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Weird is ok. So how weird are you?

June 29 @ 2:30 pm6:30 pm EDT

Everyone wants to belong and be part of something. Unfortunately, the pandemic prevented that from happening. Instead, it made many of us feel isolated, alone, and unsure how to navigate persistent uncertainty at work and in our personal lives. So many in our industry have lost what they thought was their life’s profession or have had to make several sacrifices to stay on the same career path. But we are much more than what we do. And much more than what we’ve become.

Join the PCMA Capital Chapter on June 29th from 2:30pm – 6:30pm for our first ever SPARKLER event.

Our panel of hospitality professionals will share their stories of how they are adjusting to the changing dynamics of our industry. They’ll address the stigma of mental health within cultures, the workplace and themselves. We’ll then break into small groups to discuss practical application of these principles, how to transition back to the workplace and face-to-face events, and how to be mindful of how the pandemic has impacted each of us differently.


Joining us will be Shelley Brown, author of Weird Girl Adventures and a self-proclaimed “Belonging Ambassador”. Shelley will take us on her journey of being Weird (Welcoming, Energizing, Integration, Risk taking, Dynamic) and how we can apply this principle as we discover ways to adjust to what our lives have become.


Learn Objectives

  • Wellness tips for how to manage pressures as a result of the reality of living in a constant pandemic state.
  • Strategies for transitioning back to the workplace and face-to-face interaction
  • Learning to have empathy for others
  • Giving grace to others


2:30 – 3:00  |  Registration
3:00 – 3:15  |  Chapter Welcome Remarks
3:15 – 3:45  |  Keynote
3:45 – 4:30  |  Panel Discussion
4:30 – 4:45  |  Meditation Break
4:45 – 5:15  |  Round Table Discussion
5:15 – 5:30  |  Report Out of Round Tables & Wrap Up
5:30 – 6:30  |  Networking Reception

COVID-19 Guidelines

The safety and wellbeing of our colleagues is a top priority for the Capital Chapter.  We will be implementing the following guidelines:

  • Proof of full vaccination will be required and verified prior to entrance. There will be no exceptions to this policy. Unfortunately, we will not be offering in-person access with proof of negative COVID-19 test results for non-vaccinated people.
  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to wear masks while not actively eating or drinking.
  • Protect yourself by frequent hand washing and minimizing face touching.
  • Do NOT attend if feeling ill or if you have had recent COVID-19 exposure.

All Access Passholders: This event is included in your pass. Please contact capital@pcma.org if you have not received your discount code.

CE Credit: PCMA CC has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the below-listed continuing education courses, which qualify for CMP continuing education credit. Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality. This event qualifies for 2 CE credits.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

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June 29
2:30 pm– 6:30 pm
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11 Canal Center Plaza Suite 100
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States
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PCMA Capital Chapter
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