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Disney Destinations, in support of the MPI Foundation, has made it possible for MPI to sponsor memberships for a select number of meeting professionals. Through its generous donation to the Foundation, Disney Destinations is committed to elevating the stature and successful future of the meetings industry. Award recipients will gain full membership privileges to MPI, as well as the opportunity to join their local chapters. They will have access to national events and local chapter monthly meetings, leadership and committee involvement, industry tools, and peer-to-peer networking with professional colleagues who share similar challenges. This one-year sponsorship through Disney Destinations will open doors and experiences that will undoubtedly enrich meetings professionals’ careers and help recipients deliver strategic value and quantifiable impact to their organizations.

To apply for the Disney Destinations scholarship, you must be a meeting professional joining MPI for the first time. Applications are available now and can be found on the MPI website by clicking here
Take this opportunity to pass down your knowledge to our future industry leaders! This program was designed for students to learn from industry professionals and to provide the opportunity to grow from one another. As an industry leader you will benefit from having a direct influence on the student’s career growth and success in the program. Don’t wait become a mentor now to inspire and be inspired in return. #PMPIstudents 

To apply and learn more information about Mentor Me, please click here

One of the major events of the PMPI season is coming up on Tuesday, April 29 at the Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. It is our fabulous Derby Days event that brings the excitement of the Triple Crown horse races to the Potomac area with the help of our generous sponsor, Louisville CVB. One of the highlights of Derby Days is our Silent Auction, which is one of the major fundraisers for PMPI. The proceeds will help augment the cost of professional development and various member benefits (i.e. PMPI website, PMPI Engage, etc.) of our chapter.  

At Derby Days 2014, we anticipate an attendance of more than 150 meeting professionals, and we invite you to participate by providing a donation to our Silent Auction. This year’s Silent Auction will be powered again 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 more than 300,000 bidders viewing all items in the system!

We encourage you to be creative in this opportunity. Why not consider providing lunch with your congressman, 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.  

IF YOU ARE A PLANNER, you can also participate! If you have a side business or creative, please feel free to donate something that represents your skills. Of course, it would also be greatly appreciated if you can mention us to a prospective donor.

The Bidding For Good site for the Silent Auction is now open for donations. To donate online, simply click here and fill out the form.
We 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 overall professional experience. What benefits do students receive? Complimentary student membership, complimentary registration to PMPI educational and networking events, plus help in finding industry internships! Apply now to receive all these benefits and more. #PMPIstudents 

To apply and learn more information about the PMPI & Fern Expo Student Scholarship please click here
Irving Convention & Visitors Bureau
Upcoming Events

In the tradition with the Annual Kentucky Derby – Run for the Roses, we invite you to join us for the 4th Annual PMPI Derby Days & Silent Auction. An exciting evening that includes our online silent auction and "Hat’s On" competition. 

The Kentucky Derby is America's original, extravagant springtime 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 Events DC to bring the thrills of the Kentucky Derby here! Enjoy traditions such as mint juleps while mingling with your industry colleagues in our very own tribute to Churchill Downs.

We hope to see you at the starting gates for this one-of-a-kind networking event!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square
801 K Street NW
Washington, D.C.
Closest Metro Stop: Mt Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center

Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Greater Phoenix CVB
Howard County Tourism and Promotion
The Boar's Head
Space Needle
AMA Executive Conference Centers


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.