Washington DC Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is available to speak in the nation’s capital as a leading authority on technology (including Big Data), demographics (including the Millennial Generation) and global business trends. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you are planning a business conference at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Mount Vernon Place, the Ronald Reagan Building and international Trade Center on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Kellogg Conference Center on Florida Avenue or some other convention space in Washington, DC, Patrick will deliver the excitement and buzz you’re looking for. As a motivational keynote speaker, his primary objective is to leave attendees inspired, energized and excited to improve their businesses.

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Washington has many conference facilities, including:

  • Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Mount Vernon Place North West
  • Kellogg Conference Hotel on Florida Avenue North East
  • Embassy Suites Washington D.C. – Convention Center on Tenth Street North West
  • Courtyard Washington Convention Center on F Street North West
  • Georgetown University Hotel & Conference Center on Reservoir Road North West
  • Other meeting spaces in Bethesda, Silver Spring and Arlington


General Information about the DC area for Meeting Planners

Washington, DC, is the nation’s capital. DC stands for the District of Columbia and it was approved as a federal district in 1790. The district has a population of about 618,000 (as of 2011) but commuters from surrounding areas in Virginia and Maryland increase that number to over one million during the workweek. Washington, DC, contains all three branches of the federal government as well as over 150 embassies from around the world and countless lobbying organizations. The International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank and dozens of other international organizations are also located in Washington, DC. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Washington, DC

Washington will play host to numerous conferences in 2014. The Fairmont Washington in Georgetown will be the venue for the Executive Development Series being hosted by American Association of Colleges of Nursing in March. The Travel Industry Conference being hosted by North Dakota Tourism Division will be held in April at the Hilton Garden Inn near the White House. In June, the Omni Shoreham Hotel on Calvert Street North West, will play host to the Americas Small Business Summit being organized by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Dow Jones will host the CFO Network Meeting in June at the Park Hyatt Hotel Washington near George Washington University.

2013 Business Conferences in Washington, DC

2013 will bring us numerous conferences and meetings. The SABEW (Society of American Business Editors and Writers) will hold the SABEW Spring Conference, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the largest business and journalism organization at Renaissance Washington DC Hotel in April. Also, the 2013 FINRA Annual Conference by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority will take place at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel in May. In addition, the American Automatic Control Council will also host the 2013 American Control Conference in June at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel. Moreover, the 2013 National Conference on Volunteering and Service by the Points of Light will be held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in June.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Washington

Washington Toastmasters clubs are a great place for DC aspiring speakers to practice their craft. M Street Verbalizers Club meets at American Chemical Society on Sixteenth Street (Tuesday at 12:00 PM), Speakeasy at the University Club meets at The University Club on 16th Street (Monday at 7:00 PM), Capital City Speakers meets at Saint Margaret’s Episcopal Church on Connecticut Avenue (Wednesday at 7:00 PM) and World Learning meets at World Learning Conference Room on 15th Street (Wednesday at 12:00 PM).

Washington Food Choices for Convention Attendees

If you’re visiting Washington, DC, for a business conference, you might want to eat at a few of the local hot spots while you are there. The Founding Farmers (Phone: 202-822-8783) is a classic on Pennsylvania Avenue, offering traditional American food. Zantinya (Phone: 202-638-0800) is on 9th Street and offers Greek and Turkish food. If you’re looking for a good steak, the Old Ebbitt Grill (Phone: 202-347-4800) on 15th Street is well known and highly rated. And if you don’t mind a short drive, Ray’s the Steaks in Arlington (Phone: 703-841-7297) is a good steakhouse with Tex-Mex and Peruvian flavors.

Washington Attractions for Conference Delegates

If you’re in Washington for a business convention, plan a few extra days to see the dozens of historical attractions located in the nation’s capital. The Smithsonian Institute is probably the most popular, comprised of 15 specialty museums all wrapped up into one massive complex. All together, it’s the largest museum and research complex in the world. Next up, visit the one of the largest art galleries in the world, the National Gallery of Art. It includes two buildings; one featuring art from the 13th century through the 18th century, and the other featuring more modern artists. Third on the list would be the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, decorated in letters, candles and flowers for the fallen soldiers who never came home. And of course, there are tons of other attractions as well, including the Washington National Cathedral, the Jefferson Memorial, the Library of Congress and the Lincoln Memorial and Reflecting Pool.

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