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    1. Lyndsey Smith performs.

    1. Lyndsey Smith performs.
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    2. A surprise appearance from Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello.

    2. A surprise appearance from Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello.
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    3. Gregory O’Dell, 2019 PCMA Chair.

    3. Gregory O’Dell, 2019 PCMA Chair.
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    4. Actor and activist Geena Davis.

    4. Actor and activist Geena Davis.
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    5. Billie Jean King, tennis pioneer.

    5. Billie Jean King, tennis pioneer.
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    6. Magician Lee Terbosic.

    6. Magician Lee Terbosic.
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    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.
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    8. Attendees at Party with a Purpose.

    8. Attendees at Party with a Purpose.
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    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. 

Consumer behavior expert and author Shawna Suckow, CMP, shared her industry insights during the Meeting Planners International (MPI) Michigan Chapter’s annual Mid-Winter Symposium and Silent Auction in February.

Suckow’s “Meetings 3.0” session focused on the evolution of technology, culture and generations that have led to changes in what audiences now demand and how planners must react to those changes. Her afternoon presentation assessed event practices that need to be disregarded because many of them no longer effectively serve planners or their clients. shawnasuckow.com/blog

 

The 19th annual Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Educational Conference & Trade Show on March 12-13 was held at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver and featured two days of networking, education and an expo. MIC of Colorado is a coalition of 13 professional organizations related to the meetings and events industry.

 

More than 500 representatives of the meetings and events industry gathered on March 11 at Mile High Station and Ironworks in Denver to celebrate the 13th annual Colorado Meetings + Events Best of 2019 readers’ choice awards and Hall of Fame induction. Thank you to our event sponsors and partners!