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    • 13 Jul 2016
    • 26 Aug 2016
    • MPI Virginia Chapter



    MPI Virginia’s 2016/2017 Season Pass


    Buy 4, Get 1 Free for Education Programs

    09/08/16: Richmond - Crowne Plaza Richmond downtown

    11/03/16: Richmond - Altria Theater

    01/05/17: Richmond - Omni Richmond

    03/02/17: Location TBD

    04/13/17: Great Wolf Lodge-Williamsburg - Global Meetings Industry Day


    Limited Time Only



    Once Season Pass is purchased you will be sent instructions and your monthly registration codes from our Chapter Admin!


    Book your season pass by August 26th

    Click here to purchase!




    • 17 Aug 2016
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • 19 Aug 2016
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Hilton Richmond Downtown 501 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219




    Wednesday, August 17-19, 2016

    Hilton Richmond Downtown
    501 East Broad Street
    Richmond, VA 23219 

    Click here to register!

    Connect with meeting and event professionals from throughout Virginia as we Meet Local For the MPI-VA 2016 Annual Education Conference.  Join us at the beautiful new Hilton Richmond Downtown and learn from industry professionals, including dynamic Richmond talent and the 2015 MPI Global RISE Award Member of the Year! Explore the history, art, food, and adventurous spirit of the region that led Travel + Leisure to name Richmond a Best Place to Travel in 2016.



    2016 Annual Conference Agenda

    Wednesday, August 17

    5:30pm                             A Taste of Grace Street Restaurant Crawl


    Thursday, August 18

    6:45am –    7:30am        Rise and Shine City Center Walking Tour with The Valentine

    8:30am –   10:00am 

    Board Meeting 

    10:00am – 11:00am 

    New Member Orientation 

    11:00am – 12:00pm 


    12:00pm –  1:30pm 

    Opening Lunch and General Session

    Dream Big or Go Home: How the UCI Road World Cycling Championships Became a Reality for Richmond

    Panelists:  Tim Miller, Capt. Will Smith, Tracey Leverty and Lee Kallman

    Facilitator: Linné DiIorio, CMP


    1:45pm – 2:45pm

    Break Out Sessions
    From a Hilton Garden Inn to the Hilton Richmond Downtown – How Did it Happen and What Did They Learn?
    John Cario and Tim Stacer

    Volunteer Management:  It Takes a Village:  Building and Managing a Volunteer Team
    Tracey Leverty and Christy Dalton


    Career Mapping

    Speaker: Ann Buhl, CMP, CMM


    3:00pm – 4:30pm 

    General Session
    Move Their Bodies, Move Their Minds: An Exercise in Creative Brainstorming
    Tara Liaschenko, CMM


    4:30pm – 5:30pm

    Free Time 

    5:30pm – 6:15pm           


    6:15pm – 7:30pm

    MPI Virginia Chapter Annual Awards Dinner


    Friday, August 19

    8:00am – 9:00am

    8:30am – 9:30am

    Breakfast Buffet

    Roundtable Discussions

    9:45am – 10:45am 

    General Session
    We Humans are Negotiators at the Core.  Shouldn’t We Be Better At It?
    Speaker: Scott Wayne


    11:00am- 12:00pm

    Break Out Sessions

    Transforming the Traditional Tradeshow

    Speaker: Tara Liaschenko, CMM


    Infusing a Sense of Place to Create Greater Meeting Value

    Speaker: Bree Brostko


    12:00pm – 1:30pm 

    Closing Lunch and General Session

    Partnering with Non-Profits to Make your Event or Business SHINE!
    : Lisa Schaffner


    To learn more about our speakers, visit our Conference Speakers page. 

    To learn more about our sponsors, visit our Conference Sponsors page. 

    Click here to donate to the Annual Conference Auction           

    Please contact Megan Davis with questions at or (804) 521-2214                    


    Hotel Details:
    Our host hotel is the newly-renovated Hilton Richmond Downtown (formerly the Hilton Garden Inn)! We have a discounted rate of $139 per night, available through the conference as well as the weekend!
    Overnight Accommodations: $139 group rate 
    Book your room today! Cut off date is July 27th.


    Parking Details:

    Parking has been discounted for our event as well. The Hilton offers Valet parking only, and has discounted the parking fee to $15 for overnight and $5 for day parking. Day parking is first come, first served, but there is a pay-per-day parking lot across 5th Street as well.      

    Greater Richmond Convention Center deck (located one block away at the corner of 3rd & Marshall Streets) with a rate of $7.00 per car/per entry, first come/first served.     


