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2021 August Educational Program

August 11, 2021 @ 11:00 am1:30 pm EDT


Join us at Zoo Atlanta’s newest addition, Savanna Hall, for our August Educational Luncheon, sponsored by Visit Austin.  You’ll have the opportunity to visit with zoo Inhabitants, learn from our industry experts, network with others, and have full access to Zoo Atlanta after the event.

Built in 1921 and revitalized by Zoo Atlanta for its new life, Savanna Hall was the home of the Atlanta Cyclorama for more than 90 years.  Today, Savanna Hall features sweeping views onto Zoo Atlanta’s all-new African Savanna from both exterior and interior vantage points. Wildlife-watchers should look for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, bird life and more …


  • Zoo Animal Encounter – Visit with two of the Atlanta Zoo Inhabitants and learn about their personalities and unique traits during the networking hour.
  • Enjoy the View – Be on the lookout for African elephants, giraffes, zebras, warthogs, bird life and more while you experience the outdoor ballroom terrace overlooking the animal habitats.
  • Mix and Mingle while you enjoy live entertainment sponsored by Visit Austin.
  • Donate – Don’t forget to bring a NEW stuffed animal, with tags on, to donate to CURE Childhood Cancer.
  • Learn from our Atlanta Industry Experts during our live panel.
  • Visit – At the conclusion of the program attendees will have complimentary access the zoo!

Event Schedule:
11:00 AM – 12:00PM: Registration and Networking
12:00PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch & Industry Panel
1:30 PM: Visit the zoo at your leisure.

Savanna Hall at Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue SE
Atlanta GA 30315

Self parking $3 per hour / $12 max is available on site.

Registration fees:
Meeting Planner Professional Member: $40.00
Associate Professional Member $40.00
Supplier Partner Member: $45.00
Associate Supplier Partner Member $45.00
Faculty Member $45.00
Student Member: $25.00
Non-member Supplier: $60.00
Non-member Meeting Planner Professional: $50.00
Non-Member Student $35.00
Late Registration Fee/On Site: $15 increase based on registration type

Non-Member Planners:
We have a limited number of complimentary tickets available for this program!*
Join us to learn more about PCMA and make new connections!
Contact Neil Hibbert, Director of Membership to claim your ticket. Special thanks to Cobb County Travel & Tourism for sponsoring!
*If you  have already attended one  of our events this year using the complimentary offer from Cobb Travel & Tourism, we look forward to having you join us as a registered guest. Please allow another non-member this complimentary opportunity.


Support our Community Service Project

At this Program, we are pleased to raise donations for Cure Childhood Cancer at CHOA by asking our attendees to bring stuffed animals, which can be delivered to the hospital’s patients.

To donate, please bring a NEW stuffed animal with the tags still on to this program. As a convenience, the Zoo gift shop, located near our event hall, has stuffed animals for sale, which you can purchase on site.


Educational Program: In Person Meetings are Back! Best Practices from Industry Experts

Presented by: Linda Arcangelia-Story, CMP, Barbara Stroup, Annette Sullivan, Lynn Leidel, CMP, & Wendy McGar

Session overview:

In-Person Meetings Are Back! Hear from our panel of Atlanta Industry Experts as they share their experiences of hosting IN-PERSON events, post COVID. They will each discuss what they learned, what worked well, new protocols implemented, challenges encountered, and much more


Linda Arcangelia-Story, CMP, Manager of Meetings & Expositions has more than 21 years of meetings, events and tradeshow management experience. She has been with Kellen Meetings since 2007 and manages a number of conferences and events for several different Kellen client associations. Prior to joining the team at Kellen, Linda worked for both the Financial Planning Association and the Financial Services Institute based in Atlanta, GA and Denver, CO respectively. In recent years she has managed all of the meetings, conferences, events and tradeshows for the Customized Logistics Delivery Association (CLDA), the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors (AHIA), Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) as well as other various associations and trade organizations during her years with Kellen. She has successfully designed and managed many meetings both domestically and internationally. In her free time she enjoys Florida State Football, cooking, hosting, wine and spending time with her family and friends. She is a mother of 7 year old Dominic and married since 2009 to her husband Don.


B­arbara Stroup, co-founder and managing partner of Market Maker Events, started her career in the industry with Andrews-Bartlett, the most creative General Service Contractor in the USA. After the birth of her daughter she joined the Association of Energy Engineers as the Executive Administrator, developing and conducting chapter building, developing relationships and sponsorships with major utilities through the five major energy tradeshow owned and managed by AEE. Barbara organized and managed energy management and environmental certification training around the world with emphasis on Eastern Europe, NIS, CIS and Middle East. Barbara joined VNU as the Group Operations Director in 2004 and was promoted to the title of Vice President, Operations for Nielsen Business Media (formally VNU). Barbara obtained her white belt in Six Sigma to ensure effective business practices and efficient, front cost analysis. Barbara managed a staff of over 20 operations professionals that managed over 50 events a year in twelve industry sectors.


Annette Sullivan, Executive Director, at the Hinman Dental Society, brings more than 20 years of experience in the hospitality and meeting planning industry. She started with the Hinman Dental Society in September 2020 and hit the ground running to help successfully plan Hinman’s first hybrid meeting. Annette’s most recent position, before Hinman, was with the Georgia World Congress Center where she was a member of the national convention sales team working primarily with the DC association market. She has a bureau background and worked for the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau when she moved back to Atlanta after spending 10 years in Washington, D.C. While in DC, she oversaw the Sacramento Convention & Visitors Bureau, was a National Sales Manager with the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and was on the original sales team that launched Cvent. Prior to national sales, her association experience included management roles with the National Association of Computer Consultant Businesses and Associated Builders & Contractors. Annette is a native Atlantan and an alumna of the Westminster Schools. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. She has a history of leadership with professional associations and charitable organizations in both Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Annette and her husband, Michael, reside in Buckhead and have five children – two who are grown living in New York (Jack and Reagan) and three living with them in Atlanta (Bailey, Hannah and Cecilia).


Lynn Leidel, CMP, is Director of Meetings and Education for the Hinman Dental Meeting. Lynn joined Hinman in 2004 as Member Services Manager, became Meetings Manager in 2010 and assumed her current role in 2020. She is responsible for building and executing the continuing education program for Hinman, coordinating more than 200 courses and 60+ speakers annually. She also manages the production of the publications, special events and the training of the volunteer committees. Prior to joining Hinman, Lynn worked in promotions and special events for the Georgia Lottery Corporation. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Florida State University. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.



Wendy McGar is a Certified Exhibits Manager with more than 20 years of exhibits and meetings experience working for associations planning trade shows, conventions, and educational sessions. For the last 10 years, she has been working for the Hinman Dental Meeting selling, managing, and executing their 800-booth, multi-day trade show floor averaging 20,000 attendees. She also serves on the board of the Southeastern Chapter of IAEE, participates as an advisor to the Parent Advisory Committee at Blackwell Elementary and volunteers to help with various events at her children’s schools. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her husband and two boys camping, hiking, and biking and since the pandemic, gardening.




PCMA Southeast is an approved CMP provider. The Program “In Person Meetings are Back! Best Practices from Industry Experts” has been submitted for 1:00 clock hours.

Don’t delay! In-person registration closes at 12pm on Monday, August 9th.
You do not want to miss this EDUCATIONAL Event!



Thank you to our Sponsors:



August 11, 2021
11:00 am– 1:30 pm
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Savanna Hall at Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30315 United States
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