2016 was my fourth time attending Convening Leaders, PCMA's annual convention.
The host city plays a big role in my decision to attend, and I've always heard such wonderful things about Vancouver. The other reasons I attend Convening Leaders are the quality education sessions and networking opportunies. I always leave having learned things that I can apply to both my professional and personal life. And, although I always meet a lot of new and interesting people each year, it's catching up with friends, many of whom I only see at Convening Leaders even though we work in the same city, that I enjoy the most!
Convening Leaders also provides a variety of professional services. This year I took advantage of their LinkedIn makeover, and in past years they featured professional head shots, passport photos, etc.
Every year I'm impressed by how the host city rolls out the red carpet for us and by how hard the PCMA headquarters staff works to ensure an outstanding conference. Given other conferences that you could attend, I think Convening Leaders is an excellent investment for a relatively minimal cost. I would highly recommend it to anyone in the meetings industry, and I'm looking forward to Convening Leaders Austin.
Karyn Gerecitano (left) and Victoria Lee