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Chair's Corner
Letter from the CMP Governance Commission Chair
Back in January, I asked you what you thought the future is for the CMP, how should employers be viewing those who hold the CMP, and how should the CMP be perceived inside and outside of our industry in the year 2020? I heard from many different viewpoints and many different views. In all the messages, three main themes stood out: The CMP program should be rigorous, relevant to the work we do, and drive value for practitioners and employers.

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CMP Events
2016 CMP Conclave Registration is Now Open!
The 2016 theme is "Tracking Towards Your Future," which which will highlight the ways your certification and development help you stand out and excel! Get on board the CMP train today!

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Healthcare Webinar Series Part 2
Do you plan meetings in the medical and healthcare industry? Join us for the second webinar in our Healthcare Meetings Webinar Series on Tuesday, May 10! Free to register, and receive 1 CE towards your CMP-HC or CMP recertification!


1) Learn key strategies to navigate a challenging market.
2) Discuss current global events affecting sourcing.
3) How to educate internal clients and stakeholders.

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2016 CMP Conclave Call for Proposals!
Do you have a hot topic you want to share with your fellow CMPs? Submit it today for the 2016 CMP Conclave being held in Baltimore, MD, on September 16-18! Conference registration due to open mid-April.

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GMIC Webinar Series: Sustainable Exhibitions, Trade Shows and Fairs
Do you want to learn more about best practices for waste minimization and management? Or working with exhibitors to achieve sustainability goals?

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Save the Date! Sustainable Meetings Conference
GMIC's Annual Sustainable Meetings Conference will be held on September 15-16 in Baltimore, MD. The event will be co-located with the CMP Conclave.

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Did You Know?
Is it time for you to recertify? If so, here’s a tip.

You probably know that you have to submit continuing education activities for recertification. But, did you know that half of your continuing education credits can be non-industry specific if the learning objective of the session/course is related to one of the 10 domains of the CMP International Standards?

What does "non-industry specific but relating to the CMP Standards" mean? It means, for example, that if you have a general course topic entitled "Project Management 101," it can be used for continuing education. Since the course is not event/meeting specific, it will be counted towards your non-industry-specific hours as Project Management is a domain in the CMP International Standards. Questions on the topic? The CMP Recertification Handbook is a great resource. You may also contact a member of the CMP team for answers.

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In Depth
Best Practices for Hybrid Meetings – Part 2
Most events today are hybrid events, ones that combine live and virtual components. While in some cases they’re hybrid by intentional design of the meeting professional, they may also be hybridized by the countless participants with access to high quality video recorders and social media on their personal devices. Read on for some great tips!

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CMP Program News
Your Input Will Shape the Future of the CMP!
CIC conducts a practice analysis study every five years to ensure that the CMP exam and the CMP International Standards reflect the current practices of meeting professionals. And we need your help!

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APEX - Standards and Best Practices
Free New Resource! RFP Strategy Guide for Event Internet & Communications Available Now!
As the complexity of Internet for meetings rises so does the required due diligence around sourcing of services, the price paid and the value those services bring.
APEX created a workbook to develop your RFP strategy around Internet for meetings and guide the conversation with a venue about your event Internet and Communications needs.

In response to these concerns, the Convention Industry Council, as part of the APEX initiative, assembled a work group and commissioned a research study to identify the motivations for mass distribution and to develop recommendations for process improvements.

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Industry News
CMPs Honored at PCMA Visionary Awards

Congratulations to all winners and finalists, especially these CMPs: 

Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees:

Johnnie C. White Jr., CMP, CAE, MBA – 2016 Meeting Professional Honoree

Janet L. Jakobsen, CMP, MBA – 2016 Educator Honoree

Professional Excellence Finalists are:

Event Designer of the Year:

Erin Vomocil, CMP,  Senior Manager Event Operations, UBM Tech

Meeting Professional of the Year:

Lynn Smith, CMP, Chief Planning Officer, AVID Productions

Kirsten Olean, CMP, CAE, Director of Meetings, American Society for Microbiology

Supplier of the Year:

Jason Lusk, CMP, Associate Vice President, Convention Sales, Visit Denver

Rachael Riggs-Nocera, CMP, Manager, Meeting and Convention Sales – Midwest/Chicago, Tourism Vancouver

CMP on the Road
CMP Preferred Provider Program Makes Finding CEs Easy!
Looking for pre-approved CE credit? The CMP Preferred Provider Program makes selecting and keeping track of your CEs easy. Read on for more information.

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Looking for Continuing Education Credits?
Looking for CEs to recertify? Access 21 hours right from the comfort of your own home or while on the road! Purchase the on demand content from the 2015 CMP Conclave for just $399 and watch on your schedule!

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On The Move
CMPs On the Move

Mary-Louise Barbieri, CMP, CIS, was promoted from Manager, Planning at Wynford, to Director of EventSimple.

Sonya Easley, CMP, CMM, recently promoted to Senior Manager of Meetings & Conventions for Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Tess Gonzalez, CMP, has been promoted to Senior Registration Manager at Key Events in San Francisco, CA. 

Vanessa LaClair, CMP, is now the Executive Director at Empire State Society of Association Executives (ESSAE) in Ithaca, NY. 

Johanna Mansor, CMP, is now the Assistant Director of Catering at The Fairmont San Jose.

Maria Marchesi, CMP, has moved from the Conference Services Manager at University of Pittsburgh to Director of Meetings and Events with American Supply Association in Itasca, IL.

Annie Mullins, CMP, CHCP, was promoted to Director, Medical Staff Services, at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.


Deborah Thomas, CMP, is now the Technology Implementation Specialist for Meetings & Incentives at Cadence Travel.


Amy Westerman, CAE, CMP, is now the Director of Programs and Services at the Convention Industry Council. 

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