The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) has announced the destinations hosting their annual 2019 and 2020 Convening Leaders event. Convening Leaders, held each January, is an event for the business events industry and continues to grow attendance. More than 4,200 professionals participate in three days of educational collaboration and orchestrated networking. The event has grown more than 30% in the last nine years by making face-to-face business event innovation the cornerstone of the program.
In 2019, PCMA will host Convening Leaders in Pittsburgh, PA. The destination once known as "The Steel City" has transformed into a technology lightening rod with companies such as Google, Apple, Bosch, Facebook, Uber and Nokia among the 1,600 technology firms generating $20.7 billion in annual payrolls and generous local intellectual capital. Located in Downtown Pittsburgh, the David L. Lawrence Convention Center blends space, functionality, and flexibility with technology. Pittsburgh is home to 68 colleges and universities, including research and development leaders Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh.
In 2020, San Francisco, CA, will host PCMA’s Convening Leaders annual event. San Francisco is a city of technology, trend-setting cuisine and famous postcard views. San Francisco is a renowned magnet for meetings of all sizes, from self-contained meetings based at one hotel to citywides, utilizing multiple properties and the Moscone Center. San Francisco’s Moscone Center is located just blocks from Union Square. In 2020 the center will showcase their recent expansion of more than 170,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 50,000-square-foot ballroom.
Convening Leaders 2018 will be held in Nashville, TN, at the acclaimed Music City Center.