Membership and Community

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

Community lifts you higher

Your network is your most valuable asset. PCMA membership provides you with the local and global connections to make it priceless.

About PCMA Membership

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


PCMA provides a variety of opportunities for you to get involved with your local community, with 17 chapters throughout North America and regional activities in 40 countries. 

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. 

For Students

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.

Your business event community is forever

We offer many entryways to our membership benefits to ensure access no matter where you are in your career.

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.

Interested in CEMA membership?

Hear from our community

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) 

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.

68% have at least a decade of industry experience

78% identify as key decision-makers in their roles

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

Have a question?

We’re here for you! Reach out to us with any questions you have, and we’ll help you identify how to get the most out of a PCMA membership.

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