Convening Leaders Daily 2014

January 15

January 14

  • Lisa Bodell on Starting an Innovation Revolution: ‘What Holds Us Back?’Change is a choice, one professionals in every industry need to make if they want to thrive. Read More
  • Today’s General Session: Futurist Mike Walsh on Going ‘Lightweight’ to Survive and ThriveFuturist Mike Walsh has a simple message: Get your company in shape. Read More
  • The Daily Talk: The 2013 Education Foundation Chair on Kicking Things Up ‘About 10 Notches’When it comes to PCMA, Gregg H. Talley, CAE, has just about done it all, including stints as chair of the PCMA Board of Directors and, this past year, chair of the PCMA Education Foundation Board of Trustees. And he's still finding reasons to be delighted. “I'm probably going to be closing out close to 15 years of volunteer work on behalf of PCMA,” said Talley, president and CEO of Talley Management Group, “and the thing that just continues to amaze me is the quality of the members that continue to volunteer to be involved, and also the quality of the staff leadership that we have.” Read More
  • Triple Threat: Masters Series: Generalism, Disruptive Tech, LeadershipToday, the Masters Series presents three experts who will explore three widely different topics: the advantages of the generalist mentality, disruptive technology, and leadership by design. All three Masters Series sessions will be held in Ballroom B on the third level of the Hynes Convention Center. Read More
  • PCMA Honors: Achievement Awards and Recognition During Today’s General SessionDuring this morning's General Session, these 2013 PCMA Achivement Awards will be presented to members for their contributions to PCMA and the meetings industry. Read More
  • Networking at Historic Faneuil HallBoston's world-famous Faneuil Hall Marketplace will serve as host to this evening's Networking Reception — “Boston. Making Convention History.” — starting at 6:30 p.m. The event will serve as the last major opportunity to network with all of the attendees during Convening Leaders 2014, according to PCMA Senior Vice President of Education and Meetings Kelly Peacy, CAE, CMP. Read More
  • Building Tomorrow Today: The PCMA Education Foundation Is Making an Impact on the IndustryFueling advancement, nurturing professional development, and shaping tomorrow's meeting and convention leaders is what it's all about for the PCMA Education Foundation. By funding grants for scholarships, educational programming, and research for innovation, the Foundation is designed to support the mission of PCMA in advancing the meetings industry. Read More
  • Scholarship Winners: PCMA Education Foundation Helps Students Attend Convening LeadersHundreds of future meetings professionals, like Christina Budd, a senior majoring in hospitality management at James Madison University, will get their first look at a career in the industry during Convening Leaders. And it's thanks to PCMA Education Foundation scholarships that many of them have the opportunity to attend the meeting, where they'll get a glimpse of today's trends and tomorrow's directions — and get to know some of the industry's most accomplished professionals. Read More
  • [R]evolutionary Thinking: 2014 AMPC Chair: ‘Attendees Can Expect to Be Wowed’Convening Leaders 2014 is positioned to be the biggest event yet, according to Timothy Mathy, senior partner with SpeakInc and chair of PCMA's 2014 Annual Meeting Planning Committee (AMPC), which has spent the past year developing innovative education ideas. Read More
  • Learning on the Go: Montreal Attendees Earn CEUs on the Bus to BostonSometimes getting there is half the fun. And for a group of Montreal meetings professionals, there was plenty of fun and some learning along the way. The group was part of the first-ever M3 (Mobile, Meeting, Movement) Road Trip to Convening Leaders 2014. Read More
  • Uber Spotlight: A Fresh Approach to the Boxed LunchEach year, fresh ideas draw attendees to Convening Leaders. This year, fresh tastes will join the menu when PCMA hosts the “Outside the Box” Lunch (11:30 a.m., Exhibit Hall CD), where attendees can design their own lunch-to-go and enjoy networking as well. Read More
  • Wanted: Big IdeasPCMA and the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau want your BIG IDEAS. Read More
  • A Visit to Tourism Toronto’s ImaginariumProviding a satisfying yet stimulating experience is a challenge, but Tourism Toronto pulls it off again with the Convening Leaders 2014 version of its Imaginarium, which is tied to the organization's efforts to support the Boston Red Cross while offering an outlet for creativity. Read More
  • PCMA 365: Home to All Your Meeting and Association ResourcesLaunched in 2010, PCMA 365 is the most comprehensive source for informative content, online learning, and Convening Leaders resources. Designed to be easy to use and easy to search — no matter what device you're using — the site is packed with educational content that will advance the careers of meeting professionals. PCMA 365 is the place to find OnDemand webinars, CMP resources, online news, and more. Read More
  • PCMA TV: The [R]evolution Will Be TelevisedDid you miss any parts of Convening Leaders yesterday, or want to take a second look at a particularly engaging program? Catch all of the activity by watching PCMA TV in your hotel room or online at, which also features reports in Spanish. Read More
  • Backchannel: Social Commentary Around Convening Leaders@DavidAdler #pcmacl Andrea Sullivan says over sensory stimulation produces stress and unbalances brain. Trade shows are good example. @ShawnCEvent2m RT @danberger: “Pleasant surprises are nice to find when you enter a meeting.” #pcmacl #meetingdesign @ACButtercup4m #pcmacl “companies that will succeed in 20 yrs in digital environment, have rigorous science under the hood” @sinanaral @PCMABos14 @Freckleface236m

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  • PCMA Partner Profile: Mexico Tourism Board: From Inspiration to ActionMexico Tourism Board's (MTB) longstanding partnership with PCMA — recently upgraded to an Uber Partnership — has connected it year-round with the many events and opportunities to promote the country as a global meetings destination, and provided PCMA with valuable positioning within Mexico's meetings market. MTB actively participates in most of PCMA's initiatives, helping in its global expansion as well as with the goals of the PCMA Education Foundation. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Anaheim and Orange County: Elevating Education and LeadershipHome to more than 50,000 hotel rooms and that laid-back vibe you'd expect from Southern California, Anaheim and Orange County create the ideal environment for your next conference. This vibrant region offers a variety of unique dining options and a convenient commute for all your attendees, with easy access to four nearby airports: Orange County's John Wayne Airport, Los Angeles International, Ontario International, and Long Beach Airport. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Freeman Revolutionizes the Learning LoungeFreeman creates a dynamic, sophisticated experience at Convening Leaders 2014 — exposing attendees to Freeman's fully integrated solutions and showcasing the company as a strategic, creative, and innovative resource. During the conference, Freeman representatives will interact with key decision-makers in the association, corporate, and trade-show sectors to learn and grow the industry together. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Vancouver: Reimagining and Strengthening the IndustryTourism Vancouver and the Vancouver Convention Centre remain proud partners of PCMA's Convening Leaders. The same way Convening Leaders continues to push the boundaries each year, Vancouver remains committed to staying on the forefront of industry conversations, trends, and innovations to support its clients. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Dallas: Inspiring the BIG IdeasThe Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to lead the meetings and conventions industry successfully into the future through a collaborative movement that generates and activates BIG Ideas from our industry leaders and stakeholders, as well as from perspectives and experiences beyond our own. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Boston: A City of SurprisesFeel like straying from the beaten path while you're here at Convening Leaders? Here's a primer on what you can find around the Hynes Convention Center with just a few historic steps. Read More

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