Welcome to Conclave 2014

The Convention Industry Council invites you to see professional development differently during two and a half days of cutting edge courses that will leave you better equipped to take your career to the next level. Collaborate and network with some of the industry's most experienced and innovative leaders in the vibrant backdrop of historic New Orleans!


Earn continuing education credit toward CMP recertification 
Take home valuable education 
Learn from and exchange ideas with fellow CMPs
Network with leaders in the industry
Help set the future direction of the CMP Program 


We have an number of thought-provoking keynote speakers lined up for the Conclave including: 

"Getting to Great Performance"
Will this be the year you hit your stride, getting yourself and your team to peak performance? Wait, your phone is ringing. Hold on, your 12-year old is sending you a text (that you can’t decipher). Wow. Does anyone know how long it takes for 137 emails to drop in?

Cue music.

Get ready for one of the most practical, relevant, and above all, entertaining sessions you’ll ever see. In this laugh-out-loud, song-filled presentation, NYC-based singing comedy act, The Water Coolers will reveal secrets to great performance they’ve learned from almost 15 years of delivering customized, award-winning performances around the world. Designed to explore the challenges you’ll face and provide simple fresh tactics for dealing with them so you can hit the road to top performance as soon as you get home. Besides all of that, they’re just plain hilarious. It’s the perfect Conclave Kickoff!

"Releasing Your Leadership Brilliance" 
Simon T. Bailey is a Leadership Imagineer and author whose expertise equips emerging leaders and organizations with tips, tools and techniques on how to unleash their potential. “Leadership Brilliance” is a mindset that produces a daily habit or behavior we call “LeaderShift.”  

Simply put, this means letting go of what is comfortable and convenient in order to create what is progressive and desirable. Simon T. Bailey leads this inspiring and invigorating session in which participants learn how to:

  • Reposition oneself to revitalize one’s role within one’s team or company.
  • Master leadership skills and become a thought leader in one’s area of expertise.
  • Improve one’s ability to connect with one’s team, instead of just communicating.
  • Create a high-performing team that exceeds expectations.

"The 10Ks of Personal Branding™" 
Sponsored by: Goodman Speakers Bureau
Kaplan Mobray is an acclaimed author, thought leader, career coach and motivational speaker on topics ranging from personal branding, leadership, networking, public speaking and success. His presentations have been described
as life-changing events.

(K) reate a Better You. Ever wonder when you leave a room what people say about you? Think it would be consistent with who you think you are? Many people can probably name three accurate attributes about Nike or Apple, but not about themselves. Through such topics as: the 6-second elevator speech, establishing recall, and effective networking tips, “The 10Ks of Personal Branding” offers case studies and exercises to help you discover your personal brand – how to manage it for success – and, in turn, uncover your true purpose in life.

Mary Matalin and James Carville
Mary Matalin, a celebrated conservative voice, and James Carville, an unbowed liberal, are “one of America’s best-loved political couples.” Weaving stories from their professional backgrounds with analyses of hot-button issues from current headlines, the New Orleans residents provide a great  snapshot of what it’s like in the current political climate from an insider’s perspective. While their political opinions and affiliations may differ, their joint efforts to rebuild and promote their city provide a poignant metaphor for moving the nation forward. Married for over 20 years, Mary Matalin and James Carville have incredible stories to share from both sides of the aisle, and will provide an incredibly entertaining and educational session. James Carville & Mary Matalin are exclusively represented through the Washington Speakers Bureau. 

All Roads Lead to Conclave...See You in New Orleans!