Convening Leaders Daily 2015

January 14

January 13

  • Random but InevitableAndrew Zolli can predict the future, but only because he's paid attention to the trends that are taking us there. Read More
  • Long-Distance Swimmer Diana Nyad to Dive Right in at Today’s General SessionAt the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of swimming from Cuba to Florida. Read More
  • Behind the ScenesAs thousands of attendees poured into the Skyline Ballroom yesterday morning for PCMA's Opening General Session, a much smaller group of attendees was about to experience the program in an entirely new way. Read More
  • Business School Speakers to Address Ethics, MarketingToday's PCMA Business School speakers, brought to you by Synchronicities, will explore two subjects at the core of modern business: the right decisions to make in ethical dilemmas and how to leverage marketing to grow your organization. Read More
  • The Daily Talk: Susan IrisFirst joined PCMA Before the Internet was a “thing.” Read More
  • Achievement Awards to Be Presented During Today’s General SessionDuring this morning's General Session, PCMA will honor the recipients of its 2014 Achievement Awards for their contributions to the organization — and to the meetings industry as a whole. Read More
  • Closing Reception Celebrated at Chicago’s Navy PierJoin PCMA for the Convening Leaders Closing Reception — brought to you by Choose Chicago — at Navy Pier from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. Read More
  • PCMA Education Foundation Helps Students Attend Convening LeadersThe future of the meetings industry depends on a strong pipeline of budding professionals moving into the field. To support that pipeline, the PCMA Education Foundation funds scholarships to help top students pay for their education and to attend Convening Leaders. Read More
  • Creativity and Frugality Are Among the Lessons From Today’s Thought LeadersThree Thought Leader sessions today will offer a window into the expertise of industry innovators. The sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Read More
  • Introducing the Decision to Attend StudyWhy do people decide to visit your destination? Why do they decide to come to your meeting? You'll gain valuable insights into those thought processes through the ongoing Decision to Attend Study, which was previewed in a video during yesterday's Opening General Session. Learn more about the study in the PCMA Learning Lounge during Convening Leaders. Read More
  • ‘Bringing the Human Story to Meetings Industry Advocacy’Meetings industry advocacy is the focus of a session brought to you by the PCMA Education Foundation. “Bringing the Human Story to Meetings Industry Advocacy” will be presented from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. today in the PCMA Learning Lounge. The goal of the session is to show attendees how they can support industry advocacy efforts, encourage them to take immediate action, and provide up-to-the-minute industry advocacy updates. Read More
  • Uber Spotlight: Bringing Expertise to the IndustryFreeman is using the theme “Make No Little Plans” at Convening Leaders to showcase the value of strategy, creative design, and technology alongside flawless execution in a big way. A PCMA Uber Partner, Dallas-based Freeman is the leading global partner for integrated experiential marketing solutions for live engagements, including expositions, conventions, corporate events, and exhibits. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: IMEX: Cooking Up Delicious PartnershipsThey're four letters that every meeting professional knows: IMEX. Less known, perhaps, is the depth of The IMEX Group's commitment to meetings industry innovation — from educational and sustainability initiatives to studying the effects of food-and-beverage on wellbeing. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Mexico: Continuing a Beautiful PartnershipThe Mexico Tourism Board (MTB) has been working with PCMA for many years now. During that time, their partnership has helped educate meeting professionals in Mexico regarding international industry standards. The partnership's signature program — the PCMA North American Advisory Summit — was developed in 2008, and has benefited each of its host destinations in Mexico as well as the high-level destination and venue representatives who attend. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Dallas: An Incubator for Big IdeasDallas has been known as a business town for many decades, but over the past 10 years it has truly gone through a renaissance of sorts where it has also become a town of fun. The combination means that Dallas is a place where young people, innovators, and entrepreneurs are coming together and developing the next big thing. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Chicago: Transformation in ProgressChicago's meetings industry is experiencing its greatest transformation yet. With more than 37,000 hotel rooms in the Central Business District, Chicago remains one of the fastest-growing domestic markets for new hotel development. Recent openings include The Langham, The Godfrey, and Soho House. In 2015, the city will deliver an additional 1,300 rooms with the opening of several new properties, including the Virgin Hotel Chicago, the Loews Chicago Hotel, Hyatt The Loop Chicago, the historic Chicago Athletic Association building, and more. Read More

January 12