Convening Leaders 2017 drew 4,175 delegates, making it the most successful edition of the conference ever, reports its organizer, PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association).
The conference was held January 9-11 at the Austin Convention Centre in Austin, Texas.
In addition to the conference delegates, nearly 1500 further delegates attended Convening Leaders LIVE on-line, and an additional 180 Asian meetings professionals participated in a delayed rebroadcast of specific content for Asian audiences.
Proof of the event’s growing international outlook is the remarkable figure that delegates came from 45 countries to attend the event this year, up from 36 countries in 2016.
The program’s creative construct, Designing ColLABoration was evidenced throughout the three-day program. Elements such as hands-on Learning Labs demonstrated how collaboration can enhance the quality and return for business events.
Deborah Sexton, president and CEO, PCMA said, “Austin was the perfect destination to turn our lens towards the value of collaboration. The contributions of Tom Noonan and Mark Tester’s teams at the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau and Austin Convention Center, as well as many of Austin’s noted citizens, demonstrated the power of real-time collaboration to conference participants.”
Leaving a Legacy
Convening Leaders was kicked off with 130 attendees participating in PCMA’s Hospitality Helping Hands, benefitting Sammy’s House, an Austin not-for-profit agency that provides services for children who are medically fragile and/or developmentally delayed in inclusive learning environments with typically developing peers. The group worked on a variety of indoor and outdoor projects including playground repair, yard maintenance, toy sorting, sanitizing classrooms and other general repairs and maintenance throughout the facility.
The PCMA Education Foundation sold out this year’s Party With A Purpose, with over 1600 donating participants. In its 24th year, PWAP has raised more than $2.4 million USD for a range of notable causes as PCMA leads the business events industry’s efforts to make a difference in communities around the globe. The Austin event raised more than $200,000 USD that will be returned back to the industry for scholarships, grants and research. Post-party, Found and Sustaining Sponsor, GES presented a check for $25,000 USD to the local Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.
The next Convening Leaders will take place in Nashville, TN, January 7-10, 2018.