I'm writing this in late June, having just returned from the 2008 FICP Education Forum. As always, the forum had many takeaways. This year, there was a feeling of watchful waiting, similar to the atmosphere at the FICP (then ICPA) annual meeting post-9/11, in November 2001. Planners and hospitality partners seemed to be shoring up for tough times. Conversations inside and outside the education sessions focused on finding solutions to the meetings fallout from a depressed financial-services ...

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