The Events Industry Council has announced that Amanda Safa, a meeting planner with AMPED Association Management, has earned the Certified Meeting Professionals (CMP) designation.
The CMP program is recognized around the world as a badge of excellence in the events industry.
Safa has 11 years’ experience in association and nonprofit meeting planning and has a passion for perfecting meeting and event logistics while strategically identifying areas to bring in new technology and innovation.
Her current AMPED clients are the Society for Research on Adolescence (SRA) and the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis (ACTRIMS) for whom she recently managed the overall strategy and planning of their joint international medical meeting with over 8,200 participants. Her leadership helped transition the citywide meeting to a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic and successfully guided the cancellation process of in-person components while exceeding the virtual meeting budget.
At AMPED, Safa has also led meetings for the Society of Wetland Scientists, the Wisconsin Society of Association Executives, the National Air Filtration Association, and the Fantasy Sports Gaming Association. Prior to joining AMPED, Safa planned meetings and events for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, the American Cancer Society and the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
“Earning the CMP designation has been an important professional goal of mine for quite some time, and, in this challenging and ever-changing time of meetings, it felt appropriate to achieve now,” said Safa. “Being part of a body of knowledge in the meeting management profession will only add to AMPED’s commitment to grow and perfect meeting operations, and I am honored to hold this badge of excellence in the events industry.”
More than 11,000 meeting professionals from 40 nations hold the CMP or CMP-HC designation.
“Attaining your CMP in one of the most turbulent, ever-changing and dynamic times in our industry is an exceptional achievement. Finding the time to dedicate to apply for the exam, and to dedicate to the preparation, is no easy task in this kind of once-in-a-lifetime environment,” said Events Industry Council CMP Governance Commission Chair Alisa Peters, CMP, CMM. “We send a special thanks and congratulations to the individuals who prioritized achieving this designation for their ongoing professional development, during a moment in time when they were being pulled in so many different directions at once. You are among some of our best and brightest and we welcome your dedication and tenacity into our CMP community.”
The qualifications for certification are based on professional experience, education and a rigorous exam.