IAEE DC Chapter Karaoke Event


Live Karaoke Night in Alexandria

Rock-it Grill, Alexandria

1319 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314 


Sponsored by

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Registration/Check-In: 5:30PM

Networking Event Start Time:  5:30PM


Event Details:


Important Dates:

Event Date: October 25, 2017


Pre-registration Deadline: October 24th




Everyone will receive two drink tickets upon arrival. 


Pre-Registration Fees:

Chapter Members: $0.00

Non-members: $0.00


Onsite Registration Fees:

Chapter Members: $0.00

Non-members: $0.00


Donations-  In conjunction with our Friends of Guest House charity, we will be hosting a toiletry drive at Karaoke night.  The samples we all take from hotels, we will collect unopened, unused toiletry items to make toiletry kits to give to our 2017 charity.


Parking – Parking is available at the rear of Rockit Grill (1319 King St Alexandria, VA 22314)- located approximately 2 blocks away from the King Street Metro.
Contest – Happy Halloween! Come dressed in your favorite costume and participate in the Halloween contest- Scariest, Funniest, Most Fabulous and Best Overall Wins!

Greetings Chapter Members:

We have ended the 2nd Quarter of 2017, and it’s been quite a busy and Fun year so far:

We launched our Community Service Committee with 2 outstanding projects that took place in May and June.  First we had a “Spring Cleaning” Clothing Drive with slightly used business attire brought in to the May luncheon and donated to Friends of Guest House (for Women) and Strive DC (for Men).  There were so many GREAT articles donated that FOGH had to load them into a van and yours truly followed with a car loaded (both the trunk and the back seat!)  We also had to make a couple of trips in to DC to deliver the men’s clothing.  These donations will make a tremendous difference in the lives of the people these organizations serve.  THANK YOU DC Chapter!  

In June, we had a shift of 22 people that came out to the Capital Area Food Bank in DC and sorted meat products to be delivered to homeless shelters and food kitchens in the area.  There will be additional Community Service projects throughout the rest of the year.  Let’s see if we can get more of the great people of this chapter involved!

Also in June, after listening to the suggestions of many of the members, we held our FIRST evening educational event!  It was held at, and sponsored by the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health located in Washington DC.  I have to say:  What started as an educational session, turned into a PARTY!  Many thanks to those of you that came out and made this inaugural event such a success.  The Board will be evaluating how to incorporate more of the same throughout the year.

Our Chapter website is growing!  We now have allotted space for banner ads to be placed on our homepage that link directly to the advertisers’ website.  There are still plenty of slots left!  If you’re interested please contact our Chapter Administrator, Michael Romero.

Again:  If anyone is interested in writing an article for our blog, Capitol Ideas, please contact Mary Higham, Director of Communications & Outreach.  She is working diligently in putting content on our blog and Social media pages – Check them out.  You can find Mary, as well as, any of the Board of Directors on the website.  We would love to hear from you!

I would be remiss if I didn’t say “Thank You” to YOUR Board of Directors, who are making things happen and shaking things up.  It is a pleasure to work with you all, but more importantly:  It is an HONOR to serve this great Chapter…

B. Murphy, CEM
DC Chapter Chair


Congratulations to the New CEMs

Congratulations to our awesome members who have just earned the CEM certification! We are so proud of you!!



Keith Price CEM American Urological Association

Aurelie Cornett CEM Consumer Technology Association/CES

Amanda McMaster CMP, CEM Consumer Technology Association/CES

Casey Bloyer CEM American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Eric Zito CEM North American Meat Institute

Stephanie Clark CEM NACHA – The Electronic Payments Association

Jessica Dulkadir CEM US Department of Commerce

Josephine Caldwell CEM GES

Jeffrey Odum CEM US Department of Commerce

Russell Kice CMP, CEM Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority (SMG)

EnventU: Cultivating the Next Generation of Live Event and Expo Professionals




How did you land your first job in the events industry? If you’re like me and many of my colleagues, you may have “fallen” into the profession. But how different might your career have been if you had access to a purposeful pathway to help you discover, explore and pursue your interests in events and expos earlier — perhaps even in high school? EnventU, a non-profit education initiative that I launched two years ago, serves exactly that purpose.

EnventU provides opportunities where traditionally there have been few for both young people and event professionals.

