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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.

Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Upcoming Events

Are you interested in professional development by earning a designation, or do you currently have the CMP and want to explore next steps? Join us for an interactive, expert-driven session to uncover the various industry designations/certifications available to you other than the CMP.

Whether you are a corporate/association/government planner or an industry supplier, we will provide you with information, resources and expert advice to help guide you on your path to being an industry rock star.

Click here for details and to register today.


Join PMPI for an evening of honoring our PMPI stars by installing our officers for the new fiscal year, recognizing our outgoing leaders, members' anniversaries and presenting awards to:

  • Marketplace Excellence Award 
  • Rising Star 
  • Member of the Year 
  • Planner of the Year 
  • Supplier of the Year 
  • Distinguished Leader 
  • Committee of the Year 
  • President’s Award 
Following the ceremonies, we will continue to celebrate our successes at a reception filled with wonderful friends, food and beverages.

PMPI asks you to be responsible. If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages, please drink responsibly, and take advantage of the Metro-accessible location. Please don't drink and drive.


Tuesday, June 18, 2013 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Hamilton Live
600 14th St. (F Street entrance)
Washington, D.C. 20005
Closest Metro: Metro Center

Click here for more information or to register.

Colonial Williamsburg Co. Hospitality Group
News and Announcements

We are offering a CPR / First Aid Training Certification class to help you prepare for situations that may arise onsite at an event, or in your community. The training will take place at:

Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill / Navy Yard
140 L Street SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
July 18, 2013
9 a.m. - Noon
$60 - PMPI members
$75 - non-PMPI members
Seating is limited; register early!

Did you know...?

About 80 percent of all out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in private residential settings, so being trained to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) can mean the difference between life and death for a loved one.

Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after cardiac arrest, can double a victim's chance of survival.

On an average day in the United States, 1,000 adults die from Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA), a total of 350,000 per year.

Defibrillation within the first minute of sudden cardiac arrest can save the lives of up to 90 percent of its victims.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the CPR certification is good for?
American Heart Association certification is good for two years.

When will I receive the card?
Cards are provided at the class based on registration.

What should I wear?
Part of the CPR training will be spent practicing on the mannequin, so we recommend you wear comfortabe clothes.

Who conducts the course?
All of the CPR, First Aid, AED and Bloodborne Pathogen trainings are conducted by AHA and ASHI certified instructors.

Please contact Community Outreach Committee ChairTabatha Gilmore at with questions.

Thanks to Courtyard Washington Capitol Hill / Navy Yard for hosting this meeting.


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, D.C. 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 percent represent association, non-profit and corporate meeting planner professionals.

Purpose of Event/Anticipated Outcome of Event:

The Educational Experiences 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 the 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 percent

Number of Anticipated Attendees:

80-100 average per event based on history

Venue Type:

Hotel or conference venue near a Metro Station in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland

Location of Venue:

Order does not indicate preference; all equally weighted

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

Application Submission


  • May 14-July 30, 2013


CIC Exam Registration


  • August 14-September 4, 2013


Exam Dates


  • August 8-17, 2013 
  • November 7-16, 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 (e2so 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



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.