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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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July 2020

Join us for Community Conversations!

July 30, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CDT

Topic: Back to Normal – What the Future Really Looks Like. No topic about the future is off the table - someday we will start going back to “normal” or create a new “normal” – what does that look like? What did we learn from COVID- personal and professional? Are you going to travel less, travel more? Spend more or less time on Zoom? Are you changing your contract clauses to protect your business? HERE is the Zoom link for…

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August 2020

Next Level Zoom: Engagement and Gamification

August 6, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm CDT

How do we keep attendees engaged during the session? This is an important question for not only the speaker, but also the host. And, if your attendees will obtain CE for the virtual webinars engagement is crucial. In this second Zoom session, Dr. Kristin Malek will dive deeper into engagement, gamification, and networking, ideas.  She'll show session attendees how to seamlessly toggle between different platforms, as well as review a host of ideas for engagement and gamification. Register HERE for…

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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


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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