When asked if she could see herself doing anything besides working in Hospitality, GMC Education Committee Chair, Christine Moore, CMP, replied that it’s “hard to imagine not being in this industry!” Moore, who ran an Association Management/Meetings Management company for 23 years before transitioning from business owner to consultant in 2001, has been an active member of GMC PCMA for years. It was that transition which allowed her to achieve a “healthier and satisfying work and life balance” which “opened the door to greater involvement in PCMA.”
Moore has volunteered on various committees including the Community Service Committee and the Program Committee, and now heads the new Education Committee. As chair, she says she will lead the group in “planning, implementing and evaluating the 2015 Education Programs offered to the GMC PCMA memberships.” Her leadership will also ensure that the “committee members are engaged by encouraging involvement and participation on program sub-committees.” Finally, she’s tasked with “establishing a strong sense of collaboration with other GMC PCMA committees, particularly Events, Membership, Chapter Relations, and Community Services.”
Moore says that the Education Committee used feedback from an educational assessment evaluation last year to gather suggested topics and speakers that are of interest to GMC PMCA members. The committee then used the information to “help design the best methods of presentation, incorporating new educational concepts, and explore leading edge ideas for content.” GMC PCMA members can experience the changes first-hand during the Spring Education Program at the Loews Chicago Hotel. Moore says the “event will feature an extended program on personal branding, including lunch, four presenters, a collaborative networking project with the Community Services committee, and an evening reception.”
Moore stays current “through PCMA, of course!” Besides her work with the Education Committee, she’s a member of the PCMA Independent Meeting Planners Task Force, which allows her to collaborate with other IMP’s in the design and content of the Convening Leaders program. She also attends many educational programs offered by PCMA, GMC PCMA, MPI and other organizations “to stay current, on top of, or at least aware of, industry trends”.
Moore says “PCMA has provided opportunities for engagement with fellow industry members, and excellent education to assist in my continuing to recertify for my CMP designation.” As a seasoned veteran within the industry, she advises other GMC members to “Get involved! Join a committee and participate in growing the chapter.”
To maintain her ideal work and life balance, Moore not only volunteers within the industry, but spends time working with animal rescue organizations, alumni organizations and collegiate mentoring programs. If she’s not volunteering with one of her many groups, you might find her with her family at a lakeside cabin or downhill skiing. She relies on family, friends and her Golden Retriever as “incredible sources of love, laughter, and acceptance of shortcomings” and also maintains a consistent exercise regimen which keeps her “mind and body somewhat aligned, and if nothing else, is a great stress-buster!”
Moore says an important lesson learned is: “No matter how much you plan, prepare, organize, review and anticipate, something will always go wrong. The ability to adapt and think on your feet to create an alternative solution is an absolute necessity.”
About the Author
Alena Frey is the Conference Manager at the American Planning Association. She is a member of the GMC Communications Committee.