Convening Leaders Daily 2013

January 16

  • Rich Nation, Poor NationGlobal economics is not a light subject, but Stéphane Garelli used pools of humor and rivers of graphics during yesterday's General Session to float his message that money will continue to flow around the world despite the growth of some economic deserts. Read More
  • Thomas Friedman: That Used to Be UsNew York Times columnist Thomas Friedman has written best-selling books about many hot-button issues, including globalization, climate change, and population growth. In his most recent book, That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, Friedman and co-author Michael Mandelbaum, a foreign-policy professor at Johns Hopkins University, zero in on the United States, which they think has lost its way — politically, economically, and even spiritually. Read More
  • Stay Tuned in With PCMA TVWatch highlights  and learn more about all of the activities during Convening Leaders with  PCMA TV. Produced by  Convention News Television, PCMA TV will be broadcast  at each of the meeting hotels today. Read More
  • Yum!David Novak knows a thing or two about people — what they want as consumers and how to help them give their best as employees. He's chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands Inc., the world's largest restaurant company, with more than 36,000 KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell locations in more than 12 countries and  territories. He's been recognized as one of the world's "30 Best CEOs" by Barron's, one of the "Top People in Business" by Fortune, and one of the "100 Best-Performing CEOs in the World" by Harvard Business Review. Read More
  • Convene Presents Challenges and SolutionsAt a Convene Presents session yesterday morning, Danielle Cote and Sarah Michel stood on a stage at the center of the room and explained how they took apart and rebuilt business software company Sage North America's Sage Summit 2012 to better meet attendee demands for more and better networking programs. Read More
  • Muldoon’s Saloon Raises $5,000 for Education FoundationLast night, co-sponsors Rosen Hotels & Resorts and Hospitality Performance Network (HPN) Global hosted the ninth annual “Muldoon's Saloon” fundraiser at Convening Leaders. Attendees shared conversations over drinks at Rosen Plaza's Backstage Nightclub & Sports Bar, where citywide meeting planners served as bartenders. Read More
  • PCMA Launches Global Leadership Interview SeriesYou can invite industry leaders into your home or office by accessing the new PCMA Global Leadership Interview Series, sponsored by the Scottish Exhibition + Conference Centre (SECC) in Glasgow. We talked to Ben Goedegebuure, SECC's director of sales, about the new series, which you'll be able to find on pcma.org and atsecc.co.uk/thoughtleadership/default.htm. Read More
  • Convening Leaders RewindIs there a session you missed? One you want to experience again or share with your team? You can get your All Access Pass to captured Convening Leaders concurrent sessions and keynotes — based on speaker permissions and session format — for $99.95 if you purchase your package on site at the PCMA Epicenter (Halls A4/B1). Once the meeting is over, packages will be available for $199.95. Your All Access Pass will give you 24/7 admission to Convening Leaders 2013 captured content through Dec. 31, 2013. Stop by the PCMA Epicenter and get your Pass today. Read More
  • Cultivating GeniusMost people consider a genius to be someone who scores highest on a standardized test, but the truth, according to Gina Rudan, is that we're all brilliant in our own ways. Genius lives in everyone — and is something you can cultivate. Read More
  • The Lawyers Are InAre you looking for the latest information on avoiding legal liability and contractual pitfalls associated with meetings? Search no further than today's "The Lawyers Are In" session at 10:30 a.m. in Room 304. Read More
  • The Daily Talk: Johnnie WhiteYou may know incoming PCMA Board of Directors Chair Johnnie C. White, CMP, as the hard-driving executive director of the Cardiovascular Research Foundation (CRF) Center for Education, where he oversees 40 educational events a year, many of them international meetings. Read More
  • 2013 PCMA Board of DirectorsChairman of the Board, Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, and Directors Read More
  • Bold Ideas on Tap for Next YearIn the year ahead, Timothy D. Mathy, senior partner with SpeakInc. and chair of PCMA's 2014 Annual Meeting Planning Committee, will lead dedicated and talented individuals in developing a robust educational program for next year's Convening Leaders annual meeting in Boston. Read More
  • The Daily Talk: Gregg TalleyAs head of Talley Management Group, Gregg H. Talley, CAE, serves as chief strategy executive for one of its clients — the Convention Industry Council (CIC). When you add that role to a 30-plus-year career in the meetings industry — during which time his steadfast volunteer leadership at PCMA has included a term as chair of the Board of Directors — it's easy to see why Talley's perspective is long-term, broad, and deep. And how the PCMA Education Foundation, whose Board of Trustees he chairs this year, will benefit. Read More
