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Upcoming Events


MPI Potomac's March Educational Experience: Cannabis Candidates and Coronavirus Effects on the Meetings Industry

Date: March 26
Time: 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Convene
600 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 

There are so many effects on the meetings these days and how we do business. As meeting professionals, it is imperative that we are informed and strategic in our approach for our future. Come hear from experts on hot topics in a TED talk-style format on how legalization of marijuana in many states, the political climate as we approach a presidential election and the Coronavirus outbreak influence our decisions and plans.

Click here for details and to register today! 

 


Date: April 14
Time: 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Where: Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC

There are two registration options for GMID: Full Hill Day or Afternoon Education, both followed by a networking reception

GMID showcases the power that our industry has when passionate professionals come together to prove the value of face-to-face meetings. Join the PCMA Capital Chapter and MPI Potomac Chapter for a day of advocacy, education and networking as we learn to engage legislators, dive into hot topics and support a worthy cause along the way.

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IT'S TIME AGAIN FOR THE MPI POTOMAC ANNUAL ONLINE AUCTION FUNDRAISER!


Whether you have one item or 100 to contribute, your participation is an invaluable part of our fundraising efforts. By donating an item or service directly online, you'll be helping to raise money for our organization, and you'll receive a mention on our site that can link back to your own web page.
 
  

 


MPI Potomac 10th Annual Derby Days & Silent Auction

Date: April 22
Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel
2500 Calvert St. NW, Washington, DC

Pull out your party hats, spring dresses and seersucker suits and join us for the 10th Annual Derby Days & Silent Auction.

Click here for details and to register today!

News & Announcements

The Networking Events Committee

The Networking Events Committee is MPI Potomac’s newest committee, responsible for the social events that build connections among members and nonmembers. Events we plan include Summer Sizzle, the joint PCMA/MPI fall event, Trivia Night and Derby Days. Committee members help to brainstorm the event components, plan logistics with different suppliers and coordinate with MPI Potomac committees. Volunteering on the committee is a great way to get real-world, event-planning experience and see the progress from start to finish. If you want to hone your event-planning skills, or if you just want to see the behind-the-scenes of planning, the Networking Events Committee is perfect for you!

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 Watch "The 5 Steps to Earn Your CMP"

Brought to you by the Career Development Committee

Please email mpipotomaccd@outlook.com with any questions or to receive information on the next CMP Prep course.

 

 

 

Operation Gratitude connects Americans with Military and First Responders through volunteer projects, acts of gratitude and meaningful engagements. Thanks to the volunteers at MACE, we made 150 paracord survival bracelets for our nation’s deployed troops, veterans, recruit graduates and first responders. They are more than a fashion statement; they can be used to hastily repair equipment and save a life in an emergency. Beyond their practical uses, these bracelets are a constant reminder of the grateful Americans like us supporting them from home. Operation Gratitude has so many wonderful activations from care kits to candy collections — we hope you can learn more online (https://www.operationgratitude.com/) and consider making them a part of your own conference or company party.

Here are some real "Success Stories"!

 

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New Member & Volunteer Spotlight
  
Derek Suminski
Vice President of Business Development
BAV/JSAV Show and Event Services
 
Derek Suminski serves as the vice president of business development for BAV/JSAV Show and Event Services. BAV and JSAV, each company with over 30 years in the AV and production space, merged in 2019. Suminski explains, “Two industry-leading production companies with identical service-driven cultures have strategically joined forces, integrating our talents and resources while better serving our customers throughout North America and South America. We have created one stronger and more vibrant company.” Suminski also is finishing his third term on the MPI-Potomac board of directors, leading the MACE charge all three years he was on the board. 
  
Hilary Chattler
Sales Account Manager
TopGolf National Harbor
 
Hilary Chattler says she was born for the hospitality industry! She started out as a senior in high school in 2005 in Seal Beach, California, and then got a degree in hotel, restaurant and institutional management. After getting her degree, she got a job as a restaurant manager. She is now a sales account manager for TopGolf National Harbor. The best career advice Chattler has ever received is from her current director, Adam Froemming, who told her to “lean in.” A few of Chattler’s favorite things are visiting her best friend in Boston and eating anything with peanut butter. She also loves listening to reggae music and NPR. One of Chattler's pet peeves is tardiness, so she is always early! If money were no object, Chattler said, “I would somehow have my friends live in the vicinity that I could cook them breakfast every morning.”
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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. 
 
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