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We are all working through challenges presented by COVID-19 at many different levels – occupational and personal, community and home. While the struggles can be difficult and, often, almost overwhelming, it’s comforting to know that we are part of a supportive global community.
This industry has taught me so much over the years. One pillar of that learning is how we care – for our families, our work, our customers, our friends, our communities. Knowing that so many are facing job changes, job losses and other life stressors, I want to offer our support by keeping you connected to the CMP community.
The Events Industry Council is offering COVID-19 relief in a few ways. This includes a freeze on the recertification fee at $225 USD through 30 September 2020 as well as providing these on-demand webinars, free of charge. You can earn 1 CE by viewing each on-demand webinar and completing the quiz via the link provided. EIC will continue to add webinars to our live webinar schedule and has expanded the capacity to host up to 3,000 attendees. Be sure to take advantage of this free education.
Now is an opportunity for all of us to look at our skills, identify gaps, and sharpen our knowledge. It’s also a great time for anyone interested in pursuing their CMP to get started. If you know of anyone who is considering pursuing their CMP, please share your experience and encourage them to reach out if they have any questions.
For new candidates, EIC is providing COVID-19 relief in the amount of $50 USD for the initial application. Additionally, the certification examination fee is reduced $50 USD for those who have been affected by COVID-19 and are furloughed, had their position eliminated or are experiencing a salary reduction. Impacted candidates can receive discount codes by emailing
I am proud of and encouraged by many stories of industry peers offering support through volunteerism, converting venues to makeshift hospitals, donating food and supplies, and offering support in other meaningful ways. I'd like to hear your story, which you can upload here. Tell us how this time has affected you and how you/your family/your team has given back to our industry.
Our industry is resilient – and our CMPs will help lead the way. Thank you for all you do.
Barbara Connell, CAE, CMP
Chair of the CMP Governance Commission
Sullivan County Catskills
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau
Loews New Orleans Hotel
Loews New Orleans Hotel
Here at Loews Hotels we’re committed to Meetings that Matter. Choose one of our partners or your preferred organization to make a lasting difference. For every $10,000 in rooms revenue, we’ll donate $500. For every $10,000 in banquet revenue, we’ll donate $250. For every booking over $150,000 in total revenue, we’ll donate an additional $5,000. Plus: receive Double Loews MVP Points.
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Are you ready to recertify in 2020? Are you unsure? You’ve worked so hard to earn your CMP – don’t let the deadline pass. You can confirm your recertification year by logging into your existing Events Industry Council account. EIC has frozen the recertification fee at $225 USD through 30 September 2020, so don’t wait!

If you don’t remember your login information, simply follow the guidance on the login page. If you know you are in your fifth year and need to recertify, find tips here.

Events and programmes

While our industry faces unprecedented challenges and disruptions in light of COVID-19, planning for CMP Conclave, the week of 21 October 2020, is underway. As we continue to work toward finalising the details of our event format, we need your insights and vision – and invite you to submit a speaker proposal. 

We are a community that needs and values our time together through peer-to-peer learning experiences and sharing our passion. We are indeed stronger together.

Collaboration and a unified commitment to industry professionalism is the core of the CMP Conclave event. This year we have the opportunity through dynamic content and experiences to face disruption and together look toward the adaptations needed to ensure our future. 

As a Conclave speaker, you have the opportunity to share your passion, knowledge, skill and expertise in this unique event. Whether you want to lead a session that offers discussion and collaboration, or you want to inspire, this is the CMP stage for you.

We are seeking innovative content presented during 60-minute breakout sessions. These sessions should challenge CMPs to broaden their knowledge base, enhance their professional skills, and enhance their future readiness through the lens of these content categories:

  • Event Innovation (program design, post-COVID-19 realities, emerging technology, virtual formats - design and implementation)
  • Crisis Management, Best Practices, Standards, Communication Strategies, Safety & Security
  • Sustainability & Social Responsibility
  • Wellness and Personal Growth
  • Leadership & Professional Development

Use this portal to submit your proposal. You will be asked to select the content category that aligns with one of the nine domains found in the CMP International Standards (you will also see an “other” category should you find your submission fits better outside of these buckets). The deadline for submission is Friday, 19 June

Your presentation will be peer reviewed. It will be evaluated based on content, session design and creativity, relevance to the industry, your expertise and the clarity of description of your presentation. Selected speakers will receive one complimentary Conclave registration. 

For questions, please reach out to or +1 202 367 1190.


Tuesday, 23 June I 11:00 a.m. EDT/UTC-04:00

Convention centres and venues are serving communities around the world in new ways during COVID-19. From acting as temporary hospitals, to actively participating in community crisis planning, to learning and responding to evolving needs, venues are providing social impact services that far exceed their normal operations.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be inspired by global case studies 
  • Learn about the concepts of social impact and "pregnant" or "latent" legacies and how to design your events and services to support these 
  • Learn how to position your venue or event to be a better partner for your clients and stakeholders

Moderator: Geneviève Leclerc, CMP, Co-Founder & CEO, Meet4Impact


  • Ana Carrazón, Sales and Project Manager Congresses / Gestora Comercial & de Logística de Congresos, IFEMA - Feria de Madrid
  • Mark Herrera, Director of Education & Life-Safety, International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
  • Yalmaz Siddiqui, Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, MGM Resorts International
  • Claire Smith, CMP, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Vancouver Convention Centre 

Closed captions will be available for this webinar.