    Community Service Partner: FeedMore!

    For the MPI-VA Annual Conference, we have partnered up with wonderful local organization, FeedMore.  As Central Virginia's hunger-relief leader made up of the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels Serving Central Virginia and the Community Kitchen, FeedMore’s mission reflects the values of many Virginia businesses that seek to improve the community in which we all live, work, and play. But comprehensive hunger relief cannot be achieved by the FeedMore staff alone; businesses and other partners are a critical part of the solution. 


    Conference attendees are encouraged to bring a food donation and help MPI-VA support the FeedMore mission.  There will be a collection box at registration.  See instructions below and visit their website for more information. 


    What to donate:

    ·         Canned Meats & Fish

    ·         Peanut Butter

    ·         Canned Vegetables & Fruits

    ·         Spaghetti Sauce

    ·         Hot& Cold Cereals

    ·         Pasta& Rice

    Hear from FeedMore's Community Events Manager, Christy T. Dalton, at MPI Virginia's 2016 Annual Conference:

    Sponsorships are being sold now.  If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please contact Caroline Ball 

    or Megan SeagramAnnual Conference Co-Chairs

    Please Note:  All past due invoices must be paid before registering for this conference.

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund
    • 08 Sep 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown 555 East Canal Street Richmond, VA 23219
    Thursday, September 8, 2016                        
    11:00am - 1:30pm

    Location: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown

    555 E. Canal Street

    Richmond, VA 23219


    Speaker:   Michael Owen 

    Session Title:  Connectivity: Elevating the Bandwidth Conversation

    Session Description: 

    Given the pace of technological change and consumer usage patterns, do today’s planners and suppliers possess sufficient knowledge about connectivity (High Speed internet Access/HSIA) to ask the right questions and achieve the desired outcomes? Planners know about the importance of event history and understand projected needs like food and beverage consumption and attendance numbers, but many don’t know how much High Speed Internet Access (HSIA) bandwidth they use, how it is being used, whether they are receiving what they contracted for, and/or what level of service is required.

    With tech milestones such as the introduction of smartphones, tablets and now "wearable tech", device adoption rates have skyrocketed, increasing consumer demand for better connectivity.


    3 Learner Objectives:

    1. Develop Strategies regarding connectivity purchases to meet content delivery and attendee expectations.
    2. Improve the negotiation process for connectivity purposes
    3. Heighten attendee satisfaction and meet the growing demands for provision of adequate bandwidth.

    CMP Domain:  TBD


      9:30am-11:00am Board Meeting
     11:00am-11:30am New Member Orientation

     11:00am - 11:30am

    Registration & Networking 

     11:30am - 12:30pm


     12:30pm - 1:30pm




    Speaker:  Michael Owen
    Title:  Strategist, Activist, Thinker, Doer, Entertainment Guy, Serial Volunteer, Uncle, Storyteller

    Speaker Company:   Event Genuity

    Speaker Bio:
    Strategist, Activist, Thinker, Doer, Entertainment Guy, Serial Volunteer, Uncle, Storyteller.

    With decades of experience as a provider of entertainment and event management services, Michael shares a wealth of knowledge gained through his career in the often unique and always exciting meetings & events industries. His company, EventGenuity, LLC, produces business events throughout North America, providing Event and Meetings Management and Corporate Entertainment capabilities to corporate and association clients.


    A meetings industry activist, Michael has served on MPI International Board of Directors, TNSAE Board of Directors, Nashville Association of Talent Directors Board of Directors, as Past President of the Tennessee Chapter of MPI, Chair of MPI’s Chapter Advisory Council, Reed Exhibitions AIBTM Advisory Board, MPI Leadership Development Task Force, & PCMA Global Advocacy Task Force. He currently serves as past Chair of Convention Industry Council APEX Standards Committee, as a member of The Meetings Industry Wi-Fi Coalition and on the PCMA Independent Planners Task Force.

    Michael is a frequent presenter at industry conferences, chapters and at learning institutions, speaking on what's now and what's next in meetings & events, as meeting host/emcee and leading or participating in panel discussions. He has facilitated dozens of strategic retreats and leadership development sessions for boards of directors and chapter volunteer leaders. He has published articles in Meetings and Conventions, Convene, Meeting Mentor Magazine, Connect Magazine, Plan-It Tennessee, The Meeting Professional, Meetings Focus and Successful Meetings magazines and as a guest columnist for The Tennessean and The Nashville Business Journal.


