The PCMA District brings Columbus’s five unique downtown neighborhoods to life with an interactive journey of activities, bite-size takeaways, experiential activations, and event tech innovations. Catch up with your industry peers over coffee, network during lunch or cocktails at Monday’s Happy Hour. Find some quiet time in the PCMA Business Lounge to check back in with the office.

Visit the five neighborhoods to seek out cutting-edge offerings, connect with a colleague, collaborate during session huddles, or dive into dynamic education sessions on one of the three stages designed to solve your biggest challenges during a time of continued uncertainty—and as we build the future of event experiences.


Digital Transformation Stage

Forward-thinking event profs know that technology advances will continue to set organizations and events apart based on the rate of adoption and resulting innovation. These sessions will address strategy-shifting technology and digital economy trends to have on radar for next year and beyond.

Brought to you by Encore

People and Planet Stage

Social and environmental concerns are two of the most important issues our global community is facing today and they require immediate action by individuals, events and organizations. These sessions will address critical Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging and sustainability subject matter as business events are well-positioned to drive change for people and our planet.

Convene Live Stage

From the Convene page to the stage, these six (6) editorial sessions will bring stories to life on how the best of business events are making an impact, embracing the future and igniting their leadership path. Don’t miss the most popular topics from the magazine like data storytelling, embracing uncertainty, salary transparency and more.

Lounges & Activations

PCMA Business Lounge

Make the most out of our get-down-to-business work area. Catch up on work emails, schedule a meeting or take a conference call, so you can get your business done throughout Convening Leaders.

Brought to you by Visit Indy
Designed by Center Circle Creative

PCMA Coffee Bar

Enjoy a taste of authentic Puerto Rican coffee when you stop by the Coffee Bar in the Downtown District. Stay energized throughout Convening Leaders and take a break in Discover Puerto Rico’s Hacienda style lounge.

Brought to you by Discover Puerto Rico

Ignite Your Brand Bar

What does your personal brand say about you? How do others perceive you? At the IGNITE YOUR BRAND BAR, you will have the opportunity to meet with brand and marketing experts who will review your personal brand, answer questions, discuss strategy and offer advice to take it to the next level. A few other highlights of the IGNITE YOUR BRAND BAR include:

  • 5 Brand Bar “Graduates” will receive an Extended DISC Assessment and 1:1 personalized coaching session courtesy of Projection and McDonell Consulting Group. Discover your unique DISC style and learn how to identify the preferred style of others for personal and professional success.
  • LinkedIn makeover advice
  • “Personali-Tea” Bar

Brought to you by Projection

Tech Talks & Techboss Lounge

The Tech Talks sessions in The District are bite-sized thought leadership sessions from companies addressing the hottest tech topics.

Do you have burning event tech questions? Look no further than the TechBoss Lounge for Office Hours with Tech Talk speakers:

Monday, January 9 at 10:20 – 10:50 AM, 12:30 – 1:00 PM

Tuesday, January 10 10:15 – 10:45 AM,     3:00 – 3:30 PM

Wellbeing Challenge

We invite you to participate in the Wellbeing Challenge during CL23.
Participate in a range of wellbeing activities and enjoy some healthy competition with your peers. Earn chances to win prizes for reaching Challenge Goals and working your way up the leaderboard.

Getting started is easy with three simple steps!

  1. Download the “Heka Well” app
  2. Set up your Challenge account
    Launch the Challenge app and select “PCMA CL23”
    • Complete the in-app registration process
    • Pair your step tracker
  3. Start stepping!

Stop by the Wellbeing Challenge Desk (near registration on Sun Jan 8 and then in the District – Short North neighborhood – next to Destination Cleveland’s activation for the rest of the event) to get your sign-up gift and a Wellbeing Challenge pin to identify you to fellow Challengers and “Social Connect” with them in the Challenge app to earn bonus points.

Learn more about the PCMA Wellbeing Challenge, including how to earn bonus steps and win prizes by visiting
Brought to you by Destination Cleveland
Powered by Heka Health

Happy Hour Fun

Monday, January 9
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Create new connections and catch up with friends and colleagues as you explore various destination-themed drink stations featuring signature cocktails. Not a fan of cocktails? There will be plenty of beer and wine options to please your palate, too!


Presenting sponsor: Visit California

Event sponsors:  Meet Boston and Signature Boston, Destination Canada, Destination Cleveland, Experience Columbus, CVENT, Visit Detroit, Encore, Visit Fort Worth, Visit Houston, IHG Hotels & Resorts, Louisville Tourism, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, MLB Tourism, New Orleans & Company and Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Visit Omaha, Orange County Convention Center and Visit Orlando, OVG360, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Portland, Discover Puerto Rico, Visit Tampa Bay, Destination Vancouver and Vancouver Convention Centre

Floor Map


  • Monday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:30a.m.

Closed during PCMA Main Stages


Hall A/B
GCCC, Level 1

Floor Map Coming Soon!