In Washington, D.C. Attendees Meet with Purpose

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Author: Casey Gale       

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Washington, D.C. is the perfect destination to bring attendees looking to drive positive social change.

From budgetary pressures to social and political issues, there are many reasons why attendees are more thoughtful than ever about the types of events they join. Washington, D.C. has long been a hub for changemakers throughout history — the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession, Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech, and the present-day annual Women’s March on Washington have all happened here along with countless others. Washington, D.C. allows attendees to become changemakers, too — people gather here to embrace their rights to free speech and to peacefully protest, as well as to meet the country’s most influential movers and shakers — including federal government and policy leaders, social entrepreneurs, and the hundreds of association leaders who call the destination home.

As the nation’s “Connected Capital,” Washington, D.C. is the ideal destination to bring attendees looking to drive positive social change. A leader in major industries such as technology, biotechnology/pharma, education, sustainability and medical, Washington, D.C. is a knowledge hub that will expand attendees’ horizons and allow them to hear from some of the nation’s greatest minds via keynote speeches — or maybe just rubbing elbows with them during networking receptions. And in their downtime, delegates can continue to take advantage of the destination’s fun learning opportunities by visiting its many free dynamic attractions, including world-class museums.

“Meeting attendees are eager to listen and learn and make a difference in a destination,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of Destination DC (DDC). “They want to connect with people and to ultimately impact local communities. By leveraging the city’s intellectual capital—legislators, experts, and decision makers, DDC enriches the experience and supports the opportunity to meet with purpose.”

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The Walter E. Washington Convention Center is the first convention center in the world to achieve the WELL Health Safety Rating.

The Power of DEI

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the forefront of Washington, D.C.’s ethos. Travelers use The DEI District, an online content hub on, to find ways to engage with the city’s sustainable venues or Black-, women-, and immigrant-owned businesses during their event. In the meetings industry, DEI work is not only key to the well-being of those working in the industry — it also creates more inclusive attendee experiences. Diverse speakers provide more robust and relatable content for attendees, yielding more meaningful outcomes.

Washnton Monument and National Mall from Lincoln Memorial

The National Mall and Washington Monument, as seen from the Lincoln Memorial, are part of the history on display in Washington, D.C.

Go Green

Leading the nation in the most LEED Certified buildings of any city, Washington, D.C. prioritizes sustainability, and the city has plenty of offerings to make events greener.

Stewardship of the environment is a key element of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The center has secured the GBAC STAR facility accreditation from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council and is the first in the world to achieve the WELL Health Safety Rating. “We strive to lead the industry with our health and safety standards,” said Samuel Thomas, interim president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “Our convention center is the first in the world to achieve this designation, and it confirms that our commitment to health and safety extends beyond the pandemic.”

The center has implemented a color-coded recycling and waste minimization program, water efficiency, green product purchasing and more. The building boasts energy-reducing features, from low-emission gas to computerized HVAC systems. Its also Metro accessible with a dedicated stop immediately walkable to downtown museums and nightlife, as well as the National Mall.

Washington, D.C. is the headquarters for many environmentally focused organizations. It is dedicated to local sustainability practices and clean-energy initiatives, and cutting-edge innovations via startups and incubators around town.

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