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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.


The application deadline for the PMPI Mentor Me program is quickly approaching! Please submit your application to serve as a mentee or mentor by 5pm on Monday, April 15th.

What is the Mentor Me program?
Mentor Me is a mentorship program designed for students to learn from industry professionals. Members have the opportunity to serve as mentors to students, providing both the opportunity to grow from one another. Students will benefit from learning outside the classroom and receiving guidance in the meetings industry, while industry professionals will benefit from having a direct influence on the student’s career growth and success in the program.

This student program is designed to meet the student’s specific needs and expectations. Once the student is paired up with their mentor, they have one academic calendar year (September 2013 – May 2014) to fulfill their goals and objectives.

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.

The deadline to submit your application is 5:00pm on Monday, April 15th!

Please click here for more information and application instructions.

Questions? Email us at .



This year’s Silent Auction will be powered by online service Bidding For Good. This awesome site allows you to view and bid online before and during Derby Days for our terrific auction items. As a donor your exposure intensifies greatly for Bidding For Good has a following of over 300,000 bidders viewing all items in the system!

We will open the auction on April 15 and close it at the Derby Days event on April 25. Here are some reasons to consider a donation to the silent auction or providing a sponsorship:

♥ Proceeds received will also help augment the cost of professional development and other various member benefits of PMPI

♥ You will receive recognition via Bidding For Good to over 300,000 on line bidders and the evening of the event.

We encourage you to be creative and invite our planners to participate in this opportunity. Why not consider providing lunch with your congressman; or providing a piece of art by a beloved artist; or extending a wine tour at a local Virginia winery? Of course hotel accommodations, airline tickets, transportation items, etc. are perennial winners.

Be creative, have fun! Donating is easy too.

Click here and you will be connected to PMPI's Bidding For Good Auction page. Follow the prompts to place your donation on line including photographs and links to your organization's website.


Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Upcoming Events

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

Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the meeting and event industry’s largest and most vibrant global community helps our members thrive by providing human connections to knowledge and ideas, relationships, and marketplaces. MPI membership is composed of more than 24,000 members belonging to 71 chapters and clubs worldwide.

The Potomac Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (PMPI) is one of the organization’s largest chapters with nearly 1,000 members. Established in 1978, PMPI continues to build a diverse, international meeting industry community in the Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC areas. By connecting more members to more opportunities for professional development and successful business partnerships, PMPI delivers ever greater value to its members year over year. Of the nearly 1,000 members, approximately 60% represent association, non-profit, and corporate meeting planner professionals.

Purpose of Event / Anticipated Outcome of Event:

The Educational Experiences (e²) are PMPI’s primary way to deliver current and timely education to our members. Listed on the last page are potential topics for this year’s education; if any are appealing to you or your General Manager you may also request to host a specific topic.

After reviewing the requirements below, you may submit your proposal (by email, mail or fax) to:


18222 Flower Hill Way, Suite 270

Gaithersburg, MD 20879

Attn: Melissa Benowitz

FAX: (877) 332-5186


PMPI expects that all work will be performed in a professional manner. All information provided in this RFP is proprietary and for this purpose only. Information cannot be released without written permission from PMPI. Final decision will be made by the PMPI Board Director for Professional Development and the Vice President of Education.

Critical Decision Elements:

  • Member of MPI
  • Complimentary food/beverage and meeting space
  • Complimentary internet access for registration
  • Discounted speaker sleeping room rate, if applicable
  • Discounted or complimentary parking
  • Best offer comparative to market is highly encouraged
  • Ability of vendor to provide high level service
  • Recommendations from previous and/or existing clientele

Host Benefits:

The host venue will serve as backdrop for this event, resulting in the opportunity to showcase their venue and services to key decision-makers from the Washington Metro meeting and events industry and beyond. Specific sponsorship benefits can vary depending on host need and level of sponsorship. Possible benefits include the following:

  • PMPI member mailing labels
  • Podium time to promote venue to audience (2 minutes)
  • Prominent sponsorship recognition on all marketing materials used to promote the event
  • (2) complimentary registrations to the event
  • One blast email sent by PMPI to members

Event Name:

2013-2014 Educational Experience

Key Contact:

Emily DeYoung, CMP

Board Director, Professional Development Meeting Professionals International, Potomac Chapter

Tammy Kockaya, CMP

Vice President, Education Meeting Professionals International, Potomac Chapter

Preferred Dates:

Please contact a member of our site selection team for open and preferred dates.


Average planner attendance at past events: 35%-40%

Number of Anticipated Attendees:

80-100 average per event based on history

Venue Type:

Hotel or conference venue near a Metro Station in Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland

Location of Venue:

Order does not indicate preference; all equally weighted

  1. Washington DC Golden Triangle
  2. Washington DC Downtown
  3. Washington DC Capitol Hill
  4. Metro accessible in Arlington/Alexandria and Bethesda or Silver Spring

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

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 Angelica Bravo, Chair of the Student Relations Committee at .

University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation
Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism
PMPI Strategic Partners



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