Know before you go: PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2019

published on November 27, 2018
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The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA for short) brings its annual Convening Leaders gathering to Pittsburgh from January 6-9, 2019, and we’ve combed through the program to pull out our highlights and musts to help you make the most out of the 2019 edition.

Disrupt + Deliver

Each year’s edition of Convening Leaders is given a theme, and the 2019 edition brings with it “Disrupt + Deliver.” Looking at exciting ways of just what an event can be and how to exceed expectations in the process, PCMA 2019 is on point in broadening horizons and stretching definitions. The PCMA 2019 program will take attendees from info sessions to workshops – and even morning yoga sessions – over the course of five eventful days. The best way to keep track of it all is right at your fingertips with PCMA’s app (for both iOS and Android).

It’s worth being an early bird

But more than just the days of the conference proper, Convening Leaders 2019 extends its schedule to include special pre-event tours for attendees of both the conference space and Pittsburgh. And if that weren’t enough, the Hackathon is an exciting add-on taking place on the opening Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, this year with the fitting challenge goal of ‘Designing Event Experiences That Reveal Breakthrough Ideas’.

Unmissable speakers

Each year, PCMA brings together an exciting roster of keynote speakers, and 2019’s lineup is as stellar as always. Here’s a look at just a few:

Billie Jean King

The former World No. 1 professional tennis player, LGBTQ+ activist and namesake of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York City, Billie Jean King is a force to be reckoned with. A true groundbreaker for who leapt across boundaries throughout her career (see the 2017 film Battle of the Sexes for an in-depth look at one of her most infamous wins against Bobby Riggs in 1973), star King’s speech as one not to miss. Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 3:00-4:00, Main Stage

Karamo Brown

As one of the fab five of Netflix’s award-winning Queer Eye series, Karamo Brown has taught millions of viewers to embrace their individuality – as has his work with the Obama administration supporting LGBTQ+ youth. His presentation ‘Know Thyself: Using Your Uniqueness to Create Success’ is sure to inspire. Monday, January 7, 2019, 1:45-2:45, Ballroom A

Lisa Skeete Tatum

As founder and CEO of Landit, Lisa Skeete Tatum has made it her mission to increase engagement and success for women in the workplace. A multi-faceted career path and her placement on several high-profile boards (including the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors and the Surgical Care Affiliates), Skeete Tatum’s inspiring keynote is a must-see. Monday, January 7, 2019, 3:30-4:30, MR 407

Nadya Okamoto

Proving the adage that age ain’t nothing but a number, Nadya Okamoto founded PERIOD at 16 years old, and now at 20 has guided the organization to its position as the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health – and one of the United States’ fastest growing NGOs overall. Her book Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement was published by Simon & Schuster in Fall 2018. Schedule TBC – Check on-site

Seth Godin

An inductee in the Marketing Hall of Fame and one of the top bloggers in the world, Seth Godin’s appearance at PCMA 2019 is sure to ask hard questions like, “Would they miss you if you were gone?” Author, marketing guru and historian, Godin’s 18 books have been translated into nearly 40 languages around the world. Monday, January 7, 2019, 9:00-10:30, Location TBC – Check on-site

Rohit Bhargava

Following a 15-year tenure at Ogilvy and Leo Burnett, Rohit Bhargava struck out solo, founding three companies and writing five books all making the Wall Street Journal’s bestseller lists. His Non-Obvious series of books is updated annually with a spotlight on 15 new trend predictions – eagerly awaited and read by over one million sets of eyes each year. Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 10:45-11:45, MR 301-305

Join us in the Business of Events Studio

Tourisme Montréal is sponsoring the Business of Events Studio (Ballroom BC), featuring a program of presentations on topics important to today’s meeting planner that you won’t want to miss.

Monday, January 7, 2019, 11:15-12:15
“What Wold You Do? Managing Risk in a Complex World” with Joshua L. Grimes, Esq.

Monday, January 7, 2019, 1:45-2:45
“Events in a digital Age and the Role of Analytics” with Stephen Rose of Siemens

Monday, January 7, 2019, 3:30-4:30
“Negotiating Beyond the Typical Venue Contract”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 10:45-11:45
“Beyond the Spend: Does Your Event’s Economic Impact Matter?” with panellists Leslie Zeck, Cleo Battle and Adam Sacks, moderated by Christine “Shimo” Shimasaki

Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 1:15-2:15
“Innovate Your Business Model to Achieve Growth” with Dr. Sharon Alvarez

Wednesday, January 9, 2018 9:00-10:00
“Hard Data on What’s Happening With Room Bookings”

Let Tourisme Montréal bring you Breakfast in Bed

Despite its position as the most important meal of the day, the worst part of breakfast is getting up out of a warm and cozy bed. Each PCMA, Tourisme Montréal solves that problem by bringing attendees Breakfast in Bed, touched with some of the tastes that make our city so loved by visitors and their tastebuds. Find us and sign up at the Breakfast in Bed Lounge and don’t worry – no-one minds a few crumbs in bed when the food is this tasty.


Event: PCMA’s Convening Leaders 2019
Location: David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Dates: January 6-9, 2019
Twitter: @pcmahq
Hashtag: #pcmacl

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