The Events Industry Council is an umbrella organization representing 33 associations involved in business events. Its initiatives include the Certified Meeting Professional designation; the APEX Commission, which develops accepted industry practices; and the Centre for Sustainability and Social Impact. The next leadership project to add to that list is a just-announced, three-day virtual forum happening November 18-20.
The new event, EIC Advance, open to all industry professionals, will replace the CMP Conclave, an annual face-to-face event that was only open to those with the CMP credential. “By opening up to the entire business events ecosystem, EIC Advance will create educational opportunities that are relevant across all time zones, to the benefit of our people, businesses, and communities,” said Events Industry Council Board Member and Chair-Elect Mark Cooper, CEO of IACC.
While speakers, registration fees, and other details won’t be available until September, EIC has disclosed that the conference will have daily keynotes, concurrent sessions, and panel discussions with industry experts. Content areas include event innovation, program design, virtual technologies, findings from the APEX Covid-19 Business Recovery Task Force, diversity and inclusion issues, sustainability, and more. The keynotes will be broadcast in local time zones in each of the following areas: Asia, EMEA, Latin America, and North America.
When the website is launched, conference fees will include COVID-19 relief rates as well as discounts for early registration and groups. Attendees will be able to earn credits toward CMP and CMP-HC certification.
EIC Advance will be a second major event for the meetings industry in November. Meeting Professionals International will hold its World Education Congress November 3-6 in Grapevine, Texas, and online as well.