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Below is the most comprehensive picture we can paint for you on active professional and industry groups related to Meetings & Events in the PNW.  These local organizations, many volunteer-run, provide career-long learning and advancement opportunities.  We also cover national organizations with local members, but no local chapters.  Lastly, we include local, independent organizations outside the Pacific NW who set important examples.

WISE Seattle

WISE Seattle (Women in Sports + Events)

Professional association for women with careers in Sports and Events in Seattle and the Puget Sound region.

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NWES

NWES (Northwest Event Show)

NWES produces the region's largest and longest running trade show dedicated to the Meetings & Events industry with over 300 business exhibitors in 2019.  Event planners and organizers from leading companies and corporations come to see what's new, to reconnect, and to learn. NWES takes place again in-person on March 15-16, 2023.

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WFEA

Washington Festivals & Events Association (WFEA)

Festival organizers from around WA join hands in advancing their skills, network, and interests collectively.  WFEA is affordable for industry professionals with annual memberships starting at under $100 per year.

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PCMA Northwest

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) - Pacific Northwest Chapter

PCMA unites business event strategists and leaders to network, to learn, and to set the course for business events growth.

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MPI - Washington State

MPI (Meeting Professionals International) - Washington State Chapter

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ILEA Seattle

ILEA (International Live Events Association) - Seattle Chapter

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WIPA Seattle

WIPA (Wedding International Professional Association) - Seattle Chapter

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Greater Seattle NACE

Greater Seattle Chapter of NACE (National Association of Caterers & Events)

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NACE Tacoma

NACE (National Association of Caterers & Events) - South Puget Sound Chapter

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SGMP - Oregon Chapter

Greater Oregon Society of Government Meeting Professionals (SGMP)

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MPI - British Columbia

MPI (Meeting Professionals International) - British Columbia Chapter

British Columbia has a robust MPI chapter, which was awarded for Honorary Achievement in 2021!

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MPI - Oregon

MPI (Meeting Professionals International) - Oregon State Chapter

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ILEA Portland

ILEA (International Live Events Association) - Portland Chapter

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ACCED-I (Region 1)

ACCED-I (Association of Collegiate Conference & Event Directors - International)

Region 1 of ACCED-I covers the US West Coast, including the Pacific Northwest.

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NACE Hawaii

NACE (National Association of Caterers & Events) - Hawaii Chapter

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MPI - Northern California

MPI (Meeting Professionals International) - Northern California Chapter

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ICCA

International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA)

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APA - Washington Chapter

American Planning Association (APA) - WA Chapter

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ASAE

ASAE (American Society of Association Executives)

ASAE is the Center for Association Leadership, the largest national group representing the interests of association leaders.

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MPI - Rockies

MPI (Meeting Professionals International) - Rocky Mountain Chapter

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FICP

Finance & Insurance Conference Professionals (FICP)

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NACE Anchorage

NACE (National Association of Caterers & Events) - Anchorage Chapter

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IAEE

IAEE (International Association of Exhibitions & Events)

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NCBMP

National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP)

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IAVM

IAVM (International Association of Venue Managers)

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AMPS (Washington DC Region)

AMPs (Association of Meeting Professionals) - Washington DC Region

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MRN

MRN (Military Reunion Network)

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HCEA

HCEA (Healthcare Convention & Exhibitors Association)

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