Certified Diversity Meeting Professional

Each year, millions of people travel globally to attend meetings, conventions and special events. It is therefore a necessity for people within the travel and tourism industry to be culturally aware if they want to maintain relevance and stay competitive. Connecting with your customers is no longer a luxury it’s a necessity. When you understand customer’s needs and preferences you can more effectively support your company’s efforts to delight customers and win their loyalty – which translates into greater profits for your firm.

IAHMP founded the Certified Diversity Meeting Professional designation to meet the needs of industry professionals who work and do business with people all over the world. Becoming culturally aware means understanding your customer based on a specific knowledge of a person’s country of origin, cultural nuances and among other traits such as gender, educational level, etc.

Who should become a CDMP professional?

Corporate Industry professionals, Hotel suppliers, Convention & Visitor Bureau staff, meeting planners, convention center managers, association leaders and anyone who works within the travel, meetings and hospitality industry. Anyone who understands and works within a Global economy will recognize the value of the Certified Diversity Meeting Professional program.

Why Become a CDMP?

RECOGNITION - As the only industry certification which focuses diversity and sustainability issues as key skills and attributes in meeting planning, the CDMP distinguishes holders as career professionals who have demonstrated a high level of experience, skill and knowledge in this field.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE - The designation conveys credibility to a meeting professionals opinions and ideas, both at work and in the greater meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry of issues which are no longer just trends but crucial planning elements and competitive components

PEER ACCEPTANCE & COMMITMENT - CDMPs are immediately recognized by others as fellow professionals committed to the advancement of respect for diversity and sustainablity. 

- Be among the first to earn the CDMP and empower yourself to work within the new workforce of inclusion.

BE AHEAD OF THE PACK - The workforce of the future will be made up of women and minority people. Be ready to work within this new environment.

The CDMP has been awarded to professionals in the
USA, Portugal, Spain, Croatia and the UK .
The CDMP training will be offered at the conference this year by professional speakers/trainers,

Terry Singleton, CCP Events, http://www.ccpevents.com/ 

Carole Copeland Thomas, Multiculturalism, www.tellcarole.com

Julia Wai-Yin So, Ph.D., www.SoGarciaAssociates.com   

Terry Singleton, CCP Events, President and Immediate Past International President at the Special Events Society - ISES; Atlanta, GA.   

In 1993 Terry founded CCP Events, a conference planning and special events production company in Atlanta, Georgia. Recognized by Fortune 500 corporations as innovative and creative their impressive customer list includes industry icons Xerox, Turner Broadcasting, Home Depot, Coca Cola to name a few.  CCP Events produces over 250 conferences, meetings and events annually.  Terry's commitment to the industry was recognized in 2000 when she was named, "One of the 100 Top Convention Planners" in the South by Convention South Magazine.  She is the immediate past president of the International Special event Society.  A frequent speaker at industry conference, Ms. Singelton is recognized as a subject matter expert on special event trends and designs. 

Carole Copeland Thomas As a speaker, trainer, global thought leader, and business owner since 1987, Carole Copeland Thomas moderates the discussions of key issues affecting our global marketplace. She has her pulse on the issues affecting working professionals and consults with industry leaders on a regular basis. From speaking at the Federal Highway Administration, SHRM, Hewlett Packard, Verizon, Cargill, and Monster.com to interviewing experts around the globe, Carole knows how to analyze the dynamics of a changing marketplace. Carole graduated with honors in 1975 from Emory University. She entered graduate school in 1983 (on a Martin Luther King, Jr. academic fellowship), and received her MBA degree from Northeastern University in Boston. Carole is the Tri State Coordinator for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Chair of the Multicultural Committee for the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau.  See: www.tellcarole.com


Julia Wai-Yin So, Ph.D - A Speaker of Diversity on Diversity

Julia So, Ph.D is a retired college professor and administrator, Dr. Julia Wai-Yin So is the Principal of So García Associates, LLC.  She has been speaking on diversity & inclusiveness, leadership & change, and Asian & Latino cultures since 1995.  With decades of international experience working with people from culturally diverse backgrounds while living in Hong Kong, Japan and Ecuador, she is an expert on UNRAVELling the Three Cs to debunk certain cultural communication codes that one uses or presenting the Asian/Latino Parallels about the similarities of the two fastest growing racial/ethnic minority groups in the US.  Dr. So received her B.A. and M.A. in Sociology from the University of Texas at Arlington, and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas.


CDMP Graduates December 5, 2012 include:


Maria Bonilla-Giuriato, CDMP,  Bonilla-Giuriato & Associates, Government  & Public Affairs, Salinas, California

Carlos Dominguez, CDMP,  General Manager, Hotel Santa Fe at the Islands Of Loreto - A Villa Group Property, Loreto, Mexico

Keala M. Griffin, CDMP, HelmsBriscoe, Dallas, Texas

 Bianca Giuriato, CDMP, Owner/Makeup Artist, M.U.A.H.!

Cathy Gonzales, CDMP, IAHMP Board Member, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Maxine Goulding, CDMP, California Special Occasions, Business and Social Event Planning

Becky Krinsky,CDMP,  Founder/Owner, Recetas para la Vida, San Diego, California

Vanessa Olmo, CDMP, Business Endeavors, San Antonio, Texas

Greg Palomino, CEP, CWP, CDMP, CRE8IVE EXECUTIVE OFFICER Meetings, Incentives, Corporate & Social Events, San Antonio, Texas

Alexandra Pelayo, CDMP, International Sales Rep, Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Roland Ramirez, CDMP, Corporate Liaison Manager SER-Jobs for Progress National, Inc., Irving, Texas

Terry Singleton, CSEP, CDMP, President/COO, CCP Events, Inc./EventScapes, Atlanta, Georgia

Séverine Stephenson, CMP, CDMP, Manager, Events & Logistics, National Headquarters Society of Hispanic MBA’s, Irving, Texas

Dionne Williamson, CDMP, Multicultural Sales Manager, Visit Buffalo Niagara


CDMP Graduates December 7, 2011 include:


Bea Rivas Davalos, CDMP

AlbuquerqueHispano Chamber of Commerce

Mary Ann Sena-Edelen, CDMP

Director of Regional Sales Diversity

MGM Resorts


Rosa Mendoza-Friedheim, CDMP

Director Mid Atlantic Sales

The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa


Ralph Gonzalez, CDMP

CEO - GVR Public Relations Agency


 Minerva Juardo, CDMP

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce


Cecilia Marquez, CDMP

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce


Yuriria Morales Sanchez, CDMP

International Sales Representative

Convention & Tourism

Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce


Michael Sarabia, CDMP

San Antonio Tourism & Travel Consultants


Alma Solis, CDMP

Chairman Chihuahua, Mexico

The Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation, Inc.


Evelyn Vazquez, CDMP

St. Augustine Ponte Vedra CVB


Juanita Walton.CDMP

Minority Marketing Manager
Oregon Convention and Visitor Services

Register for the CDMP! - The next CDMP certification course will be taking place at the next IAHMP Annual Conference. . HMP Members - $450.00 / Non-Members - $600.00  (Must pre-register in order to receive the CDMP study guide.) Follow this link to register today: 

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