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Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA)

PCMA announces future destinations for Convening Leaders 2019/2020

Convening Leaders 2017: Sheriff Karamat, PCMA COO, speaks about "Making ideas happen". Photo: Jacob Slaton

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced the destinations hosting their annual 2019 and 2020 Convening Leaders event: Pittsburgh, PA, and San Francisco, CA, More than 4,200 professionals participate in three days of educational collaboration and networking in January.

In 2019 PCMA will host Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, PA. The destination once known as “The Steel City” has transformed into a technology lightening rod with companies such as Google, Apple, Bosch, Facebook, Uber, Nokia, Autodesk, and IBM among the 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual payrolls and generous local intellectual capital. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center blends space, functionality, and flexibility with cutting-edge technology. Pittsburgh is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. PCMA will tap into these cerebral resources to bring risks, new ideas and innovation to Convening Leaders’ content. In 2020, San Francisco, CA, will host PCMA’s Convening Leaders annual event. A mosaic of colorful, distinctive neighborhoods, San Francisco is a city of life-changing technology, trend-setting cuisine and famous postcard views. Within this seven-by-seven-mile metropolis attendees will discover ethnic enclaves such as the Mission District and the leafy glades of the Presidio and Golden Gate Park. Over the years, this supremely tolerant city has set the bar and welcomed a diverse collective both culturally and intellectually. San Francisco is a renowned magnet for meetings of all sizes, from self-contained meetings based at one hotel to citywides utilizing multiple properties and the Moscone Center. In 2020 the center will showcase their recent expansion of more than 170,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 50,000-square-foot ballroom. “Convening Leaders is the premier industry event for leading business event professionals,” said Deborah Sexton, President and CEO, PCMA. “Our participants and partners attend this event every January to network with their colleagues from around the globe and seek out innovation for their upcoming programs. Both Pittsburgh and San Francisco are unique welcoming destinations with tremendous knowledge capital communities that will contribute valuable ideas and intuitive talents to our program.” (wün)

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