Networking events

Friday, 16 November 2018

Birmingham taste tour SOLD OUT!

10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Birmingham Taste Tours offers a walking, food, and historical tour of downtown Birmingham. Guests will sample eclectic tastings from some of Birmingham's most authentic, locally owned restaurants while walking through the neighborhoods. You will see how our Southern culture and cuisine go hand in hand through colorful stories of our city and the people who helped shaped it.

For this special private Birmingham Taste Tour, you will receive tastings from 3 downtown restaurants in 2 hours within a 1 mile radius. At the end, you should have received enough food for a full meal and enjoyed hearing some local history. You will also receive a tasty takeaway bag!    

Lunch on your own

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Grab lunch with other attendees at one of Birmingham's great restaurants. Attendees can pick up maps and local information and tips by visiting the Birmingham CVB table.

Dine-around Desk

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Visit the BirminghamCVB for restaurant recommendations and reservations.

First Time Attendees Briefing

3:45 PM - 4:15 PM

First time at Conclave? First time back in a while?  Join us to learn how to gain the most about your Conclave experience. Ask questions. Meet fellow CMPs.  Plan your experience.

2018 CMP Conclave Opening Reception at Sloss Furnaces

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Reception is courtesy of our sponsor, the Birmingham CVB.

Join us as we kick-off Conclave 2018 at Sloss Furnaces, a National Historic Landmark and local treasure. A lot more than iron flowed from those furnaces. Birmingham’s culture and whole way of life did.  Once the largest manufacturer of pig iron in the world, it stands today just as it did in the late 19th century — a monument to the Industrial Revolution. With its web of pipes and towering stoves, this unique National Historic Landmark provides visitors a glimpse into Birmingham’s rich industrial heritage. It stands with pride and is a symbol of where the “Magic” began for Birmingham. Operating from 1882-1970, it was the longest continually running blast furnace in Birmingham’s history. CMPs will learn about the materials, the process, the products, and the people who ran the furnaces and built this city while enjoying this unique events venue.

Shuttles service is provided between the Hotel(s) and Sloss Furnaces


Saturday, 17 November

Dine-around Desk

10:45 AM - 6:00 PM

Visit the BirminghamCVB for restaurant recommendations and reservations.

Sponsor Meet and Greet Reception

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Wind down from a full day of education and meet our generous sponsors to thank them for making this year’s CMP Conclave possible. Meet up with new and old friends and visit the dine around desk for Birmingham fine dining suggestions for your open evening.  


Sunday, 18 November

Service Project: Holiday Goody Bag Stuffing

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

We are calling all CMPs to join Events Industry Council in our collaboration with the Children’s Hospital of Alabama! Children’s of Alabama is a private, not-for-profit hospital, providing treatment to children- regardless of their family’s ability to pay. The hospital is one of the 10 busiest pediatric hospitals in the nations, caring for over 600,000 children each year. The Child Life Program at Children’s of Alabama work with the mission of meeting the needs of the children and teens – offering comfort and distractions to the patients and family members during their hospital visit/stay.

Through donations, The Child Life Program is able to keep well-stocked activity rooms and provide individual activities for patients at bedside. Below is a wish list of favored items:

Wish List

Arts & Crafts Supplies

  • Crayons * Family Services goes through approximately 4000 crayons a week
  • Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Glue
  • Scrapbooking Materials
  • Coloring Books (children and adult)
  • Canvases
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Play-Doh * Both fun and helpful with rehabilitation
  • Jewelry Kits

Items for all Ages

  • Bubbles
  • Fidget Spinner
  • Fidget Cube
  • Lego Kits
  • Flash cards
  • Playing cards
  • Puzzles
  • Sensory balls
  • Crossword puzzles/activity books




  • Touch and feel (sensory)
  • English and Spanish versions
  • I-Spy/Look and find books
  • Dr.Seuss books
  • Harry Potter series
  • I can Read series

*Items not on the wish list are accepted. 

*Any items that cannot be placed in a goody bag, will be donated directly to the hospital.

CMP Study Group Leaders Coffee Klatche

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Calling all CMP Study Group Leaders!  If you lead a CMP Study Group, join us for a confidential chat with Events Industry Council certification staff and other study group leaders.  Gain best practices from your peers and ask the Events Industry Council staff team all your burning questions about the CMP exam.

Birmingham Civil Rights Tour  SOLD OUT!

1:00 PM

Steeped in history, Birmingham's history is deeply intertwined with the Civil Rights Movement. This tour will explore the movement that occurred in the streets of Birmingham. Stops include Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Kelly Ingram Park and the 16th Street Baptist Church. The tour will then deliver attendees to the airport. Please ensure that you bring all luggage.