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Approximately 300 top association executives gathered in Washington, DC as part of the return of in-person and hybrid events with the American Society of Association Executives’ (ASAE) Annual Meeting Community Pop-UP in Studio 801 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Aug. 16, 2021.


Destination DC (DDC), the official destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, and Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, partnered on creative activations for the meeting’s DC hub , inspired by “Experience DC,” a joint tourism recovery advertising campaign in market now. Attendees enjoyed Ben’s Chili Bowl and performances by Elijah Jamal Balbed , a prominent DC jazz and go-go musician and local ballerina Nya Cunningham. The Keynote was delivered by Ambassador Capricia Penavic Marshall, former Chief of Protocol for the Obama Administration.

Robb Lee


“ASAE is thrilled to create an in-person opportunity in the Nation’s Capital for members to reconnect and build on their sense of community around Annual Meeting,” said Robb Lee, ASAE’s chief strategy officer. “ASAE members in the DMV area are very familiar with the seamless, state-of-the-art meeting experience at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and this promises to be a memorable, long-overdue event for DC-area association professionals. We also know how seriously our partners in DC take COVID-19 protocols and precautions, so we’re fully confident that our Community Pop-UP attendees will be able to focus on the learning and engagement opportunities knowing that their safety is top-of-mind for ASAE and Destination DC.”

Greg O'Dell


“We are delighted to welcome ASAE to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and provide the innovative technology required for hosting events in today’s ever-changing environment,” said Greg O’Dell, president and CEO of Events DC. “Our partnership with ASAE demonstrates how we can continue to create successful event experiences while keeping the health, safety and well-being of our visitors and staff as the highest priority.”

Elliott Ferguson


“ASAE is a perfect example of groups getting creative to continue holding their annual meeting despite the many challenges of navigating the pandemic,” said Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO, Destination DC. “Partnering with them is an opportunity for us to highlight the culture that DC is known for, in addition to our commitment to work with associations on the health protocols and valuable content that will make their meeting a success.”


Looking ahead, Washington, DC looks forward to welcoming groups including Awesome Con (Aug. 20-22), Association of the United States Army (Oct. 11-13), Association for Financial Professionals (Nov. 7-10) and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (Nov. 18-20). In 2022, the city anticipates hosting 20 citywide meetings at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and other venues.


ABOUT DESTINATION DC: DDC , the official destination marketing organization for the nation’s capital, is a private, non-profit membership organization committed to marketing the area as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historic communities.


ABOUT EVENTS DC: Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation's capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District's hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, The Fields at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at . Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena, all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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