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Upcoming Events

Meeting Professionals International – World Education Congress (MPI-WEC) will take place July 23-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. This year’s conference has been "Redesigned for the New Rules of Engagement".

From the all-new Hosted Buyer Program, to the Solution Room and the return of Flash Point, MPI -WEC promises to give you a customized experience with measurable results. While in Orlando, don’t forget to join us on Monday evening, July 25, for our joint chapter reception. Registration for the reception is FREE and it promises to be a great evening of networking as we join with a dozen other chapters from around the globe at Copper Canyon Grille.

On Sunday, July 24, look for fellow members from the Potomac Chapter outside the doors of the opening general session beginning at 10am. Look for the POTOMAC sign where chapter members will sit together as a group!


Please plan on joining PMPI and Speaker Michael Sands MA, PMP, President, Sands Consulting Group, Inc. for the August Grab & Go: Enhancing Meeting Management through Project Management Practices on Thursday, August 11, 2011 from 12:00pm until 1:00pm. Sign up here.


PMPI’s Summer Sizzle! Join us on Thursday, August 25 at the Dumbarton House in Georgetown. Re-connect with old friends, make new ones, and dedicate this year to advancing your career. As you cool down, browse through the committee fair and take that first step by joining a committee.

Details are being finalized, but get on board and save the date now!


Planning to sit for the January 2012, Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Examination?

If so, don’t miss out on the PMPI  Fall CMP Course starting September 26.


Save the Date – MACE! 2012
February 9-10, 2012
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center 

No matter where you are in your career, everyone is looking to advance to the next level. Whether it’s a new title, new company, or taking a new career direction, staying up to date on industry trends and education is the key to advancement. Join PMPI for an incredible two-day event at which PMPI will take education to the next level, focusing on career advancement and new industry trends, while continuing the successful Flipped Marketplace, bringing planners and suppliers together for one-on-one interactions.

Registration will open in early November 2011

Attention Suppliers: the Marketplace sold out in 2011 so make sure to register early to guarantee your spot!


The National Conference Center
News and Announcements

Are you interested in getting more out your PMPI membership?

Would you like to share your time and talents with one of our committees?

If you are looking for a way to connect with other members and share your valuable skills in a chapter leadership position, please consider serving in one of the areas listed below.

The success of our chapter depends on the combined efforts of all of our members, and so we hope you will consider joining us as a volunteer this year. Please contact the board director listed for additional details on how you can serve.

Education Committee: co-chair opening, please contact Katie Herritage, CMP, CSEP at

Publications Committee: co-chair opening, please contact Dot Hewitt at

Student Involvement Committee: (2) co-chair openings, please contact Tammy Kockaya, CMP at

Leadership Committee: co-chair opening, please contact Tammy Kockaya, CMP at

Strategic Alliances (sponsorships): (2) co-chair openings, please contact Matthew Wales, CMP at

Site Selection Committee: (2) co-chair openings, please contact Matthew Wales, CMP at

MACE! (Regional Education Conference): co-chair opening (student track), please contact David McKennon, CMP at


Announcing PMPI’s 2011/2012 Charity of the Year!

PMPI’s Community Outreach Committee is thrilled to announce the 2011/2012 charity of the year – Martha’s Table.

This Washington, DC based organization helps our community in many ways from food and clothing programs, to educational and workforce enrichment opportunities.

The COC is confident that our chapter will be a great asset to this wonderful organization over the upcoming year.

To learn more about Martha’s Table and their mission, visit . 

To get involved with the COC and our outreach efforts, contact Katie Hais, CMP at or (202) 289-3114.


Calling on Potential PMPI CMP Exam Study Group Facilitators

Are you interested in sharing your expertise on a CMP blueprint topic and facilitating relevant discussion to potential CMP candidates? If the answer is "yes," then sign up to be a facilitator alongside other seasoned facilitators who have facilitated previous CMP Study Groups.

We are looking for facilitators who are willing to be extended mentors in assisting their colleagues in their study and preparation for the exam. All facilitators will receive support and resources from CIC and PMPI to prepare to facilitate their session, in addition to the CMP recertification credit.

If you are interested in being a facilitator, please contact Sekeno Aldred, CMP at


CMP Related Upcoming Deadlines

While we are in the midst of the summer, it is not too early to think about the next round of CMP deadline dates. So plan on getting yourself up to speed and plan accordingly.

CMP Application - August 16, 2011

CMP Registration - October 25, 2011

Fall PMPI Study Group Registration - September 16, 2011 

CMP Recertification - October 14, 2011 

CMP Late Recertification - December 31, 2011 

CMP First Quarter Exam - January 7, 2012

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Please visit our website at to learn more and register for all of our events,
as well as information about the resources we have to offer you.