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GMIC Webinars are eligible for 1 CE hour towards CMP certification or re-certification

GMIC Webinars are part of the EIC CMP Preferred Provider Program. In order to automatically receive the CE credit towards earning your CMP you will need to first create an account with the Convention Industry Council.  If you’ve never created an online profile with EIC, click on the “Login” in the upper right-hand corner of then click the “Get Started” button and follow the prompts.  Please note: you must use the same email when creating your EIC portal account as you have on file for GMIC.

Upcoming Live Webinars:

Sustainability Webinar Series: Master Class - A Management System Approach for sustainable events
Tuesday, May 30, 2017 11:00 AM EDT
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Events take a heavy toll on resources, society and the environment. They can generate significant waste, put a strain on local resources like water or energy and generate substantive amounts of carbon emissions. The Event Sustainability Management Systems, ISO 20121, launched in June 2012, are designed to help organizations improve the sustainability of their event related activities, products and services. Hear from Cascadia, performance improvement company, about their business case and challenges to implement and get the certification, how they set their goals and how they work to implement the system. You will also learn about the sustainability journey from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), a membership union composed of both government and civil society organisations and the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it, how they improved their sustainability for their large international conference over the years leading into implementation and ISO certification of their IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 in Honolulu, USA.

1) Gain knowledge of ISO 20121 Event Sustainability Management Systems
2) Understand the framework as guiding principle of a systematic event sustainability management approach for your entire event management cycle and/or your organisation
3) Understand how using the standard increases value for your event or organization

Speakers: Randy Thorsteinson, Chief Operating Officer, Cascadia Motivation Inc. and Pamela Grasemann, Congress Manager, International Union for Conservation

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Sustainability Webinar Series: Getting Started with Sustainable Events
June 27, 2017 11:00 AM EDT
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Thinking about getting started with sustainable events? This session will focus on easy to implement steps that have a major impact on your sustainability performance, with a special focus on helping you to reduce costs while improving quality and sustainability. Topics will include reducing food waste, designing meetings to be inclusive, reducing your carbon and water footprints and managing materials to reduce waste.

Learning outcomes:
1) Learn about easy and affordable ways to make your events more inclusive and environmentally and socially responsible.
2) Learn how to leverage sustainable practices to improve your financial bottom line.
3) Learn about the latest trends in sustainable events including food waste prevention and upcycling.

Speakers: Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Director of Sustainability, Events Industry Council and Claudia van't Hullenaar, Independent Sustainability & Live Communication Advisor and EIC Sustainability Committee Member

On-Demand Webinars: 

GMIC Webinars are eligible for 1 CE hour towards CMP certification or re-certification

GMIC Webinars are part of the CIC CMP Preferred Provider Program. In order to automatically receive the CE credit towards earning your CMP you will need to first create an account with the Convention Industry Council.  If you’ve never created an online profile with CIC, click on the “Login” in the upper right-hand corner of then click the “Get Started” button and follow the prompts.  Please note: you must use the same email when creating your CIC portal account as you have on file for GMIC.

Chairman's Birds of a Feather Session - Sustainability is GOOD for Business! Really!

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Speakers: Jeff Chase, VP Sustainability, Freeman and Chair, GMIC Leadership Committee and Evan Harvey, Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, NASDAQ

In today’s business world there is a combination of a more global focus than ever before and a need to personalize and listen to the individual consumer’s needs and wants. This pairing of macro and micro focuses is where we find ourselves today. Did you know that more and more of the top companies in the world (Google, SONY, Unilever, BMW) focus on sustainability as a very serious part of their business strategy and claim it is helping to strengthen their brand? Come join us to hear how you can incorporate this strategy into your organization or company and how it will help you more than you think!

