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Education Day

September 9, 2021 @ 12:30 pm4:00 pm EDT

Event Planning in the Pandemic Era: Forecasting the Future of Business Events

Please join us for Education Day on Thursday, September 9, 2021, 12:30pm-4:00pm at The Study at University City!

12:30-1:00 PM | Registration
1:00-2:00 PM | Session One: State of Industry Panel
2:00-2:15 PM | Break
2:15-3:00 PM | Joshua L. Grimes, Esq., Attorney at Law, Current and Future Legal Considerations in Event Planning
3:00-3:15 PM | Break
3:15-4:00 PM | Steve Garguilo, PCMA Best in Class Speaker, Showing Up More Empowered at Work

Session One: State of the Industry Panel
What does the future hold for suppliers and planners as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic? What is the state of the meeting planning industry with regards to current planning challenges, future bookings, the economy, event design, etc.? How are suppliers and planners working together to bring constituents back to in-person events? How have decision-making processes been affected for suppliers and planners? How are planners conceiving their events in light of changes to technology and access to content, and how are they thinking about and creating sustainable event models post-COVID? A panel of industry professionals will join us for a moderated discussion on these topics.
Kavin Schieferdecker
, Senior Vice President, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Derrick M. Johnson, II, CMP DES, Chief Diversity Officer & Director of Event Strategy, Talley Management Group
Karen Lennert, CASE, DES, National Account Manager, Projection
Kathy Slater, Regional Director of Sales, Hersha Hospitality Management

Session Two: Joshua L. Grimes, Esq., Attorney at Law, Grimes Law Offices, LLC, Current and Future Legal Considerations in Event Planning
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, planners are getting back to the business of finalizing contracts placed on hold or booking new business for 2021 and beyond. What has changed in contracting since COVID-19? What should planners and suppliers be aware of and, more importantly, how can these stakeholders work together to create contracts that are beneficial and protective for both parties? Join us for a conversation with Joshua L. Grimes, Esq., Attorney at Law, Grimes Law Offices, LLC, to learn more about trends in contracting and legal considerations.

Session Three: Steve Garguilo, PCMA Best in Class Speaker, Showing Up More Empowered at Work
Empowered employees aren’t satisfied being on the outside looking in. They are explorers and action-takers. They use their creativity to imagine what a new world could look like and apply their energy and courage to bring their imagination tolife. But it can be hard sometimes to feel like you’re really empowered at work to make change. There are all kinds of rules and reasons why things can’t work, and your management might frown upon what you think about as a good idea. Over time, this can lead to people not bringing forward new ideas anymore or not pushing to challenge the status quo. In this session, we’ll explore stories, models, and experiments for how to show up more empowered at work. You’ll hear stories of people who were able to make a big impact inside their complex workplaces, and you’ll learn about power dynamics and how you can make change no matter your role or title.

Learner Outcomes:
•Explore specific stories of people who challenged the status quo at work and what you can learn from them
•Apply the different constructs of power (power to, power with, power within, power over) to your situation
•Learn how to assess your current level of empowerment using a validated, researched model (Autonomy, Fulfillment, Community, Competence) and take action to make waves inside your organization

Registration Fees:

Registration Category

Early Bird—Until September 3, 2021

On-Site Registration—After September 3, 2021
PCMA PHL Members



Planner and Supplier Non-Members



Faculty Members



Faculty – Non-Members







Registration Information:

  • Membership to the PCMA Greater Philadelphia Chapter is not required to attend.
  • If you are not a member, click here to join today. PCMA is offering hardship pricing. If you need help to join, please call 877-827-7262 or email [email protected].
  • If you are a member of PCMA, but not a member of the Philadelphia Chapter, please call the membership department at PCMA HQ to add the Philadelphia chapter to your account. The cost to add a chapter to your membership is $30.00.
  • Valet parking is available for $20.00. There are several self-parking lots in the area.
  • Food will not be served at this meeting. A to-go snack will be provided.
  • PCMA PHL is closely monitoring CDC and local guidelines regarding mask and COVID-19 standards. As the event nears, we will post and communicate meeting procedures. Currently, capacity is limited to 62 attendees and seating will be 2 per 6ft. Masks will be required. Vaccine cards will be checked at registration. If you cannot be vaccinated due to a disability or recognized religious beliefs, please contact us to discuss alternative means of participation.
  • There is no virtual option for this event.
  • Dress code – To go along with our education-themed event taking place at The Study in University City, please wear your favorite school logo’d gear! 
  • Questions? Contact Erica Keagy, PCMA PHL Administrator at [email protected] or 610-220-1232.

A message from the Community Service Committee
At Education Day, we will be supporting Kimberly Ross from the Ridley School District. Kimberly is the primary autistic support teacher for Grades K-2. She believes all students have the fundamental right to learn. Children will learn when provided with the support and supplies needed to understand effectively. Kim, her team and the school district also provide community and schoolwide awareness about autism and how to support individuals with autism. Please help by purchasing items from this Amazon wish list: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/2k6wKb7?ref_=wl_share. Other donations needed include the following:
Fat crayons
Shaving cream
Colored construction paper
Watercolor paint
Fat popsicle sticks
Pompom balls
Cotton balls
Wikki Stix
Tissue paper

Thank you to our sponsors and hosts!


September 9, 2021
12:30 pm– 4:00 pm EDT
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The Study at University City
20 S 33rd St
Philadelphia, PA 19104 United States
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PCMA Greater Philadelphia Chapter
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