We believe that bringing together people with purpose in pursuit of opportunity enriches our collective quality of life, now and in the future.

POWER OF PURPOSE: Business Events Industry Week is committed to helping event stakeholders and their business partners advance the role that gatherings of people with purpose play in the economic, social and intellectual enrichment of people and communities everywhere. We are in the pursuit of this opportunity for everyone, because it matters everywhere.

WHEN: March 7 – 9, 2023
VENUE: Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland

  • CDME (March 4-7, Separate Registration with Application)
  • Showcase (March 8, 10:00am-4:00pm)
  • Foundation Fashion Show (March 8, 5:00-6:15pm)
  • IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Reception (March 8, 6:00-7:00pm)
  • IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum (March 9, 8:00am-4:30pm)
  • Convention Sales & Services Summit (March 9, 8:00am-5:00pm)
  • Visionary Awards Red Carpet Reception (March 9, 5:00-6:00pm)
  • Visionary Awards (March 9, 6:30-10:00pm)

WHY IT MATTERS: After two years of restrictions on gatherings, communities, organizations and people that rely on events to enhance their quality of life are suffering. It’s time to restore what has been lost and build a pathway forward.

POP is an annual one-trip call-to-action for business events stakeholders everywhere to gather in Washington, D.C. — through a series of co-located new/existing experiences — as one global movement to do business, architect their future, demonstrate the power of inclusivity, showcase innovation and insights, and advance key policy initiatives.

POP will use locations and venues throughout the Washington, D.C. region as an inspirational canvas for a weeklong series of experiences that features professional development, a commercial marketplace, idea incubators, community social transformation activities, and networking experiences.

NEW REGISTRATION EXPERIENCE FOR BUSINESS EVENTS INDUSTRY WEEK

To ensure a seamless registration experience for all participants we have implemented a centralized registration platform. You’re just a couple clicks from securing your spot for an exciting 2023 experience. If you do not have a PCMA log-in, please create one to move forward with registration. PCMA is GDPR compliant.

MARCH 4 – 7

Separate Registration with Application.

CDME is the tourism industry’s highest individual educational achievement. The CDME program prepares senior executives to thrive in a constantly changing environment. The program focus is on vision, leadership, productivity and implementing business strategies. Start or continue your professional journey, advance your career, and enhance your industry knowledge, skills and professional credibility.

Destinations International

MARCH 8

Join us for Showcase, an annual one-day event to connect with 100+ destination organizations that can help you elevate your meetings and events experiences. Showcase offers you – and your teams – the opportunity to reconnect with your best business partners. To maximize engagement and relationship-building, you’ll find Conversation Starters, networking lounges, mimosa and bloody mary bars, and a networking lunch, among other activities.

Destinations International + PCMA

MARCH 8

“Living in Color”
Showcasing fashion inspired by or made in The Palm Beaches

This inaugural PCMA Foundation fundraiser will celebrate authenticity, pride, compassion and living life boldly and in vivid color!  Cheer on your industry friends and colleagues who will be taking to the catwalk in their favorite Palm Beach-inspired attire (featuring Lilly Pulitzer and Amanda Perna), and share their personal story of how they live their lives in color.

PCMA Foundation

MARCH 8 & 9

IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum has been designed to focus on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry. It is tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current position held within their company. The forum will provide knowledge and strategies for attendees to succeed in their current positions, as well as motivation and inspiration to take your career to the next level. The Forum will give you the tools and resources while balancing life along the way.

IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum

MARCH 9

The Convention Sales & Services Summit is a cross-functional gathering of sales and services professionals dedicated to helping clients plan and execute successful meetings and events. This year’s summit will challenge you to think about your role and your destination differently, providing insights and information that will allow you to ensure success in the coming year.

Destinations International

MARCH 9

The PCMA Foundation Visionary Awards honors the exceptional stars for their significant contributions to their organizations. This premier industry black-tie recognition event, from the red carpet reception to the awards show and after-party is the ultimate place to see and be seen.

PCMA Foundation

The Power of Purpose begins with YOU.

Business Events Industry Week is a curated, multi-day experience focused on advancing the role of the global business events community in solving the economic and social transformational challenges of our audiences.

The current environment has given us permission to experiment even more, as our members, customers and audiences are looking for new solutions to complex challenges, as well as solving old problems.

Bringing together people with purpose in pursuit of opportunity enriches a collective quality of life, now and in the future. By joining us, you will be part of a collaborative journey to unite with 2,000+ business event professionals in our nation’s association capital

It’s time to restore what has been lost and build a pathway forward. We are pursuing this opportunity for everyone because what we do here matters everywhere.

The power of purpose begins with YOU.


Sherrif Karamat, CAE
President & CEO, PCMA and CEMA


Don Welsh
President & CEO, Destinations International

David DuBois
David DuBois
President & CEO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)

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