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BEAT THE BUZZER: Executive Edge happens at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago on May 24, so now’s your last-minute chance to sign up for a thought-provoking program on branding. Register atwww.pcma.org/executiveedge.


FINAL EXAMS


CMPExam takers will sit down in Honolulu on June 8, and in 18 cities across the globe on July 23, in hopes of becoming an official Certified Meeting Professional. (For the full exam schedule, see http://bit.ly/h3nyk5.) The ones with the best shot at pass- ing surely will be those who have taken PCMA’s CMP®


Online PrepTM Course—


the most comprehensive and effective online study tool available for the CMP Exam, not to mention the only prep course officially endorsed by the Convention Industry Council (CIC). Ninety-eight percent of course participants who complete all modules pass the CMP Exam on their first try. For more information, visitwww.pcma.org/cmp.


Mark Your Calendar


Executive Edge Chicago May 24


PCMA 2011 Education Conference Baltimore June 20–23


PCMA 2011 International Summit Las Vegas Oct. 13–14


See You at These Industry Events


IMEX 2011 Frankfurt May 24–26


AIBTM


Baltimore June 21–23


IMEX America Las Vegas Oct. 11–13


‘FRIEND’ US: PCMA’s Facebook page, whose address was recently changed to the easy-to-remember www.facebook.com/PCMAHQ, is where you can connect with members, view photo albums of PCMA events (tag yourself!), and receive daily updates about what’s going on with PCMA chapters in North America and beyond.


GIVE TO CONSERVE Foundation Donations Benefit Environment


Donations made this year to the PCMA Education Foundation will provide funding for the Foundation to grow, while deepening its commitment to meetings- industry research and education. On top of that, a portion of your contribution will benefit the Foundation’s 2011 environmental initiative, the Water Conservation Coalition, whose mission is to encourage businesses and other groups in the Las Vegas Valley to increase their water-conservation practices.We encourage you to seize this opportunity to invest in the future of your pro- fession while at the same time demonstrating your support for this important green initiative—and for Las Vegas, host city for PCMA 2011 Convening Leaders. Make your contribution atwww.pcma.org/ Foundation/Donate.htm.


CHAPTER CORNER Canada West Goes Beyond the Finish Line


 TEAM PLAYERS: Karina Acton (left), CanadaWest chapter’s


vice president of education, with SarahWoodgate, director of sales and marketing for theWestin Grand Vancouver.


www.pcma.org


On Thursday, April 7, PCMA’s CanadaWest chapter convened at the Westin Bayshore, Vancouver for a quick, high-impact educational program—the chapter’s first ofthe year. Twenty-two members took part in an interac- tive workshop led by Andrew Reid, a management consult- ant with Big Fish Interactive, one of Canada’s fastest-grow- ing training and consulting firms. Reid’s presentation was about a “focus on results”—or, as he put it, “living on the other side of the finish line.” Kati Quigley, CMP, director of event marketing for Microsoft, and PCMA’s immediate past chairman, was on hand to introduce Reid and participate in the program. “It was an extremely inspiring day,” said Westin Bayshore Senior Sales Manager Karina Acton. “Andrew really got us think- ing about how to actually picture our goals in a way we may have not thought about before.”


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