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Seen & Heard: 9 Quotes from PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

Danica Tormohlen
, Editor-at-Large
January 13, 2019
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PITTSBURGH—Held Jan. 6-9, PCMA’s Convening Leaders (#PCMACL) drew nearly 3,900 attendees to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and another 900 participated online. By comparison, the 2018 event attracted nearly 4,500 attendees to Nashville. Here are some of the quotes Trade Show Executive editors heard that resonated with us over the course of the three-day event.

  1. “Welcome to all of you,” said Pittsburgh native and actor Joe Manganiello, who surprised the audience with a guest appearance during the opening keynote on Monday, Jan. 7. “We love Pittsburgh, and we hope you grow to love it just a fraction as much as we do.”
  2. “We don’t sell breakout sessions,” said Seth Godin, author of 19 bestselling books, including his latest, This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See. “We sell the way it makes us feel to be in the room, to be part of something, to be seen.”
  3. “Every single person here is an influencer,” said Billie Jean King, who won 39 Grand Slam titles and became a symbol of the women’s rights movement. “When you wake up and have a fire in your belly, you can make a difference and change the world.”
  4. “By the numbers, PCMA Convening Leaders will have an economic impact of $6.1 million in Pittsburgh,” said Visit Pittsburgh President and CEO Craig Davis. “The event offers us a unique opportunity to show off the city to the crème de la crème of meeting planners, and we know from experience that we have an 83% chance of getting the business if planners come to visit our city.”
  5. “Last year was exciting, yet challenging, for the organization as it embarked on a journey of self-reflection and realignment towards achieving our vision,”,” said Claire Smith, 2018 PCMA Chair and VP Sales & Marketing at Vancouver Convention Centre, who was the first supplier to lead the association. Among her accomplishments in 2018: “More collaboration and alignment between the PCMA Board and the PCMA Foundation, the launch of the Ascent program for diversity and inclusion and the launch of the Always a Leader Program to recognize and keep former association leaders involved. We also looked at how people are volunteering and engaging with the association,” she said. PCMA has rolled out a new volunteer model, which allows members more flexibility and a variety of time commitment options.
  6. “The question in our world today and in our country today is not whether we are great, the question is whether or not we can be good — to each other, to our community, our country, our citizenry,” said Steve Pemberton, Author and Chief Human Resources Officer at Globoforce, during his Main Stage presentation on Day 2.
  7. “As an industry, currently worth over $150 billion, we have the power of advocating and raising awareness of the human trafficking epidemic, and have a stronger voice for the vulnerable, whose opinions and opportunities have been taken away from them”, said David Peckinpaugh, 2018 PCMA Chair and President of Maritz Global Events Inc. “Together with ECPAT-USA and other participating organizations, we are committed to doing everything in our power to end human trafficking.” At the event, PCMA announced it’s committed to combat child exploitation by signing The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism. In partnership with ECPAT-USA, The Code is a voluntary set of business principles that companies and organizations in the travel, business travel and tourism industries can implement to prevent and eradicate the trafficking and exploitation of children.
  8. “What if the problem of unconscious gender bias goes much deeper than we could have ever possibility imagined?” asked Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis during the Closing Session. Fifteen years ago, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to study how girls and women are represented in media and entertainment. Despite the fact that women represent 51% of the population, females only account for a fraction of the speaking roles in films. “If she can see it, she can be it,” is the Institute’s tagline.
  9. “We are not using the word ‘meeting planner’ anymore,” said PCMA President and CEO Sherrif Karamat in a press conference. Karamat took over as President and CEO in January 2018, when Deborah Sexton retired after serving as the association’s leader for 14 years. “Our members are business event professionals and strategists. Our organization’s goal is to aspire to change the world through business events.”
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