Presenting Convene Presents

It’s not like Convene has never spun its content into live events before — we powered a few sessions at PCMA’s 2012 Education Conference, and for the last two years we’ve presented our very own Convene Forum, which is a two-day celebration of our content, our readers and partners, and (blush) our editors. But still. A week from today the curtain goes up on the big stage — PCMA Convening Leaders 2013 — and for the first time, Convene will be a part of the program, with a five-session track called Convene Presents.

What can you expect? Relevant, interesting, and possibly even fun programming that’s based on a recent article from Convene and/or moderated by one of our editors. The idea is to draw some connections between curating live content (as meeting planners do) and reporting and writing a print article (as magazine editors do), and also to see how we can use the dynamics of a live session to further the discussion around topics we’ve explored to varying degrees in Convene. Here’s the lineup:

“What CME Grantmakers Want … and Need,” Monday, Jan. 14, 10:30-11:45 a.m.: Based on this article from our April 2012 issue, and moderated by Theresa Barrett, deputy executive vice president of the New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians, with panelists Jacqueline Mayhew, Pfizer Inc.; Theresa Jowell, Alcon Laboratories Inc.; and Kimberly D’Onofrio-Lopez, Genentech Inc.

“A Conversation With C2-MTL Curator Jean-Francois Bouchard,” Monday, Jan. 14, 1:30-2:30 p.m.: Based on this article from our August 2012 issue, and featuring a discussion between Convene Editor in Chief Michelle Russell and Jean-Francois Bouchard, president of the Sid Lee creative agency and curator of C2-MTL (Commerce + Creativity).

“An Interview With Richard Hadden,” Monday, Jan. 14, 3:30-4:30 p.m.: Convene Senior Editor Barbara Palmer talks to Richard Hadden, managing partner of Contented Cow LLC, who earlier in the afternoon will present a PCMA Business School session on “Bottom-Line Leadership.”

“With Risk Comes Reward: How One Company Re-Invented Its Annual Meeting With Open Space Concepts,” Tuesday, Jan. 15, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Based on this article from our October 2012 issue, with Sage North America’s Danielle Cote and Perfecting Connecting’s Sarah Michel explaining why and how they created a self-directed networking program called “Sage City” for the 2012 Sage Summit.

“An Interview With Gina Rudan,” Tuesday, Jan. 15, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: Convene‘s executive editor (me) talks to Gina Rudan, professional coach and author of Practical Genius: The Real Smarts You Need to Get Your Passions and Talents Working for You, who the next morning will be presenting a Masters Series program on her notion of “Practical Genius.”

While Michelle, Barbara, and I will be on stage, the rest of our editorial team — Assistant Editors Sarah Beauchamp and Katie Kervin — will be busy behind the scenes, facilitating the online discussion around Convene Presents. We’re all very excited to be a part of the meetings industry’s premier event. See you there!

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