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Virginia Beach is more than a top meeting destination with unbeatable service. It’s a real game-changer in how you see a great meeting experience. Offering an abundance of modern amenities, unique venues, and timeless coastal appeal, Virginia Beach will give you a new perspective on meetings excellence– all just a short drive or train ride away.
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Time to sign up for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Study Group – 10-week session

  • Are you ready for the next step in your career?
  • Have you submitted your CMP application and been approved to take the exam? 
  • Need some study tips and tactics?

MPI Potomac will provide its CMP Study Group to review the body of knowledge covered on the exam.

When:   One night per week* between Feb. 25 – April 29

*Monday nights with three exceptions; see registration link for full schedule

Time:     5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. each night

Where:  Financial Services Institute, 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

Metro Stop: Metro Center (Red line); Federal Triangle (Blue line)

More information/Register

News & Announcements

Creating Positive Change with Diversity & Inclusion

Why does diversity and inclusion matter in the event and hospitality industry? Research has shown that diversity improves business results for clients, teams and employees and a more inclusive environment proves to be more innovative. An industry that hears and embraces many voices and perspectives will shape better outcomes and a stronger future for the meeting and hospitality industry. Join us for a dynamic panel conversation where diversity and inclusion professionals from various perspectives explore key issues and best practices to advance our organizations.

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the impact of dversity and inclusion in the workplace.
  • Discover how inclusion can foster innovation.
  • Illustrate the advantages of teams with diverse generations, abilities, genders and cultures.

When:  Wednesday, March 20
            4 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Where:  The Eaton Hotel
1201 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
Metro: Metro Center (Red/Blue/Orange)

Register here!


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Galveston Island CVB

Board Director: Shelli Vasser Gilliam, CMP, SEPC, Vasser Gilliam LLC

Co-Chair: Sigrid Vélez-Nelson, Senior Sales Manager, Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay


Co-Chair: Carla Fernandez, CMP, Physicians Program Manager at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

The Career Development Committee is led by Co-Chairs Sigrid Velez-Nelson and Carla Fernandez, CMP, and includes three awesome, dedicated committee volunteers — Carla Cobos Hull, CMP, MBA; Kerry Lambert, CMP, and Renee Stake, CMP. Shelli Vasser Gilliam, CMP, is the board director, leadership & career development. The committee coordinates the CMP Winter Boot Camp as well as the CMP spring and fall 10-week sessions.

This year, they have had many successes including securing speakers for all of the courses and managing the CMP Winter Bootcamp in early January during the first snow storm of 2019. They attribute much of their success to the volunteers, sponsors and network. This committee has learned that it's important to attend MPI educational sessions and industry networking events so that you can meet and engage with members who share a similar passion for career development. They have consistently secured many of the same facilitators for each study group. One challenge the committee is facing is that class sizes have become smaller. They would love to see more participants who are interested in achieving their certification.

The Career Development Committee is looking for members able to help coordinate details of study group sessions and members with their CMP to facilitate future sessions. If you are interested in joining this committee or would like more information, please contact Co-Chairs Sigrid Valez at and Carla Fernandez at

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Member Survey
Congratulations MPI Potomac from MPI Global! Our chapter had the highest growth of new members in December 2018 in comparison to December 2017 of ALL MPI chapters, as announced by MPI Global in January. Thank YOU for your continued support being a part of our chapter!

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Visit Alexandria
Get off the beaten path & meet in the unexpected

Consider a waterfront destination just minutes from D.C. alive with over 200 restaurants, boutiques and museums set amongst centuries of history. Nestled in the heart of it all, four-star boutique and conference hotels accommodate groups up to 700. Alexandria, VA, named a 2019 #3 Best Small City by Condé Nast Traveler is a destination guaranteed to excite attendees and ignite a spark in your next meeting.

Take a quick peak at Old Town’s new vibe
Wilmington and Beaches Convention and Visitors Bureau
MGM National Harbor
The Cavalier Virginia Beach