The Virginia Chapter of Meeting Professionals International was chartered in 1986 and became MPI’s 42nd Chapter. The chapter consists of over 180 meeting planners, hotel representatives and other suppliers.  MPI Virginia normally meets the first Thursday of the month with the purpose of providing our membership educational and network opportunities.  The membership covers a large area of Virginia, including Roanoke, Charlottesville, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Coastal Virginia.

Why Join MPI?

We invite you today to join MPI, the meeting industry's global knowledge and business network community!

Top 10 Reasons for Meeting Planners to Join MPI

Top 10 Reasons for Meeting Suppliers to Join MPI

The realities of today's global business environment? Do more business. Deliver more value. For any meeting professional - whether planner or service provider - having the expertise and resources to deliver powerful returns on investment is critical for success.

Founded in 1972, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the leading global community committed to shaping and defining the future of the meeting and event industry. With more than $26 billion in MPI buying power, MPI defines the return on investment and strategic value meetings bring to individuals, organizations and the global economy. 4,800 planner members exclusive to MPI have about $11.5 billion in buying power. MPI helps its member enhance their professional value by providing them with best practices, superior education, the latest research and trends, professional development and networking opportunities. In the last 43 years, MPI has grown to become the meeting industry's resource for networking, professional development, content and research. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including more than 17,000 engaged members and the Plan Your Meetings non-traditional meeting planner audience. It has more than 90 chapters and clubs in 24 countries. 

Knowledge Is Power

Beyond educational programming, a valuable communications and content platform provides abundant opportunities to stay current and connected.

  • The Meeting Professional - award-winning monthly publication featuring comprehensive coverage of the international meeting industry.
  • MPIWeb - the Association's online community delivering late-breaking news, conference Web casts, online conference registration, a job board, planner and supplier directories and a Communities of Interest discussion forum, to name a few.
  • MPI Annual Membership Directory - a detailed reference providing membership listing by company affiliation and geography.
  • MPIWeb Distance-Learning - a Web-based educational experience offering over 250 online courses to customize learning experiences through the Internet.


Industry-leading certification programs add the power of proven industry acumen and personal distinction in the marketplace.


The Foundation

The MPI Foundation fuels the growth and advancement of MPI members by providing them professional development and career opportunities through grants and scholarships. The MPI Foundation propels the meeting and event industry forward by funding research initiatives that support the strategic plan of MPI.

The Business Network

The industry's most dynamic global community, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) helps its members do more business and deliver more value by offering a myriad of content-rich, planner- and supplier-focused events and initiatives.

  • World Education Congress - annual knowledge and business exchange. Traditionally held in early August and drawing thousands of thought leaders from around the world.
  • IMEX America - IMEX America hosts the largest trade show and hosted buyer program in the U.S. for the meeting, event and incentive travel industry. Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest association of meeting and event industry professionals. These two organizations share a strategic partnership that delivers you unbelievable education, incredible networking and business opportunities at IMEX America October 14 – 16 and Smart Monday powered by MPI on October 13 in Las Vegas.
  • eSpeakers Database - MPI is excited to announce the availability of a best in class speaker resource! As an added value for being a member, you will be granted access to the MPI Speaker Resource. This online portal offers you immediate access to an amazing collection of speakers, presenters and subject matter experts. From the convenience of your laptop or mobile device, you can now search a robust speaker database housing more than 8,000 experts and professionals spanning a variety industries, acumens, and life experiences. This new portal will be your go-to tool for finding the perfect speaker for your next meeting or event.


A Global Community

  • Local perspective on issues and opportunities
  • Education and business networking at the grassroots level
  • Leadership training and development
  • Timely news and information through Chapter Web sites and newsletters


We invite you today to join MPI, the meeting industry's global knowledge and business network community.