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president’s message PMPI Lights a Spark of Inspiration Margaret Miller, CMP  National Sales Manager, Choose Chicago 2013-2014 PMPI Chapter President I have found through my continued involvement with PMPI that my appreciation for our chapter, our members and my fellow leaders continues to grow! Having just returned from the MPI WEC (World Education Congress) held in Las Vegas, I feel extremely proud to be involved with our chapter and working with so many exceptional people. In my last message I talked about joining our Hall of Fame, and I continue to be amazed at my fellow members! MPI WEC focused this year on transformations. Transformation starts with a single spark – a catalyst that ignites change and sets it on its course. It’s that spark – a flash of insight – that we’re always on the lookout for. As the meeting industry continues to transform all around us, we need that inspiration to think in new ways and try new things. Our members of our PMPI Board provide that spark and inspiration! WEC started with the Chapter Leaders’ Forum (CLF), and our Potomac Chapter was highly praised. I am not one to thrive on personal recognition; however, I felt an amazing sense of pride hearing fellow leaders from other MPI chapters share feedback such as: • “Your chapter offers great educational programs to your members.” • “Our chapter has started practicing the best practices that PMPI uses for their onboard training for new board members.” Transformation starts with a single spark – a catalyst that ignites change and sets it on its course. It’s that spark – a flash of insight – that we’re always on the lookout for. I was most gratified when another MPI leader recognized how supportive and respectful our board members are of each other and how we seem to work very well together – which we do! I would like to tell you about all the great things we learned during WEC and all the great things that MPI will accomplish this year, but my publications committee does give me parameters in which to write this message. With that said, I do want to recognize my fellow chapter leaders and our members who were involved at CLF. Thank you to our leader panelists at these training sessions: • Tamela Blalock, CMP: Communications – Social Media, Building Integrated Message Campaigns • Tammy Kockaya, CMP, CMM: Education Exchange; White Space Discussion • Will Trokey, CMP: Board Transitioning CLF offered 10 breakout sessions, and our Potomac leadership set a great example of being involved by helping to train other MPI leaders. Our leadership continued with the educational sessions PMPI POTOMAC MEMO offered at WEC. Thank you again to Tammy Kockaya, CMP, CMM, who participated on a panel for the session Corporate Social Responsibility. I also want to recognize Katie Moore, CMP, and our Community Outreach Committee, who were pictured on the cover of MPI ONSITE publication and featured in the article “MPI Chapters Give Back.” Their community outreach focus was recognized for being diversified and for offering our members multiple opportunities to benefit our local community. Finally, I was grateful to meet members of our chapter whom I had not met in person until we were in Vegas! I am looking forward to keeping you all engaged as we move forward this coming year and seeing you at our upcoming events, including our Educational Event – Meetings & Events Industry Trends on September 12. It is truly evident that if you get involved in our incredible chapter that you, too, can experience this immense feeling of appreciation for your extraordinary fellow members who lead the charge as that “spark” in our industry. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013 VOL. 35, NO. 1 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Potomac Memo - September/October 2013

Calendar of Events
President’s Message
Legendary Service on the Horizon in 2014
What’s Wrong with Your Event Badge Design? More Than You Think By Dharmesh Dayabhai
Member Profiles
Old School Demands Meet New School Suppliers By Tom Michalisko, CMP
PMPI’s Mentor Me Program Kicks Off By Angelica Bravo
PMPI on Facebook
Full Circle Certification By Shannon Nelligan, CMP
Alexandria: A Capital Location for Meetings and Events
Meetings at the Summit By Amy Drew Thompson
Members on the Move
PMPI Dashboard
New Members
Index of Advertisers

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