    Parking:  Self-parking in the  garage (attached to the hotel) at 5th and Canal Streets, will be complimentary for all attendees.  We will provide validated vouchers for you to distribute at your preference.  Valet parking is available at $20.

    Charity Information:  Details coming soon!               

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

    Cancellation penalties do apply:

    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10

    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25

    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 03 Nov 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • TBD
    Thursday, November 3, 2016                        

    11:00am - 1:30pm

    Location: TBD

    More information coming soon!


    Session Title:
    Session Description: 

    3 Learner Objectives:

    CMP Domain:


      9:30am-11:00am Board Meeting
     11:00am-11:30am New Member Orientation

     11:00am - 11:30am

    Registration & Networking 

     11:30am - 12:30pm


     12:30pm - 1:30pm





    Speaker Company:

    Speaker Bio:


    Charity information:

    Event Cancellations must be submitted in writing to:

    Cancellation penalties do apply:

    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10

    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25

    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund

    • 21 Nov 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • 22 Nov 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Virginia Tech Richmond Center, 2810 North Parham Road, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23294


    Virginia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International
    in Partnership with VirginiaTech
    presents The Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) 2016 Boot Camp

    November 21-22, 2016

    9:00am - 5:00pm both days

    Virginia Tech Richmond Center
    2810 N Parham Road, Suite 300
    Richmond, VA 23294

    Click here to register  

    The boot camp will include intensive sessions covering the recommended texts used to prepare for the Certified Meeting Professional (CMP®) exam. This session will prepare you to negotiate efficiently and effectively while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Participants will walk away with skills and tools to be prepared for their certification exam and show the ROI of their new skills. This course earns 14.0 Clock Hours (1.40 CEU credits) toward your CMP Application! 


    Cost (for 2 days): 
    $200 for MPI VA Members

    $225 for Non-Members

    Meetings and events account for more than $120 billion in annual business volume in the United States alone. Their economic value as an enabler and facilitator of business and policy decisions is far broader. This is one of the most important and expensive areas in business.

    Instructor:  Ann Buhl, CMP

    Event cancellations must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellations outside of 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date:  $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date:     No refund


    **The information you provide is subject to the Freedom of Information Act guidelines.
    **Virginia Tech is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.
    • 01 Dec 2016
    • 10:30 AM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • TBD

    MPI Virginia Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser

    Thursday, December 1, 2016
    10:30am - 1:30pm

    Location:  TBD


      9:00am - 10:30am Board Meeting 
     10:30am-11:00am New Member Orientation
     10:30am - 11:00am Registration, Silent auction & Networking 
     11:00am - 12:30pm Luncheon and Silent auction
     12:30pm - 1:30pm Auction check out


    Silent Auction!

    Our Silent Auction is known for it's creative gift baskets and unique holiday giveaways . GET CREATIVE!  MPI Virginia members love buying baskets, art, and unique items - in addition to those wonderful hotel stays and tickets!

    Event Cancellations
     must be submitted in writing to:
    Cancellation penalties do apply:
    Cancellation penalties outside 30 days from event date: $10
    Cancellations within 30 days from event date: $25
    Cancellations within 3 days of event date: No Refund


