MPI Potomac FYI
Message from the President

Please see this special video from MPI Potomac President Anthony Molino

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Call Pam!
I’m Pam Sherfesee and here to help with insider knowledge and established connections in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA. Meetings are paused for now, but my ability to help you hasn’t. Please call me so that I may help you navigate an ever-changing landscape and take you on a virtual tour of Colorado Springs. Together, let’s re-imagine what a successful meeting looks like.
Call or email me today!
Upcoming Events
Date Time Topic Link
Thursday, April 9 5:30-6:30 p.m. EST Finding The Bright Side Click Here!
Monday, April 13 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST Scavenger Hunt Click Here!
Thursday, April 16 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST Recipe Swap Click Here!
News & Announcements

We are thrilled to announce that the MPI Potomac Chapter is a Rise Award Finalist as an Industry Advocate! The RISE Awards recognize community members and chapters from across the globe, celebrating the spirit of leadership, impact, and innovation. Celebrate with us at the WEC in Grapevine!

Click here to see the 2020 RISE Awards Finalist!


Call for the 2020-2021 Annual Awards Nominations

Volunteerism is the heart of the MPI Potomac Chapter's success. We need your assistance to recognize our wonderful members whose contributions have helped the chapter achieve our goals! 

We are excited to announce the opening of nominations for our annual awards to be presented at the Evening of the Stars MPI Potomac Annual Meeting & Awards Reception. Nominate a colleague today!

Nominations close May 4, 2020. Click here for more details!


Watch "The 5 Steps to Earn Your CMP"

Brought to you by the Career Development Committee

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

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New Member & Volunteer Spotlight
Pamela Bertelson
Meeting Planner
MedStar Health/SiTEL
Pamela Bertelson, CMP hails from Burlington, Wisconsin – Chocolate City, USA!
Pamela has been in the hospitality industry for 10 years and the best career advice she has ever received is to “treat everyone like an adult.”
Pamela enjoys vacationing anywhere in the Caribbean. She is currently a Meeting Planner at MedStar Health/SiTEL, but if money were no object, she would be a personal assistant for a drag queen, saying “I would happily carry any drag queen’s purse!”
Janice “JJ” Jackson
Events & Meeting Manager
National Football League Players Association
Janice Jackson is a Charter member of MPI's Association Planners Advisory Board and member of MPI Potomac. She has been with the National Football League Players Association for almost three years. Previously, she worked for the NBA, NFL and the Baltimore Convention Center. What she likes best about her position is to create engaging and unique experiences for her membership.
She joined MPI because through its many resources is so valuable in building relationships, broadening her industry education/knowledge and provides a variety of professioal developemnt opportunities.
When Janice is not working, she is traveling! She describes herself as a wanderlust and has been to all but one continent and has lost count on the countries. Her goal is to finish all 50 states inthe next two years.
When she was a kid, she dreamed of being a lawyer and she excelled in math, chemistry and physics.
The best piece of advice she has ever been given is "Yes is the answer, now what is the question?" She says that this viewpoint has developed within her a strong ability to be resourceful.
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Visit Alexandria
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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Career Opportunities

Events Planner
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD 

Associate, Conference and Event Services
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Washington, DC

Summer 2020 - Communications & Events Internship (Paid)
New America
Washington, DC 

MPI Academy Webinars

Date: April 14. 2020
Time: 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. EST
Click here to register!

MPI will broadcast a day-long summit that will focus specifically on tools and skills relevant to moving forward during this unique global situation. We will connect with our industry leaders and peers from around the world in a live, 12-hour global broadcast and share learnings that are immediately actionable and relevant.

*This is an MPI event and does not replace the face-to-face GMID event that the chapter will be holding this fall with PCMA Capital Chapter.



Date: May 13, 2020
Time: 4:00-7:00 p.m.
Place: Convene



Date: June 18, 2020
Time: 5:30-9:00 p.m.
Where: The Warner Theater
Washington, DC

MPI Academy Webinars

Coronavirus Dialogue Series: Is it Force Majeure? Dealing with Coronavirus and other Calamities in your Contracts

April 16
2:30-3:00 p.m. EST
Click here to register!

Coronavirus has captured the attention of the entire world, but the meetings and travel industry have been hit harder than most others. This session will discuss the coronavirus and the decisions meeting sponsors are having to make whether the event is a go or no-go and whether the force majeure clause is applicable.

Coronavirus Dialogue Series: Event Risk Management in a Post-Pandemic World

April 29
12:00-1:00 p.m. EST
Click here to register!

As the world recovers from the current crisis, and clients start to hold events again, identifying and reducing risk in the post-coronavirus period will be vital to ensure safety, reputation, financial viability. This session discusses the importance of an integrated and formalized risk management process in event planning, as well as some of the new risks and associated contingencies that are likely to be the new norm for events in the near future.