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Registration is OPEN for the February 25th Chapter Program!

Shrimp N Grits N All That S--- with WhereYaAtMatt We are thrilled to welcome Matthew Lewis, Chef and Host of WhereYaAtMatt, to the PCMA PNW virtual stage! Chef Matt will be sharing his incredible BBQ Shrimp recipe, while we interview him on his unique journey, what direction he sees the food and beverage industry going, and how we – event professionals – can better support Black-owned businesses, like WhereYaAtMatt, through our events.

Celebrate Black History Month!

February marks the start of Black History Month. Please join us as we recognize the ongoing struggle of racial justice in our industry and country, as well as celebrate the incredible achievements and contributions of Black Americans.

Coming Out Of The Dark – by Alicia Moneyhun, PNW Chapter

A year ago, I wrote an article titled “Why Can’t We Be Friends” after a friend severed ties with me simply because I had become a competitor with a new job. At the end of that article, I wrote “attend networking events whenever possible, reach out, say hello when presented the opportunity to meet someone new.

Registration is open for United We Brunch December 8th

Please join us as leaders from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport bring us an update on what’s been happening at SEA. The agenda include: State of the Industry and SEA Traffic FlyHealthy@SEA Update – New Technology and Customer Feedback FlyHealthy@SEA continues to prioritize travelers' safety, health and well-being with protocols including medical grade cleaning, plastic protective barriers, pre-booked parking and even a digital travel book for children with sensory sensitivities. SEA wants the public to know the steps they are taking at the airport, so you can confidently prepare for a trip or make an informed decision about traveling. If you’re headed home for the holidays or taking a trip that couldn’t wait, it’s SEA's highest priority to help keep you healthy with moments of holiday happiness sprinkled in. https://www.portseattle.org/page/flyhealthy-sea

“REIMAGINE” – PCMA Chapter Presidents’ Town Hall

Event Description: All organizations are having to rethink and transition into new working models. Why not re-imagine what the future looks like together? The purpose of this program is to bring all PCMA Chapters and PCMA HQ together on one day to provide updates to our communities around a centralized theme as we prepare to re-imagine our traditional ways of operating into 2021. This will be a town hall format with a moderated discussion among all PCMA chapters and PCMA Headquarters. Event Details: December 10th, 2020 at 12pm - 1:30pm CST/ 1pm-2:30pm EST/10am PST

Registration for PCMA U December 8th

Register for PCMA U and hear from some of PCMA's 20 in Their Twenties Class of 2021! As a Student or Young Professional, you probably have a lot of questions about the industry, your future career, and more. Register today and submit your questions to get the answers you're looking for. PCMA U will be held virtually on December 8th from 3:00-4:00pm Central Time in lieu of a pre-conference event at Convening Leaders 2021. Registration for Convening Leaders 2021 is not required to attend PCMA U.

PCMA to Acquire Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) as New Division

Today, we’re excited to announce that PCMA and the Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), the premier community for event marketers, are pursuing an agreement wherein CEMA will be acquired as a wholly-owned division of PCMA. This acquisition will propel both organizations into an exciting new chapter as businesses and organizations adjust to the evolving role of business events in an omnichannel world.

Do Something – King County Tourism Recovery Toolkit

With the King County Recovery Marketing Campaign now live, Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority and Visit Seattle are pleased to share the following digital marketing toolkit with you in hopes of extending the DO SOMETHING messaging as far as possible. Our collective voice is louder when we are all saying and sharing the same thing.

Sponsor Spotlight – Seattle Southside

During a time testing our strength, Seattle Southside is dedicated to maintaining its stamina while ensuring the health and safety of all residents, employees and visitors. Our team knows now more than ever that we must provide support to our community and to our partners in the meeting and conventions industry. We will continue to be a resource for you and advocate measures to maintain a safe environment for healthy and productive meetings in the future.

Registration is open for Convening Leaders 2021

Recovery is coming. We all want to get back to the business of connecting people, ideas and opportunities. We also know that you want answers and insights on what the future holds for your careers and businesses Join us on Jan. 11-15. Convening Leaders 2021 will be your community design lab for what business events will look like in a post-pandemic world.

“Bee-ing” Social in The Hive

“Bee-ing” Social in The Hive REGISTER TODAY to reserve your spot to engage with your friends and colleagues and to gain high-level insights on the state of our industry and the impacts of the global pandemic.

Key Leaders Build a Strong Hive

Journey to the New Normal Bees gather pollen and use it to create honey. Join us at The Hive 2020 to gather some pollen from five of the brightest flowers in the bouquet. Moderated by industry veteran Audrey Fan, our Panel of Experts will focus on the impacts and evolution of our industry as a result of the pandemic.

Journey to the New Normal: Swarm Together to Support Our Industry at The Hive – September 29, 2020

Journey to the New Normal The global pandemic threatens our industry and those of us who work in it. The Hive 2020 will focus on the State of our Industry and the changes we’ll see as we “Journey to the New Normal.” The “State of the Industry” opening keynote will set the stage for a moderated discussion answering your questions and discussing the impacts of our changing industry from a multitude of different perspectives: sourcing, technology, venues, event management and more.

Big news! 🔊 #PCMA has several scholarships available!

Are you ready for the new frontier of the meetings and convention industry? Apply now for a limited number of scholarships valued over $1,000 USD. Includes the DES application, exam fee and LIVE 7-week Online Course which runs Sept. 29 through Nov. 12, 2020. All candidates must be eligible to be considered.

PCMA PNW Advocacy Update

In July, the PCMA PNW Chapter joined other industry organizations in our region to put forward a document in a meeting held with the Governor Inslee: Event and Venue Health & Safety Guidelines for Reopening.

