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Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID)

April 12, 2018 @ 3:30 pm7:00 pm EDT

Join the PCMA Capital Chapter and MPI-Potomac for an afternoon filled with education, networking and advocacy, as we dive into hot topics and research that will impact both the meetings and conventions industry as well as our local communities for years to come.

Emcee: Roger Rickard

Roger is the guy organizations call when they want to ensure that their advocates are educated, engaged and actively supporting your cause.  He is the Founder of Voices in Advocacy® and author of 7 Actions of Highly Effective Advocates.

Rickard is recognized as an expert on advocacy engagement and activation with more than 30 years of experience as an advocacy professional, consultant, speaker, facilitator, author, and communicator. His education, experience and enthusiasm enlighten audiences on key issues that turn passion into action.  Read full bio here.


Session 1: GDPR, David McKennon, CMP, Kirk Fancher, Brian Limperopulos Read bios here
Join our industry panelist as they discuss GDPR and the implications for you and your organization. Each panelist will provide an overview, based on their organizational role, as it pertains to GDPR compliance:

  1. The tech provider – ensuring that the data being collected is processed and protected
  2. The registration/meeting planner – reviewing the attendee data  being collected and how it is used for the execution of and reporting for the event
  3. The association manager – discussing how the data is used after the event

Attendees will walk away with key action items so that they can begin their journey on becoming GDPR compliant.

Session 2: Hacked or Attacked? Minimizing the risk of a physical or cyber-attack at hotel meetings, Timothy Gill, CFE Read bio here
As a retired law enforcement and senior intelligence officer in the U.S. Intelligence Community and current Vice President of Specter Security Group, LLC (A U.S. Government Service Disabled Veteran Owned Company), Mr. Gill possesses over 30 years of global and domestic operational travel involving counterterrorism, counterintelligence and counter proliferation operations.  His travels have taken him to multiple hostile locations throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.  His experiences and observations in working several terrorism investigations of attacks at hotels, resorts and casinos in addition to understanding the exploitive environment that criminals — targeting innocent businesspersons and travelers — seek for profit and conduct harm will enable the conference planner, hotelier and destination meeting planner to better prepare guests and clients from overarching harm to their professional and personal equities.  Whether it be lessons learned from past attacks in hotel environments, physical protection and/or cyber security, Mr. Gill will aim to prepare you and your guests for over the horizon security challenges and best practices in risk mitigation.

Session 3: #MeToo at Your Meetings: How to Stop and Prevent Harassment, Sherry Marts Read bio here
The #MeToo movement has revealed the prevalence and impact of women’s experiences of harassment and assault in professional settings. In this session you’ll learn the three steps to stopping and preventing harassment at your meetings and conferences: prepare, take care, and do it there.

Event Schedule:
3:30-4:00 pm  Registration
4:00-5:30 pm  Education Content
5:30-7:00 pm  Rally and Reception

View Registration List Here.

Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) brings together leaders from across the meetings and events industry to showcase the real impact that business meetings, conferences, conventions, incentive travel, trade shows and exhibitions have on people, business and communities. Meeting professionals across the world participate in the international day of advocacy, with more than 120 events held across 6 continents in 2017. This year’s tagline is “Real results, real impact, all around the world.”

Thank You Sponsors!

Grand Hyatt DC,  San Francisco Travel, Monterey County CVB, Monterey Conference Center, Sonoma County Tourism and Visit Baltimore


April 12, 2018
3:30 pm– 7:00 pm EDT
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