Convening Leaders Daily 2016

January 13

  • The PB&J of MeetingsIf someone says, “Peanut butter and…,” chances are you’ll automatically think “jelly.” The two go hand in hand, and the spoken word quickly triggers warm thoughts about everyone’s favorite comfort food. What if meeting planners could achieve those same emotions and triggers for their events? Read More
  • Teaching You to Be Better Than BeforeIn today’s Opening General Session, Gretchen Rubin, author of the best-selling book The Happiness Project, will talk about changing the habits that may be hindering you from achieving your essential goals. Read More
  • Thoughts From the Learning LoungeAttendees share their biggest takeaways from Tuesday’s sessions. Read More
  • Healthy GlowNearly 200 Convening Leaders attendees woke up bright and early yesterday morning for a chance to witness the spectacular sunrise along the Vancouver seawall — and participate in the PCMA Foundation’s Fun Run/Walk 5K, aka the “glow run.” Read More
  • Living Beyond LimitsDuring today’s Closing General Session, Amy Purdy will discuss “Living Beyond Limits” — a concept with which she’s very familiar. After losing both her legs to meningococcal meningitis at age 19, Purdy, now 36, went on to a career as a model, actress, and Paralympic snowboarding champion. Read More
  • The Daily Talk: William F. Reed, FASAE, CMPThe 2016 PCMA Chair wants to grow global engagement. Read More
  • The Daily Talk: Tina Wehmeir, CMP, CAEThe 2016 Foundation Chair is looking forward to giving back. Read More
  • Tackling Women’s Issues in BusinessA spirited but casual conversation during the 2015 PCMA Education Conference gave way to a new program at Convening Leaders 2016: Women@Work, a three-hour forum this afternoon to discuss women in leadership. Read More
  • Convening Leaders OnlineThanks to PCMA’s commitment to digital event technology, Convening Leaders’ in-person and remote attendees once again are receiving a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of the program — and they’ll also be able to experience their favorite moments again via rebroadcast. Read More
  • Uber Spotlight: The Art of Experience DesignA conversation With Christie Greenleaf, CEM, senior vice president of sales and industry relations for Freeman — a PCMA Uber Partner. Read More
  • Delivering Inspiration and CollaborationEvery year, Convening Leaders covers a huge canvas, offering information to inspire, educate, and motivate. And making sure to hit on the most vital topics of the industry is just one of the program’s many goals. Read More
  • Top 5 Ways to Mentally Detox on the RoadInternationally recognized health and wellness expert Uche Odiatu, presenter of Monday’s session “Fit to LEAD: The Health and Fitness Performance Advantage,” offers tips specific to business travelers in this top 5 list. Read More
  • Calling All MembersGot questions about PCMA operations, programming, goals — or any other issues facing the meetings industry? The organization’s leaders will have answers at the PCMA Town Hall Meeting at 7:45 this morning. Read More
  • Next Up: Strategy of MeetingsConvening Leaders might not have wound down yet, but PCMA’s Education Conference Content Committee is already working on the PCMA 2016 Education Conference, which will be held in St. Louis on June 26–29. Read More
  • PCMA and BOB.tv Expand PartnershipOn Monday, PCMA announced the next chapter of its three-year partnership with BOB.tv, a leading content-publishing platform for the business-events industry. In 2016, PCMA will utilize the BOB.tv platform as part of its digital-content strategy to provide a personalized experience to its expanding global audience. Read More
  • Meetings Within MeetingsIn this time of web conferences and virtual meetings, face-to-face meeting time can be a precious commodity. At Convening Leaders 2016, some organizations are taking advantage of being in the same physical space as their members, partners, and other colleagues to hold their own meeting. Read More
  • Global Scholarship RecipientsPCMA strives to create learning environments that bring in perspectives from all different backgrounds, cultures, and industries. One way it does so is through the PCMA Education Foundation’s global scholarship program. Read More

