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Upcoming Events

Let’s take a trip back to 1980 and prepare to Unleash Your Inner Rock Star as we kick off the PMPI 2012-2013 year; let’s start this show off a BANG at the PMPI Summer Sizzle Palooza! This event is a time to network with your fellow rock stars, get some new autographs and chill out to the sounds of the '80s. It’s also an event where you can meet the bands (AKA the PMPI Committees) and decide which band you want to go on tour with (AKA JOIN). Exclusive Green Room and VIP passes will be handed out to those who prove they are a true PMPI groupies and network with all the bands at the Summer Sizzle.

Purchase your tickets today, as this show always sells out and we cannot guarantee we will have tickets at the door! Bring a friend, co-worker, boss or music lover to the Sizzle.

See you back stage on the 22nd!

PMPI asks you to be responsible. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, please drink responsibly, and don't drink and drive.

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Capitol View Business and Conference Center
101 Constitution Ave NW # 900, Washington DC 20001, Metro: Union Station/Judiciary Square

Click here for more information and to register.


You will be inspired by the lineup of speakers, and for those working toward the CMP designation or CMP renewals, you will earn six CEU credit hours covering areas noted by the CMP Blueprint.

Click here for more details.


This event is free to members of PMPI. It will be held on Aug. 24, 2012. 
Click here to learn more.

Learn more and sign up by Sept. 14 to receive guaranteed admission to all six Education Experiences.
Drawing on the success of teaching communication for more than 28 consecutive semesters, University Professor Gail Alofsin walks the talk when it comes to best practices in professional and personal communication. Join us on Sept. 20 and you’ll leave with communications strategies that you can put to use right away. See the PMPI website for details.
Phoenix Convention Center
News and Announcements

The PMPI CMP University is facilitated by local, experienced CMPs and includes handouts for each section, complete information about the exam and test-taking tips. Some of the many benefits of being a part of the study course include:

  • Clarification of complex material and concepts
  • Great time management assistance
  • Learning CMP test-taking tips
  • Support and encouragement

The 11-week course takes place 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday evenings at DC-area Metro-accessible locations.

PMPI Members: $250
Nonmembers: $359

Click here to register for the CMP University

Please note that, while the exam pass rate for participants of past PMPI CMP University is excellent, participation in the study course is not a guarantee of passing the CMP exam. CMP University provides up to 20 CIC clock hours.

If you would like to apply for scholarship to a PMPI event, please download this PMPI Cares Application Form.


Nominations are in for the first Rock Star Awards of the year. Online voting opens on Aug. 9 and goes through Aug. 17. Log on and support your favorite performer!! Then be sure to attend Summer Sizzle to find out who ROCKS!

Click here between Aug. 9 and 17 for a link to the voting ballot.


You've spent years refining your skills as a meeting professional. Now share your experience and knowledge by submitting a presentation for consideration at a PMPI education event. PMPI invites all speakers to submit presentations for our educational initiatives and MACE 2013!

We are very interested in innovative presentation formats including case studies, panel discussions and other cutting-edge adult learning formats. We welcome all new ideas and encourage forward thinking presentations. Our Call for Presentations is continually open and reviewed biannually in March and September.

To submit your presentations, please click here.


Be the first of your friends to secure backstage passes to some of your favorite gigs, including: Summer Sizzle, Monster Bash, Derby Days, Evening of the Stars, and a medley of Education Events, along with other opening acts still to be announced. These upcoming events are all in the planning stages, but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of these Rockin' Sponsorship deals NOW by contacting your Sponsorship Committee Co-Chairs Kim Reyes and Elizabeth Makkai  for more details.

Click here to review the RFP for our upcoming events.


Are you thinking about acquiring an industry designation and would like to speak with a fellow member who has gone through the process? Whether a CMP, CMM, CSEP or other, we have member volunteers willing to speak with you to share their personal experiences and help you learn which designation is the best fit for your career path.

Industry Designation "Human Resource" Program
PMPI has developed a program that will allow our members with industry designations to share their experiences and expertise with the future CMPs, CMMs, CEMs, CGMPs, etc., of tomorrow. In 2012 we are launching the first ever Industry Designation "Human Resource" Program. We will be using our greatest resource – experienced, working industry peers within PMPI – to help answer inquiries and provide direction, leadership, general knowledge and share personal experiences with those PMPI members interested in taking ownership of their own professional development by acquiring one or more of the various industry designations and/or certifications.

Below is a list of PMPI members willing to accept your outreach with questions regarding their particular designation and industry discipline and to act as a trusted counselor or supporter to guide you through the process. Who better to learn from than someone who has already gone through the process? Most communication will be via email, telephone and, to a lesser degree, in person if both parties so desire and are able to meet face-to-face.

Based on the amount of interest our designation volunteers receive on this initial program we may provide a more formalized program later down the road in which a mentor and mentee are identified and matched for a specified period of time.

CMP – Certified Meeting Professional

Ann Kilian, CMP
Senior Conference Manager
International Association of Chiefs of Police
**Request email only for initial contact**

Deidre "DeDe" Walsh, CMP, CTS
National Sales Manager
Projection Presentation Technology

Jason Watkins, CMP
Director of Meetings
American Anthropological Association

CMM - Certified Meeting Manager

Komita T. Primalani, CMP, CMM
Marketing Conference Manager
Surescripts, LLC

Carrie Mitchell, CMP
National Sales Manager
Atlantic City Convention and Visitors Authority

CGMP - Certified Government Meeting Professional

Mikki Strompf, CGMP, CMP
Meeting Planner
Booz, Allen, Hamilton

Brian Chung, CGMP
National Sales Manager
Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau

CAE - Certified Association Executive

Kathleen Cochran, CAE, CMP
VP Meetings
National Assn. of Health Underwriters
**Request email only for initial contact**

Elise Lindsey, CMP, CAE
VP Business Development
Production Associates

CASE - Certified Association Sales Executive

Sally Slater, CASE
Regional Director of Sales
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

CEM - Certified in Exhibition Management

Diana DeJoy, CMP, CEM
International Manager, Operations
Biotechnology Industry Organization

CSEP - Certified Special Event Professional

Cynthia McDowell, CSEP, CMP
Meeting & Event Planner
National Stone, Sand & Gravel Assn.

For more information please contact one of our Career Development Committee Co-Chairs:

Sekeno Aldred, CMP MTA
Learning Events Specialist
Goodwill Industries International, Inc.
15810 Indianola Drive
Rockville, MD 20855

Robin Roane, CTE, CCTE
CMP Senior Sales Manager
Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association
625 North Washington Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, VA 22314



Remember the days when you were a student, struggling to figure out your place in the world as well as how to pay for that next semester’s textbook? Please consider sponsoring a student member of PMPI. Your $40 sponsorship will offer a student a valuable membership in our chapter and access to our educational & networking events.

For more information, please click here or contact Jessica K. Roberts, CMP, Chair of the Student Involvement Committee at


These events are scheduled for September, October and November 2012 and January, March and April 2013. We are looking for venues to host one or more of these events. If you are a venue looking to gain exposure to Greater Washington, DC meeting and event professionals, please consider hosting one of these events. With both education AND networking incorporated into these events, you get the best of both worlds by showcasing your business and fun side.

Click here view the 2012-13 Education Program RFP.

Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa


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.