You come to Convening Leaders to meet great people and learn new things. But how do you spark those meaningful conversations?

It all starts with a Braindate – join small-group or one-on-one conversations on subjects you create or select from the topic marketplace.


Explore the topic market – where all participants (including you!) post the knowledge they are willing to share.

Pick something you want to learn or create your own topic.

Book your braindates and meet in person at the Braindate Lounge!


  • Braindates is the best opportunity to have face to face interactions between buyers and sellers. It's great for just learning in general. I hosted two and participated in three others. It was by far my favorite part of the conference. Next year, Braindates will by my focus. Shared knowledge with other suppliers even though I'm a supplier. They helped get straight to the point. The key is having the specific question. You don't have to start at 30,000 feet but already have a jumping off point.

    Michael Harward Senior Director of National Accounts, Astoria Communications
  • I spoke to so many people and suppliers in the industry about braindate - it is a useful tool to people looking to build their networks for business. It opens the door for you to continue that conversation in the future. Let's get right to the conversation - you get to cut out those layers of conversation before you get to the problem you are facing. Professionally, I got some new revenue generation ideas and this year, there were a lot more people offering things that were a lot more helpful in my personal growth. I liked the personal ones a lot, people were offering their expertise in something that I was weak at - (cheaper than therapy) you'd never walk up to someone and tell them what I need help with.

    Diane Ramos Director of Meetings at National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors
  • This is the most valuable way to learn at the conference. This is more organized, I can go back through my list to reconnect with people I had brain dates with. I like the way we're set up and you have great staff and make it easy for us! I've been telling everyone to do this! It’s a great idea!

    Kim Sackett National Account Executive, AGS Expo
  • Braindate was helpful because it makes you have to meet at a certain time - and it gets you to meet people you would never have had the chance to interact with. With 4,500 people in a space it can be really hard to find the right person.

    Gayle Goldner President at Goldner Management Services
  • The one-on-one interaction has been phenomenal, the heart, and the nitty gritty of what that person wants. You start having a conversation about life in general, you bring all facets of life together. I love this industry so much because it brings all facets of life together. I was surprised! I put out a topic and the fact that people are interested in what I have to say is amazing. It's putting the education part of the conference in my own hands.

    Khadijah Jamal Conference Manager at Absolute Conferences & Events Inc.
  • Braindates are a great way of sharing information in an open safe space. I am currently a student, but produce events for my university, and this was a valuable experience in order to gain insight and new fresh ideas to implement into our events back home. This is really helpful because its more 1 to 1, and a more dynamic way of really talking, less of a lecture and more of a discussion. Will definitely sign up for one again!

    Timothy Carlsen Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
  • I came to PCMA to make new relationships within the industry, learn the latest and best practices, and see my friends! Braindate was the most helpful tool of all the sessions, I liked them so much that I signed up for 6 of them. It really brought in quality leads by putting me in touch with people who are interested in the same things as I am. Braindate gets you significant facetime with people.

    Joel Martin

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