Malcolm Gladwell, Author, Outliers, Blink and The Tipping Point
Ambassador Nancy Brinker, Founder, Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Hear from the CEOs of
American and Southwest Airlines, Fairmont, FedEx, Loews, Starwood and More
Chicago, IL, September 16, 2009 ? The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) announced the PCMA Annual Meeting keynote, general session and plenary speakers today. PCMA is excited to be presenting a stellar line up of engaging, timely speakers extremely well suited to keeping meetings industry leaders on top of their game, ahead of trends and in a position to shape a successful 2010. The meetings industry?s must-attend PCMA Annual Meeting ? Convening Leaders ? will take place January 10-13, 2010 in Dallas, TX.
Named as one of Time Magazine?s 100 Most Influential People, Malcolm Gladwell has an incomparable gift for interpreting new ideas in the social sciences and making them understandable, practical and applicable to business. Author of New York Times #1 bestsellers The Tipping Point and Blink, in his new bestselling book Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm overturns many of our conventional notions about what makes a person successful. His warm, humorous and entertaining style will help attendees discover an entirely new model for nurturing success and leave with practical strategies to achieve goals; make smart business decisions; and offer the best opportunities to succeed. Gladwell is a perfect fit with Convening Leaders.
Ambassador Nancy G. Brinker
Barak Obama presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom this year to Ambassador Nancy Brinker, founder of the world?s leading breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Nancy Brinker is a former U.S. Ambassador to Hungary and one of the nation?s foremost ?social entrepreneurs.” She is a global activist who has inspired millions around the world, empowering them to face adversity and thrive. Brinker encourages audiences of all ages and backgrounds to embrace ?The Power of One” ? the ability of every individual to make a difference in their communities, companies, countries and the world. Drawing on her remarkable life experience as a breast cancer survivor, catalyst of an international health movement and U.S. Ambassador, Nancy Brinker shares how her unique lessons for personal and professional fulfillment can help every individual lead a life of success and significance.
Dr. Kjell Nordstrom is a world-renowned researcher and consultant in corporate strategy, innovation, leadership and globalization. He is ranked as number nine among management thinkers of the world and number one in Europe. Along with his co-author, Dr. Jonas Ridderstrale, Dr. Nordstrom has penned the international bestsellers Funky Business – Talent Makes Capital Dance and Karaoke Capitalism: Management for Mankind. At PCMA?s Annual Meeting Dr. Nordstrom will address attendees about the future of global capitalism. Nordstrom is known for his thought provoking, insightful and entertaining presentation style. He will provide valuable insights into global trends and their impact on our industry and offer a fresh, modern take on how to be successful in the world today.
State of Meetings and Travel
Moderated by travel research expert Peter Yesawich who is joined by the CEOs of Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Fritz van Paasschen, Federal Express? Fred Smith, Host Hotels & Resorts? Minaz Abji, and Tom Dolan of the American College of Healthcare Executives, this always popular session features leader insights into the latest macro trends affecting meetings and travel. Listen in on a lively discussion with this distinguished group of panelists who will share perspectives on the current and future state of our industry. Learn how the challenges of today are redefining the business landscape of tomorrow.
State of the Airline Business
Moderated by Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and featuring the CEO of one of the world?s largest airlines, American Airlines? Gerard Arpey, and top value carrier Southwest Airlines? CEO Gary Kelly, this session will offer a pulse and trend watch on one of the most important sectors of the meetings travel business. Hear what these leading airline CEOs foresee related to air travel.
?This year we?re making the Annual Meeting all about ?need to know? and not ?nice to know? information…solid programming that will help our members and industry achieve success in a difficult environment,” said Deborah Sexton, PCMA President and CEO. ?I?m thrilled with the speaker line up this year. It?s just another example of how we?re working to make the PCMA Annual Meeting the must-attend meetings industry event of the year,” added Sexton. ?And I can share with you, I think it?s working. The Dallas meeting is pacing on par with PCMA?s record attendance year, so we?re very positive about the 2010 Annual Meeting.”
Education session topics for 2010 include
Effective decision making, legal issues, attendance building, revenue streams, positioning for recovery, global marketplace, meeting experience, event management, tradeshows and exhibitions, and many more.
For complete program details on the 2010 PCMA Annual Meeting including scores of additional sessions visit www.pcma2010.org For more information contact PCMA at 877.827.7262 (toll free) or 312.423.7262.
More than 3000 meeting professionals attend the PCMA Annual Meeting ? Convening Leaders ? each year. The PCMA Annual Meeting is considered the must attend event for the meetings industry.
The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) is the professional resource and premier educator for the meetings and convention industry. Founded in 1957, PCMA represents the interests of meeting management executives from associations, non-profit organizations, corporations, independent meeting planning companies, and multi-management firms who recognize the importance of meetings to their organization. PCMA empowers members with the tools they need to succeed as meeting professionals and to promote the value of the industry to their organizations and the general public. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 16 chapters throughout the United States and Canada. For additional information, please visit the PCMA Web site at www.pcma.org.