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Honoree Sue Dykema,
CAE, at last year’s dinner.
More Than Just a Pretty Plate
Next month’s PCMA Education Foundation Dinner will raise money for an
ambitious roster of initiatives.
On the evening of April 8, when the PCMA Education Founda- tion Dinner Celebrating Professional Achievement gets underway at
the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC,
celebrants will do more than honor
three industry veterans and indulge
in great food — they’ll also be raising
money for the Foundation’s far-reaching educational programs.
The grants, scholarships, educational
programming, and research that the
Foundation will fund in 2015 are aimed
at bolstering the meetings industry in
every way. Programs include:
› Faculty Scholarships in support of
faculty for PCMA Convening Leaders.
› Global Professional Scholarships for
representatives from growing global
markets to attend Convening Leaders.
› The 20 in Their Twenties Program,
designed to engage the best and bright-
est emerging leaders in the industry.
› The PCMA Best in Class Program,
which will provide all 17 chapters with
top-rated speakers throughout 2015.
› The DES Education Update of the
current Digital Event Specialist certifi-
cation program, which supports candi-
dates throughout the world.
› The development of Professional
Online Education Modules targeted to
The dinner will also honor three
meeting professionals who have had
a lasting impact on the industry:
Meeting Professional Honoree Kati
S. Quigley, CMP, senior director of
partner community marketing for the
Microsoft Corporation and a strategic
thinker with more than 25 years in the
industry; Educator Honoree George G.
Fenich, Ph.D., a professor in the School
of Hospitality Leadership at East
Carolina University and a prolific edu-
cator, author, editor, and presenter;
and Supplier Honoree Anne Hamilton,
vice president for resort sales and
services of Disney Destinations and
a 35-year industry veteran. (To read
more about each honoree, visit convn
“Each year, the rock stars of the
meetings industry gather together to
celebrate the Foundation’s honorees
at this unique annual event,” said Erin
Shamus, manager of the PCMA Educa-
tion Foundation. “Networking is abun-
dant, and you can also potentially score
an extraordinary vacation package at
our accompanying silent auction.”
The silent auction will include travel
packages, electronics, unique experi-
ences, and more. Presented by the
Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau
and the Austin Convention Center, this
will be the first Foundation dinner to be
held at the year-old Marriott Marquis.
Individual tickets for the dinner are
$375, and table sponsorships range
from $3,750 to $10,000. For more infor-
mation, visit convn.org/2015_dinner.