PCMA’s Convening EMEA: Gerd Leonhard to keyno...
PCMA’s Convening EMEA

Gerd Leonhard to keynote

Photo: Gerd Leonhard
Gerd Leonhard, author, and CEO of The Futures Agency to Join Business Event Leaders in Vienna; Conference Themes to Focus on Future, Engagement and Planning.
Gerd Leonhard, author, and CEO of The Futures Agency to Join Business Event Leaders in Vienna; Conference Themes to Focus on Future, Engagement and Planning.

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced Gerd Leonhard will keynote Convening EMEA, at Vienna’s Messe Wien Exhibition and Congress Centre 28 to 30 September 2022. Leonhard is one of the top ten futurist keynote speakers worldwide and has recently become the #1 virtual speaker in the age of Corona.

Convening EMEA 2022 is an omnichannel event for business event leaders and creatives in the EMEA region. PCMA Convening EMEA 2022 will take place at the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center. Key themes throughout the event will focus on Future, Engagement and Planning.

A PCMA February 2022 survey conducted in the EMEA region revealed priority solutions respondents wish to achieve during Convening EMEA, including: to understand future trends, followed by new ways to engage audiences and proposing real value to clients, changing participant behaviours and new business models.

Global audiences are pursuing “what’s next” in both their organizational and professional journeys. Regardless of experience they realise that collectively sharing those learnings to help shape events and create new value proposition, is needed now more than ever. Together at Convening EMEA they will inspire and learn from one another to help lay the foundation for a better future.

Keynote by Gerd Leonhard

“I believe that the future is better than we think - as long as we are determined to stay human, and to embrace the future with pro-action but also with some pre-caution,” said futurist keynote speakers Gerd Leonhard. “We should embrace technology but not become technology - and this is a crucial point especially for this industry, indeed." Leonhard believes that the next 10 years will bring more change than the past 100 years. He added: "And while in 2022 we are indeed experiencing a kind of permanent VUCA, 2023 could usher in an odd kind of Golden Era. Either way, having solid insights (or better yet, strong foresights) of what might be ahead will be existential, as will be the realisation that our attitude actually contains and determines our future. As we see the future, so we act, as we act so we become.”
„We should embrace technology but not become technology - and this is a crucial point especially for this industry, indeed.“
Gerd Leonhard, author, and CEO of The Futures Agency

“We are thrilled to have Gerd join us for Convening EMEA as now more than ever we must truly invest in understanding future trends, how they will impact our organizations, ourselves and our audiences,” said Jaimé Bennett, PCMA Regional Director, EMEA. “This understanding will be instrumental in allowing our audience to evolve and adapt. Gerd will take us on a journey through multiple intersections of the next decade with an emphasis on future ready leadership and resilience in the face of uncertainty as together we move forward. I cannot wait to embark on this exciting Journey with Gerd.”
About Convening EMEA
Convening EMEA 2022 is an omnichannel event for business event leaders and creatives in the EMEA region. PCMA Convening EMEA 2022 will take place at the Messe Wien Exhibition & Congress Center, a versatile event, conference, and exhibition center in Europe. Originally launched in 2017 as the "European Influencer Summit," the event was open to invited guests only. PCMA has since renamed the event Convening EMEA and welcomes all professionals from the EMEA region.


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