Chapter News


It’s been a long year (and it’s not over yet). But, we made it – and we did some pretty cool things in 2020 despite unprecedented adversity. Let’s make sure they are recognized. Use this form to nominate a New York based events professional, whether that’s you, a friend, or a colleague – for a 2020 NYPCMA

President’s Corner

Dear Friends, Fall is here, with its bright blue autumn skies and outdoor markets overflowing with apples, pumpkins, and cider. Take a moment to recharge, reconnect with people and things that make you happy, and register for NYPCMA’s Education Day! Reach out to someone you haven’t seen in a while, spread a little joy, go

President’s Corner

Dear Friends, Welcome to the cool morning breezes of September after surviving one of the hottest NY summers on record! Your NYPCMA board and volunteers have been developing avenues for you to stay engaged, discover new opportunities, connect with others, and prepare for whatever new excitement 2020 still has in store. This month alone you

September Spotlight

Welcome to NYPCMA, Edmundo. Let’s get to know you! (And, Happy Birthday on Wednesday September 9th!) Tell us a little about how you got into the business events industry. It started with an internship as part of my bachelor’s degree.  I secured an opportunity with a music travel agency based in Tempe, AZ supporting the

Resources to Create A Diverse, Inclusive, Anti-Racist Environment

In order to represent and support all our members, we have created this list of resources. We will be adding resources to this list and welcome your suggestions. Please write to with your thoughts on how to improve this list and how to make our chapter as inclusive and welcoming as possible. Event Industry

Call for Nominations

Become A Chapter Leader Volunteerism is the key component to the continued success of our chapter and PCMA. Consider the benefits of becoming a chapter leader: Personal and professional growth Networking Earn points to qualify for the CMP exam, or to recertify Demonstrate your commitment to our industry and continued education Mentoring Be an exciting

Member Spotlight

  This month’s spotlight goes to Leah Zender, winner of our 2019 New York PCMA Committee Volunteer of the Year. Leah is a National Sales Manager for Experience Columbus. Tell us a little about how you got into the business events industry. My first introduction to events was through my internship in the Group Sales

President’s Corner

Dear Friends, Here we are in August, a month for celebrating campfires and S’mores, friendships and romance, long hot days and lazy nights, and early sunrises followed by glorious sunsets. A toast to us all for making it this far! With fewer than five months to go until December, we are rolling out many more

Calling All Speakers

Calling all Speakers for NYPCMA Education Day 2020 Virtual!

NYPCMA is seeking engaging speakers with enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge and experience with business event professionals. Education Day 2020 is the Chapter’s flagship event and historically attracts 150-200 business event professionals, who gather to connect with and learn from their peers and our inspiring industry leader speakers. This year’s Education Day will be hosted

Stronger Together: PCMA Industry Relief Fundraiser

NYPCMA is initiating a hashtag campaign to connect our industry’s network during this global pandemic, and we are selling t-shirts with a goal to raise funds for event professionals who have fallen ill from COVID-19. The majority of the proceeds will be donated to the PCMA Foundations’ Industry Relief Fund. Shirts are being sold on

Member Spotlight

First up, a new member – Jenifer Stanek, Expo Director for the Buffalo Marathon! 1. Tell us a little about how you got into the business events industry. I started while working for the New York State Education Department.  I attended trade shows across the nation marketing our data warehousing suite, in addition, to serving

President’s Corner

Dear Friends, Summer is finally here. The sun is warm, the rain showers are intense, and home-schooling is finally finished. I hope you are able to take time away from work, get outside, and find moments of relaxation and joy. Are you longing to see people and not through a screen? On Tuesday, July 14,

Are you ready for the CMP Exam?

Gauge your CMP exam readiness with THIS 10 question quiz Prep Materials Events Industry Council Manual, 9th Edition Events Industry Council Glossary Professional Meeting Management, 6th Edition CLICK HERE to purchase study materials PCMA CMP Online Prep™ Recommended study materials CMP Online Prep Course Quiz Packs START STUDYING Joanne Dennison’s Meeting and Event Intensive CMP

President’s Corner

Dear Friends, It’s hard to believe it’s already June. I hope you’ve been able to enjoy the warm weather. We are here for you, providing support (see our #PCMANYstrong T-shirt initiative), education (see our upcoming June and July events), and community (see our bi-weekly social hour). These last few weeks have raised awareness (again) of

