PCMA’S 2017 Convening Leaders’ Raises the Bar with Record Attendance

PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association) has declared its recent ‘Convening Leaders’ event it’s most successful yet with 4175 delegates attending the event which was held in Austin, Texas at the start of January 2017.

Nearly 1500 further delegates attended Convening Leaders LIVE on-line, and an additional 180 Asian meetings professionals participated in a delayed rebroadcast of specific content for Asian audiences.

Proof of the event’s growing international outlook is the remarkable figure that delegates came from 45 countries to attend the event this year, up from 36 countries in 2016.

The program’s creative construct, Designing ColLABoration was evidenced throughout the 3 day program. From hands on multiple Learning Labs to featured speakers, each demonstrating how collaboration can enhance the quality and return for business events.

Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA said “Austin was the perfect destination to turn our lens towards the value of collaboration. The contributions of Tom Noonan and Mark Tester’s teams at the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Austin Convention Center, as well as many of Austin’s noted citizens, demonstrated the power of real-time collaboration to conference participants.

Leaving a Legacy

Convening Leaders was kicked off with 130 attendees participating in PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands, benefitting Sammy’s House, an Austin not-for-profit agency that provides services for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed in inclusive learning environments with typically developing peers. The group worked on a variety of indoor and outdoor projects including playground repair, yard maintenance, toy sorting, sanitizing classrooms and other general repairs and maintenance throughout the facility.

The PCMA Education Foundation sold out this year’s Party With A Purpose, with over 1600 donating participants. In its 24th year, PWAP has raised more than $2.4 million USD for a range of notable causes as PCMA leads the business events industry’s efforts to make a difference in communities around the globe. The Austin event raised more than $200,000 USD that will be returned back to the industry for scholarships, grants and research. Post-party, Found and Sustaining Sponsor, GES presented a check for $25,000 USD to the local Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

The next Convening Leaders will take place in Nashville, TN on January 7-10, 2018.


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About PCMA

PCMA believes that business events can economically and socially transform communities, enterprises and individuals. As the world’s largest platform for business events strategists and their business partners, PCMA’s success is driven by a commitment to providing provocative executive-level education, face-to-face networking and business intelligence to its membership of 8,400 professionals and students and global audience of over 100,000 business event stakeholders.

Through its Ascent leadership initiative to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry and beyond, PCMA seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success.

Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries and regional offices in Northern Ireland, Australia and Singapore. Visit us at pcma.org or on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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