• Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    1. Lyndsey Smith performs.

    1. Lyndsey Smith performs.
  • Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    2. A surprise appearance from Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello.

    2. A surprise appearance from Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello.
  • Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    3. Gregory O’Dell, 2019 PCMA Chair.

    3. Gregory O’Dell, 2019 PCMA Chair.
  • Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    4. Actor and activist Geena Davis.

    4. Actor and activist Geena Davis.
  • Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    5. Billie Jean King, tennis pioneer.

    5. Billie Jean King, tennis pioneer.
  • Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    6. Magician Lee Terbosic.

    6. Magician Lee Terbosic.
  • Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    7. A visual representation of Davis’ talk on eradicating gender inequality in the media.

    7. A visual representation of Davis’ talk on eradicating gender inequality in the media.
  • Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    8. Attendees at Party with a Purpose.

    8. Attendees at Party with a Purpose.
  • Event Snapshots: PCMA’s 2019 Convening Leaders

     
    FROM THE Spring 2019 ISSUE
     

    9. Attendees at Party with a Purpose.

    9. Attendees at Party with a Purpose.

PCMA’s flagship event, Convening Leaders, brought industry professionals from 36 countries to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 6-9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. “We built this conference around the theme Disrupt + Deliver because that’s what the industry needs and wants,’’ says PCMA President and CEO Sherriff Karamat. “We leave here with a greater commitment and better understanding of how business events can and must drive economic and social progress.’’

Approximately 4,000 business event strategists and industry leaders were in Pittsburgh for sessions covering innovation, design, leadership and technology. Approximately 1,200 tuned into the livestreamed programming. Billie Jean King, Seth Godin, Geena Davis, Steve Pemberton and Kjell Nordstrom, Ph.D., were among 138 experts, advocates, industry leaders and celebrities to address the group.

Convening Leaders generated an estimated $6 million in economic value for the Pittsburgh region. “We were able to demonstrate to events planners from around the world that Pittsburgh is a firstclass host destination,’’ says Craig Davis, president and CEO of VisitPITTSBURGH.

The PCMA Foundation raised more than $300,000 through on-site fundraising projects including its annual Party With a Purpose. 

Sixty-two guests gathered for the Northeast M+E Best of 2018 readers’ choice awards on Aug. 16 at Upstairs at The Pennsy in New York City. The event’s presenting sponsor was Kalahari Resorts & Conventions; the bar sponsor was Bear Creek Mountain Resort & Conference Center; and the “green” carpet sponsor was Topgolf. Event partners included Acute Inflections, Jamie Rosler from ComedySportz, Drawing Booth, Eclipse Events, Flowerful Events, Pat LaFrieda, The Pennsy Food Hall, Sabi Sushi and Wizard Studios

 

Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board (VFTCB) held an event with corporate planners at Mistral at the King of Prussia Mall to spread the word about Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA, which debuted in July at the Big Top on the grounds of the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.