Convening Leaders Daily 2012

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  • Futurist Enriquez Sees Massive Changes Coming — Whether We’re Ready or NotEven with the current wave of challenges demanding our attention — high unemployment, gridlocked political discourse in the United States, Europe's economic crisis — futurist Juan Enriquez believes that something bigger and more important is coming. And that we need to prepare for it now. Read More
  • Richard Saul Wurman on Throwing Away Your ‘Kit of Parts’The founder of the influential TED conference will share how and why he came to blend technology, entertainment, and design into one event during today’s Plenary Session, “Life After TED: A Conversation With Richard Saul Wurman,” from 9 to 10 a.m. in Ballroom 20ABC. An architect by profession, Wurman founded TED in 1984, TEDMED in

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  • Tune in to Convening Leaders on PCMA TVFollow coverage of Convening Leaders on PCMA TV. Produced by Convention News Television, PCMA TV is updated daily to highlight major events and preview upcoming activities. It is broadcast on a channel at each of the six meeting hotels today: San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina, Channel 37, 38, or 39 Manchester Grand Hyatt San

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  • Backchannel: Social Commentary Around Convening Leaders@sgogolak Michael Doyle: make Internet connectivity part of your core negotiations with a venue. Ginaschreck I am still in geek heaven here at #pcma12 (@ PCMA Convening Leaders w/5 others) 4sq.com/yjKcxH PRgretchen The news is out! The Event Marketing Industry learned What’s NeXt from @bxbonline today. vmodarelli Someone asked how do you measure success? Speaker: “in

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  • Town Hall: Meet With PCMA Leaders This MorningLearn more about PCMA’s plans for the future during this morning’s Town Hall Meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. in Ballroom 20D. Members will have the opportunity to ask questions of PCMA’s leaders while enjoying a continental breakfast. “What we are going for is a casual, conversational atmosphere,” said PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexton.

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  • bXb to Support DES Certification ProgramThe new Digital Event Strategist (DES) certification initiative has received a significant financial boost with a $100,000 pledge from bXb Online to support meeting professionals entering the program. The program will be launched by the Virtual Edge Institute this spring. The certification program is designed to teach participants how to engage audiences with online events.

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  • The Daily Talk: 2012 Chairman Moves Easily Between Roles at PMA and PCMAWhen Kent Allaway, CEM, CMP, started out as a junior meeting planner at the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) 15 years ago, a few of his colleagues — trying to get some additional points with PCMA’s Member Get a Member program — quickly signed him up. And while Allaway says he “kind of fell into” the

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  • The Daily Talk: 2012 Education Foundation Chair Takes the Long ViewAsk Liz Erikson what she likes about her job, and she has a quick answer ready: everything. She likes her customers, likes helping them, likes supporting their meetings. And, in general, she likes the entire hospitality industry, which she’s been a part of for more than 35 years. No wonder Erikson, executive director of meetings

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  • Life is good Founder Bert Jacobs to Share the Power of OptimismWhen Bert Jacobs and his brother, John, founded the apparel company Life is good in 1994, all they had to make it a success was the very outlook that the company promotes. Jacobs will share the Life is good story — and the effect that optimism has had on its popularity — during today’s closing

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  • Annual Meeting Planning Committee Chair Discusses Goals for 2013For next year’s Convening Leaders program in Orlando, Claire Smith, CMP — vice president of sales and marketing for the Vancouver Convention Centre, and chair of the 2013 Annual Meeting Planning Committee — plans to employ some tried-and-true elements, sprinkled with touches of innovation and new technology. And somewhere in the mix, Smith expects what

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  • Associations Need to Reinvent Themselves to Better Serve MembersCoasting along at status quo is likely to diminish an association’s prosperity, while cultivating relevance greatly enhances its probability for success. Mary Byers, CAE, will explain how this dynamic works when she presents the Masters Series program “Race for Relevance” at 11 a.m. today in Ballroom 20A. “There has been a huge shift in usage

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  • Play With LEGOs, Gain Creative Insight About Your WorkEngage in creative play and digest the best insights about the meetings industry by attending “Think With Your HandsPowered by LEGO Serious Play” from 10:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. today in Room 33AB. Facilitator Jody Lentz of Right Brain All Stars will lead participants in a play exercise in which groups will build LEGO models

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  • Planned Giving on UpswingTwo years ago, the PCMA Education Foundation received a $13,000 gift out of the blue. The unsolicited and generous donation — of life insurance — inspired the PCMA Education Foundation’s Board of Trustees to develop a planned giving program to benefit the Foundation. The planned giving program supports the PCMA Education Foundation Legacy Society. It

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  • Five Gifts That Help Create ‘Sound, Solid Leadership Skills’Effective leadership is based on attitudes, skills, and approaches, which organizational expert Joanne Smikle will discuss during “The Gifts of Leadership: What You Can Give Your Team” from 10:30 a.m. to noon today in Room 31C. “It is important for leaders to understand there is so much more to leadership than driving people to accomplish

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  • PCMA Partner Profile: Orlando: 2013’s Land of ImaginationAttendees at PCMA 2013 Convening Leaders in Orlando may do a double-take. It will have been 14 years since PCMA last gathered there for its annual meeting. While much has changed in the Orlando area since then, the destination remains committed to providing unparalleled service and value to PCMA’s attendees. “As the host city, Orlando

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  • PCMA Partner Profile: 10 Ways to Enjoy San DiegoHere's a list of must-sees for you to enjoy while you're here in San Diego for Convening Leaders — and for your attendees to sample if you decide to bring your own meeting to America's Finest City. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: Dallas Offers Exceptional Meetings and Texas HospitalityDallas knows a thing or two about Convening Leaders. "The Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau [DCVB] has seen great value in its strategic partnership with PCMA," said Phillip Jones, DCVB's president and CEO. "Dallas hosted the PCMA annual meeting in 2010, and our organization, the city, our members, and the local hospitality community have benefited greatly. PCMA is an outstanding organization, and its membership consists of key stakeholders and decision-makers we target to book business in Dallas. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: PSAV Provides Support at Convening LeadersConvening Leaders brings together the leaders of the meetings industry — offering PSAV Presentation Services a perfect opportunity to showcase its latest innovations. The leading provider of event technology for meeting planners and producers across the corporate, association, and trade-show markets, PSAV is involved in various areas of this year's annual meeting, including Monday morning's Speed Networking program and the Inspiration Café, which demonstrates how the company combines smart technology with bright ideas to bring customers successful meetings. Highlights include innovation around meeting apps, integrating the iPad into your event, sponsorship, and leveraging the life cycle of your meeting content. Read More
  • PCMA Partner Profile: AIBTM: Bringing the World to North AmericaPCMA is an original partner for AIBTM. Last June, PCMA co-located its 2011 Education Conference at AIBTM's premiere event. And this year, PCMA will bring its Executive Edge program and a state-of-the-industry debate — along with its own group of hosted buyers — to AIBTM, which returns to Baltimore on June 19-21. Read More