Through EnventU, public high school students from underserved communities get an up close and hands-on look at the events industry. Business leaders and technical professionals guide students as they produce a real event for a local client. Students learn about and make decisions regarding catering and decor, audio and visual needs, lighting, graphic design and more over ten weeks. Since the inaugural session in 2015, participating sophomores and juniors have created and/or staffed corporate holiday events, trade shows and expos, professional conferences, and even a 3,500-attendee rock concert.

It has been said that the best way to cultivate leadership is to expose learners to great leaders. EnventU makes it easy for industry veterans to inspire the next generation of event professionals as guest speakers and mentors or as guides through the inner-workings of their businesses during vendor field trips. Some of

the initiative’s partners have even created unique opportunities for learning for some of the most promising participants.




In April, EnventU partnered with InfoComm International® to provide students from Columbia Heights Educational Campus (CHEC) in Washington, D.C. with hands-on in-classroom presentations, a virtual audiovisual learning opportunity and the chance to win an all-expenses paid trip to Orlando, FL to attend the 2017 InfoComm Annual Convention June 14-16, 2017.

Fifty CHEC students received a crash course on the A/V industry, its businesses, career opportunities, and innovative technologies. Three students who participated in the classroom presentations, completed the 10-hour, self-paced virtual course and wrote an essay to demonstrate their understanding of A/V’s critical role in creating a successful event were chosen to receive the all-expenses-paid trip to Orlando. Summit Event Productions, a boutique lighting design and production firm, and DAL Productions sponsored the student’s travel.

As we develop the curriculum for EnventU’s third fall season, we invite more event and exhibit producers, buyers, sellers and industry vendors to join us in providing enriching learning experiences for students who might not otherwise receive such opportunities.

For more information about EnventU, visit http://www.enventU.org or follow us on Twitter @EnventUOrg.


Latoya Lewis


Latoya Lewis

Chief Executive Officer


Special IAEE DC Chapter Program

IAEE DC Chapter Program – June

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm – Registration and Networking Reception

5:30 pm. – 8:00 pm. Education Program

Program Title: Cultivating Resiliency for Total Wellbeing.

Learning Objectives

1. Understand the 5 pillars of wellbeing.

2. Identify personal stressors and what we can and cannot control in our lives, when to hold on, and when to let go.

3. Practical tools to build resiliency in an ever-demanding work environment.

Speaker Bio:

Priya is a registered nurse, health educator and certified yoga teacher. She has over 10 years of experience in healthcare and has done graduate level research on the impact of the environment on human health, wellbeing and productivity. She is currently a Workforce Health Consultant at Kaiser Permanente, and advises corporate and federal employer groups on health promotion and disease prevention strategies to increase their bottom line. In her free time, she teaches yoga and meditation, and thrives by spending time outdoors in nature. She advises corporate and federal employer groups on health promotion and disease prevention strategies to increase the health, well being and productivity of their employees.

REGISTER NOW (link to registration): http://www.cvent.com/d/y5qx5w


Sponsored by:

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Important Dates:

Program Thursday, June 22

Pre-registration Deadline: Tuesday, June 20

Pre-register and save!

Registration Fees:

Chapter Members: $25

Non-members: $35

After the deadline, we will gladly register you onsite; however, please make every attempt to pre-register so the Chapter can provide correct guarantee numbers to the venue. We make every effort to accommodate all onsite registrants, but if the number exceeds the capacity of the venue, we won’t be able to accommodate additional onsite registrations.

Public Transportation

The Center for Total Health is a short walk from Union Station, accessible by Metro (Red Line), Amtrak, VRE, and MARC trains. There are two ways to get from Union Station to the Center for Total Health.


In Union Station, walk to the end of the Amtrak Gates (Gate L), and turn left to walk through the double glass doors. Follow the tunnel to the end, then turn right and take the elevators down to LL.

Step out of the elevator, and turn left. Follow the hallway to the Kaiser Permanente entrance (it will be on your right). Our security guards will be happy to direct you to the Center for Total Health.


Walk toward the Thurgood Marshall Court Building at the East end of Union Station. Take a left onto Columbus Circle Northeast. You will see a Capitol Bikeshare station and the Securities and Exchange Commission as soon as you turn left.

Follow Columbus Circle as it becomes F Street. At the next intersection (F Street NE and 2nd Street NE), turn left onto 2nd Street NE. Folllow 2nd Street about 2 blocks to the farthest of three entrances to 700 2nd Street, with the Capitol Bikeshare station at the front door.