  • 2013 PCMA Education Foundation Board of TrusteesChair, Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Immediate Past Chair, and Trustees Read More
  • PCMA Town Hall MeetingPCMA members and leaders will meet at 8 a.m. today in Room 308 for the annual Town Hall Meeting to hear highlights from the association's past 12 months and its strategy for the year ahead — and to enjoy a continental breakfast. Read More
  • Always Be ClosingSelling to your clients can be a tricky proposition. You need the right salespeople, culture, and approach for the specific time and place. Read More
  • Wake Up AttendeesA meeting room is more than a gathering place — it's a learning environment. This morning's education session "Improve Your Learning Environments Today" will show how a stimulating room is a great teaching aid. And it will practice what it preaches. Read More
  • Corporate HQ Track Wraps UpThe Corporate HQ track at Convening Leaders offered a wealth of information over the course of five sessions held Monday and yesterday. Learn how to take all that information home and put it to use during today's wrap-up session, "Bringing It All Together: Meeting Planner of the Future." Read More
  • Eliminate Virtual InsanityPlanning a virtual or hybrid event requires a different approach than figuring out how to draw attendees to an in-person program. A high-tech event can bring high-dollar expenses. You can learn how to avoid a ballooning budget at today's Virtual Edge Institute (VEI) session, "Hybrid and Virtual Events: Keeping Costs Down," at 10:30 a.m. in Room 311. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: AIBTM: The Best Business, Experience, and EducationAs AIBTM's highest-value strategic partner, PCMA brought its Executive Edge and hosted-buyer programs to AIBTM's exhibition this past June in Baltimore, along with bite-sized, 15-minute education sessions at its booth during exhibition hours, and other PCMA-powered education. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Boston: Welcome to the City of IdeasAs the proud host of PCMA Convening Leaders 2014, Boston has long been known as a city that brings ideas to life. From science and education, to politics and freedom itself, Boston is the birthplace of innovation. And that's never been truer than now. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Orlando: Unmatched for Medical and Health-Care Meetings"There may be no other place in the world like Orlando when it comes to life sciences, biotechnology, and health care," said Lars Houmann, FACHE, president and CEO of Florida Hospital and chairman of bioOrlando. "Right now, there is a tremendous convergence of opportunities due to our community's vision and collaborative effort to bring forward a new ‘medical city.'" Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Vancouver: Moving the Industry ForwardSoaring mountains, sparkling ocean, and cosmopolitan flair have contributed to Vancouver's popularity among local and international delegates. Meeting and convention groups gravitate to the city's diverse cuisine, first-class hotels, and state-of-the-art facilities. With a mild climate year round, walkable downtown, amazing off-site venues, and a limitless list of recreational activities — from museums to musical performances — there are endless possibilities for pre- and post-meeting activities. Read More

January 15

  • Slow and Steady Wins the RaceToday's instant world of the Internet suggests that the hare always beats the tortoise; that a great idea can go viral and lead to overnight success. Morten T. Hansen, Ph.D., begs to differ. Read More
  • Garelli: ‘That Is Benchmarking’Keeping up with the Joneses may be a matter of pride at home, but it's a matter of survival at work — and around the world — making today's General Session a must-attend event for anyone affected by global economics. Read More
  • Stay Tuned With PCMA TVWatch highlights and learn more about all of the activities during Convening Leaders with PCMA TV. Produced by Convention News Television, PCMA TV will be broadcast at each of the meeting hotels today and tomorrow. Read More
  • Citywide Auction Announced for 2013In 2013, 11 lucky PCMA members will win huge savings through PCMA's Citywide  Auction. This year, PCMA is offering Hawaii as its destination. Read More
  • Convening Leaders RewindIs there a session you missed? One you want to experience again or share with your team? You can get your All Access Pass to captured Convening Leaders concurrent sessions and keynotes — based on speaker permissions and session format — for $99.95 if you purchase your package on site at the PCMA Epicenter (Halls A4/B1). Once the meeting is over, packages will be available for $199.95. Your All Access Pass will give you 24/7 admission to Convening Leaders 2013 captured content through Dec. 31, 2013. Stop by the PCMA Epicenter and get your Pass today. Read More
  • VEI Expands Offering With engage365 AcquisitionYesterday, Virtual  Edge Institute (VEI)  announced at a  Convening Leaders press conference that it has acquired  the engage365 brand, website,  membership, and community. Read More
