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Professional Convention Management Association

September 18 2014

6 Ways The PCMA Education Foundation Is Fueling The Future Of Meetings

By Corey Domek


Wondering what all the donations to the PCMA Education Foundation are doing? They’re making a big difference in the road ahead. From helping regional chapters in North America create robust learning opportunities to providing financial assistance for members around the world to participate in Convening Leaders and more, the Education Foundation is working to make the future a very bright place for the meetings industry. Here are six new initiatives that are creating an impact right now.

1) Professional Module Development

It’s study time. As meeting professionals work to elevate their expertise with the CMP designation, the PCMA Education Foundation is working to enhance their opportunities to prepare for the exam with PMM6. The updated version of the go-to resource for meetings industry education will deliver more focused content, more on-the-job training and more topic-specific insights covering key areas such as technology, SMMP, risk management, global business and contract clauses.

LEARN: The PCMA Online CMP Prep Course

2) 20 In Their Twenties

Millennials are making meetings better. With support from the Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Education Foundation is helping honor those emerging leaders through the 20 in Their Twenties program. This program provides scholarships for 20 of the brightest young minds in the industry to attend Convening Leaders, complimentary registration to the PCMA Education Conference, mentorship opportunities, discounted PCMA membership until the age of 30 and more.

SEE ALSO: Predictions For The Future Of Meetings From 20 In Their Twenties Honorees

3) Faculty Scholarship Program

Great teachers lead to great students. As organizations look to hospitality programs at universities around the country for their new hires, the Education Foundation is ensuring that those hires have access to the best faculty instruction possible with the new Faculty Scholarship Program. This year, six faculty members will receive scholarships to attend Convening Leaders in Chicago.

4) Global Scholarships

Attendees are everywhere. Countries in Latin America, Asia and the Middle East are cementing their reputations as business destinations. In 2015, the Education Foundation will help advance those meetings markets by providing 15 scholarships for meeting professionals from outside North America to attend Convening Leaders. The perspectives from non-traditional PCMA members on-site in Chicago will certainly elevate the Convening Leaders conversation.

LEARN: PCMA’s Global Professionals OnDemand Education

5) Best-In-Class Chapter Education Program

Education should happen all year long. As volunteer leaders of PCMA’s 17 regional chapters work to offer members learning opportunities throughout the year, the PCMA Education Department will help expedite the process. The Best-In-Class program identifies top-rated speakers from Convening Leaders and negotiates rates for those experts to deliver their program directly to chapters. For those meeting professionals who cannot attend Convening Leaders, this will ensure they still have face-to-face access to the groundbreaking insights of this year’s meeting.

6) DES Education Content Update

Technology is always changing. As more meeting professionals work to offer remote attendees virtual education opportunities, many of them are pursuing the Virtual Edge Institute’s Digital Event Strategist certification. In order to make sure the DES certification education delivers the most up-to-date insights, the Education Foundation is helping to unite digital subject matter experts, refresh the DES exam bank and update all 16 modules of the online course through a four-phase approach.

SEE ALSO: Futurecast — How Your Meeting’s Digital Strategy Will Need To Shift

Interested in learning more about the Education Foundation? Click here for more info on how you can help make a difference with a financial donation or volunteer service.

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