Professional Convention Management Association Lines Up Speakers for June Conference

April 2, 2012

The Professional Convention Management Association has unveiled the speaker lineup for its June Education Conference, and it features a cast of new thinkers, specifically selected to challenge participants with new approaches towardsstrategic leadership and innovation, according to PCMA officials.

The PCMA Education Conference is a smaller, more intimate gathering of senior industry professionals - designed for idea generation, solution sharing and networking with peers and key industry decision makers.

The conference, on tap June 10-13 at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, in San Antonio, Texas, includes supporting Monday and Tuesday “concurrent sessions” and “deep-dive labs” that are tightly focused on leadership principles, business acumen, expense management and revenue generation, according to PCMA officials.

Wednesday’s “knowledge share” guarantees participants will depart the conference with tangible and immediately-usable tools to apply to their meetings.

Here are the featured speakers for the event:

Dr. Jackie Freiberg, Author, Speaker & Leadership Expert- Opening General Session: The Innovation Advantage


Want to move innovation from a tired cliché to a powerful competitive advantage? Want to make it everyone’s job to innovate? Examine the preconditions leaders must create to make innovation a way of life - a deeply embedded part of your cultural DNA. Find out how the most creative companies in the world innovate beyond customer expectations. Learn what the best leaders do to inspire ingenuity and unleash imagination - to create a place that is perpetually loaded withfresh ideas.

Henry S. Givray, President & CEO, SmithBucklin Corporation- General Session: The Passion of Leadership

Henry Givray believes that leadership is the uniquely consistent and defining force behind great, enduring organizations. But what is leadership? We know when we see it. We can measure its impact. And we can feel how it inspires us. But leadership is an elusive concept for which there are no simple formulas or set rules. Therefore, leadership can’t be taught, it must be learned through a process of personal, active engagement and self-discovery.

Michael Rogers, Practical Futurist - General Session: Imagining the Convention of 2020

Eight years ago, there was no iPhone or YouTube, Facebook had a thousand members and a 24” LCD television cost $3000. Today we’re on the fourth generation of iPhone, YouTube adds 60 hours of video every minute, Facebook has 845 million members and that LCD television costs less than $200. Eight years from now, in 2020, even more will have changed. There are two drivers: rapidly advancing technology, plus a new generation of customers and employees who are increasingly at home in the virtual world. What will conferences and conventions look like in 2020? How will the real and virtual balance, in terms of content, community and profits. Inevitably the winners will be those who understand how best to integrate the real world and the virtual to optimize the value of each.    

Mark Scharenbroich, CSP, CPAE, Author- General Session & Luncheon: Nice Bike: Making Meaningful Connections on the Road of Life

The single most powerful way to grow and extend your reach is to create meaningful connections with emotional bonds. Discover a memorable method for connecting with others through the Nice Bike principle. Nice Bike supported by three powerful actions: Acknowledge, Honor & Connect - is a powerful, memorable philosophy that acts as a catalyst to help you build stronger relationships and passionates or your meeting experiences.

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