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Educational Webinars

Visit Alexandria is pleased to regularly host educational webinars so you can learn about the industry’s latest trends and best practices while earning EIC Clock Hours for CMP certification and re-certification credits.

Our Most Recent Webinar
“The New World of Contracting in Unstable Times”
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 | 1pm-2pm EST
EIC Clock Hour Approved | Domain B: Project Management


Meeting and events have been cancelled and postponed at record levels. In this unstable environment, planners and suppliers are focusing on contracts and additional terms more than ever. Becoming more familiar with contracting terms in volatile times, along with the understanding of documentation from each contracting party, has become critical. In a landscape of uncertainty, contracts need to be sound and relevant. Join us for an engaging panel discussion with industry experts who will share their insights on how to navigate contracts during this time.

Top Takeaways:

  • What makes your contract out of date.
  • What contract terms are needed to minimize risk.
  • How best to amend existing contracts.
  • What should you expect with room block attrition and F&B minimums.

Industry Panelists

Nancy Rosenbaum
Nancy Rosenbaum
Vice President
Maritz Global Events

Robert Smith
Robert Smith, CMP, CMM
Director of Meetings
American Educational Research Association

Kimberly LeDouxKimberly LeDoux
Area Director of
Sales and Marketing
Autograph Collection Hotels of Alexandria


Our Most Recent Webinar
“Beyond the Trend:  Plant-Based Menus Are Here to Stay”
Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 1pm-2pm EST
EIC Clock Hour Approved | Domain G: Meeting or Event Design


Plant-based menus and sustainability practices in the events industry started as a trend – but time has shown what began as a trend is now a movement with staying power,  Learn more about the “what, why, and how”: what are the driving factors behind the trend, why the trend is becoming the “new normal”, and how to incorporate plant-based menus and sustainable catering practices into your future event plans.  

Top Takeaways:

  • What? What does it mean to be “plant-based” and what is continuing to propel the movement forward?
  • Why? Why is this important? What is the impact that the events industry has by making these mindful decisions, and why should we pay attention?
  • How? How do I implement these solutions, and how do I sell my “stakeholders” on making these choices?

Wolfgang Puck
Mary Cline
Regional Director, Catering Sales | East Coast
Wolfgang Puck Catering

Dedicated to genuine hospitality, Mary brings celebrating life and business events through authentic food and great company. Her tenure of 10 years with Wolfgang Puck Catering has landed her in Atlanta she has called home for past five, but she started at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining the Wolfgang Puck family she has held positions as restaurant manager and catering/banquet sales manager at various locations/venues. Her BA in history and anthropology from the University at Albany, SUNY brings unique attributes to the table that has served Mary well.

QUESTIONS? Contact Robin Roane


Other Previous Webinar

Leveraging Social Media for Crisis Communications
Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 1pm-2pmEST


EIC Clock Hour Approved | Domain C: Risk Management

Hurricanes, floods, terror attacks and other crises flood the news headlines and impact destinations around the world. How do meeting/event planners handle these events in their destinations? Using social media to communicate and mitigate risks is essential to any meeting/event.


  • How to set up a communications plan to minimize damage during a crisis at your event or destination
  • How to make critical decisions for your organization
  • How to Create an effective communications plan using three key points

Alex PlaxenAlex Plaxen
President & Founder
Little Bird Told Media

Events and Communications expert, Alex Plaxen, is President and Founder of Little Bird Told Media, a consulting firm for strategic digital communication and engagement for events. He graduated with a Master’s in Tourism Administration with a focus on event and meeting management from George Washington University. Alex is actively involved in leadership roles in the meetings and events industry, most recently sitting on the MPI Potomac Chapter Board of Directors. In addition to his industry work, Alex has been honored locally and internationally as an emerging leader in the events industry, recognized as one of Meetings & Conventions magazine’s Rising Stars of 2019, the recipient of Meeting Professionals International’s RISE Award for Young Professional Achievement in 2018, named to the inaugural BizBash Top 500 People in Events in 2018, Meetings Today magazine’s 2018 Meetings Trendsetters, Connect Association 40 under 40 in 2017 and Professional Convention Management Association 20 in their Twenties Class of 2016.

EIC Approved