United We Brunch! Monthly Video Chat for Members and Guests

United We Brunch! Monthly Video Chat for Members and Guests August's Topic Let's Solve Your Virtual Meeting Problems with John Chen, CEO of Geoteaming Are you working from home? Are you suffering from Zoom fatigue? Do you want the most engaging virtual meetings? John Chen, author of Engaging Virtual Meetings has been meeting virtually for over 35 years and now is sharing 6 secrets of virtual engagement. These techniques helped save a Fortune 100 conference and an attendee said this is the first Zoom where she had MORE ENERGY by the end!

PCMA Releases Business Events Compass

New PCMA Foundation Report Delivers Insights and Strategies for the Business Events Industry in the Next Normal PCMA today released Business Events Compass – an actionable framework of insights and strategies for business event professionals and their business partners to guide their careers and businesses during the pandemic and beyond. The PCMA Foundation funded report provides explicit research-based insights on geographic and industry sector business events recovery opportunities as well as recommendations for the evolution of participant engagement, business models and expected reskilling needs.

Washington State Convention Center Commits to GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program

Washington State Convention Center Commits to GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program Seattle – The Washington State Convention Center (WSCC) has announced its commitment to achieve the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery. Recognized as the gold standard of safe venues, GBAC STAR™ provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to biorisk situations.

July United We Brunch

The PNW Chapter of PCMA believes that we can offer more value right now by supporting our members in a less formal way. We look forward to seeing you for this month’s “Brunch Talks” – Video chats, where members and guests from around the region can connect with each other.

Want to Help Make a Difference

Want to Help Make a Difference! If you are able, please lend a helping hand to our friends and colleagues who need our support during the COVID-19 crisis. 100% of our proceeds will be donated to PNW organization, Big Table, who are dedicated to helping our meetings industry family. To make your donation go even further, the PNW Chapter of PCMA will be matching up to $10,000 in donations.

Connection: Why People Struggle To See

Does anyone out there have Zoom fatigue like I do? Though it's great to see faces, why am I left unfulfilled even seeing family and friends in this manner? Too many of these calls are viewed without seeing. Video calls are exhausting, especially if we're on them for a long period of time. They require more focus than being face to face. Though we're looking at the person, we're viewing without perceiving. The definition of seeing is twofold: 1) to perceive with the eyes, and 2) to view, visit or attend as a spectator.

We hope to see you at the upcoming United We Brunch June 16th!

United We Brunch, Monthly Video Chat for Members and Guests We believe that we can offer more value right now by supporting our members in less formal way. We’re initiating monthly “Brunch Talks” - Video chats, where members and guests from around the region can connect with each other and with our chapter board members. We will share stories and ideas, pick each other’s brains about relevant topics such as virtual events, or dealing with cancellation clauses. Whatever is on your mind, we’d love to hear from you. There will not be a formal agenda, we’ll set the tone and discussion based on what the group is most interested in. We’ll evolve the concept as we go, again based on feedback from participants. The first one is schedule for Tuesday, June 16 at 11:00am.

A Message from the President

These are crazy and unprecedented times. Our industry is taking a beating and I know that not one of us will get by unscathed. I hope that, as an industry, we can return to the work we are all passionate about – planning face to face events – as soon as possible. And that, as individuals, we can recover and find new opportunities in the chaos, whatever that may look like for our families, our careers and our livelihood.

Join #EventProfs from around the world on April 14, 2020 to virtually celebrate #GMID20

Join #EventProfs from around the world on April 14, 2020 to virtually celebrate #GMID20 and help us with our attempt at the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD™ title for largest audience for a virtual conference! Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) was created to be an international forum for advocacy, awareness and celebration for the events industry, and why events mean business.

Due to recent events the March program has been postponed.

We thank you for your support and interest in our Chapter's March Program on Personal Branding with Mel Carson to be held in Bellevue on March 12th. Due to recent events this program has been postponed. Further details on rescheduling this program will be provided soon. If you have any questions please contact our Chapter Administrator, Emily at pacificnorthwest@pcma.org. Thank you again for your support and we look forward to seeing you at our next program.

Registration is now open for PCMA EduCon! See you in Montréal!

REGISTER NOW Prices increase March 28 The avant-garde ideas at PCMA EduCon in Montréal will inspire you to action. Immerse yourself in tomorrow's transformative experiences with content that will kick-start your creativity. What innovations will you bring home to your events?

What Can We Do Better for You? A Message from the President

What Can We Do Better for You? A Message from the President It is my pleasure to serve alongside an amazing group of board members as the President for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of PCMA. Our goal for 2020 is simple: Provide more value to our meeting planner members.

Do you have 20/20 Vision?

By Alicia Moneyhun, VP at Planner Hero My favorite takeaway from #pcmacl 2020 was “Prepare everyone for the journey you’re headed out on and they will remain calm.” – Bozoma Saint John

End of Year Recap from our Past Chapter President Andrea Lambrecht

End of Year Recap from our Past Chapter President Andrea Lambrecht: Another year goes by and we wonder where the time flies. I feel like it was only yesterday that I was elected as your incoming president. As I reflect on the challenges and successes we had over the last year and what we were able to accomplish, it makes me optimistic for the direction that our organization is headed and what the years ahead will bring.

PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 – What I Took Away By Alicia Moneyhun, VP at Planner Hero

I attend our local chapter programs as often as my schedule permits, regardless of the topic. Connecting with people is my passion and being able to do it face-to-face is preferred. I also know that any topic can be applied to my life in some way. At PCMA Convening Leaders I was able to see longtime industry friends, make dozens of new connections and – often my favorite part – help others make new connections.