2017 Convening Leaders

Gearing Up for a Grand Ole Time

2018 Committee Co-Chairs Discuss Next Steps and Nashville   As you leave PCMA Convening Leaders 2017 inspired and invigorated for the year to come, mark your calendars for Convening Leaders 2018 — slated for Jan. 7–10 in Nashville, Tennessee. Music City is excited to host this flagship event that brings together more than 4,000 business-event […]

Collaboration Is a Longstanding Tradition for Uber Partner Freeman

For more than a decade, Freeman has collaborated with PCMA with a shared goal of helping organizations demonstrate the true value of face-to-face meetings and events. This year, Freeman, a leading provider of integrated services for experiential marketing in event marketing and management, serves as an Uber Partner for Convening Leaders 2017. Uber Partners are […]

‘The Future of Our Industry’

PCMA Offers Students an Advance Glimpse Into Their Careers   Students preparing for a career as business-events professionals can fast-track the learning curve by attending PCMA Convening Leaders 2017. From its PCMA U program to sessions and socials, Convening Leaders has students in mind with education and events suited for the industry’s future leaders. “Our […]

THE DAILY TALK: Mary Pat Heftman

The Chair of the 2017 PCMA Board of Directors Is Bullish on Meetings and Trade Shows, and Excited to Continue the Board’s Work Moving PCMA Forward   Mary Pat Heftman • Executive Vice President, Convention and Strategic Alliances, National Restaurant Association • Chair, 2017 PCMA Board of Directors   How did you first get involved […]

Singing About Convening Leaders 2018

Nashville’s authenticity and music have led to the rise of a premier convention and leisure destination. And with so many exciting additions and renovations in the works — and with PCMA Convening Leaders 2018 on the horizon — there’s even more to sing about! The growth throughout the city has been nothing short of stunning. […]

3 Reasons to Meet in Toronto

It matters where you meet. Here are just a few reasons why Canada’s Downtown is the perfect destination to host your meeting or event. 1. THE FACILITIES From popup shops to conventions centers, food trucks to ballrooms, there is no end to the unique facilities and venues available for your event or meeting. Always growing […]

A Scene as Legendary as the Music

Austin is filled with music venues from classic live-music joints to up-and-coming hot spots — much like the artists playing in them. There are more than 250 live-music venues that feature everything from rock and blues to country and jazz every night of the week. A trip to Austin just isn’t complete without a little […]

A Business and Knowledge Hub

Dubai Business Events (DBE) is proud to collaborate with PCMA on this year’s Convening Leaders — a great chance for DBE to build and strengthen relationships with industry professionals from around the world. The meeting provides a unique platform to highlight Dubai’s reputation as a premier business-events destination and raise awareness about the facilities and […]

All Right in Austin

Matthew McConaughey, Rachel Botsman, and ‘The Meaning of Trust’   Convening Leaders pulled out all the stops for yesterday’s Opening Main Stage presentation. Cameos were made, custom guitars were presented, and brains were engaged — all in the name of “Designing colLABoration.” William Reed, FASAE, CMP, chair of PCMA’s 2016 Board of Directors, shared that […]

To the Moon and Beyond

‘Seeing the Unseen’ With Dan Goods   At yesterday’s Networking Lunch, Convening Leaders attendees discovered the awe of “Seeing the Unseen.” Dan Goods, visual strategist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), took them on a journey of scientific art projects that he has helped shape. It is Goods’ background in art and design — along […]