Chapter News

Now Accepting 2022 Board Nominations and Applications

Volunteerism is a crucial component and at the core of the continued success of the Capital  Chapter and PCMA.  This is your Chapter, and taking on a volunteer leadership role is an incredible opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful impact.

Star of the Quarter 1st Quarter

Congratulations Lynn Whitehead, National Sales Director, Citywide Conventions, San Diego Tourism Authority – Star of the 1st Quarter, 2021!

So, how are you…really?

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Join Reston Herndon Meeting Planners for an insightful discussion about the impact the pandemic has had on our sense of normalcy.

Advertise with us

Gain exposure and stay ahead of your competition by advertising with the PCMA Capital Chapter. If you are an industry partner, destination or property remember that members are looking for you! They need products and services, and we make it easy for them to find you.

Chatter Newsletter Survey

Please participate in this brief survey so we can highlight more of our members in upcoming issues of The Chatter.

Student Apprentice Program Opportunity

Our industry is committed to providing more job opportunities for all individuals. For those interested in pursuing a career in event planning or tradeshow management, an apprenticeship program may be your best first stop to gain hands-on experience working with an industry event association, event company, a facility, and perhaps a University. I know this

2021 All-Access Pass

The 2021 All-Access Pass is now available for purchase. This year's pass includes more savings that ever! Get yours today to maximize your education attendance in 2021.

COVID-19 Resource Guide

The PCMA Capital Chapter is a strong community built from individuals who have always taken care of one another. This guide includes links and other information to assist members with career opportunities, scholarships, and meal support.

Call for Speakers

The PCMA Capital Chapter is excited to announce our 2021 Call for Speakers. We had such a great response from speakers and chapter members last year that we can’t wait to see what you have in store for us this year.

January Scholarship 2021

Apply now for the 2021 Convening Leaders Scholarships, deadline extended to December 2, 2020!

Creation of Mid-Atlantic CHAMPS

Six leading DC area meetings industry associations unite to create a collaborative community, the Mid-Atlantic CHAMPs (Coalition of Hospitality and Meeting Professionals) – Partnership for Progress

Advocacy Alert: Get Out the Vote!

It is crucial that Congress immediately passes a small business relief package that extends and expands the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to include destination marketing organizations and a second draw of PPP funds.

Members During Quarantine

If you missed the last Lunch and Learn: Eat, Pray, Love 2.0, here is the "how have you spent your time during quarantine?" video our PDC co-chair put together.

Stay Connected

Now more than ever, we need each other. If you have recently had a change in your employment due to the  COVID-19 crisis, please allow us to help you thru these difficult times.  Our industry and the Capital Chapter community is strong, and together we will lift each other up! Let us know if you

2020 Call For Speakers

The PCMA Capital Chapter is excited to announce our 2020 Call for Speakers. We are looking for fresh, innovative talks that will challenge us and spark actionable ideas for the attendees.

June Scholarship 2020

2020 Educon Planner Scholarship Application form is now closed. Thank you to those who applied! All applications are being reviewed and a winner announced in the next few weeks.

Adventures of an EPC Intern… part five

Catching up with Allison Brennan, the 2019 PCMA Capital Chapter Emerging Professionals Intern My fifth and final rotation of the Emerging Professionals Internship with the PCMA Capital Chapter was with AACC. My time at AACC was extremely hands on and spent helping the meetings and educational team gear up for the 71st AACC Annual Scientific

January Scholarship 2020

Scholarship for 2020 Convening Leaders! Deadline: Thursday, August 15, 2019 Apply for a Chance to Win a FULL Scholarship to the 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders Meeting in San Francisco, CA Jan. 5-8, 2020 WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDE? Airfare (advance purchase up to $500) Hotel accommodations for up to four (4) nights at the conference

