Heard Around PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 — Sunday

Author: Convene Editors       

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Meredith Kaganovskiy, CMP, senior project manager at Drug Information Association, gives her team’s pitch during Sunday’s Hackathon workshop. (Jacob Slaton Photography)

As Convening Leaders 2020 was about to kick into gear, Convene’s editors spread out to see how attendees were settling in at Moscone Center and experiencing Sunday’s activities, including PCMA U, the program for student members at the Hilton Union Square, the Hackathon workshop at Moscone South, the Leadership Summit at the Marriott Marquis, and Hospitality Helping Hands at the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. Here’s what they heard:

Learning isn’t just running from session to session. It’s also taking a break in the lounge to meet someone and learn something. Peer-to-peer learning is fostered in the lounge.”

Meredith Kaganovskiy, CMP, senior project manager, Drug Information Association, a participant at the Hackathon workshop

Attendees still have to do work when they’re away from the office, so it’s important to give them a quiet place where they can spend 20 minutes to take care of it. Otherwise, they go back to the hotel, and you run the risk of losing them.”

Kim Condon, event strategist at Steelcase Event Experiences

For the first time in human history, individuals/people/communities have the same innovative power as large companies and even nations.”

PCMA Leadership Summit speaker Pascal Finette, who also quoted physics professor Albert Allen Bartlett, when speaking about disruption and the rate of change in business: “The greatest shortcoming of the human race is our inability to understand the exponential function.” And Intuit founder Scott Cook, when addressing the danger of complacency: “Success is a powerful thing. It tends to make companies stupid, and then become less and less innovative.”

Whatever path you’re on now, you don’t need to follow it all the way through.”

Robert Lutz, account executive at CSI DMC, and 2020 20 in Their Twenties awardee, who spoke at PCMA U.

It’s a great way to start the year. I always try to take this back to my local community and do some volunteer work. We just take it from here and spread it out.”

Steve Mannarino, CEM, senior director, client relations, GES, at Hospitality Helping Hands