The #1 platform for business event professionals

Begin your annual PCMA membership today to plug into unlimited industry connections and priceless career benefits.

PCMA memberships build careers and community

Accelerate your career and make lasting local and global connections. Join the 7,000 professional & student members and 100,000+ business event stakeholders across North America, APAC, EMEA, and LATAM.

Membership Benefits

PCMA is your professional community—connecting you with a powerful network of business events leaders for learning, career advancement and commerce. 

Next Gen

The next generation is the future of the industry. PCMA provides recent graduates and event professionals starting their careers with professional development opportunities for less. 


Discover if the business events industry is the right fit for your future career. Get job connections, earn scholarships, connect with other event professionals, and more. 


New and existing PCMA and the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) members can join both associations and save up to 20%.

Which PCMA membership is right for you?

PCMA meets you where you are in your career with a membership path unique to your needs. New to the industry? Start your PCMA benefits early with our generously discounted Next Gen* rates.

Business Event Organizer

I organize or manage a team who organizes business events.

Next Gen*

Business Event Supplier

I provide products/services for business events.

Next Gen*


I teach for a postsecondary academic program.



I am enrolled in a postsecondary academic program.


Your engagement as a PCMA member takes place online and in person on a global, regional, and local level with PCMA communities.

*The PCMA Next Gen rate is a chance for recent graduates and event professionals who are early in their careers to take full advantage of PCMA’s professional development opportunities for less.

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The benefits of a PCMA membership


PCMA remains at the forefront of business event news and trends—and is known to set them. PCMA members stay far ahead of the curve of industry innovation and evolution.


Your network is your best asset, and PCMA makes it easy to foster meaningful connections. Our community benefits our members, from local chapters to robust online platforms.

  • Trade industry insights with Catalyst, our members-only online forum and directory.
  • Access free job postings, resume access & early access to view job postings on Career Center.
  • Find volunteer opportunities based on your interests and availability.

The secret to getting the most out of our industry-leading events? Attending as a PCMA member. Our community gets the best return and experience for their investment. 


PCMA is committed to offering the most value in executive-level education. Our exclusive course savings put the cost of an annual membership right back in your pocket.

Allison Carpenter

“I have been involved in other professional associations, but I was looking for ways to expand my network. PCMA has such an outstanding reputation. It was a great way to connect with new contacts in the convention industry and has allowed me to grow more professionally. The Circle for Exhibit Managers has given me a close-knit group of industry colleagues who I know I can always reach out to for advice or to bounce ideas off of.”

Allison Carpenter, Senior Director, Exhibits and Sponsorships, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
Kimberly Stanséll, CMP

“PCMA provides you with an opportunity to get aligned with like-minded professionals, share resources, learn, network and volunteer. All of these components are critical to one’s professional growth and development, and it makes the journey more meaningful when you’re in such a give-and-take alliance.”

Kimberly Stanséll, CMP, Event Management & Strategy Consultant, Strategic Planning Partners 
Chris Colbert

“If anyone in the business of hospitality or meetings and events wants to expand their presence within the realm of the industry, becoming engaged with a PCMA chapter is certainly a step in the right direction. Being a member is important and taking an active role within the chapter is incredibly worthwhile for professional growth. Volunteer! Raise your hand and ask to be put to work.”

Chris Colbert, Vice President of Sales, Cobb Travel & Tourism (CVB) 

68% have at least a decade of industry experience

78% identify as key decision-makers in their roles

About our members

PCMA educates, inspires, and listens, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry.

Frequently asked questions

You are a Business Event Organizer if you spend more than 51% of your time leading an events team, an education team related to events, or organizing, planning, providing brand marketing, event marketing, and executing events.

You are a Business Event Supplier if you are engaged in providing products and services related to the conduct and operation of congresses, conventions, events, exhibitions, meetings, and seminars engagement and marketing in any channel.

To qualify, you must be either a Business Event Organizer or Business Event Supplier and a maximum of 30 years old at the time of joining/renewing to receive the rate. If you are unsure of which category to choose, see the FAQ above or reach out to our team at [email protected].

You may qualify for an associate membership if your company already has one PCMA Member at the $485 or $360 rate *and* you both work from the same location. You can only attend one Convening Leaders event as an associate member. Join as a Business Event Organizer Associate Member for $288 or a Business Event Supplier Associate Member for $388.  

If making a case to your manager for a PCMA membership is holding you back, we’ve got you covered

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