Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

February 11 2015

My Experience at Convening Leaders 2015

Barbara Stroup
It was such an honor for me that I was granted a complimentary registration for Convening Leaders 2015 from the SE Chapter of PCMA, and I thank you all! Convening Leaders is the number one annual conference for networking, expanding your education and meeting up with new and old friends alike.

In addition to my chapter board position, I have been active on the Exhibits and Tradeshow Task force for the past two years. This is such a great opportunity to see how PCMA works with their members to address industry challenges and new initiatives. I highly recommend that each PCMA member serve at least one year on a task force, as it is a great experience.

My favorite activity at Convening Leaders is the opportunity to participate in the Hospitality Helping Hands community service project. This year our journey took us to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Founded in 1979, the GCFD makes a daily impact across Cook County, with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children’s programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 67 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 154,000 meals every day.
Nearly 120 PCMA attendees repackaged more than 33,000 pounds of food at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. A $5 credit for every hour worked by an attendee at the GCFD is being donated to Mercy Home for Boys and Girls (estimated at $1,800).

Our PCMA Chapters and PCMA National recognize how we can make a difference each day. Whether it be with just a smile, being a mentor, or sharing knowledge for the greater good of the industry -- it just makes you feel good. If you are not yet an active volunteer within the Chapter, please reach out to us today and we will get you involved on a committee that best suits your interest. Help us continue to provide scholarships, like the one I received this year, to active members who may not get a chance to attend Convening Leaders without active Chapter support.

Click here to see all of the Convening Leaders 2015 Hospitality Helping Hands photos.