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Greater Fort Lauderdale
Throughout 2020, Greater Fort Lauderdale saw a flurry of new development take shape. Crews broke ground on a long awaited, $1-billion expansion of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, which will wrap up its first phase in October 2021 — just in time for the official kick-off of the 62nd annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Greater Fort Lauderdale

Angie Ranalli
Angie Ranalli shares what she is looking forward to in the coming year, both within and outside of her role chairing the PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees.

Incoming Chair of the PCMA Foundation Board Sees a ‘Positive Outlook for 2021’

Cameron Bailey
Convening Leaders 2021 speaker Cameron Bailey explains how organizers turned an international film festival into a record-breaking hybrid event.

Big Screen, Small Screen: The Toronto International Film Festival Goes Hybrid

Dr. Paul Ananth Tambyah and Dr. Peter C. Doherty
The Infectious disease experts share their thoughts on preventing transmission, when travel might really return, and whether organizers should require attendees to be vaccinated.

Drs. Paul Ananth Tambyah and Peter C. Doherty Answer the Big Questions

Kirsten Olean
The way events professionals supported each other in 2020 was “uplifting,” says Kirsten Olean, incoming Chair of the PCMA Board of Directors. Now they need to “embrace that next normal” of digital and hybrid events.

Incoming PCMA Board Chair: ‘We’re Going to Start to See Events Come Back’ in Late 2021

DJ Battle of the Eras
PCMA attendees dove right into Thursday's sessions and networking activities, participating in chats, engaging with speakers during Q&A, taking part in conversation starters, posting on social media, and listening to great music — from inspiring performances to an upbeat playlist. Check out the buzz from Day 2.

What They’re Saying About Convening Leaders, Day 2

Valerie Sumner, chair of the 2020 PCMA Foundation Board of Trustees, says she is honored to have served when 'we focused on our strength, our resilience, our power to pave our way to the next normal.'

PCMA Foundation Board Chair: ‘This Was One Crazy Year’

Hope for a better 2021 surged among business event planners and event participants in the latest installment of the Business Events Compass, although challenges remain.

Updated Business Events Compass Reveals a Big Bounce

Torin Perez
Change won’t happen overnight, but there are concrete actions that event planners can take to educate themselves about racial equality and equity. Convening Leaders speaker Torin Perez shares his three-step action plan to help individuals achieve a more grounded perspective on race and society.

How to Be an Antiracist Meeting Planner