In the heart of historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, just minutes from Ronald Reagan National Airport and downtown Washington, D.C., the Mary M. Gates Learning Center provides a comfortable and convenient space for community leaders, members and partners to come together for collaboration and innovation.


The Mary M. Gates Learning Center (MGLC) is one of the metropolitan DC area’s premier meeting and event facilities. With a variety of videoconferencing, webinar, and meeting rooms, the MGLC can accommodate a range of business meetings and events. Accessibility, cutting-edge technology, and excellent customer service make the MGLC the right choice for your next meeting or event.

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With over 8,000 square feet of meeting space, the MGLC has a wide variety of options to fulfill your needs. It is designed to provide a cutting-edge, comfortable and convenient space for community leaders and United Way partners to come together to collaborate and discuss innovative ideas.

Auditorium:  The Auditorium is a multi-purpose room with moveable seating to accommodate a wide variety of meeting needs.  It can accommodate up to 150 people theater style or 96 people in rounds, but also has the ability to be split into two rooms, each with their own video conferencing and webcasting capabilities.

Breakout Rooms:  The MGLC has seven classrooms for training and breakout meetings.  Two of which are boardrooms.

Webinar Rooms:  The MGLC has two Webinar Rooms, which are equipped with two big-screen monitors, head sets, video cameras and sound mixers to make your online meeting a success.



The Mary Gates Learning Center is equipped with cutting-edge technology to enable the highest quality virtual and in-person meetings. Technology features include:

  • Webinar rooms that enable users to set up virtual meetings and connect with large online audiences;
  • High Definition® video-conferencing to facilitate “face-to-face” connections with colleagues across the globe;
  • High-speed wired and wireless internet access;
  • Conference call capabilities;
  • Flat screen televisions and High Definition® projectors that allow for presentations to be displayed;
  • Webcasting of presenters and meetings to the internet for larger or global audiences.

All meeting rooms include complete audio visual technical assistance, along with full service and support from Mary M. Gates Learning Center staff.