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Galveston Island CVB

PMPI Mentor Me
Students will benefit from learning outside the classroom and receiving guidance in the meetings industry. Industry professionals will benefit from having a direct influence on the student’s career growth and success in the program.

What is expected of a Mentee?
A Mentee has to be committed to making the experience successful and valuable. Mentees must take the initiative to attend PMPI events and communicate regularly with their mentor. Mentees should also identify their goals and objectives for their participation in the program.

What is expected of a Mentor?
A Mentor must be passionate about the student’s success. A mentor commits to holding four, one-on-one meetings with their mentee throughout the year. Some examples of one-on-one meetings can be "Take Your Mentee to Work Day" or invite them out to a PMPI Educational Experience or event. Each mentor will receive monthly modules to help guide the mentoring process. The mentor can utilize these resources or develop his/her own process. Mentoring can focus on a variety of topics including: personal and professional development, career advice, ethics and leadership, etc.

For more information and application instructions please click here.


The Potomac Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (PMPI) and Fern Expo are pleased to announce a student scholarship program designed to be a professional development opportunity for students to further their careers in the meetings industry. Students will benefit from this program by networking with industry professionals, learning valuable industry trends, and enhancing their professional experience.

Fern Expo will sponsor the PMPI student membership fee and all of the PMPI Educational Experience fees for each selected candidate for one year. In addition, PMPI and Fern Expo will encourage and assist students to obtain meeting industry internships in order to fulfill the expectations of this program. The duration of the student scholarship program will be one year and will be awarded to five qualified candidates annually selected by PMPI and Fern Expo

PMPI & Fern Expo Student Scholarship 2013-2014 Timeline:

April 15, 2013 - Application & Package
May 15, 2013 - Scholarship Recipients will be Informed
June 18, 2013 - Recipients will be announced at PMPI’s Evening of the Stars
September 1, 2013 - PMPI & Fern Expo Student Scholarship Program Commences
August 31, 2014 - PMPI & Fern Expo Student Scholarship Program Ends

For more information and application instructions please click here.

Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Upcoming Events

We surveyed our members and the topics selected for discussion were your choice.

These include:

• Attendee Communication
•Conference Apps
•Contract Negotiation
•Exhibitor Best Practices
•Non-Traditional Revenue Generation & Sponsorship Opportunities
•Working with Internal Stakeholders: Leading the Village

Want the inside scoop on how to maximize your membership with PMPI? Join us prior the program for PMPI Insider. Click here to register.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

The Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington DC
Metro: Eastern Market


Join hospitality attorney Josh Grimes in this fast-paced and interactive discussion of today’s contracting process from start to finish. Learn the essential information to include in a hotel RFP, and how that RFP can give you leverage to negotiate a favorable hotel contract with your organization’s meeting policies, spending guidelines and legal requirements included.

Date: April 9, 2013

Time: 11:00 am-2:00 PM

Location: The Melrose Hotel, Foggy Bottom

Click here for more info and to register.


Michele was such a huge hit at MACE that we’re bringing her back to PMPI to help us do our jobs more effectively. Analyzing your stakeholders is critical to the success of every project or assignment in every organization. By engaging the right people in the right way, you can make a big difference to your project’s success – and to your career. As your career develops, the projects you manage and actions you take will affect more and more people – the more likely your actions will impact those who have power and influence over your projects or career. These stakeholders could be strong supporters of your work – or they could block it. Understanding stakeholder management is a critical business skill that successful people use to win support from others.

Date: May 22, 2013

Time: 3:30-7:30 (includes networking reception)

Location: Waterview Conference Center, Arlington, VA

Click here for more information and to register.

The Kentucky Derby is America's original, extravagant springtime sports party. We are building upon our own PMPI tradition and invite you to experience an evening of southern charm and springtime celebration as PMPI teams with the Louisville CVB, and the OMNI Shoreham Hotel to bring the thrills of the Kentucky Derby to DC! Enjoy such traditions as mint juleps while mingling with your industry colleagues in our very own tribute to Churchill Downs.
Greater Raleigh CVB
News and Announcements

Application Submission

· February 19 – May 7, 2013
· May 14 – July 30, 2013

CIC Exam Registration

· February 27 – March 20, 2013
· May 22 – June 5, 2013
· August 14 – September 4, 2013

Exam Dates

· May 9 – May 18, 2013
· August 8 – August 17, 2013
· November 7 – November 16, 2013

For more information on career development, click here.

For more information contact: Sekeno Aldred, CMP at or Robin Roane, CMP, CTE, CCTE at


Who do you know that deserves recognition for their work for PMPI?

Each and every volunteer is of critical importance to moving our organization forward. Whether they offered invaluable help with the planning and execution of MACE! or worked behind the scenes on other endeavors, now is the time to step up and nominate them for PMPI Rock Star recognition.

Nominations are open now through March 15. Submit yours today!

Click here for the link to the electronic nomination form.

Be sure to submit a photo of your nominee to Please put "PMPI Nomination Photo" in the subject line and include the nominee’s name in the body of the mail.

Contact Terri Moore at if you have any questions.



Community service projects will be completed by our participants at a multitude of sites, concurrently, creating the most impact for our neighbors. We will give back to schools, effect food pantries, help military and more.

HINT: We will be partnering with other major industry players...

You already know the theme this year is to give back without giving money, and our volunteer efforts have been generating increased interest. Chicago has a service day that you may have even heard of, that the industry can’t stop talking about. As the nation’s capital, it’s time to boast our red, white and blue with an event of our own.

HINT: We will have a kick-off rally and a closing celebration.

If you are interesting in joining the Community Outreach Committee in shaping this inaugural event, please contact Community Outreach Chair, Tabatha Gilmore at

Meet the Leaders of the Potomac Chapter, learn more about committee opportunities, ask questions about industry certifications and so much more! The Insider is open to all members, new and old, and occurs before or after the PMPI Education Experiences (E2), so just look for the timing on the event registration page and RSVP for the PMPI Insider. Look for more information how to become a PMPI Insider on our website .

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


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!

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.

Greater Des Moines Convention And Visitors Bureau
Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
The Boar's Head
PMPI Strategic Partners


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.