Mentorship Program Launching: Mentees Wanted

Looking for more ways to stay connected? PCMA New York Chapter launched its first-ever Mentorship Program! This will give industry professionals the opportunity to pair up with a mentee and share career experiences, trips & tricks, and to simply make a new connection. Benefits Opportunity to gain connections, professional knowledge and experience from your mentor

Follow up: Preparing for the Next Chapter: How to Stay Relevant, Informed and Together

Preparing for the Next Chapter: How to Stay Relevant, Informed and Together (Video of Webinar) Resources from Webinar Free “From Panic to Productive” PDF with top tips to keep you sane, focused, and positive, written by speaker Heather Hansen O’Neill: Recommended article on resilience from Heather Dawn Penfold’s Meeting Jobs website: Sign up for Dawn’s

Upcoming PCMA Webinars

June 9, 1:00 pm CDT CL20 REBROADCAST: Inspire Social Change Through Brand Storytelling June 10 @ 11:00 am– 11:45 am CDT PCMA Community Conversations: Diversity & Equity in the Business Events Industry June 10 @ 1:00 pm– 2:00 pm CDT Webinar: 5 Ways to Reimagine Your Next Event in A Virtual Reality June 11 @ 8:00 am– 8:30 am CDT Namaste

Make an Impact – Mentor a Student or Young Professional

Looking for more ways to stay connected? PCMA New York Chapter launched its first ever Mentorship Program! This will give industry professionals the opportunity to pair up with a mentee and share career experiences, trips & tricks, and to simply make a new connection. Benefits Opportunity to share your professional knowledge and experiences Expand your

Going Virtual to Support Sponsors and Attendees

With a pharmaceutical conference scheduled for March 22nd, the week many states’ stay at home orders went into effect (including New York), Fun Lee and her team at MJH Life Sciences had to act quickly to change their in-person event to virtual. The decision to go virtual was driven by two factors: wanting to use grants received from pharmaceutical companies for educational content and to provide continuing education to their attendees.

President’s Corner

Hello Friends, It’s hard to believe it’s already May. What things are you doing to keep yourself engaged? I’ve started drawing dates with a friend and NYPCMA hosts a weekly social hour that enables us to connect with members and friends. I also invite you to celebrate members who are doing incredible things, like Victoria

Rockstar Mindfulness Follow Up and Resources

View the Rockstar Mindfulness Video with Shelley Brown Mindfulness Resources (Check event calendar for additional times) Live Zoom Mindful Meditation- Guided Meditation and Small Group Discussions Monday – Friday 9 AM, 1 and 5 PM Ten Percent Happier Live Guided Meditation Every Weekday at 3 PM EST Podcasts with amazing thought leaders and teachers

Virtual Social Meetups

Join us every  other Tuesday at 5:30 pm Virtual Social Meetup Check-in with friends and colleagues, catch up on what others are up to, share your stories, survival tactics, and things that make you smile Click Here to log in or you can call in +1 253 215 8782 Meeting ID: 414 198 213 Password:

Call to action: Let’s unify our voice

24 March 2020 The global events industry is suffering unimaginable and unprecedented losses from COVID-19. It is impacting us personally and professionally. The Events Industry Council is working with members and partners to unify our voice and communicate loudly: We are the events industry and we will drive economic recovery – but we need help


#GMIDGoesVirtual Join #EventProfs from all over the world on April 14, 2020, to virtually celebrate #GMID20 and help us break the Guinness World Record for most participants in an online video conference. We are thrilled to partner with Meetings Mean Business Canada and #GMIDGoesVirtual to celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day –virtual edition! Global Meetings Industry

Message from the President

We are in the midst of unprecedented and challenging times. All of us are experiencing the stress of the unknown and upheaval in our work and personal lives, as we also worry and care for our family members, friends, neighbors, and colleagues. NYPCMA is here for you, to share resources and updates, and as a community to


PCMA is offering resources, webinars, and information in how to deal with COVID-19. Please go to this link to see more.

