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VA Voice: January 2024
This edition of the VA Voice is generously sponsored by Kalahari Resorts.
February Meeting Update
Tuesday, February 6, 2024
2:30PM - 3:00PM- Registration
3:00PM - 4:00PM- Leadership Development & Team Building
4:00PM - 5:00PM- Hands On: F&B Charcuterie Boards,
Presented by Delta by Marriott Virginia Beach Waterfront Culinary Team
5:00PM - 7:00PM- Welcome Reception Photobooth, DJ Jeff Bristow, and more!
Wednesday, February 7, 2024
8:00AM - 9:00AM- Breakfast
9:00AM - 10:00AM- AV Essentials from Beginner to Veteran Event Planners
10:30AM - 11:30AM- Identifying, Reporting, and Preventing Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry, Deanna “Dede” Wallace, Victim Assistance Specialist for Homeland Security Investigations Washington D.C.
11:30AM-12:30PM- Safety and Security at Large-Scale Events Panel, Including panelists from Virginia Beach Fire, Police,  EMS and more!
(*Subject to change)
 Our entire team is excited to host “For the Love of MPI” in February! We are very passionate about our partnerships, and we look forward to hosting you then.
-Neville Erasmus, General Manager of Delta by Marriott Virginia Beach Waterfront
MPI Virginia is still accepting Silent Auction Donation Items for this event (until January 29, 2024). If you would like to donate an item(s) to the silent auction, please complete the following form.
February 2024 MPI Silent Auction Donation Form
Featured Items Include:
Hotel Packages
  • Caesar's Entertainment
  • Marriott Newport News City Center
  • Hotel 24 South
  • And more...
Entertainment & Activities
  • Flying Squirrels tickets
  • Richmond Kickers Tickets
  • Richmond Raceway tickets
  • Total Wine & More Private Class for 20
  • Cooper's Hawk Wine Tasting
  • And more....
Join MPI for our eighth annual, industry-leading Global Meetings Industry Day: Virtual experience. This live, 12-hour broadcast features education and activities from all over the world as the meeting industry comes together to celebrate, commemorate, and honor the millions of global events that impact the lives of billions of people every year.
Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) is an international day of advocacy showcasing the undeniable value that business meetings, trade shows, incentive travel, exhibitions, conferences, and conventions bring to people, businesses, and communities. This year’s theme is #TheEventProfessionalsJourney and we relish this opportunity to celebrate the wonders the future holds for bringing people together in meaningful ways with thousands of industry friends and colleagues.
The live broadcast will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. US Central Time (06:00 to 18:00 UTC -5), offering you the opportunity to connect with other industry leaders from all over the world. The broadcast is FREE, but we’re asking you to consider donating US$10 toward supporting the efforts of the MPI Foundation, which has awarded more than US$5 million in grants, scholarships, and research since 2009. 
GMID: Virtual is the perfect event to rally together—because when we meet, we change the world.
Register for GMID's Live Broadcast Here.
Read here!
MPI Virginia Upcoming Events
February Quarterly Education & Networking Program:
For the Love of MPI
February 6th & 7th
Delta by Marriott Virginia Beach Waterfront 2800 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Register for February
Quarterly Event Here
February Member Orientation
February 14th, 2024
Register Here
March Member Orientation
March 13th, 2024
Register Here
Spring Quarterly Education & Networking Program: Save the Date
Registration for this Spring's Quarterly Event Coming soon!
2024 Annual Conference:
Save the Date
August 5th - 7th, 2024
The Kimpton Forum Hotel
Charlottesville, VA
November Quarterly Education & Networkign Program: Save the Date
November 19 & 20, 2024
Hilton Norfolk the Main
Norfolk, VA
Leadership News
Megan Hazzard, MPI Virginia      Director of Leadership Development, has      been appointed to the MPI 2024 Southeast US Regional Council and will      serve as MPI Virginia Chapter’s representative for the inaugural year.
Looking to gain exposure at the Annual Conference taking place in August in Charlottesville? Volunteer on the Annual Conference committee!
If interested, please email Kim Carragher,  our Annual Conference Chair,
Get Involved with YOUR MPI VA Chapter 
We are looking for volunteers to join committees and the MPI Virginia board! Time to get involved and get all the benefits out of your membership! Please reach out to Megan Hazzard at if you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with YOUR chapter. 
We have openings in Membership, Finance, Communications, and Education so wherever your interest in the meeting profession lies, we would love to have you!
Membership News
Happy January Membership Anniversaries!
Jeff Schmid, Ruggles AMC- 15 Years
Beth Castro, World Law Group- 13 Years
M'Leta Watson, CMP, Marriott International- 13 Years
Malieka Wallace, Commonwealth Lodging- 5 Years
Natalie Coppola, CMP, Cvent- 3 Years
Brittany Rice, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation- 3 Years
Lyn M. Acocella-Medina, CMP, CMM, HMCC,
McVeigh Global Meetings- 1 Year
Pamela Melita, Swedish Match- 1 Year
Michelle Moock, Groovin Gourmets- 1 Year
Kristin Pettaway, Drive Smart Virginia- 1 Year
Kelsey Thompson, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity- 1 Year
Welcome New Members!
Kimberly Ryan, Virtual Inc.
Beth Wood, Wintergreen Resort
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Check out this video for step-by-step instructions on how to edit your profile.
Featured News
Budgeting & Contracting Tips for the Ever-Changing Event Pricing Landscape
"Whether you are an event planner or a supplier, practically everyone in the meetings industry is struggling right now with rising costs and tightening budgets. Recently, the MPI Association Professionals Council hosted an informative hot topic chat on strategies for identifying cost-saving opportunities, prioritizing spending, and negotiating favorable terms with vendors."
Thank You to our Sponsors!
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