There is no parking onsite at the Center for Total Health. There are several nearby public garages, including directly across the street at 701 2nd Street NE. Union Station also has a large parking garage. Metered street parking is available in the neighborhood, though like most urban areas it can be difficult to find an open spot.

IAEE DC Chapter WLF Reception

You are invited to

IAEE DC Chapter – Women’s Leadership Forum & DC Chapter Reception

Women’s Leadership Forum

MGM National Harbor

7200 Harborview Ave Oxon Hill, MD 20745


Sponsored by Meet Fort Lauderdale



5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – RESILIENCE: Panel Discussion, led by Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, with panelists Julie Coker Graham, Gary Shapiro and Andy Smith.
*All chapter members are welcome to attend if registered for the reception.


6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Reception, hosted by IAEE and the DC Chapter: Sponsored by Ft. Lauderdale CVB



Free for WLF registered attendees

$35 for DC Chapter members

$45 for non-members and “onsite” registration


Free parking available at the MGM



IAEE DC Chapter May Luncheon

IAEE D.C. Chapter Luncheon

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Networking Reception

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Luncheon and Education Program

Location: The Westin Alexandria

Address: 400 Courthouse Square, Alexandria, VA, 22314-5700


Sponsored by Visit Nashville

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How Increased Situational Awareness and an Improved Guest Experience can Improve your Event’s Security

As exhibition and event professionals, we have the responsibility of ensuring that attendees are as safe as possible at our events.  It is critical that there is a plan of action allowing for quick decision making.

This session will provide an engaging, interactive experience for participants interested in event security.  We’ll cover situational awareness, understand the resources available to protect public facility assemblies, and hear from subject matter experts on critical infrastructure protection to help you understand mass casualty incidents and preparedness during an event.

This session allows you to see how educating those involved in the planning and execution of a meeting or event has an impact on event participants.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Learn to leverage guest services to mitigate safety and security risks.
  • Hear how enhancing professionalism and assisting employees in recognizing the Impact their words or actions have on the public.
  • Increase personal safety and decrease stress when encountering someone uncooperative.


Speaker Bio: Mark Herrera, Director of Education, IAVM


At this luncheon we will be taking CLOTHING DONATIONS for Friends of Guesthouse! Check out the flyer for more information.

IAEE Donation Flyer






Important Dates:

Luncheon:                                   Friday, May 12, 2017

Pre-registration Deadline:  Wednesday, May 10, 2017


Pre-register and save!


Pre-Registration Fees:

Chapter Members:            $40.00

Non-members:                  $45.00

Onsite Registration Fees:

Chapter Members:            $50.00

Non-members:                  $60.00

After the deadline, we will gladly register you onsite; however, please make every attempt to pre-register so the Chapter can provide correct guarantee numbers to the venue. We make every effort to accommodate all onsite registrants, but if the number exceeds the capacity of the venue, we won’t be able to accommodate additional onsite registrations.



Greetings from the Chair

Greetings Chapter Members:

We have already ended the 1st Quarter of 2017, and it’s been quite a busy year so far!

We have “streamlined” our reporting processes with IAEE HQ, and have submitted a draft of the updated DC Chapter by-laws which have been approved by HQ, and will be ratified by vote in May.


We have established our Community Service committee, which already has scheduled two community service activities to for the 2nd quarter. (More details will come out shortly)! Stay tuned!


We launched our NEW DC Chapter website, which I hope you all have had a chance to peruse. Pay attention to the Calendar of Events that includes all upcoming luncheons, training offerings, and special events.


Our monthly luncheons and education sessions are now eligible for CE credits towards CEM recertification.


The Board, after taking the suggestions of the membership, has confirmed a date for our FIRST evening educational event which will be held in DC in June. Keep an eye out for that!


If anyone is interested in writing an article for our blog, Capitol Ideas, please contact Mary Higham, Director of Communications & Outreach at mary@voxdeaeproductions.com. You can find any of the Board of Directors on the website. We would love to hear from you!


I would like to take this opportunity to say “Thank You” to the members of the Board, and to our Chapter Administrator, Michael Romero for your tireless efforts in making things happen for our members.


We’re Just Getting Started – HANG ON – It’s gonna be a FUN ride!






B. Murphy, CEM

IAEE DC Chapter Chair