The Destination Marketing Association International’s Destinations Showcase Washington, D.C., takes place Wednesday.

The day-long event connects conference, convention and trade show professionals with exhibiting meeting destinations across the United States and in other countries.

Capricia Penavic Marshall, former chief of protocol of the United States, is the keynote speaker.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Pl. NW. Free for meeting planners.

Other events of note
Wednesday, Feb. 12

The Greater Washington Board of Trade plays host to author Randy Krum , president of Bedford, Texas-based design and data visualization company InfoNewt, who will talk about his new book, “Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design.” The event begins at 8 a.m. in the rotunda of the Ronald Reagan Building, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. $75 for members, $100 for everyone else.

The D.C. Chamber of Commerce is holding a business networking reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. $50 for members, $75 for everyone else.

Thursday, Feb. 13

The Northern Virginia Tech­nology Council is holding a panel discussion on “Creating an Effective Advisory Board.” Panelists include Marissa Levin of Information Experts, Stefan T. Midford of Natural Insight and Devin Schain of Campus Direct. Lawrence R. Bard of Morrison & Foerster is the moderator. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at AOL, 22000 AOL Way, Ashburn. $25 for members, $45 for everyone else.

The Tech Council of Maryland plays host to Sourcefire Chief Financial Officer Todd Headley and GlycoMimetics CFO Brian Hahn, who will talk about their companies’ recent acquisition and initial public offer, respectively. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Bethesda Country Club, 7601 Bradley Ave., Bethesda. $25-$40 for members, $70 for everyone else.