Past events

28 Jul 2016 MPI VA July Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
18 Jul 2016 CMP Boot Camp - July 2016
11 Jun 2016 WEC 2016
02 Jun 2016 June Education, Board Induction and Award Nominee Announcements
05 May 2016 MPI VA After 5 - Networking Event
05 May 2016 MPI VA 2016 Annual Board Retreat
19 Apr 2016 MPI VA April Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
14 Apr 2016 April Monthly Education Meeting-GMID
03 Mar 2016 March Monthly Education Meeting
10 Feb 2016 MPI VA February Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
04 Feb 2016 MPI-VA CMP Recognition Reception
07 Jan 2016 MPI-VA January Monthly Education Meeting
03 Dec 2015 Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser
23 Nov 2015 CMP Boot Camp - November 2015
11 Nov 2015 November Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
05 Nov 2015 November Monthly Education Meeting
22 Oct 2015 MPI Virginia 2015 Fall Board Retreat
22 Oct 2015 MPI VA October After Five
10 Sep 2015 September Education: Use All The Crayons! The Colorful Guide to Simple Human Happiness
20 Aug 2015 MPI Virginia Chapter Annual Awards Reception & Dinner
20 Aug 2015 MPI Virginia Chapter Annual Education Conference & Awards Ceremony
20 Jul 2015 CMP Boot Camp - July 2015
23 Jun 2015 June Charlottesville Breakfast Forum:
04 Jun 2015 June Networking & Induction Meeting
07 May 2015 May Education: The Most Overlooked Contract Clauses You Can't Afford to Ignore
29 Apr 2015 April Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Let's Talk Best Practices!
28 Apr 2015 MPI After Five
28 Apr 2015 VAMPI 2015 Annual Board Retreat
05 Mar 2015 March Education: Let Us Break Bread Together: Using Food in your Recipe for Success
19 Feb 2015 VAMPI CMP Recognition Reception
05 Feb 2015 February Education: Do it Well. Make it Fun.
28 Jan 2015 January Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: 2015 Meetings Outlook
08 Jan 2015 State of the Industry with Kevin Kirby, MPI International Chairman of the Board
11 Dec 2014 Holiday Luncheon and Auction Fundraiser: Members may bring a guest for free!
06 Dec 2014 EDMARC Gift Wrapping Community Service Project
24 Nov 2014 CMP Boot Camp
14 Nov 2014 November Education: Leveraging Social Media for Planners & Suppliers
07 Nov 2014 VAMPI Mid-Year Board Retreat
04 Nov 2014 November Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Contracts!
01 Oct 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum 2014-2015 Kick-Off
11 Sep 2014 September: Unlocking a Data Conscious Culture
13 Aug 2014 2014 VAMPI/HSMAI Annual Education Conference
21 Jul 2014 CMP Boot Camp
05 Jun 2014 VAMPI 2014 Awards Luncheon
13 May 2014 2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
21 Apr 2014 CMP Boot Camp
10 Apr 2014 April Education: ZOMBIES 2030! Taming the Most Challenging Conference Imaginable
27 Mar 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: March 2014
20 Mar 2014 Meeting Professionals' Industry Fair
06 Mar 2014 March Education: Quickfire with Bob Mellinger
20 Feb 2014 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
06 Feb 2014 February Education Meeting: Building a Legacy of Leadership
29 Jan 2014 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: January 2014
09 Jan 2014 January Education: Virginia Travel Industry Updates
05 Dec 2013 Holiday Auction & Luncheon
12 Nov 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Let’s talk about Food and Beverage!
07 Nov 2013 Speed Learning - Industry Roundtable Discussions
06 Nov 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Midyear Retreat
28 Oct 2013 CMP Boot Camp
03 Oct 2013 Risk Management & Event Insurance
26 Sep 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Discover how your fellow planners and suppliers expect to see 2014 shape up.
12 Sep 2013 True Innovation: Inspiring Your Audience
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Campfire Gathering (Guests Only)
15 Aug 2013 CAMP VAMPI! Annual Education Conference
29 Jul 2013 CMP Boot Camp
26 Jun 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Thinking Outside the Box
18 Jun 2013 Charlottesville Breakfast Forum: Benefits and Options for Advancing your Career
06 Jun 2013 VAMPI Awards Reception & Dinner
29 May 2013 Tidewater Breakfast Forum: Are you in the Business of being an Exceptional Business?
23 May 2013 2013-2014 VAMPI Board Retreat
02 May 2013 “Experience plus Education equals Success”
17 Apr 2013 EVENT CANCELLED Wine with VAMPI
28 Mar 2013 From Logistics to Strategy: A Journey into the Mind of the Ultimate Decision Maker
26 Mar 2013 How to Achieve the Perfect Atmosphere at your Event
25 Feb 2013 Used any cool technology lately?
21 Feb 2013 VAMPI CMP Support Program: “Committed to Making Professionals”
07 Feb 2013 “LET ME HELP!: Volunteers in Special Events Administration”
15 Jan 2013 Richmond Breakfast Forum
10 Jan 2013 Virginia Travel Industry Updates Panel Discussion
15 Dec 2012 Got Community? EDMARC Gift Wrapping Event
12 Dec 2012 "What's Your Plan B?"
06 Dec 2012 Naked Negotiating & Holiday Auction
13 Nov 2012 CMP Exam: What You Need to Know About the New CMP Application Guidelines
01 Nov 2012 Meet Like A Mouse: Apply Theme Park Methodology
23 Oct 2012 Risky Business: Planner & Business Partners Prepare for Contingencies?”
16 Oct 2012 Is Your Head Spinning? Charlottesville Breakfast Forum
05 Oct 2012 “Maximizing Attendee Engagement with Mobile Apps”?
27 Sep 2012 VAMPI Unique Meets Tour 5
18 Sep 2012 Mobile Apps: What’s it all about? - Richmond Breakfast Forum
13 Sep 2012 Working Professionally From the Road
23 Aug 2012 2012 Annual Education Conference