Join a Committee

To volunteer for a committee, please complete the 2024 PCMA Volunteer Interest Survey (formerly the Commitment to Serve Form). Please email us if you have any questions.

Committee members are expected to serve for at least one year.

  • Committee service is strictly on a volunteer basis, with all incurred costs being the individual’s responsibility.
  • You must be an active or affiliate member in good standing.
  • You must commit to attending conference calls/meetings of your committee. Failure to attend may result in loss of committee appointment.
  • You must complete tasks/projects for which you volunteer for the committee.
  • If your committee is involved with particular programs, show your support by participating in the programs.
  • A special effort will be made to include those interested members who have not previously served on a PCMA Capital Chapter committee.


Standing Committees

The Communications Committee informs, educates and recognizes PCMA Capital Chapter members and promotes and enhances the image of PCMA, the Capital Chapter and the hospitality industry. The committee is primarily responsible for publishing the chapter newsletter, The Chatter. Committee members contribute topic ideas, author articles and edit the newsletter.

  • Vision:  To be the professional publication of choice for the convention and meeting industry in the Washington D.C. region.
  • Mission:  To provide a quality vehicle for information pertaining to events, members, education and sponsor recognition in print.

The Community Services Committee is responsible for creating a culture of giving back to the community through volunteerism and charitable contributions.  Committee members create and organize volunteer opportunities for members throughout the year.

  • Vision:  Work towards strengthening the overall image and social responsibility of the Capital Chapter through education and community involvement.
  • Mission:  To provide educational and networking opportunities while giving back to the community.  Focusing on network for the needy, green and sustainable meetings an ethical and responsible business practices.

The Community Service Volunteer Group is for those members interested in participating in community service activities as a volunteer.  Volunteers will be informed of community service opportunities as they are available.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is responsible for creating a culture of equity and inclusion by supporting chapter activities, events, policies and procedures with a focus on inclusion and belonging

  • Vision: Create and cultivate a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion that is paramount to the success of our members and demonstrates to the world that our differences make us stronger.
  • Mission: To serve the business events industry by connecting our diverse members through equitable advocacy, education, leadership, and volunteerism with an intentional focus on inclusion and belonging.

The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee is for those members interested in cultivating an inclusive and diverse chapter.

The Emerging Professionals Committee (EPC) is dedicated to assisting the professional development of rising hospitality industry members. The EPC committee maintains the Generation:Meet blog (which highlights internship and job opportunities for rising industry professionals), develops an annual innovative target-specific education program, participates in university outreach programs, and promotes and implements the hands-on Mentorship and Shadowing Programs. The EPC strives to provide the key tools necessary for developing tomorrow’s hospitality resources.

  • Mission: Capital Chapter’s Emerging Professionals Committee is dedicated to the professional development of students and hospitality industry members with 0-5 years of experience through outreach, mentorship, and shadowing opportunities.

The Government Relations and Advocacy Committee will review government actions that directly impacts the hospitality and meetings industry and will educate members on government matters that affect their professional interests. The committee will work to form partnerships on the local level with politically and civically engaged professionals as well as host educational programming and advocacy events to promote the meetings industry.

  • Mission:  PCMA Capital Chapter Government Relations committee will monitor governmental actions that affect the hospitality and tourism industry, will educate our members on governmental matters that affect their professional interests, and form partnerships on the local level with civically engaged professionals.

The Marketing Committee is charged with promoting PCMA activities to the membership and the public through marketing and public relations.  The committee has oversight responsibility for the chapter website and social media outlets. Committee members write and distribute press releases, contribute to marketing campaigns for chapter events, review the chapter website and assist with coordination of the chapter’s Facebook fan page, LinkedIn community and Twitter account.

  • Vision:  To be the committee that builds on PCMA Capital Chapters brand status as the top convention and meeting industry in Washington, DC.
  • Mission:  Create and implement a promotional strategy to optimize PCMA Capital Chapter’s communication to members about news, education and events in order to increase involvement and develop a recognizable and trusted brand.

The Membership Committee  is responsible for retention, recruitment and recognition of our members, as well as the Chapter networking events. The committee promotes membership at all programs and works to recruit new members. We recognize active members within the chapter in a variety of ways during the year. All committee members participate in member outreach on a monthly basis to members with expiring membership. The committee is also responsible for the planning of the Chapter’s dedicated networking events, including the Convening Leaders Chapter Reception and the year-end volunteer celebrations event.

  • Vision: Supporting the three “R’s”:  Recruitment, retention and recognition.
  • Mission: The membership committee supports the Capital Chapter and its members to promote the value of their membership through recruitment, retention and recognition.

The Professional Development Committee is responsible for the planning and execution of educational events for the Capital Chapter. The focus is on creating high-quality thought-provoking educational opportunities for our local industry. Committee members oversee and manage the entire event process from content development to logistics, execution, and follow-up for the event. Committee members are required to be active in producing at least one chapter event per year.

  • Vision:  Be the leading provider of education to the conventions industry by enhancing members professional development.  In addition, provide opportunities for collaboration between our members.
  • Mission:  Add value to PCMA membership by providing high-quality, relevant education to members to facilitate networking and the exchange of best practices.  Programs will be held at local venues to be coordinated by the sponsorship committee.

The Sponsorship Committee  develops and sells specific sponsorship opportunities for companies and organizations interested in reaching the Capital Chapter membership. Committee members solicit sponsorships, foster sponsor relationships and liaison with confirmed sponsors before, during and after each event.

  • Vision:  Show me the money!  Cha, cha, ching.
  • Mission:  Financially support the education mission of the Capital Chapter by recruiting and retaining venue and program sponsors.
Rebecca SchingelCommittees