  • What’s NewWe've been  covering  the many new programs, activities, and initiatives  introduced this year at Convening Leaders  throughout the PCMA Daily. Here are some of the  coolest — all in one place. Read More
  • Embrace TechnologyTechnology continues to change the way we work and the way we run our businesses — and conventions and trade shows are no exception. While some meeting professionals have embraced new digital applications, from virtual and hybrid meetings to social media and mobile apps, are they just scratching the surface of benefits to this continually evolving technology? Read More
  • The Daily Talk: Liz EriksonWhen Liz Erikson, executive director of meetings and incentives North America for Fairmont-Raffles-Swissí´tel Hotels & Resorts, took over as 2012 chair of the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees, Foundation Executive Director Brad Lewis asked her about her goals for her term. "Well, obviously," Erikson told Lewis, "to make sure that all these fundraisers meet or exceed all their budget numbers." Read More
  • 2012 PCMA Education Foundation Board of TrusteesChair, Chair-Elect, Secretary-Treasurer, Immediate Past Chair and Trustees Read More
  • How to Pitch Anything — and WinHow many times have you found yourself at an event sweating through your five-minute pitch with your dream client, when someone the client knows walks up and hijacks the conversation? Read More
  • Celebrate PCMA LuncheonPCMA honored recipients of the 2012 Achievement Awards for their contributions to PCMA and the meetings industry at the Celebrate PCMA Awards Luncheon yesterday. Read More
  • Cultivating Tomorrow’s Industry LeadersThe PCMA Education Foundation encourages tomorrow's meeting professionals today by granting scholarships to deserving students, enabling them to attend Convening Leaders. Two students received Chairmen's Scholarships and five students received Convening Leaders Scholarships this year. The students discussed how the scholarships benefited them. Read More
  • Unleash Your Inner MinionPlan for a night of fun at Universal Studios Florida — including two of the renowned park's new attractions — at the You Ought to Be in Pictures Networking Reception from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight. No tickets are required; just wear your Convening Leaders badge. Read More
  • Get the SkinnyGet a taste of the difference that nutritious foods can make during today's ticketed session "Selling Change: How to Make Healthy Menus a Reality," from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. in Room 311. Read More
  • Rooms With ViewsSome questions have a right or a wrong answer, with no middle ground. For meeting planners, housing is not one of those questions, so today's session on "The Great Debates in Housing Today" doesn't just offer a catchy title, but real controversy. Read More
  • Legal EaseHave you dreaded the thought of your hotel contract falling through? Have you worried about poring over pages of information and stressing about missed details? Read More
  • Partner Profile: Hawai’i Convention Center: Where Business and Aloha MeetHawai‘i's cultural diversity, breath-taking scenery, and convenient location between Asia and the United States make it a unique place to convene. By partnering with PCMA, Hawai‘i is able to better educate a wider range of event professionals, helping them engage the Asian market, expand their business, and meet their objectives. "Our primary goal is to learn from and educate planners about offshore meetings," said Randy Tanaka, assistant general manager for the Hawai‘i Convention Center (HCC) in Honolulu. "The afterglow of that engagement becomes the active sharing that goes on within the member network." Read More
  • Partner Profile: Mexico: Invaluable Connections, Education, and AwarenessMexico Tourism Board's (MTB) partnership with PCMA has become one of its most comprehensive strategic alliances — connecting it year-round to various opportunities that increase awareness about Mexico among PCMA members, and likewise positioning PCMA within the Mexican meetings industry. MTB actively participates in most of PCMA's initiatives, helping in its global expansion as well as the Education Foundation's goals. In fact, this year Mexico will host both PCMA's 10th annual Partnership Summit and its signature North American Advisory Summit, which will take place Nov. 13-15 in Puebla. Read More
  • Partner Profile: Freeman: Improving the Meeting Experience in Meaningful WaysFreeman's strategic partnership with PCMA allows the company to expand on its purpose of "connecting people in meaningful ways." At Convening Leaders, Freeman creates a dynamic and sophisticated experience for attendees, demonstrating the fully integrated solutions that make the company a strategic, creative, and innovative resource for its customers. Read More
  • Partner Profile: Orlando: Always Evolving, Always InspiringOrlando has recently experienced a remarkable transformation, and if you haven't been here lately, its best-kept secret is how much it's changed. The ongoing expansion — which includes new hotels, a revitalized downtown, state-of-the-art medical facilities, and of course Orlando's dining districts and entertainment options — has placed the city in a top position among travel and meeting destinations. Read More
