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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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August 2020

Student Insight Series

August 26, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm CDT

Join PCMA Chapters in our new collaborative Student Insight Series where students and young professionals from across North America can learn from a panel of established industry experts. This first session will cover Emerging from COVID – How the Events Industry Can Bounce Back in which our panelists will discuss their recovery experiences from past situations such as 9/11, Ebola, SARS and more. Registration is complimentary.   Schedule: 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm: Panel Discussion 12:50 pm – 1:00 pm: Q&A with Panel 1:00…

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September 2020

Science of Social Distancing

September 24, 2020 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm CDT
Loew’s Hotel Kansas CIty, 1515 Wyandotte St.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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This will be our first hybrid event for the Heartland PCMA Chapter with attendees both in-person and virtually. Read on for details and to learn about our guest speakers. To register to attend in person click HERE To register to attend virtually click HERE   Schedule of Events: Registration & Lunch 11:30 am- 12:00 pm Program 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm "In this session, we will learn about the importance of considering the psychology behind an attendees' decision to attend our…

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November 2020

State of the Industry Hybrid Event

November 12, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm CST
Sheraton Overland Park Hotel, 6100 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66211 United States
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In person attendees REGISTER HERE November 12th 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at Sheraton OP 4-4:30pm - Registration 4:30-6pm - Panel 6-7pm - Reception Virtual attendees REGISTER HERE November 12th 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm Join industry professionals as we gather in-person and online for the 2020 State of the Industry panel. Support our industry as we learn how meetings and events have changed and are continuing to evolve due to the pandemic of our lifetime, COVID-19. Our panelists will share their successes,…

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December 2020

PCMA U

December 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm CST

Register for PCMA U and hear from some of PCMA 20 in Their Twenties Class of 2021! As a Student or Young Professional, you probably have a lot of questions about the industry, your future career, and more. Register today and submit your questions to get the answers you're looking for. PCMA U will be held virtually on December 8th from 3:00-4:00pm Central Time in lieu of a pre-conference event at Convening Leaders 2021. Registration for Convening Leaders 2021 is…

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February 2021

Annual Awards and Installation Banquet – VIRTUAL

February 18 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CST

Please join our Heartland members and leaders for this fully VIRTUAL event on February 18, 2021 at 4:30 pm- 6:00 pm CDT as we kick off 2021 with an Induction of our Board Members and a celebration of our 2020 Awards recipients, followed by a fun and interactive virtual reception. Don’t miss out on a chance to celebrate with your peers and our Heartland Chapter leaders! After our award portion of the evening, join John George, International Champion of Magic,…

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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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