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Professional Convention Management Association

March 09 2016

NYPCMA Education Day 2016: Creativity, Connections, and Collaboration

Nancy Walker, IBTM Events
The Chapter’s annual Education Day offered an energetic and intensive day of idea exchange, focused learning, and great connections.  Two words resonated strongly throughout the event and will be carried over as the theme of 2016:  Collaboration and Volunteerism.

Chris Lynn, NYPCMA’s 2016 President, commented, “NYPCMAs 2016 Education Day added new elements this year to deliver more value to our members through its Emerging Leaders and Volunteer Workshops. It also added new event aspects including a DJ to build energy and a perfect environment for the excellent education and networking opportunities!”

Jessica Levin led the morning session designed specifically for the chapter’s volunteer community to better understand why we offer our time and how we can collaborate effectively to get the job done.

Over 150 attendees experienced an inspiring luncheon keynote by Matt Tenney who demonstrated how to improve our capacity for servant leadership and inspire greatness in others, followed by four collaborative breakout sessions, networking breaks, and the closing reception where over 50 fabulous prizes were raffled off.  Approximately $2000 was raised for Operation BBQ Relief.

Special guest Bill Reed, FASAE, CMP, Senior Director of Meetings at American Society of Hematology and PCMA’s Chair, summed it all up:  
“If there was a word to describe the NYPCMA Education Day it would be quality.  From the Student Town Hall to the workshop for Volunteers to the Keynote speaker to the breakout sessions and finally the networking, everything was done in true PCMA style—first class!  I was especially impressed with the quality of the people in attendance.  They were smart, approachable, hungry to learn and thirsty for knowledge that will elevate their career and meeting performance.”

Visit the NYPCMA Facebook page photo gallery for great memories from the day. And thanks for being a member from your friendly 2016 NYPCMA board!

Photo courtesy of David Warner Photography

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