Up the Corporate Ladder With Arne Sorenson

Convening 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.

The Power of Social Influence

Today’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.

White Space, The Final Frontier

Keeping 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.

Impactful F&B

Food 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.

Scholarships Awarded

Seven 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.

Decision to Attend Study – Phase II Research

Phase 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.

Learning From the Masters

A 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.

The Daily Talk: Gary Schirmacher, CMP

A year of stories for the 2015 PCMA Education Foundation Chair.

Time to Mingle

All 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.

Increasing Engagement Through Digital

PCMA’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.