  • Partner Profile: Dallas: Where Big Things HappenSince hosting PCMA — Convening Leaders 2010, the city of Dallas has changed dramatically. With the opening of the Omni Convention Center Hotel (featuring 1,000 rooms and more than 80,000 square feet of meeting space), the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, Klyde Warren Park, and Perot Museum of Nature and Science — more than $15 billion in new development — Dallas is a city of innovation, excitement, and success. Read More

January 14

  • Convening Leaders Gives BackHospitality Helping Hands service projects once again drew a captive group of new and returning participants who rolled up their sleeves and pitched in where they were needed yesterday. Their choices were the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida Inc. and the Clean the World Foundation Inc. Read More
  • Welcome to PCMA Convening Leaders 2013 — New Ideas and New FormatDesign, engagement, and innovation — get those critical elements right, and you can expect dynamic meetings. Learn how from the experts today through Wednesday during PCMA's Convening Leaders 2013. Read More
  • Free Headshots No, Really!Need a headshot? You've come to the right place. Longtime industry photographer Chuck Fazio (chuckfazio.com) is taking free headshots throughout Convening Leaders. You can find him in the PCMA Epicenter — in the heart of the Learning Lounge, Halls A4/B1 — today from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 2:30 to 4:40 p.m.; tomorrow from 7:30 a.m. to noon; and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to noon. Say cheese! Read More
  • Watch PCMA TV in Your Hotel RoomCatch highlights from Convening Leaders in the comfort of your hotel room by tuning in to PCMA TV. Produced by Convention News Television, PCMA TV is broadcast on a channel at each of the five meeting hotels today through Wednesday. Read More
  • Industry Business Forum for Local Leaders DebutsPCMA launched a new industry initiative yesterday. The invitation-only Industry Business Forum for Local Leaders, brought to you by IMEX America, convened global convention center and destination marketing organization executives and their local board members and policy makers at the Hilton Orlando to discuss how industry business issues affect their organizations and local communities. Read More
  • Convening Leaders RewindIs there a session you missed? One you want to experience again or share with your team? You can get your All Access Pass to captured Convening Leaders concurrent sessions and keynotes — based on speaker permissions and session format — for $99.95 if you purchase your package on site at the PCMA Epicenter (Halls A4/B1). Once the meeting is over, packages will be available for $199.95. Your All Access Pass will give you 24/7 admission to Convening Leaders 2013 captured content through Dec. 31, 2013. Stop by the PCMA Epicenter and get your Pass today. Read More
  • Tasty Innovations in F&BConvening Leaders attendees can look forward to some innovative food-and-beverage options that might spur ideas for their own events. Read More
  • The Daily Talk: PCMA’s 2012 Chair Engages the Community, Revises Bylaws — and BlogsKent Allaway, CEM, CMP, has served PCMA for many years — from president of the Greater Philadelphia chapter to, most recently, 2012 chairman of the national Board of Trustees. But it's his newest role as a blogger that has him most excited. Writing on PCMA's Chairman's Blog, he said in a recent interview, “has been a great thing for me.” Read More
  • Learning Lounge: Stop by for Hands-On Experiential LearningThe PCMA Learning Lounge is like an educational arcade, with numerous irresistible opportunities for hands-on and experiential learning. Located in Halls A4/B1, the Learning Lounge is open from 7:30 a.m. to noon and 2:45 to 4 p.m. today, 7:30 a.m. to noon tomorrow, and 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday. Programs include Tech Zone, Common Ground, the Big Ideas Stage, and — new this year — In Practice, Industry in Brief, and Advocacy Central. Read More
  • This Year’s Convening Leaders Mobile App Offers Fun With FunctionThe Convening Leaders mobile app is back for 2013 once again, allowing you to get automatic updates about events and speakers, personalize your meeting schedules, and interact with colleagues via Facebook and Twitter. Read More
  • Join Colleagues and Make Friends at Tonight’s Party With a PurposeBuy your ticket now for Party With a Purpose — the must-attend social event of Convening Leaders. Newcomers can join seasoned attendees at 9 p.m. tonight at Hard Rock Live Orlando to connect with colleagues, network with industry peers, forge friendships, and just have a good time — all in the name of supporting a good cause. Read More
  • Convene Presents: Live Content From PCMA’s MagazineWhat novel formats might work for your meeting? What fosters good working relationships with industry partners? How can meetings benefit from individual sparks of genius? Discover for yourself by attending Convene Presents, an educational track new to Convening Leaders. These five sessions take a deeper dive into innovations first showcased in Convene magazine. Read More
