About the CMP

Events Industry Council launched the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Program in 1985 to provide meeting industry professionals with specialized continuing education. Today, the certification is a globally-recognized distinction. Those who earn it build their industry knowledge, refine their performance, promote their credibility and learn to engage in uniform standards of practice.

A meeting planner earns their designation through a course of study, an exam and a comprehensive professional evaluation. If you’re interested in earning your designation, read on to hear from successful industry pioneers they share their own experiences of earning it. 

Get to Know Melva LaJoy Legrand, CMP

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Melva LaJoy Legrand

Founder and CEO, LaJoy Plans

“I am inspired and motivated because, for me, events are a way I can contribute to the world and leave it a little better than how I found it…When I consider that I get to do this work as a mature, Black, female, independently funded business owner, I hope it sends a clear signal to the next generation that representation matters, and that there is space for all of us in this industry. “

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Get to Know Rachel Aden, CMP

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Rachel Aden

Senior Account Manager, Arrowhead Conferences + Events

“Having [the CMP designation] shows that you are dedicated to the industry and to professional growth. It has paved the way for many [of my] conversations to start on a higher level. I’ve felt the respect that having the designation provides.”

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Get to Know Tarin Horan, CMP

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Tarin Horan

Vice President, Events & Sponsorship, Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC)

“The industry certainly looks to the CMP as the gold standard for meeting professionals.”

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Get to Know Vi Nguyen, CMP

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Vi Nguyen

Director of Sales & Marketing at AC Hotel Palo Alto and Hotel Citrine

“The CMP designation has always been a badge of honor showcasing dedication to the industry.”

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Get to Know Heike Mahmoud, CMP

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Heike Mahmoud

Chief Operating Officer at CCH-Conference Center Hamburg

“This certification is the foundation for everything you can achieve professionally in the meetings industry. You have the know-how—the CMP is a door-opener for the future.”

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Get to Know Desireé Dolecki, CMP

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Desiree Dolecki

Director of Conferences and Events at The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME)

“The events industry is constantly evolving, and I found the more I was looking for knowledge and training, the more I found.”

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Get to Know Constance Samuels, CMP

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Constance Samuels

Director, Events and Education at National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO)

“[This designation] continues to solidify our existence in the multi-billion dollar event industry, not as an option, but as a need.”

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Get to Know Cynthia MacDonald, CMP

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Cynthia MacDonald

Travel Operations Manager at Cascadia Motivation

“Don’t think twice about whether you should or should not put in the time and effort into getting your CMP. All the effort, all the studying, all the experience is definitely worth it.” 

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Get To Know Robert Sanchez, CMP

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Robert Sanchez

Co-Founder of S3 Global Events, President & CEO at Colleyville Chamber of Commerce

“Obtaining my CMP…has helped me meet professionals from across the globe through conclave, groups and communities. It has also opened doors to fantastic friendships, valuable business partnerships and numerous career opportunities.”

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