Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

Diane Kovats, CAE, CMP

Welcome message from 2017 PCMA Capital Chapter President Diane E. Kovats, CAE, CMP


Welcome to a new year of the PCMA Capital Chapter! In 2017, we will be focusing on the members experience and maximizing the value of your membership. I am so excited about what the Chapter has in store for our members.  Over the course of this next year, you will have the opportunity to experience thought-provoking, innovative education events, network with your peers, exchange ideas and best practices, mentor up-and-coming professionals, give back to our communities through several community service projects, and celebrate the importance of our industry.


While we work to provide you excellent events and programs, behind the scenes we will be fine-tuning our strategic plan.  The Chapter’s board of directors is developing a strategic map that will help guide the Chapter over the next three years, as well as assess the current structure to ensure we are providing our volunteers the foundation necessary to run this remarkable Chapter.  The strategic map will identify our core values, and develop specific goals that address the core values while enabling the Chapter to be pushed to the next level.  As we work hard on perfecting the strategic map, you can remain confident that all of the elements that make the Chapter great will continue to thrive.


It’s tremendously exciting to have the opportunity to lead the Chapter. I encourage all of you to consider getting involved. There are many ways to do so, including writing an article for The Chatter or Generations Meet blog, joining a committee, becoming a mentor, offering a shadowing opportunity for our emerging professionals, or attending one of our many events throughout the year. We have an amazing group of leaders on the board of directors, as well as remarkable members leading our committees. Please reach out to any one of us if you’d like to get involved.  


As we work to provide you with authentic experiences this year and maximize your membership value, I hope that you will reach out to me to share your ideas and feedback so we can help you make the most of your membership.


I look forward to seeing you at our events in 2017!


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