January 12

  • Up the Corporate Ladder With Arne SorensonConvening Leaders attendees got an intimate look at the personal and professional life of Marriott International President and CEO Arne Sorenson during yesterday morning’s Opening General Session. Read More
  • berger2 The Power of Social InfluenceToday’s business world is filled with demanding schedules and technology that keeps us in touch with work — even when we’re not at work. But as organizations shift focus toward technology and away from the basic principles of communication, they can forget the importance of social influence. Read More
  • White Space, The Final FrontierKeeping pace in today’s busy workplace is overwhelming, stifles creativity, and is counterproductive, according to Juliet Funt, yesterday’s Networking Luncheon and General Session speaker. Read More
  • Impactful F&BFood fuels the soul — and when used properly, it can serve up big success for meeting professionals. Maximizing the role of food and beverage at an event is the focus of today’s session “Impactful F&B: Designing Culinary Experiences That Satisfy and Engage,” from 1:45–2:45 p.m. in VCC West, Room 301. Read More
  • Scholarships AwardedSeven students studying for careers as meeting professionals will experience Convening Leaders firsthand, thanks to scholarships awarded by the PCMA Education Foundation. The Foundation handed out 58 total Convening Leaders scholarships to faculty, professionals, and students throughout 2015. Read More
  • Decision to Attend Study – Phase II ResearchPhase II of a landmark industry study of why people decide to attend a particular meeting or visit a particular destination is wrapping up and will give DMOs even more strategic tools with which to serve their clients. Read More
  • Learning From the MastersA meeting is more than a meeting; it’s an opportunity for a group to experience something together. Today’s Thought Leader speakers are all about improving attendees’ leadership skills in a positive way. Read More
  • schirmacher2 The Daily Talk: Gary Schirmacher, CMPA year of stories for the 2015 PCMA Education Foundation Chair. Read More
  • vancouvercentre2 Time to MingleAll things Vancouver will transform the look and feel of the Vancouver Convention Centre’s East Building from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight during the Convening Leaders’ Networking Reception. Read More
  • engagement2 Increasing Engagement Through DigitalPCMA’s Virtual Edge Institute (VEI) is busy on site presenting the Convening Leaders Hybrid Event, a live program that both streams select content for online participants and offers an insider’s look at producing hybrid/digital events. Read More
  • bes2 The Business of Meetings Is BusinessOnline training for meeting professionals has reached new heights with the introduction of PCMA’s Business Event Series (BES). The interactive, subscription-based program offers on-demand topical training and tools. Read More
  • Creativity and the EconomyCreativity and the economy are the focus of today’s PCMA Business School sessions, brought to you by Synchronicities. Speakers Peter Ricchiuti and Darren Dahl will offer a look at how each affects the meetings industry. Read More
  • wellness_d2_2 Top 5 Ways to Eat Healthy While TravelingInternationally recognized health and wellness expert Uche Odiatu, presenter of yesterday’s session “Fit to LEAD: The Health and Fitness Performance Advantage,” offers tips specific to business travelers in this Top 5 list. Read More
  • speakerstowatch2 Three Speakers to WatchCatch a glimpse of three of today’s best and brightest up-and-coming speakers at Convening Leaders again this year. “3 Speakers to Watch” happens today from 1:45–2:45 p.m. Read More
  • Uber Spotlight: A Focus on PossibilitiesRodrigo Esponda, regional director for North America for the Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) — a PCMA Uber Partner. Read More

January 11

  • hhh2 Hospitality Helping HandsConvening Leaders attendees got creative for this year’s Hospitality Helping Hands (HHH) program, which is designed to give back to the annual meeting’s host community. Read More
  • Welcome to Vancouver!Against the backdrop of the beautiful coastal seaport of Vancouver, engaging new features and perennial favorites will greet thousands of meeting professionals at PCMA Convening Leaders 2016. Attendees are drawn to this industry showcase to gather the latest innovations in event technology, meeting design, and business event strategy. Read More
  • Helping Meeting Planners Give BackOrganizations are increasingly focusing on adding a corporate social responsibility (CSR) component to their meetings and conventions — and a new tool from PCMA will help them do that more easily. Read More
  • Packing a PunchExceptional talent, education, and scenery that will deliver an unforgettable Vancouver experience. That’s what planning committee co-chairs Kathleen “Kitty” Ratcliffe, president of the St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, and Heidi Welker, vice president of marketing for Freeman Audio Visual Canada, know attendees will experience at this year’s content-packed PCMA annual meeting. Read More
  • kopcinski2 The Daily Talk: Raymond J. Kopcinski Sr., CMPThe 2015 PCMA Chair on a year of missioning. Read More
  • Rolling Out the Red CarpetCelebrating inspirational leaders in business events – that’s the theme of this year’s PCMA Education Foundation Visionary Awards. The April 27 program at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., represents a rebranding of the Foundation’s annual awards dinner. Read More
  • Motivating ChangeToday’s Thought Leader sessions include some exciting, topical, and engaging issues. Read More
  • Rethinking Business as UsualToday’s PCMA Business School sessions reimagine old thinking in business. Speakers Kaihan Krippendorff and David Burkus will lead programs — brought to you by Synchronicities — to help meeting professionals stand out from the competition. Read More
  • pwap2 PCMA Parties With a PurposeA healthy mix of fun and philanthropy converge for PCMA’s ever-popular Party With a Purpose (PWAP). The annual event offers Convening Leaders attendees an energetic and lively networking experience, while supporting the PCMA Education Foundation and giving back to PCMA’s host destination. Read More
  • keynotes2 Meetings at Marriott; WhiteSpace at WorkIt’s easy to lose focus in a world filled with ever-increasing distractions. This year’s General Session presentations will inspire you to think creatively throughout the whirlwind of your day — and to give yourself a break once in a while. Read More
  • 20 in Their TwentiesPCMA has selected the 2016 class for its 20 in Their Twenties program, honoring emerging leaders in the meetings industry. Read More
  • Going! Going! Global!PCMA’s Citywide Auction is an annual favorite, and this year it comes with a new twist. Melbourne, Australia, is the featured city for bid — the auction’s first destination outside North America. Read More
  • dallasskyline2 Uber Spotlight: Focus on Corporate MeetingsA conversation with D. Bradley Kent, chief sales and services officer for the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau — a PCMA Uber Partner. Read More
  • wellness_d1_2 Top 5 Ways to Stay Fit on the RoadInternationally recognized health and wellness expert Uche Odiatu offers tips for business travelers in this Top 5 list. He will present “Fit to LEAD: The Health and Fitness Performance Advantage” today at 1:15 p.m. Read More