Adventures of an EPC Intern… part four

Catching up with Allison Brennan, the 2019 PCMA Capital Chapter Emerging Professionals Intern The next rotation for the PCMA CC Emerging Professionals Internship was at Interel. Interel is an association management company with locations around the globe ranging from Washington DC, Brussels, and Beijing. Interel is responsible for managing the Capital Chapter’s events and finances,

Adventures of an EPC Intern… part three

Catching up with Allison Brennan, the 2019 PCMA Capital Chapter Emerging Professionals Intern The third rotation of PCMA’s Capital Chapter Emerging Professionals Internship was on site in Los Angeles, CA for their annual EduCon meeting. In LA, I had the opportunity to work directly with PCMA’s events team and take part in the conference. My

Adventures of an EPC Intern… part two

Catching up with Allison Brennan, the 2019 PCMA Capital Chapter Emerging Professionals Intern The past two weeks I was given the opportunity to intern in the Sales Department of the historic Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, D.C.  Throughout my experience, I was afforded the chance to shadow each department at the Shoreham, which enables the

Adventures of an EPC Intern…

Catching up with Allison Brennan, the 2019 PCMA Capital Chapter Emerging Professionals Intern This past week, I had an amazing opportunity to shadow and work alongside Spargo’s housing, registration, exhibits, and logistics teams as they successfully implemented their largest show of the year, the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, at McCormick Place in

2019 May Discovery Studio

Disrupt + ED: Questioning Our Industry If you missed the May 16 event here are some highlights… Click here for more photos. Thank You Program Sponsors!   Thank You Photography and Signage Sponsors!

PCMA Foundation Visionary Awards

May 7, 2019 – 2019 Professional Excellence Awards winners announced PCMA Foundation celebrated the business events industry and honored 21 outstanding professionals for their dedication, innovation and passion at the 2019 Visionary Awards in Washington, D.C. The premier annual industry recognition event on May 7 drew more than 1,000 business events professionals to the Marriott

2019 GMID

View photos from the GMID19 Hill Day Event and Afternoon Education Program.

June Scholarship 2019

Scholarship for the June PCMA Educon Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2019 One lucky PCMA Capital Chapter Planner Member will win the 2019 Scholarship to attend the PCMA Educon June 25-28, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA WHAT DOES THE SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDE? Airfare (advance purchase up to $500) Hotel accommodations for up to three (3) nights

CSPI Announces Shawn Corwin-Myland Award Recipient

February 12, 2019 – The Board of Directors of Convention Sales Professionals International (CSPI) is pleased to announce Stacey Knoppel, Director of Convention Management for Events DC at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, as this year’s recipient of the prestigious Shawn Corwin-Myland Award bestowed by the association. Stacey has been an active member of CSPI

Congratulations 2018 Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who made it out to this years 2018 Rewind! We would like to congratulate our Award Winners: President’s Award: Kathy McAdams and John Malixi Rising Star: Kelly Ferrante, CMP Outstanding Service to a Chapter: Joy Womack, CMP Committee Star of the Year Award Winners: Communications: Marilyn Atcue-Zuell Community Services: Brian Chung

2019 Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs

Presenting the 2019 Capital Chapter Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs Congratulations to the 2019 Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs! COMMITTEE CHAIRS: Communications – Tanna Pearman, Silver Legacy Resort Community Services – Donna Del Gallo, San Francisco Travel Emerging Professionals – Rene McCoy, RCM Services LLC Government Relations & Advocacy – Kelly Ferrante, CMP, National Association for College Admission

2019 Board of Directors

Presenting the 2019 Capital Chapter Board of Directors Congratulations to the 2019 Executive Committee and Directors! Officers and Directors for 2019: OFFICERS: PRESIDENT – Vicki Johnson, CMP, Vicki Johnson & Associates PRESIDENT-ELECT – John Rubsamen, Americans for the Arts SECRETARY – Marcus Eng, CMP, American Public Transportation Association TREASURER – Kim Allison, CAE, CASE, CTA, Visit Baltimore IMMEDIATE