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The Heartland Chapter offers educational and idea exchanges on a regular basis with excellent educational programming and outstanding opportunities for networking with other industry professionals.

The PCMA Heartland Chapter serves nearly 250 members from Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

For assistance or information, please contact:

Chapter Administrator, Ashley Taber
Email: heartland@pcma.org
Mailing address is: 4518 NE 91st St. Kansas City MO 64156

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February 2021

Student Insight Series: Exploring Career Paths Into the Events Industry

February 23 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm CST

Are you excited about a career in events and hospitality, but worried about the current pandemic-instigated slowdown in the industry? The events business is still the place to be with many career paths you might not yet know about. Hospitality is the #5 employer of all major industries and is more than just wedding planning.

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April 2021

Pop-Up GMID Celebration Day

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm CDT
Loew’s Hotel Kansas CIty, 1515 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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  To celebrate Global Meetings Industry Day, we are proud to announce the MPIKC and PCMA’s Heartland Chapter are going to be hosting a live volunteer event on Thursday, April 8th, from 1p-4p at the beautiful Loews Kansas City! In a year with so much adversity in our industry, we are all thankful for each other and the support each of us has received. As we move further into 2021, and things continue to look up, this is a great…

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Hybrid Event Perspective- VIRTUAL Event

April 13 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CDT

Join a diverse panel of experienced event professionals from three distinct areas of the meeting experience – Planner, Venue, and Production.  This hour long Q&A session will focus on hybrid events and the successes and challenges this new space has created.   Each panelist will have prior hybrid event experience and will speak to the realities of Hybrid events. This interactive session will address concerns you may have hosting your first Hybrid event with tips, tricks, and best practices.

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Student Insight Series: Taking on a Pandemic Career Search

April 21 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

Job hunting is difficult no matter what skill level or trade. Throw in COVID-19 and how it’s affected the events industry and we now must rethink how we market ourselves, and possibly even reevaluate what segment of the ever-changing meeting and events industry we should explore for career options.   PCMA’s Student Insight Series continues discussing these challenges with this exciting panel including a recent graduate who has successfully navigated the job hunt, a student ready to graduate, and an event…

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June 2021

Health, Wellness, and Mindfulness for Meetings

June 17 @ 9:30 am - 10:30 am CDT

Join a discussion with Patrick Gahagan, Vice President with InHouse Physicians for a presentation and discussion around Health, Wellness, and Mindfulness for Meetings and the attendee experience. This session will discuss the current status of the COVID-19, the impact of vaccinations, and what to look for moving through 2021. Additionally, this conversation explores the personal impact the pandemic has caused on the meeting planning community and how meeting planner's personal health has been impacted. The discussion will lead into how…

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July 2021

Heartland Chapter Reception

July 15 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Please plan to join us for a fun event on July 15th, 4:00pm- 7:00pm for the Heartland Chapter Reception hosted by the Executive Board. Crossroads Hotel – Rooftop Bar Free to PCMA Members, guests/non-members $10 each.  

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August 2021

Best In Class 2021: Never Let A Crisis Go To Waste

August 25 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

We've got a great event set for Wednesday, August 25 at The Ambassador Hotel in downtown Kansas City. The educational portion of the event will host Megan Finnell, Director, Meeting & Conferences with the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA).  Her presentation, “Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: New Event Strategies for a Post-Covid Era” is currently featured as a “Best in Class Speaker” by our national PCMA organization for 2021. After the presentation, all attendees will receive an opportunity to experience Lonnie's Reno Club for cocktails, appetizers…

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September 2021

Annual Golf Tournament

September 16 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm CDT

Please plan to join us for our 7th Annual Golf Tournament on September 16th at T-Shotz (located in the Northland) at  660 NW Metro N Dr, Kansas City, MO 64155 Registration starts at 1:00 pm, Golf 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Raffle and Awards 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Free Transportation will be provided to T-Shotz by Overland Chauffeured Services!  In order to reserve a seat, please text or email Bobby Riggins at 704.534.6395.  Refreshments for the long drive will be…

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Sippin’ With Students

September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm CDT

You never know when a casual coffee chat could change the course of your career. Networking is one of the best ways to find a new job, but it’s also an effective and exciting way to keep expanding your connections, even when you’re not job hunting.  Please join us on Tuesday, September 21, at 4pm PST, for Sippin with Students, hosted by Southwest & Pacific Chapter of PCMA. Register now to gain tips and valuable advice in an informal setting…

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November 2021

State of the Industry 2021

November 4 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT
Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee St
Kansas City, 64108 United States

Join fellow event professionals as we gather in-person/virtually for the 2021 State of the Industry panel. Support our Chapter as we learn how travel, events, and life are continuing to evolve within our industry.  Our panelists will share their successes and challenges from the early stages of industry recovery and how they are preparing for 2022 and beyond. Our panel will include: Charles Harris, President and CEO, Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitor’s Authority Chad Mohwinkle, General Manager, Westin & Sheraton Kansas…

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