PCMA CL thinking bigger in San Diego

PCMA Convening Leaders took place in San Diego in January, and offered a wide palette of content on the ‘Thinking Big’ theme.

At Convening Leaders in San Diego, PCMA and CEMA president and CEO Sherrif Karamat highlighted the global business events industry’s growth and transformation during his keynote.

Several announcements also took place at the 2024 January event:

Sustainability and climate tech

In 2023, PCMA announced a partnership with the American Geophysical Union (AGU) which has since delivered on multiple initiatives including workshops, sessions, and approaches to strategy.

Through these partnerships and investments, the industry’s first Sustainability and Climate Summit will be held in conjunction with Convening EMEA in Barcelona 2-3 October 2024.

Advancing women in business events leadership

The PCMA Foundation and Business Events Sydney (BESydney) released the first of its two-part findings of a new global study into Advancing Women in Business Events.

Part II of the report, scheduled for release later in the first quarter of 2024, will present recommendations for actions that companies and individuals can implement to address the challenges outlined in the initial report released during Convening Leaders 2024.

Spark AI updates

Convene magazine reported that 64% of business event professionals are currently using generative AI to manage their events. During Business Events Industry Week (BEIW) in Washington, DC, AI productivity tool Spark will host AgendAi, a workshop for event innovators and destination marketing technology professionals.

Convening LATAM 2025

PCMA will hold the inaugural Convening LATAM, the gateway to reimagining the possibilities of what transformative economies can deliver in a united Latin America, in Bogota, Colombia. 4-7 May 2025. Participants will gain insights from thought leaders on event design, sustainability, innovation, and other hot topics. PCMA will share additional programme updates.

Global event portfolio

PCMA says its global events portfolio is growing and by 2025 the organisation expects to connect over 10,000 business event professionals at live events across four continents. They also expect to connect with 35,000 professionals both in and out of the PCMA global community through their courses, webinars, labs, and chapter meetings.