Chapter Leadership Symposium 2020

For more than 20 years, SMPS HQ has hosted an annual event called the Presidents’ Leadership Symposium (PLS) for incoming chapter presidents. In 2020, we're enhancing the program and for the first time, the Chapter Leadership Symposium (CLS) will be offered.

This year, the chapter program leads are invited to attend CLS with their respective chapter president-elect. CLS is an interactive training program and networking event for chapter presidents-elect and the chapter program leads. The premier event will focus on developing the leadership skills of the chapter board leaders as well as ensure an awareness of the many services and programs available to all SMPS chapters.

Dates:  April 1–4, 2020

Location: The Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C.

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Chapter presidents-elect along with their designated program leads will attend the expanded conference this year. SMPS has included the program lead role description below for reference.

Chapter program lead role: 

SMPS identifies an SMPS chapter’s program lead as the individual responsible for managing adult learning and educational programs for their chapter. While each chapter may refer to this role differently, the duties include developing and managing educational programs to support the chapter’s strategic direction and its’ membership.

Chapter program lead responsibilities may include the following:

  • Develop adult learning and educational programs aligned with the six Domains of Practice and the Society’s Standards of Learning
  • Manage overall program logistics to successfully execute learning outcomes
  • Identify opportunities for e-learning technology integration
  • Contribute to the development of budgets and operating plans for educational programs
  • Identify industry topics and trends to incorporate in the learning experience
  • Produce accurate and timely reporting of program status
  • Develop implementation strategies in conjunction with the marketing and/or communications committees
  • Develop an evaluation method to assess program strengths and identify areas for improvement

What (Schedule At-a-Glance)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

  • Registration: 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Welcoming Reception: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

  • Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Programming: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch included)
  • Personal Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Restaurant Round-Up: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, April 3, 2020

  • Breakfast: 7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
  • Programming: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Lunch included)
  • Personal Time: 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Unstructured Dinner & Networking: 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

  • Registration: 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Breakfast: 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.
  • Programming: 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Lunch included)
  • Program Concludes: 12:00 p.m.


Hotel Reservation Information:

All official CLS activities will take place at the Capital Hilton. The Capital Hilton is offering a discounted room rate of $239/night (plus taxes) during the event.

Call the Capital Hilton reservation line – (202.393.1000) and mention you are with “SMPS” for the “Chapter Leadership Symposium” when making a reservation. If you have questions, or need assistance in making your reservation, please reach out to our Programming & Logistics Coordinator, Semra Ergun (

Please note that the last day to make reservations at the contracted group rate is Monday, March 2, 2020 (or until the hotel block is sold out).

Hotel Logistics Information:

Parking – There is no complimentary parking, or validated parking for this. There is no garage, only valet for $63/day (through a 3rd party). Parking at public garages can be found within a few blocks away from the hotel downtown. Each parking garage has set different rates and is owned by private companies not attached to the hotel. Average pricing per hour of parking in public garages downtown between $8 – $35 depending on location and accessibility.

Shuttle Service – There is no shuttle for the hotel.

Directions from the DC-area airports to the hotel – Please refer to the instructions from Washington National, Dulles International, and Baltimore-Washington International Airports here.

CLS 2020 Committee

Ida Cheinman, CLS Content Leader
Brandy Little, CPSM, CPCC, Past PLS Chair
Melissa Lutz, FSMPS, CPSM, SMPS President
Doug Parker, FSMPS, CPSM, Incoming SMPS President
Benjamin Sawa, CPSM, PMP, CLS Chair
Quinn Texmo, CPSM, Incoming CLS Chair

Things To Do in DC

Experience all that the Nation’s Capital has to offer during CLS. Visit museums, monuments, and much more! Plan your experience with these local resources.

Stipend Information

To offset expenses, SMPS will provide a $300 stipend per chapter leader attending. This stipend will be distributed after the program.

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