This webinar is eligible for 1 CE in the Strategic Planning Domain toward your CMP certification or recertification. Register here

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Access our resources
After a few months of working from home, many of us are looking for new things to do. Why not take this time to work on professional development and earn CEs? The Events Industry Council Knowledge Hub is the Netflix of events education! Choose from CMP Conclave recordings, webinars and CE quizzes (more than 100 options) instead of binge watching that next TV show. The Knowledge Hub is connected to your EIC website login and can be accessed on any device with an internet connection. 
If you are in the process of moving your live event to a virtual one, you are not alone. Watch the recording of this webinar, where experts talked about how to engage audiences, improve event outcomes and have meaningful dialogues in a new virtual setting. Angie Ahrens, CMP, moderates this discussion that features Miguel Neves, CMP; Paul Salinger; and Shauna Sylvester. After watching the webinar, complete the post-webinar quiz to earn 1 CE.

As our industry works through the realities and impact of COVID-19, we have many valuable tools and educational resources to reference. EIC’s member organisations, as well as companies around the world, are sharing information, sparking new ideas and offering support. EIC has gathered resources and tools from various sources and centralised them into a COVID-19 resource centre. We update the site weekly. If you have information to share, please contact us.

CMPs in the news

Congratulations to these CMP “Action Stars” who were named to Connect Corporate’s 40 Under 40:

  • Chris Bonnett, CHIA, CMP, Program Manager, Meetings & Incentives Worldwide Inc.
  • Erin Congregane, CMP, Sales Manager, The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
  • Tracy Judge, MS, CMP, Founder and Chief Connector, Soundings Connect
  • Rachel Klar, CMP, Senior Events Marketing Manager, Intuit Canada
  • Leigh Ann Krohmer, CMP, DMCP, Director of Account Management, 360 Destination Group
  • Alexis Levenson, CMP, Senior Manager, Operations, MCI Group Canada Inc
  • Josie Lewis, CMP, Director of Sales, Visit The Woodlands
  • Jane Maine, CMP, Senior Commercial Event Manager, Illumina
  • Brittani Menina, CMP, CWP, Events Director, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
  • Polina Moskvina, CMP, Manager, Event Projects, C.D. Howe Institute
  • Monique Rochard-Marine, CMM, CMP, CTSM, MBA, Director, Strategic Meetings Management and Event Operations, Cardiovascular Systems Inc.
  • Melissa Thuston, CMP, Senior Meeting and Event Manager, BCD Meetings & Events, Halliburton
  • Kristin Twombly, CMP, Senior Event Strategist, Capital Group Private Client Services

Congratulations to these CMPs recognized by Connect Corporate's 15 Over 50 as “leaders, mentors and stars who moved the events industry forward for decades:”

  • Allison Kinsley, CMM, CMP, CED, Chief Marketing Architect, Kinsley Meetings
  • Terri Woodin, CMP, Vice President, Marketing & Global Meeting Services, Meeting Sites Resource
Global perspective

The Events Industry Council is working with members and partners globally to unify our voice and communicate loudly: We are the events industry and we will drive economic recovery – but we need help now.

On 3 June, we have two opportunities to share the message that exhibitions are key to rebuilding our economies. Global Exhibitions Day (GED) is the global effort while Exhibitions Day focuses on a virtual day of action in the United States. Both events are open to everyone and are free. To learn more about and register for Exhibitions Day, go here. To learn more about GED2020 and access its toolkit, go here.

Sharpen or develop your advocacy skills. Take this time to share your stories, messages and requests with key decision makers. Our industry has been deeply impacted by COVID-19. We must help local, regional and national governments understand the economic impact of our 26 million-strong workforce – and we must ask for their support.

EIC has produced regional factsheets to highlight the global power of the events industry, which examines the impact in: AfricaAsiaCentral and Eastern EuropeLatin America and the CaribbeanMiddle EastNorth America and Western Europe

Reach out to your elected officials and key decision makers, who are looking at ways to support economic recovery. We may not be able to control what’s happening in the world right now, but we can absolutely control how and with whom we share our message.


“Time for Nature” is the theme for World Environment Day 2020. Join us to learn how all living things on Earth are connected in the web of life and how we can act #ForNature. Take this opportunity to learn more from the EIC Centre for Sustainable Events and about sustainable event practices by:

CMP programme news

Do you have a question about CMP or the Events Industry Council? Join Sarah Carrillo, EIC’s Certification Associate, for CMP office hours on Monday, 1 June from 11am-12pm ET (GMT-04:00). Register here.  

Industry news

Earlier this month, EIC announced the members of the APEX COVID-19 Business Recovery Task Force. The task force will work to provide resources that support the industry’s global recovery.

The task force is led by co-chairs Michael Dominguez, President and CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI), and Kristin Horstman, Senior Director, Strategic Events, Salesforce. 

“The strength of our industry has always been in our ability to work together,” said Dominguez. “There has never been a greater need to give confidence to the meetings and events community that we are working together to ensure a safe environment for attendees that considers the entire journey.”

Horstman added, "The events industry has always been about bringing people together to educate, celebrate and entertain. In our new abnormal, we need to focus on stabilisation and recovery. The task force will guide our industry on how we will gather again in safe and healthy environments."

The task force meets bi-weekly and will share updates as its work progresses. It will follow two parallel paths. The first path is to address the immediate need for guidance on accepted practices and work already underway to restart the industry. The second path addresses the long-term need to examine adaptation and transformation for the future stability of our workforce, and the relevance and resiliency of our industry.

“Our industry is adapting to the reality that in-person meetings are not an immediate option, but we have 26 million people with direct and indirect jobs who are ready to get back to work,” said Amy Calvert, Events Industry Council CEO. “Now, more than ever, we need this global task force to aggregate, develop and implement our industry practices moving forward.”

We are crowd-sourcing research support for the task force’s efforts. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact

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