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Featured Article
Roger Rickard to CMPs: Communicating Your Value Has Never Been More Crucial
In response to accelerated attacks on the meetings industry, advocacy guru Roger Rickard sends strong message to meetings professionals in preview to his keynote address at Conclave this June.

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At the Spokane Convention Center, It's Very Easy Being Green
The Spokane Convention Center, host of the 2013 Conclave, is a Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED) Silver Certified Building. See how they are setting the standard for "going green" and learn how you can, too.

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Global Perspective
Shirley Chang Shares How An Internship with CIC Broadened Her Perspective
For the past three months, Shirley Chang has interned with CIC as part of The Washington Center's spring training program. A senior in college at Tunghai University in Taiwan, Chang thought she had her future career plans figured out, until she began working on the "Hall of Leaders" awards program. While Chang did not know much about the meetings and conventions industry prior to working at CIC, it has had a profound impact on the way she she looks at her future options.

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Commentary: Sequestration Provides an Opportunity for the Meetings Industry to Get Stronger, Not Surrender
The recent federal government sequestration has put agencies on alert and the meetings industry under attack. CIC Chief Executive Officer Karen Kotowski responds.

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CMP Program News
Welcome to the New CMP Class
CIC congratulates the 206 individuals who passed the 2013 1st Quarter exam.

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Meet Gayle Dahlman, Certification Director of the CMP Program
Gayle Dahlman, who recently joined CIC as Certification Director of the CMP Program, shares her goals for the program and gives us a glimpse into both her day-to-day activities and life outside of work.

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Industry News
IAEE Collective Announces Its First-Ever Women's Leadership Forum
The International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) announced last month that is first IAEE Collective, a series of intensive learning experiences centered around professional development, will launch May 29-30, 2013 in Washington, DC. There are four face-to-face offerings: the CEM Learning Program which focuses on certification, the Marketing Academy which aims at increasing attendance, the Sales Academy which concentrates on selling to exhibitors and for the first time, the Women's Leadership Forum, which will address women's issues in the exhibitions and events industry. Registration is now open.

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LGBT Travel Takes a Front Seat at State Department Symposium
Last month, the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs hosted a symposium to address and discuss issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) travelers. The roundtable, which included representatives from the White House, the Department of Homeland Security, American Airlines, Orbitz, Marriott and LGBT publications, among others, discussed resources and tools that can help the LGBT community make more informed decisions when traveling abroad. One particular resource brought to the forefront was a new State Department website specifically for LGBT Travel, which includes FAQs, helpful tips, country specific information and links to additional resources.

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Research and Trends
IMEX Study Find Greater Benefits in Face-to-Face Meetings
The IMEX Group, in partnership with the Meetology Group, conducted a scientific study to test the question, "Does meeting face-to-face improve creativity compared to virtual meetings?" The results of that study, which included pairs of participants brainstorming ideas in different environments- face-to-face, over the phone, and by video chat- show greater and higher quality output emerged from the face-to-face meetings.

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CMPs in the News
Naomi Wagschal, CAE, CMP Inducted Into the Canadian Association of Exposition Management Hall of Fame

Naomi Wagschal, CAE, CMP, who works as the Meetings and Exhibitions Business Manager for The College of Family Physicians of Canada, was recently inducted into the Canadian Association of Exposition Management (CAEM) Hall of Fame. The CAEM is the national association for professionals involved in the production, management, and planning of trade and consumer shows, and for events of a similar size and scale. Members of the Hall of Fame are industry leaders who have achieved prominence for both the honour they bring to the exposition industry and as a result of their activities within CAEM. Each winner is an industry professional committed to quality and excellence, as well as a mentor who shares wisdom and trade knowledge for the betterment of the association as a whole. "Our inductee is a champion of CAEM," said Sheila Wong, CEM, in her introductory speech of Wagschal. "She has always given of herself to CAEM, selflessly, selflessly and without her own agenda. She continues to serve humbly." Wagschal, who has been a member of CAEM since 1997, and who has served in a number of capacities since that time, including on its executive board, was among three inductees this year.

CMP on the Road
See Us At...
Destination Showcase
March 14, 2013
Washington, DC
CIC will present an information session and participate in a panel discussion on industry certifications. CIC will also be available in the exhibit hall at booth 142 to answer your questions about CMP, the Hall of Leaders, APEX and more!
On The Move
CMPs On the Move

John Ehlenfeldt, CMP is now the Vice President of Sales & Marketing with Huntington Beach Marketing & Visitors Bureau.

Blanca Ferreris, CMP, CMM was promoted to Senior Manager, Meetings & Events for the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc. (RIMS) in New York, NY.

Jennifer King, CMP was promoted to Manager, Corporate Events at SYNNEX Corporation in Greenville, SC.

Ann Luketic, CMP is now the Marketing Event Manager at Equity Trust Company in Berea, Ohio.

Allison N. Marrero, CMP was promoted from Senior Sales Manager at Hyatt Regency Savannah to Director, Strategic Accounts, Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.

Lindsay Padilla, CMP is now Assistant Manager of Meetings for the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Christine Pauley, CMP, CEM is now a Project Manager at Maritz Travel Company.

Maureen Platt, CMP is now the Conference Manager at PentaVision, LLC in Ambler, PA.

W. Alan Skipper, CAE, CMP attained the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in January. Mr. Skipper is the Director of the Specialty Society, Meeting and Education Services for the North Carolina Medical Society in Raleigh, NC.

Mary Ann Torres, CMP is now Senior Event Manager at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Candis Yeager, CMP, CEM is now Events Coordinator at Triad Retail Media in Tampa, FL.

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