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THE BOOK CLUB COMMUNITY BUILT
One goal of hybrid events is to create an engaged online community—and the digital extension of PCMA 2012 Convening Leaders hit it out of the park, said Lynn Randall, managing director of Randall Insights, and a social- media moderator for virtual broadcasts held both during and after the meeting. During the Jan. 26 rebroadcast of meeting sessions from Convening Lead- ers, participants spontaneously hatched a plan for an online book club, to continue to discuss conference content. First up: speaker John Medina’s Brain Rules. The online book club is open to everyone; register at pcma.org/bookclub.
Mark Your Calendar
PCMA Education Foundation 2012 Partnership Summit Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. May 17–20
Independent Think Tank New Orleans May 31–June 1
PCMA Education Conference San Antonio June 10–13
See You at These Industry Events
IMEX Frankfurt, Germany May 22–24
Baltimore June 19–21
DMAI Annual Convention Seattle July 16–18
YOUR FINAL BID? Bidding ends April 11 in the PCMA Education Foundation Silent Auction, which raises funds for research and education initiatives to benefit the meetings industry. To bid, visit convn.org/foundation-auction.
A BIGGER, BETTER AIBTM
AIBTM (Americas Incentive, Business Travel, and Meetings) will bring together hundreds of global suppliers and hosted buyers at the Baltimore Convention Center on June 19–21. Now in its second year, AIBTM is expanding in size, as well as in its educa- tional content. New PCMA-sponsored offer- ings include the oppor- tunity to attend an Executive Edge semi- nar, created in partner- ship with leading
business schools, and a “State of the Industry Panel,” con- vened and moderated by PCMA President and CEO Deborah Sexton. For more information about AIBTM and to apply to attend as a hosted buyer, visit aibtm.com.
CHAPTER CORNER Big Hearts in the Heartland
The Heartland Chapter celebrated its annual Awards Ceremony, 2012 Board Installation, and Silent Auction at the Doubletree by Hilton in Overland Park, Kan., on Feb. 9. The event raised more than $10,000 to support chapter activities as well as Kansas City–based Operation Breakthrough, which provides aid to children in poverty. Emcee Brad Plumb sand- wiched the auction between banquet courses, inducting new president Mary Ryan, and recognizing Teresa Hellman, CMP, Continued Chapter Involvement Award; Belinda “B”Waldo, Makes It Happen! Award; St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, Heartland Chapter Supporter Award; Robin O’ Connor, Chapter Member of the Year; and Sherie Howell, CMP, CMM, CGMP, Extra Effort Award.
PARTY HEARTY: Members raised more than $10,000 at the Heartland Chapter’s annual awards ceremony and auction.