Assess and Compare Destinations on their Sustainability

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Presented by: Claudia van’t Hullenaar, Independent Sustainability & Event Design Strategist and Guy Bigwood, Sustainability Director, MCI Group

The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. In the context of the “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, the International Year aims to support change in policies, business practices and client behaviour towards a more sustainable tourism sector than can contribute to the SDGs. The meetings and events industry has a critical role to play in this journey, especially when it comes to creating more sustainable destinations. Event organizers often assess destinations for meetings and events on accessibility, availability, infrastructure, price to name a few. As we decide on which destination to choose, we can increase the sustainability of our events and its support of our brand values by choosing host cities that have a clear commitment to social and environmental development and the SDGs. Destinations that take the lead on sustainability are proving to be more innovative, competitive and attractive to event organizers and stakeholders.

Designing the Future - Sustainability Now, Next and Why

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Mark Fein, Senior Vice President – Strategy, Freeman XP

Did you know that Design Thinking and Sustainability go hand in hand? As we look at the future of our industry today we are just starting to understand how the power of using sustainable thinking will shape our next 10 years. Water, Resources, Time and Talent are all valuable to how we get our job done. Learn how to create impactful experiences and still be kind to the planet and our budgets. Come join us in a new way of thinking that will change the Future!

Sustainable Event Infrastructure 101

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Kevin Jezewski, Director of Sustainability and Special Projects at SAVOR...Chicago at McCormick Place

Producing a sustainable event often starts with choosing a sustainable venue. In this webinar, Kevin Jezewski will lead us through a virtual back-of-house tour to understand how infrastructure elements are vital to sustainability performance. In this webinar we'll show you what to look for in a back-of-house tour to ensure your event meets your sustainability goals. We'll also discuss what venues are doing to improve environmental performance including how different infrastructure elements, including waste management, water and energy efficient systems and other initiatives such as roof top gardens can lead to more sustainable events. We'll also Learn how APEX/ASTM & Green Seal certifications play a role in events, and what they mean to guests and clients.

Food rescue for your events: It's easier than you think!

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Joanna Berens, President, Joanna Berens Hospitality & Food Rescue Chair, GMIC FL/Caribbean Network
John D. Buschman, M.S., B.A., Adjunct Instructor, Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, Florida International University

GMIC's recently released study on the state of sustainability in the meetings industry found that donating leftover food to charitable organisations is requested by more than half of all planners. This makes having a turnkey food rescue programme an asset for suppliers, supports the community, and improves environmental performance.

In this webinar, learn about the food rescue programme that was developed for this year’s National Association for Catering and Events (NACE), including recommendations for tracking, communication and other guidance to help you implement your own programme.

  • Learn how to implement a food rescue programme for your events or venue.
  • Learn about the environmental and social benefits of a food rescue programme.
  • Learn about legislation that protects food donors from liability.
  •  Hear about resources to find food rescue partners.

Community Service Projects - Challenges, Opportunities and Stories

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Laura Weisman, Director of Business Development, Cascadia Motivation

Cascadia Motivation has produced CSR projects in destinations around the world, including South Africa, Mexico, St. Lucia and Spain. The Cascadia Motivation team will share inspiration case studies and will also discuss some of the challenges and opportunities they’ve encountered while producing these events. In this webinar, we'll learn about:

  • What elements make for a more effective community service project
  • The importance of collaboration with the community for designing meaningful projects
  • Ideas for off-site team building projects that support and empower the local community
  • Ideas for on-site community projects that can be worked into your event schedule

Research Findings on the State of Sustainability in the Meetings Industry

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Dr. Dina Zemke, William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV)
Roger Simons, MCI Group

This year, GMIC commissioned a multi-phase study that was conducted by Dr. Dina Zemke and Dr. Yen-Soon Kim from the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). The study provides insights into the state of sustainability in the meetings industry. The study was made possible thanks to support from the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and the Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau.  During the webinar, you will: 
  • Hear the results of the study and learn how to use benchmarks for comparison with your sustainable practices
  • Understand how organisations that are focused on sustainability can strengthen their positions 
  • Learn how to use the research findings to demonstrate the business value of sustainable events

Selecting Sustainable Venues - From RFPs to Contracting

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Tyra W. Hilliard, PhD, JD, CMP, Speaker, Professor and Writer
Shawna McKinley, Director of Sustainability, MeetGreen

One of the easiest ways to make your events more environmentally and socially responsible is to select a venue with the infrastructure and team in place to support your goals. In this webinar, we'll look at practical, effective and easy ways to select venues that can help you to make your events more sustainable. We will explore:

  • Best practices for RFPs and contracts to identify and encourage sustainable practices
  • What sustainability features to look for on a site inspection
  • What to verify onsite to ensure sustainability goals are being met

This webinar has been sponsored by MeetGreen.

