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

If you’ve hosted meetings at the Javits Center or other venues in Manhattan, you know that there’s more than enough to do in the borough to easily keep attendees busy for days.


Pittsburgh may be known as The Steel City, but it has plenty of greenery, too, and opportunities for groups attending meetings here to get out in nature. The Pittsburgh CVB, which has the tagline “Only in Pittsburgh,” has proudly shared the news that the Great Allegany Passage was named a winner in the 2022 USA Today “10Best Readers’ Choice” travel award contest for “best recreational trail.” 


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.”