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Upcoming Events

                                    MPI Potomac's January Educational Experience: 
                                               "What Business Are YOU Really In?"
                                                    When:     Thursday, January 16
                                                    Time:       11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
                                                    Where:    FHI 360 Conference Center
                                                    1825 Connecticut Ave.NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20009
                                                    Nearest metro station: Dupont Circle 
                                                This session is approved by EIC for one clock hour.

                                                                             Register here

News & Announcements

Spread the excitement of MPI Potomac!

The membership team is seeking committee members with goals of being part of a rewarding meeting planning/hospitality organization. Join one of our three committees to meet many new industry contacts and learn and grow exponentially as a contributing member. Committees include: Retention, Recruitment, and Engagement and Outreach.

The committees offer varying levels of time commitment to fit your schedule and are charged with the responsibility of growing our chapter by the wonderful benefits of membership to potential new members. Member retention is one of the most important elements of a successful organization. We believe in making sure our new members feel welcome and immediately networked into the chapter as well as ensuring our existing members have the ability to maximize their return on investment in MPI. Be an active provider of spirit for your membership and join one of our membership committees today.

Learn more about our committees


Interested in hosting our next CMP Preparation course?
Please contact Melissa Benowitz at

 Monday nights, 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., February 24 - April 27

 Room for at least 25 people - U-shape or conference style

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"The 5 Steps to Earn Your CMP" brought to you by the Career Development Committee

Please email for questions or to learn when the next CMP Prep course will be.

Click here to watch the video!

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New Member & Volunteer Spotlight
Leila Beltramo
Destination Sales Manager
Visit Montgomery, MD
Leila Beltramo is the co-chair of the Retention and Recognition Committee within the MPI Potomac membership team. When asked for her favorite thing about volunteering for MPI Potomac, Beltramo emphatically replied, “The people!” She said that she has met and connected with such a great group, enjoys being given the opportunity to provide her input and likes hearing about what is coming in the pipeline for chapter events.
Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Beltramo lived a number of years in Cape Town before moving to the U.S. 10 years ago. Her career has included 18 years in the hospitality industry. She started in service hospitality management in 1996 in Johannesburg and then spent time as a corporate trainer before coming back to the hospitality industry. The best career advice she ever received was to “make sure to introduce yourself to the 'top' leader — get to know them and make sure they know you. Preferably, for good reasons (ha ha)!”
When it comes to vacationing, Beltramo loves to go where the beach is. She just went on her first family Disney Cruise and described it as a magical experience that she highly recommends. She also loves to go on safari, which she explained is a “must-do” trip and added, “There is nothing like being out in the wild and seeing animals in their natural habitats.”
If money was no object, Beltramo would work for an organization that would help “put words into action of what we can really do now to help our children, and our children's children, to have a future.”
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Regional Meetings Close to Home
As meetings trend to regional, planners see the value in choosing smaller destinations, close to home. Why not consider the #3 Top Best Small City in the U.S. (Condé Nast Travelers 2019) right in your backyard?  Easily drivable for staff and attendees, Alexandria and our hospitality partners are ready to welcome you back with the Alexandria Promise and much more. 
See why Alexandria is now, more than ever, the perfect destination.
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MPI Academy Webinars

Meetings 2020: Hotel Trends that Matter for #Eventprofs

Date:    January 10

Time:    Noon - 1 p.m. EST


Effective Communication Focused on Your Professional Relationship

Date:    January 28

Time:    7 a.m. - 8 a.m. EST

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