PCMA Convening Leaders: An Omnichannel Experience for Event Professionals

Affordably priced to maximize participation.


Recovery is coming. We want to get back to the business of connecting people, ideas and opportunities. We also know that you want answers and insights on what the future holds for your careers and businesses. PCMA is leading the charge of recovery and we are thrilled to provide you Convening Leaders 2021.

Although the Convening Leaders hybrid-event experience may have come to a close, CL21 doesn’t just stop there. Whether you’re on the home office desktop or mobile on-the-go, bring Convening Leaders with you to watch wherever and however you choose by viewing all content and sessions on demand.

We know the industry has been disrupted and has accelerated trends in ways we didn’t see coming. It’s time to embrace the change in order to thrive in the future.



The program is based on four learning tracks to Recovery Discovery. These studios were developed from PCMA’s ongoing campaign of research, reskilling, event experimentation and education based on insights from you, for you.

Closed caption and/or interpretation will be available during the broadcast.

Omnichannel Events & Experiences

7 Change Actions to Transformation

New Business Model Exploration

Resiliency in Life & Work


Community comes in all shapes and sizes and places. Whether you join in person or online, you’ll have a just-right community for your journey through the Convening Leaders experience.

During event registration, we ask questions about your professional interests and types of organizations so we can create groups for you to connect with during the event. You’ll also have your own 1:1 video chat to connect personally with other attendees.

We are also offering Chapter events throughout North America along with Official Network events brought to you by our partners across the globe. Some will take place in a sought-after venue. Others will offer sizzle-reel worthy new media experiences. All gatherings will follow local public health recommendations for size and safety protocols.

Additional in-person networking opportunities are being worked on and will be shared as the program develops.

Partners & Sponsors

  • It’s everything you need in three days to build your career.

    Anissa Ladd, CASE Director of National Accounts, Go Providence
  • I’ve been coming to Convening Leaders for the past 10 years. I just think the education, the latest technology — anything you’re looking for to plan your meeting — it’s at Convening Leaders.

    Deborah Young CMP, CEM Director of Convention & Meetings, National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • It’s a great refreshment of re-connecting and networking with people, and then on top of it, you get this great education and inspiring speakers. For me, it’s the best way to start off your year. If you’re not attending PCMA Convening Leaders, you really should.

    Meg Harper National Group Sales Director, Davenport Hotels
  • It is the best conference I’ve ever attended. Ever. And, as a seasoned professional, I get so much out of it. I can’t tell you how many pictures I’ve taken on my phone of new ideas I’m looking forward to taking back to my corporation.

    Patty Amos, CMP Owner, Soma Event Design Services
  • Everyone’s here. It’s a great opportunity for you to reconnect, reinvigorate yourself and be able to start fresh in the new year.

    Will Trokey National Sales Manager for Visit Charlotte
  • I'm looking forward to connecting with other event professionals and learning new strategies to create the best conference possible.

    Jill Cavanaugh Conference Coordinator, Infusion Nurses Society
  • (2019 Convening Leaders was) my second time attending. I was genuinely blown away the first time and had gained so much exposure and experience from the previous year.

    Amelia Binti Roziman Chief Operating Officer, Sarawak Convention Bureau

Get CL2021 Updates


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