  • 2013 Annual Meeting Program Committee Chair Claire Smith on Helping Attendees ‘Be Better at What They Do and Be More Effective at Their Jobs’For this year's Convening Leaders program, Claire Smith, CMP, vice president of sales and marketing for the Vancouver Convention Centre and chair of the 2013 Annual Meeting Planning Committee, promises a comprehensive and innovative education experience that includes hands-on learning, peer-to-peer sessions, and back-to-basics training. Read More
  • Meeting in the Middle: Navigate Negotiation Challenges Between Planner, VenueAs more cities tighten their financial belts, the pressure on government-owned convention facilities to remain profitable is rising — decreasing their ability to be flexible with pricing. These new financial realities are putting a strain on planner-venue negotiations. In an effort to provide a frank discussion about the challenges meeting planners and venue representatives face in negotiations, today's 1:30 p.m. Masters Series program, "When ‘Free' Is No Longer an Option: Navigating New Pricing Realities at Convention Centers," in Room 320, will present a live case study. Read More
  • PCMA Education Foundation to Highlight Findings From Its StudiesIn keeping with its mission of providing cutting-edge education and comprehensive industry research to association members, the PCMA Education Foundation is presenting three educational sessions at Convening Leaders. Read More
  • Morten T. Hansen: Planners Can Thrive in Uncertain TimesKeeping attendees clamoring to tear the doors down to attend your meetings and events is critical to your success. But implementing a radical idea might not be the innovation you need to boost your organization to the next level of success. Read More
  • Annual CEO Summit: Executives Enjoy Unique Collaboration OpportunityPCMA held its fourth annual CEO Summit at the Hilton Orlando yesterday afternoon. The invitation-only program, presented in collaboration with Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI), brought together convention center and DMO CEOs at the Hilton Orlando for high-level collaboration and sharing of information. Read More
  • Masters Series to Address Trends Influencing Meetings IndustryA weak economy and the influence of the Internet on the distribution and booking of travel services are changing meetings — a reality that will be discussed by influential representatives from three segments of the industry during today's Masters Series program "Through the Informed Looking Glass." Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: PSAV: The Intersection of Technology and InspirationPCMA's Convening Leaders encourages the meetings industry to come together to share, learn, and focus on what it takes to be successful. This provides a great opportunity for PSAV to showcase its abilities. PSAV is again partnering with PCMA to bring its Inspiration Café to Convening Leaders — creating an atmosphere that demonstrates how PSAV combines smart technology with bright ideas to inspire great meetings. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Montréal: Trendy, Friendly, and Tech-SavvyThis year, as PCMA strategic Partners, Tourism Montréal and the Palais des congrè s de Montréal convention center will continue building strong ties with PCMA members. The Montréal team will remain active in PCMA programs and forums, offering innovative solutions while showcasing Montréal as the smart, creative choice for meetings and conventions. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Toronto: We’ve Been Expecting YouAs one of North America's largest and most diverse cities, Toronto is recognized as an international capital of influence and trendsetting. Innovative, environmentally responsible, and known the world over for its Toronto-brand hospitality, this inspiring city is a place where imagination and opportunity meet and come to fruition. Fresh ideas, age-old traditions, eclectic flavors and aromas, and the unique perspectives of more than 100 cultures and communities enrich Toronto and the surrounding regions. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Orlando: A Multitude of Dining and Entertainment OptionsConvention Area When it comes to entertaining, the Convention Area makes a lasting impression. With a diverse selection of restaurants, there's something for everyone. Sip crafted cocktails at the one-of-a-kind Rocks lounge at The Peabody Orlando. Order fresh-caught oysters at The Oceanaire Seafood Room. Or laugh yourself silly at the Orlando Improv Comedy Club. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Austin Helps PCMA Party With a PurposeWhat you've heard about Austin is true: It's a city that can move your meeting forward, faster. After all, it's home to a diverse culture of creative thinkers and a progressive, energetic vibe that few destinations can match. This is part of the reason the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Austin Convention Center have joined PCMA as a strategic partner. Austin is one of just eight cities to have done so, affording its team exceptional opportunities to exchange insights with some of the smartest people in the meetings industry. Read More