. Of those, 10 are CMPs.
Those inducted are:
PCMA Foundation 2020 Trustees
  • Angie Ranali, CMP | San Diego Tourism Authority | Term: 2020-2021
Two-year term trustee (2020-2022)
  • Danielle Urbina, CMP | American Heart Association
Two-year term trustees (2019-2021)
  • Jennifer Erney, CMP, CMM | Associated Luxury Hotels International
  • Gary Murakami, CMP, GTP, GLP, CMM | MGM Resorts International
PCMA Board of Directors:
  • Stuart Ruff-Lyon, CMP, DES | Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. | PCMA Chair, term: 2020-2021
Three-year terms on Board of Directors (2020-2022)
  • Lisa Astorga, CMP, DES | International Society on Thrombosis and Haemotasis
  • Diane Kovats, CMP, CAE, DES | International Society for Computational Biology
  • Derrick M. Johnson, II, CMP, DES | The National Behavioral Intervention Team Association | Term: 2019-2021
  • Desirée Knight, CMP, CAE | Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association| Term: 2019-2021
  • Carolyn Pund, CMP, CMM |Cisco Systems, Inc. | Term: 2018-2020
On the move

Allison Harris-Turk, CMP, was recently hired as a senior principal for branding, marketing and events at Haven Tower Group, a strategic public relations and marketing agency focused on serving the financial services industry.
Harris-Turk has more than two decades of experience and most recently served as senior vice president and head of corporate events, executive communications and community relations at LPL Financial, the nation’s largest independent broker-dealer by revenues.
“I am excited to welcome a senior professional of Allison’s caliber to the Haven Tower leadership team,” said Larry Roth, the company’s Chairman of the Board of Advisors and managing partner of RLR Strategic Partners.

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