Designing Accessible Events

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Matt Shapiro, Consultant, 6 Wheels Consulting
Marian Vessels, Director, Mid-Atlantic ADA Center 

Designing meetings to be inclusive and accessible is smart and responsible business. During this webinar, we'll discuss how to grow your audience, manage your budget and design welcoming events. We'll learn how about:

  • How to avoid some of the common mistakes made by meeting professionals that result in unintended participation barriers
  • Principles of universal meeting design  
  • Best practices for room setups, food & beverage and transportation

The Meetings Industry Takes on Human Trafficking: How Planners and Suppliers Can Support this Effort

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Every year, the United Nations observes World Day Against Trafficking in Persons at the end of July. This year, in honour of the day, we are hosting a webinar on how this issue is being addressed by the meetings industry. Human trafficking is a global issue, and one where tourism and meeting professionals, when trained on identifying and reporting suspicious behaviour, can be part of the solution. In this webinar we'll learn about how hotels are adopting the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, the travel industry’s commitment to fight child trafficking, and how they are training employees on what to do if they suspect a victim of trafficking is in their hotel property. We'll review RFP and contracting best practices for helping to protect children from trafficking. We’ll also hear about how industry associations, major brands, planners and suppliers are working to help address human trafficking.


Rhonda Brewer, CIS, Vice President, Sales, Maritz Travel, SITE Past President
With more than 25 years of travel sales and operations experience, Rhonda Brewer serves as Maritz Travel’s Vice President of Sales, focusing on strategic planning and global growth. Brewer currently serves as the Immediate Past President for the SITE International Board of Directors. During her year serving as SITE’s President, she guided SITE’s Painted Picture vision and strategic framework that was expanded to include a focus on ECPAT and commitment to stop human trafficking globally. In 2015, Brewer was selected as M&C’s Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry.

Michelle Guelbart, MSW, Director of Private Sector Engagement | ECPAT-USA
Michelle leads program development and strategy for ECPAT-USA’s private sector work. As Director of Private Sector Engagement, she advises companies on corporate social responsibility efforts to protect children from trafficking. She has contributed to Congressional testimony and multi-stakeholder engagement efforts including through the World Economic Forum, Institute of Medicine, and the White House National Action Plan on Responsible Business. She was recognized for her achievement and named a 2014 Changemaker by MeetingsNet.

Best Practices in Waste Management

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This webinar discussed specific actions that help planners, venues and destinations, including:

1. Best practices for minimizing waste, including sourcing materials, communication with stakeholders and waste diversion.
2. Promoting circular economy practices in the meetings industry, including opportunities for turning waste into revenue.
3. Practical steps for reducing food waste.
4. Case study:How the Oregon Convention Center's waste management strategies helped it to achieve LEED Platinum status.
5. What to look for on a site inspection and during your event to ensure waste management goals are met.


Sustainable Food and Beverage

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Our Sustainable Food and Beverage webinar featured speakers Nelson Drake, Director Food & Beverage, Whistler Conference Centre, Tracy Stuckrath, President & Chief Connecting Officer, Thrive! Meetings & Events and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, Director, Sustainability, Green Meeting Industry Council to learn about sustainable food and beverage practices for meetings and events.  

The webinar covered:

1. Best practices for sustainable food and beverage menu design and service, including food waste reduction.

2. Understanding menu design and service to be inclusive with medical, faith-based and accessibility requirements.

3. Reviewing the significance of the APEX/ASTM certification and the process for attaining the certification.