The Events Industry Council’s Certified Meeting Professional program, established in 1985, is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry. 

In April, the EIC announced its inaugural class of CMP Fellows, following the launch of the new program last year. Amy Calvert, EIC’s CEO noted, “We developed the CMP Fellows program to offer unique peer-to-peer experiences and a forum for collaboration for those CMPs that had demonstrated exemplary leadership, a commitment to lifelong learning and to recognise and reward the long-term achievements, as part of our commitment to supporting and showcasing the value of ongoing professional education. The calibre of applications was truly humbling, and it was inspiring and motivating to read about the achievements and dedication of all of those who applied.” 

Congratulations to the inaugural fellows from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania!

Kelli Donahoe, Orange County Convention Center; Oakmont, PA
Heather Seasholtz, Conference Managers; Cochranville, PA
Heidi Longton, New York State School Boards Association; Latham, NY
Joanne Joham, Global Strategies; Manalapan, NJ
Mary-Ann Urbanovich, American Express Global Business Travel; Berwyn, PA
Kerry Friel-Minor, New York Marriott Downtown; Jericho, NY

In early March, Meeting Professionals International released a statement regarding the invasion of Ukraine: 

“In a show of support for the people of Ukraine, MPI will immediately suspend business with all companies in Russia. In addition, any plans to formalize a chapter in Russia will be paused….We remain concerned for the well-being of our community and our MPI members in Russia and Ukraine who were already seeking to climb out of the shadow of this pandemic and are now experiencing these unprecedented challenges.”


 Meeting Professionals International (MPI), published its 2022 Winter Meetings Outlook, a quarterly report that identifies new trends and innovations. 

Among its findings: 


Back in 1801, Theodosia—daughter of future vice president Aaron Burr—and Joseph Alston left their home in Albany and headed to Niagara Falls with nine pack horses on what the Alstons called their “Bridal Tour.” That trip launched the reputation of the Falls as “the honeymoon capital of the world.”