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17th Annual International Protocol Education Forum

23-26 July 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, USA


Our 2018 Forum will be held in Boston, Massachusetts, 23-26 July 2018.  As we get closer to the Forum we will populate the tabs below. We are excited to be in Boston and would be delighted to see you there.

For members of PDI-POA, the Forum is a chance to expand your knowledge, refresh your skills and reunite with colleagues from around the world.  For non–members and individuals interested in learning more about protocol, it is the perfect introduction to the protocol field.  The program of this Forum will provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world..

About Our 2018 Host City: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

A walking city, our Forum hotel, the Omni Parker House is centrally located just off Boston Common.

Why Should You Attend?

The Forum provides an opportunity to refresh and enhance your professional expertise and to expand your protocol network. The program is designed to provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world. Engage with colleagues from around the globe. Share what you know and learn from experts. Forum attendees come from a wide variety of fields.

These include national, state, city and provincial governments, NGO’s, Intergovernmental agencies, cultural and academic institutions, public and private corporations as well as training and consulting practices.

Who will be at PDI Forums? PDI POA Forums draw protocol professionals from around the world. In recent years participants represented countries including Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Switzerland, Sudan, Trinidad & Tobago, United Kingdom and the United States.

2018 Program Content Planning for the Forum agenda and schedule started before the closing reception of the 2017 Dublin Forum. As protocol professionals know from the events they manage, the planning and arranging continued through the closing reception in Dublin!  2018 program content will reflect recommendations from the Planning Committee, interviews with protocol and academic professionals, and suggestions from attendees at the Dublin Forum and PDI members at large. The program will follow our familiar format allowing each person to create a customized Forum experience. There will be plenary and breakout sessions, and Special Interest/industry roundtables from which to choose. Looking for a refresher on basics or to add a new skill? There will be Back to Basic sessions. Looking for something to expand your knowledge in an area? There will be Beyond the Basics offerings. Want to learn how to manage a special, unexpected challenge? There will be Learning in Unexpected Ways and Situations sessions. We are always true to our format and mission to share the highest level of collective expertise, training, information and advice regarding accepted rules of protocol.

2018 Program Content / Agenda

Topics at the 2018 Forum in Boston will include these fundamentals:

Flag protocol

Names, Titles & Forms of Address

International Etiquette in China

Inclusion and Diversity

Protocol and Philanthropy

Global Protocol for Military

Assessment of Academic Protocol Programs

While topics, day and time are still tentative for the 2018 Forum, to see a current version of this year’s agenda please follow this link.  At every Forum the intention is to provide practical, thought provoking information useful to protocol professionals from around the world.

Although the deadline for presentations has technically passed, if you are interested in presenting at the 2018 Boston PDI Forum we may still be able to consider your proposal.  The 2018 Presenter Proposal Form is available in three formats. Choose the one you prefer:

2018 Presenter Proposal Form as a Wordprocessing File

2018 Presenter Proposal Form as a Printable PDF

2018 Presenter Proposal Form as a Fillable PDF

Special Activities for Those Attending

• A welcome reception and Silent Auction on Monday night. (Every year the Silent Auction has as its beneficiary a local charity.)  • Offsite visit(s) to on-site programs. • A gala closing reception on Thursday night.

A Guest Program for Anyone You Bring

The 2018 program will offered select activities which can be attended by guests of Forum attendee guests.

How & When to Register

General registration for the 2018 Forum, open to anyone interested in operational protocol, began on 3 April 2018 and will close on 13 July  2018 or whenever we reach of limit of participants. Here is the registration link.

NOTE: Although forum registration doesn’t officially close until 13 July, space is limited, so it may have to close earlier with later potential registrants put on a waitlist.  In addition, hotel bookings at the discounted rate must be made by 28 June.  After that date or when our room allotment has been filled, registrants will have to book rooms at the regular Omni rate.

About The Forum Hotel: The Omni Parker House

Our 2018 hotel will be the Omni Parker House.   The Omni is centrally located on the Freedom Train and just off Boston Common.  It is a short walk to the Boston’s City Hall, the State Capitol, the Granary Burying Ground, the Old State House, and Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall Marketplace. It’s only a bit further to the South Station, Newbury Street, Old North Church, the Paul Revere House and the Boston Harbor waterfront.  NOTE: Our block of hotel rooms at the 2017 Forum were completely sold out well before the Forum. If you plan on attending the 2018 Boston Forum, plan to register & reserve your hotel room early!

If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact


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