PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders event registration opens

Chicago, ILLINOIS, August 20, 2018 — PCMA has opened registration for its 2019 Convening Leaders flagship event, taking place from January 6-9, 2019 at the David. L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The conference will attract more than 4,000 industry professionals who will gather for four days of topical educational sessions, innovative industry insight and networking opportunities under the “Disrupt & Deliver” theme.

“As an inclusive and creative organization, PCMA is helping our members leverage knowledge to enable their organizational success,” said Sherrif Karamat, PCMA’s president and CEO. “We look forward to having industry professionals join us in Pittsburgh where together we can shape the future of the business events industry.”

Convening Leaders serves as a catalyst for organizational success and personal and professional development. “Disrupt & Deliver” will teach attendees how to drive global and social transformation through business events through:

  • Innovative and inspiring speakers. Joining Convening Leaders 2019 are Steve Pemberton, chief human resources officer of Globoforce, whose best-selling book “A Chance in the World” chronicles his foster care experience and ability to overcome adversity, and Nadya Okamoto, who as a high school student in 2014, co-founded the non-profit “Period” to provide feminine products to the homeless.
  • Building personal and professional relationships. Delegates can attend a hackathon session tackling industry challenges and group sessions that foster collaborations are among the opportunities to create and reinforce lasting relationships.
  • A creative, cultural backdrop. Pittsburgh is a vibrant city where pop artist Andy Warhol was born and “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” children’s television show got its start. The City of Bridges is home to renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, a home the Smithsonian put on its must-see list of places. Pittsburgh is also home to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s where you’ll learn to say “yinz” instead of “you.”
  • A new test kitchen area. Convening Leaders 2019’s Innovate and Elevate Arena will feature an interactive exhibit demonstrating the latest technology tools for the business events industry and provide opportunities to experience how brands engage with consumers.
  • Programming. PCMA’s premier programming is streamlined and customized for Convening Leaders 2019. Eight distinct programming tracks were created using input from key industry leaders.

Register for “Disrupt & Deliver” Convening Leaders 2019 at conveningleaders.org.

For media queries from the Americas, APAC, EMEA, and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact: Meghan Risch, PCMA Chief of Staff, Vice President, Corporate Communications

About PCMA

PCMA, PCMA Foundation and CEMA educate, inspire, and listen, 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. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, IL PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries. The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a PCMA subsidiary, advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals. Visit us at pcma.org.

About PCMA Foundation

The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $700K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.

About CEMA

The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) is the eminent community for senior event executives, association peers and industry partners and is an integral component of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) brand collective. CEMA promotes professional networking opportunities, facilitates peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and drives industry standards. Through strong relationships with strategic partners, CEMA fosters both finding innovative solutions to business issues and continuous focus on members’ career growth. For more information, please visit http://www.cemaonline.com.

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