Chapter News

President’s Corner

Hi friends, I trust all of you are enjoying these last few weeks of the summer which has gone by way too fast. Maybe that’s a good thing considering how hot it’s been. I also imagine many of us are already pining for leave color changing and pumpkin spice ____________ (feel free to fill in

President’s Corner

Hi friends, As always, I trust you are all doing well. In my last article, I talked about how great it was to attend a baseball game, to see all the people gathering for the Macy’s Firework show, and the return of face-to-face events, after a long 15 months, for NYPCMA with the Summer Mixer.

President’s Corner

Hi friends, As always, I trust you are all doing well. Here we are in July which is my favorite month. School is out, summer is in full swing, the weather is not too bad yet except for the recent heat wave (that was nuts!), and of course Independence Day which, for 2021, brings new

President’s Corner

Hi friends, It’s been a short while since I last wrote to you. My apology for that as May turned out to be much busier than I had expected. Please forgive me. I trust you are all doing well. May was indeed busy, but June is shaping not only to be a busy month, but

President’s Corner

Hi friends, Hope you are all doing well and continuing to stay safe and healthy. In my last article, I mentioned that I had just gotten my first shot of the Pfizer vaccine. This time, I am happy to share that I received the second dose. Aside from a sore arm and a little muscle

Join Us in Support of Restore NYC!

We are thrilled this month to be supporting Restore, NYC as our spotlight CSR initiative. We thank you for your continued support of the CSR Committee and hope that you will consider a donation this month to help Restore NYC. Restore, NYC is a nonprofit organization making freedom real for survivors of trafficking in the

Student Apprentice Program Opportunity

A New Collective Impact Approach Offers Inclusive Entry-Level Opportunities for the Meetings and Events Industry  Our industry is committed to providing more job opportunities for all individuals. For those interested in pursuing a career in event planning or tradeshow management, an apprenticeship program may be your best first stop to gain hands-on experience working with

Every Day is Earth Day!

Every Day is Earth Day! This statement cannot ring truer in today’s climate. As we embark on the 52nd year celebration of earth day, the NYPCMA CSR April initiative will be focused on promoting how NYC celebrates Earth Day. Be a part of the movement on learning and participating in ways that help make our

President’s Corner

Hi friends, Hope you are all doing well and continuing to stay safe and healthy. I recently got my first shot of the vaccine, and oh man I can’t tell you how awesome a feeling it was. I was so excited that I could barely sleep the night before. The moment that needle pierced my

President’s Corner

Hi Friends, Hope you are all doing well and continuing to stay safe and healthy. I recently noticed that little flower buds are starting to bloom on this tree in my backyard. And for the first time in weeks, I can see patches of grass again.  I don’t think I have ever cared about these


NYPCMA greatly appreciates the NY Association Community and continues to look for ways to give back. The February CSR initiative is a virtual blood drive to support the American Red Cross. We encourage you to #nypcmasharethelove! with your family, friends and co-workers and ask them to pledge their support by donating in their local market.

Make an Impact- Mentor a Hospitality Student or Young Professional

Looking to make an impact on the local hospitality community? NYPCMA is now accepting applications for their 2021 Mentorship Program. NYPCMA’s Mentorship Program pairs together local industry professionals with a local hospitality student mentee over an eight month program to share career experiences, advice for personal and professional growth and development, tips & tricks, and

President’s Corner

Hi Friends, Hope you are all doing well and continuing to stay safe and healthy. Can you believe it’s already February 2021? Wasn’t it just yesterday when we bid good riddance to a dreadful 2020? Holy moly. Tempus Fugit indeed. As much as 2021 is giving us renew hope and optimism, we are continuously being

New Member Spotlight

Kimberly Greiner Events & Marketing Associate, GORE-TEX Brands We’ve got a new member in our midst! Get to know her in this interview. And, connect with Kim on LinkedIn (don’t forget to congratulate Kim on obtaining her DES!). What’s your favorite part of your job? The multi-tasking involved with managing multiple events for a variety

Join the NYPCMA 2021 Challenge

CSR monthlies have been designed by the CSR committee to connect us to our communities.  With 2021 here, we also would love to have a connection to your well-being and health.  Because as we all know, if we are tapped out of energy then we cannot be of service to the world around us.  And 2021should be full

ACE Award Winner Spotlight

Dawn Eagleton Regional Manager, US Office, Meeting & Convention Sales Business Events Montreal  To kick off our year, we’d like to spotlight NYPCMA Member Dawn Eagleton. Dawn was recognized last month at our 2020 ACE Awards for her continued involvement in and support for all of our chapter activities. Congratulations on winning our 2020 NYPCMA

Job Search Tips for 2021

PCMA is here to help you focus your job search efforts for landing your dream job. Top industry employers are looking for leading talent, just like you, for their open jobs. Here are 5 tips for landing your dream job: 1. Update your resume. Recent accomplishments, newly acquired skills, and current position title are a few

President’s Corner

Happy December! Congratulations on making it through 2020. As challenging as this year has been, it has also inspired innovation, introspection, and community across all levels of business and society. Think of all we’ve accomplished! Creating and supporting grass-roots efforts to support and sustain local businesses and industry partners. Placing diversity, equity, and inclusion planning,


CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ACE AWARD WINNERS RISE Award A new member or emerging professional that has less than 5 years experience in the industry, and who has made the most impact to the chapter.  Kaitlyn Mirabella Engaged Award An individual who is most actively involved in the NYPCMA chapter.       Dawn Eagleton Collaboration Award

December Tuesdays

WHEN: Each Tuesday in 2020. WHO: December Tuesdays are extended to all members and non-members, colleagues, family, friends, and acquaintances. The more the merrier.   WHAT: NYPCMA will be offering a day of giving each Tuesday in December – whether it be fundraising, acts of service, or sharing industry knowledge. December 1 – Day of

NYPCMA Hardship Fund

In these trying times, NYPCMA is trying to support our members who have been laid off or furloughed. The chapter has created a Hardship Fund to cover the costs of our programs. We have received contributions from individuals as well as organizations in our industry. To contribute to the fund click on the money bag

Kalahari – Introducing Flexible Space Just For You

Introducing Flexible Space Just For You In 2019, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions expanded the venue that consistently delivers expectation-exceeding, personalized meetings of all sizes. That means even more space, more amenities, and more second-to-none service. With a luxurious spa, enticing on-site restaurants, and newly expanded venues, your event is sure to be even more incredible.

President’s Corner

Hello Friends! November is here, bringing new beginnings and change.  I hope you surround yourself with people and things that make you happy, nourish your soul, and help you successfully navigate the next few months.  Be sure to register for NYPCMA’s Education Day (November 9 and 10)! Featuring inspiring speakers and sessions on resilience, reinvention,

Convening Leaders 2021 Scholarships

Chapter Scholarships Convening Leaders 2021 will be an innovative and unique meeting, showcasing the newest ideas and technology. Don’t let financial constraints keep you from attending. The PCMA Foundation is awarding each PCMA chapter with two full registration scholarships to attend CL 2021. If you are interested in applying for NYPCMA’s CL scholarships, please write to

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

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