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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. 

From May 1 to July 14, Philadelphians were enthralled by Chinese culture at the 4th annual Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival held in historic Franklin Square. Attendees witnessed 27 lantern displays that were larger than life and made of more than 2,000 lit sculptures and 20,000 LED lights. 

 

Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International – Southern Colorado Chapter held its annual summer fundraiser on July 17 at Colorado Springs Marriott. A beach party theme kept things lively, and members were encouraged to “flamingle” and bring guests of all ages. Funds raised benefitted CASA of the Pikes Peak Region.

 

Members of the National Association of Catering & Events Greater Denver Chapter pulled out the gym gear and dusted off their Nikes to take the field. The Denver Broncos’ UCHealth Training Center, a professional-grade facility, served as the backdrop for all sorts of fun and games.