The MPI Potomac Chapter has organized a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force that will begin meeting monthly outside of our regularly scheduled board meetings. It’s time not only to ask the hard questions, but to develop a plan to embrace hard working individuals from every culture, every race, every orientation, and provide education and a path to be a successful leader. But we cannot do this alone, nor do we want to. It is time to begin the conversation and provide to the membership our goals of what we are hoping to achieve in the coming months and years. Our hope is to develop some great ideas and incorporate action steps in order to be a more educated and diverse organization.
The term diversity is not an unfamiliar word. It is popular in our industry, pops up daily in our news cycle, and seems to be an initiative in every organization I am attached to. But, what does diversity really mean, and what are we doing to move it passed being a subject of conversation, and making it an everyday focus? We see, especially in our organization from our friends at global down to our very own Potomac Chapter, the need to bring this topic to light and start making some moves to where this is no longer a problem, but something we celebrate. We are living in on the most densely diverse areas in the country, its time our chapter is represented like we do.
- Establish affinity networking events in D.C./VA/MD
- Develop a curriculum to educate board members and co-chairs
- Establish a succession program for future leaders that come from diverse backgrounds
Have questions? Please contact the Task Force Leaders Anthony
Utilizing Bidding for Good, the leader in online charity auctions, MPI Potomac will be auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to bid on to raise money for our organization – and the more items we have the more money we can raise, so we're asking for your help.
Show your support by donating items to our auction catalog. This is a great way to assist us with our fundraising efforts. We encourage you to be creative and invite everyone to participate in this opportunity. Why not consider providing lunch with your congressman; or providing a piece of art by a beloved artist; or extending a wine tour at a local Virginia winery? Of course, hotel accommodations, airline tickets, transportation items, etc. are perennial winners.
How to Donate in 1-2-3
2. Click on the "Donate Items" link on the left side of the page.
3. Complete the form with your contact information and donation item.
Maximize Your Exposure and Help Maximize the Bids
When you post your donation on the MPI Potomac Bidding for Good site be sure to include:
1. Pictures and description of the donated item(s)
2. Value of the donated item(s)
3. Your organization’s logo and website
When: Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 4-7:30 p.m.
Kimpton George Hotel, 15 E. Street N.W.
Metro: Union Station
Washington, DC 20001
Explore innovative ideas and best practices of meeting planning with roundtable discussions with topics:
- What’s New in Hotel Contract Language – Brigid Corrigan, Corrigan Associates LLC
- Key Cybersecurity Concerns for 2018 – Christine Gordon, IronNet Cybersecurity and Matt Lembright, Enabld
- How to Maximize Your A/V Spend – Brian Monahan, Prestige AV and Creative Services
- Advantages of Diversity in the Workplace – Shelli Vasser Gilliam, Vasser Gilliam LLC
- Why Marketing an Event is Crucial to its Success – Lorie Grooms, CMP, Details First Event Planning
- Key Benefits of Incorporating Service Projects into Your Meeting – Natalie Beiro, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
We encourage you to continue the conversation at a reception immediately following the program.
When: Monday, April 9, 2018, 5:30–8:30pm
Where: The Congressional Club
2001 New Hampshire Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
(Metro: U Street/African-Amer Civil War Memorial/Cardozo)
In the tradition with the Annual Kentucky Derby – Run for the Roses, we invite you to join us for the 8th Annual MPI Potomac Derby Days. An exciting evening that includes our silent auction and "Hat’s On" competition.
The Kentucky Derby is America’s original, extravagant springtime sports party. To continue building upon a MPI Potomac tradition, we invite you to experience an evening of southern charm and celebration as MPI Potomac teams with the Louisville CVB and The Congressional Club to bring the thrills of the Derby to D.C.!
Horses! No Derby experience would be complete without an actual race. So get ready, and post up as all attendees will get to take part in electronic horse races that will be staged throughout the night.
Silent Auction! The betting does not have to stay on the track. Help support MPI Potomac and gain some great items for yourself via our on line auction. All you need is your wallet and your smart phone to bid. (No worries, we will have laptops available too.)
Hat’s On! As we continue our Derby Days tradition, our hat contest will be in full swing this year. Large or small, contemporary or old-fashioned, big brimmed; feathered, flowery, furry or just plain fascinating ... women and men are welcome to top off their Derby duds with a variety of ostentatious head wear. No hat? No worries – come make one at the event and take it home for a fun keepsake of the evening.
When: April 12, 2018
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the meetings and events industry to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Meeting professionals across the world participate in the international day of advocacy, with more than 120 events held across six continents in 2017. This year's tagline is "Real results, real impact, all around the world."