CSR Monthlies

_______________________________________________________________________________________ April WALK MS – NEW YORK CITY!  IMPORTANT UPDATE Join the chapter as NYPCMA will be walking virtually! Use this Zoom Link, Meeting ID: 125 322 189 Password: 697722 (NYPCMA)  to share your walk live from your back yard, around the block; around your home or anywhere you’d prefer.  We will start with a

2019 ACE Awards Winners

2019 Member of the Year – Karin Bagnall, Modern Language Association               2019 Supplier of the Year – New York Marriott Marquis          2019 Committee Member of the Year – Leah Zender, Experience Columbus 2019 President’s Award – Victoria Lee, the Estee Lauder Companies Inc       2019 Past

Helping Puerto Rico

All funds will be donated to Acacia Network, Inc. and will go towards their Brigadas al Sur project – a three-month work plan to assist children and elderly affected by the earthquakes in Puerto Rico.  As you all well know, in an effort to help the communities affected by the recent earthquakes in the southwest

Convince Your Boss Letter

Dear (NAME), PCMA is the leader in education for business events professionals around the world. PCMA New York Area Chapter (NYPCMA) Winter Program will offer an invaluable attendee experience and education to business event professionals. For this event, NYPCMA will offer an intimate, small group learning experience that encourages a more organic approach to networking

PCMA Convening Leaders’ Content Studios Return in 2020

When PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 comes to San Francisco’s recently expanded and renovated Moscone Center, Jan. 5–8, it will be bringing back a studio approach to immersive-learning environments that it launched in 2019. To learn more about this see


NYPCMA is pleased to Announce the winner of the 2019 Scholarship Recipient If you follow NYPCMA on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, then you have experienced the creativity, humor, and passion for our industry that erupt from NYPCMA’s social media coordinator, Janene Machado. From the moment she joined the marketing committee, her positive energy and

What Meeting Planners can do to remove waste

One of the biggest takeaways from the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) research into ending food waste in commercial kitchens was the need to clearly better communicate with meeting planners about the multiple ways in which they could use their role to reduce food waste, said WWF’s Monica McBride. To read more about this see

2020 New NYPCMA Board

President – Anastasia (Stacey) Courtney (Modern Language Association) President Elect – Jimmy Le (IEEE Communications Society) Treasurer/Secretary – Jacqueline Huang (Omni Hotels & Resorts) Immediate Past President – Diane Brady (BCD Meetings & Events ) Directors: Matt Pizzimenti, (Marriott Marquis) – Marketing Janene Machado,  (deBanked) –  Programs Marisa Blank,  (Tourism LA Convention and Visitors Bureau) – Membership John Teehan, (IEEE) –  Sponsorship

Nation’s Busiest Convention Center Expansion Moves Forward

By Jamie Bialor It’s been about 2.5 years since the Javits Center broke ground on the expansion project. With the facility slated to open on schedule in the first quarter of 2021, we thought this would be a good time to check-in and get an update on the construction. The design of the new building

Accessibility Resources for Meetings

 PHYSICAL ACCESS ADA Building Regulations for Physical Access Restaurant Accessibility  ETIQUETTE Best practices for interacting with people with disabilities  MARKETING Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Social Media Tips Email Accessibility Tips Guidelines for Writing About People With Disabilities  MEETING PLANNERS Meeting Planners Check-list & Guide Examples of Accessible Information Transparency Bronx Zoo Theatres Museum Attraction Restaurant

Mindful Meetings Matter in Vancouver

Mindful meetings are one of the most talked-about crazes in the conference world, and there’s nowhere better to test out the trend than Vancouver. The city’s raw beauty inspires a local lifestyle heavily geared towards health and wellness, and delegates will find it surprisingly easy to slip into a mindful lifestyle upon arrival. After emerging

Summer Mixer

NYPCMA Summer Social: Conversations, Connections, and Cocktails Last week we gathered at the beautiful farm-to-table BlackBarn bar in Chelsea for the NYPCMA Summer Social. The event attracted a great mix of attendees, with some coming from as far away as Texas. New members mingled with long-standing members, including three past-presidents (hello Fun, Rocky, and Karin!). Mixing, mingling, and


One of the most iconic structures in the Northeast is Sky Tower at Mohegan Sun. Now at the highest levels of Sky Tower, guests can take advantage of an all-new VIP experience. The 36 floor hotel, featuring 1,200 rooms, hundreds of suites and one of the most alluring hotel lobbies in the world, has officially

EPCAT – NYPCMA charity for 2019!

For those who attended GMID 2019, you saw the enormity of how sex trafficking has impacted our industry. ECPAT is a worldwide network of organizations working to end the sexual exploitation of children. We work at all levels, supporting shelters for survivors, training and supporting law enforcement, influencing governments and conducting a wide range of