Meetings Matter was the theme of ConferenceDirect's Annual Partner Meeting, held this year at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel during the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C., and like all good conference themes it was supported by content that reminded us of the economic impact meetings have on communities, associations, and businesses of all kind. We also discussed meeting trends such as virtual meeting (as adjuncts to face-to-face meetings), mobile applications specifically for meetings and conferences, and managing costs through building Stratigic Meetings Management Programs (SMMPs) - and specifically how ConferenceDirect can deliver these solutions to our clients.
Our opening night Awards Gala (hosted by Hyatt Hotels) was held - not in a hotel - but in the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It was a beautiful and fitting venue, since more female ConferenceDirect Associates were honoured this year than in any other year of the company's history.
Another off-site highlight was the W Washington, formerly the esteemed Washington Hotel. We enjoyed a casual lunch in a function room on the top floor adjacent to the popular P.O.V. Lounge with a view of the White House.