Call for Nominations

2024 PCMA Board Nominations

Open Positions:

  • Secretary-Treasurer (1 position available; 1-year term)
  • Director/Trustee (up to 7 positions available; 2-year term)

Nominations will open on Monday, May 22. 

2024 PCMA Board Eligibility

Deadline to submit nominations: Thursday, July 6 at 5:00 pm Chicago time

Deadline to submit applications: Thursday, July 13 at 5:00 pm Chicago time

For more information, contact Yvonne Tibandebage at [email protected] or +1 312.423.7225.

Qualifications of Officers and Board Members:

  • All nominees must be a member in good standing of PCMA.
  • For an officer position, nominees must be a business event organizer or business event supplier member of PCMA who has previously served on the PCMA Board of Directors or PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees.
  • Nominees must have significant leadership experience within the industry or related organizations.
  • Self-nominations are allowed.

Nominees must have:

    • A strong belief in the power of business events to transform economies and society, and a commitment to furthering the goals of PCMA and the PCMA Foundation.
    • A focus on decision-making that benefits the organization and positions PCMA and the Foundation for future success.
    • A commitment to confidentiality and collaboration.
    • Excellent communication skills and an appreciation for diversity.
    • Ability to participate assertively in deliberation.
    • Knowledge or willingness to learn about the programs and services provided by PCMA and the Foundation.
    • Ability to elicit support from donors and sponsors.
    • An understanding of the BylawsStrategic Plan, and operational procedures and policies of association boards.

Please note: If you are currently serving in a Board-level leadership capacity of a related and/or competitive organization of PCMA, and your term will not expire by the time the Board term for which you may be selected may begin, we ask that you wait to submit an application until such time as your current duties are finished. If you have a question about whether or not you have a conflict of interest, please contact Yvonne Tibandebage at [email protected].


Serves as an officer, member of the Executive Committee and member of the Board and shall have charge of and be responsible for the funds and securities of the Association and Foundation. All financial decisions, including deposits or investments, shall be in accordance with the instructions and directions of the Board.

Each year, the Secretary-Treasurer shall automatically ascend to the Chair-Elect role, conditional on the incumbent’s performance and eligibility. To make this determination, the Nominating Committee will confer with the sitting Chair, Governance Committee, and President & CEO to identify any concerns and confirm competencies. Assuming all is as should be, the Secretary-Treasurer will ascend to the Chair-Elect role; otherwise, the position would be open to all current and former PCMA Directors or Trustees.

Candidates for the Secretary-Treasurer position must be event organizer or supplier members of PCMA who have held a position as a Director or Trustee.


The Board shall be the principal governing body of the Association and, as such, shall exercise full supervision and control over all its business affairs including the oversight, development, and implementation of the Strategic Plan for the Association.

Candidates for the position of Director/Trustee must be event organizer, supplier, or faculty members of PCMA.

PCMA has established the following timeline for the nomination process. The dates listed below are for the 2023 calendar year:

May 22
Launch Call for Nominations to the membership via eblast.

July 6
Deadline to submit nominations.

July 13
Deadline to submit applications.

Mid-July to Early August
Written application evaluations.

August 22 – 24
The Nominating Committee meets in person to conduct video interviews with shortlisted candidates. After careful deliberation, the committee selects the candidates for the slate of officers and Director/Trustees and reports to the President and CEO no later than August 31.

By September 1
The President and CEO will notify the membership of the proposed slate of officers and Director/Trustees no later than September 1.

By October 1
Additional nominations for officer or Director/Trustee positions may be made by a written petition signed by five percent (5%) of the membership. Such petitions must be received by the President and CEO no later than the close of business on October 1.

The slate proposed by the Nominating Committee shall be deemed elected if there are no petition nominations received by the President and CEO by the close of business on October 1.

The Board:

  • Is the principal governing body of PCMA and the Foundation.
  • Provides oversight for the business affairs of PCMA and the Foundation and reviews and approves all of PCMA’s financial matters.
  • Works with the President and CEO, who is responsible for the execution of programs approved by the Board.
  • Is responsible for setting the direction for the organization and establishing policies to guide this direction.
  • Establishes and monitors the progress of PCMA’s plans for the future, including monitoring, updating and evaluating the implementation of strategic plans.
  • Continuously seeks to identify future leaders of PCMA and the Foundation.
  • Values and promotes consensus, cooperation and participation among all members, and as individuals, should not represent any particular segment or constituency group of the membership, representing instead the interests of the entire association.

If you agree to be considered as a nominee for an officer or Board member position with PCMA, you should be aware of the following criteria:

  • Term of service:
    • Officers: one-year
    • Directors/Trustees: two-year with the option to run for a second two-year term.
  • Attendance at four (4) official board meetings that take place each year:
    • January in conjunction with Convening Leaders
    • March/April in conjunction with Power of Purpose: Business Events Industry Week
    • June/July in conjunction with EduCon (could be a non-US location)
    • September/October in conjunction with Convening EMEA
  • Officers must participate in scheduled Executive Committee conference calls (one per month).
  • New board members must participate in the virtual and in-person board orientation sessions prior to the start of Convening Leaders in San Diego.
  • Board members may be assigned to serve as a liaison to one or more PCMA Chapters with the expectation that they will attend at least one chapter event per year in addition to regularly communicating with the Chapter President.
  • Board members may be assigned to one or more of PCMA’s committees, task forces or Advisory Boards with the expectation that they will participate in regular conference calls and activities in addition to regular communication with the committee/task force/Advisory Board Chair.
  • Board members are expected to assume personal responsibility for expenses related to board and other meetings. Limited funding for airfare and lodging is available if requested.
  • Board members acknowledge that they do not currently serve in a Board-level leadership capacity in a related organization.
  • Board members acknowledge that any and all documents, information, and/or conversations shared in a Board or related session is confidential and not to be shared. This includes, but is not limited to, photos or recordings or generally sharing confidential information in any way.

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