Chapter News

Education Committee Spotlight: Bonnie Stetz

Bonnie is the Director of Conference Content Design at The National Association of REALTORS®  and she has had to combine her old skills with new creativity in response to the

October 2020 Letter from the President

Welcome fall 2020 GMC Members! I am excited to share two upcoming events with you. Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Taskforce – we will host our 3rd community conversation on October

Nominate a Deserving Colleague Today

It’s that time of year again when PCMA-GMC is asking members to nominate their peers for awards. During the pandemic, we have seen our colleagues stretch and grow to help

September 2020 Letter from the President

Welcome to September GMC! This fall will be very different than what our typical fall event season, but 2020 is not a typical year. My head spins daily with all

Student Insight Series Webinar Recap

The GMC PCMA Student Committee hosted the first National Student Insight Series on August 26th. There was a fantastic turnout with over 100 students, recent grads, and industry professionals. The

GMC Q3 Star of the Quarter: Kaleigh Gipson

Congratulations to Kaleigh Gipson, GMC Q3 Star of the Quarter Receipient! Each quarter, our chapter recognizes one committee volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Our

GMC Annual Awards Nominations Open Now

Why do you keep seeing encouragement to nominate a colleague – or yourself – for an award? There are so many reasons to submit a nomination for the 2020 GMC

Volunteer from Home with Big Shoulders Fund

The GMC Community Services committee encourages all members to support the Big Shoulders Fund, which serves 20,000 students at 75 elementary and high schools throughout Chicago. “We are thrilled to

An Update from your Board Secretary

Author: Jennifer Sommers, 2020 GMC PCMA Secretary  Hopefully by now you’ve read or heard about several positive changes being implemented by the Greater Midwest Chapter this year. Making these changes

Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Task Force Update

The newly created Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Task Force of the Greater Midwest Chapter has been formed to engage the GMC community in open and honest conversations on racial bias and diversity

2020 Awards Nominations Open Now

Recognize the contributions of your colleagues—nominate them for a GMC PCMA Award Nominations for GMC awards are open NOW through November 15. Start planning now to nominate your GMC colleagues.

August 2020 Letter from the President

Hello GMC Members! Where has summer gone?   At times, this summer feels like it is dragging on and other times it is flying by.   Thinking about back to school just

July 2020 Letter from the President

Hello GMC Members! We made it through half of 2020! July is here.  It sure has been a rough year for all of us.  No matter what your situation, none

Awards Committee Virtual Award

The Awards Committee would like to present a virtual award to each member, friend, and associate of GMC-PCMA for having the strength and the courage to maneuver through these unchartered

Proposed Bylaws Change – Voting is now closed

  Voting is now closed. The resolution passed with 25% of eligible members voting and a 95% acceptance rate. View the recording of our July 15th Town Hall Meeting:

We ❤ GMC Wrap Up

Thanks to all of our wonderful members, we were able to raise almost $7000 for our beloved GMC! Thanks again to our prize donors: Ocean View Bracelet donated by Rhonda

GMC PCMA Has an Instagram!

Make sure to follow GMC PCMA’s newest addition to social media- our Instagram account!  Follow @pcmagreatermidwestchapter on Instagram for all of the latest updates.

June 2020 Letter from the President

Hello GMC Members! June is here and summer is upon us.  These months of 2020 will be very different from summers past.  Whatever your plans are, please take some time

Q2 Star of the Quarter

Each quarter, our chapter recognizes one committee volunteer who has gone above and beyond the call of duty. Our Q2 Recipient of the Star of the Quarter award is Robert

Spread the GMC Love

Get your chances to win here. Our largest online fundraiser EVER is on now! Purchase your tickets and be entered to win any of the over 50 fabulous prizes collectively valued over

Student Committee Update

April Fools was no joke for the GMC PCMA Student Committee! The Student Committee hosted two Virtual Panels on April 1, 2020. We are working hard to stay connected with

May 2020 Letter from the President

April showers bring May flowers!  Looks like it is happening, and I am personally happy to see some green.  I hope this spring experience is lifting your spirits.   Weather in

June 2020 Webinar

How can you protect your business and still be a good partner? How has COVID-19 forever changed the way we do business? How are we planning for the rest of

PCMA Industry Relief Fund

The PCMA Foundation Industry Relief Fund will support individuals in the events industry whose health has been impacted by COVID-19. Funds will be distributed through our partner, SEARCH Foundation. We

April 2020 Letter from the President

April is here!  I love the longer days and hope it gives you energy as we go through a very challenging time. As we settle into our new reality whatever

Sponsor Spotlight: Visit Salt Lake

From Jeff Gassaway Director of Convention Sales – Midwest Region at Visit Salt Lake Virtual can be fun, but the real experience is better. First and foremost, I hope everyone

Thank You Sponsors

The sponsorship committee would like to thank all of our sponsors who make everything we do for GMC possible. Times are tough right now, but we are all in this

March 2020 Letter from the President

Happy Spring GMC!   As I write this letter, I am reflecting on the week we have all had.  So many adjectives and not enough space in this article. Thank you

Vendor Spotlight: Visit Anchorage

Direct Flights, Diverse Wildlife Make Anchorage a Larger-Than-Life Meeting Destination   Finding the ideal meeting venue means answering a long list of key questions: What potential locations are both within

February 2020 Letter From The President

Happy February Greater Midwest Chapter! Time flies when you are having fun. We have done so much in the last month to get ready for a fun year. The Board

January 2020 Letter from the President

Happy New Year Greater Midwest Chapter!   Can you believe it is 2020?  I am honored to serve as your President in this new decade.   There are so many things to

Meet the 2020 Board and Committee Chairs

This Month’s Featured Leader: Becky Svienteck Meeting Planner at American Academy of Sleep Medicine GMC Education Committee Chair Fun Fact about Becky: I’ve been to 14 zoos in 9 states

Convening Leaders Recap

Nearly 5000 business events professionals gathered in San Francisco from January 5-8 to kick of the year at the industry’s premier event of the year, PCMA Convening Leaders. The Greater

Mark Henry Scholarship Recipients of 2019

Mark Henry was a friend to many in the meetings industry. He was a long time GMC member and a wonderful volunteer leader. Sadly, he passed away in December 2017.

December 2019 Letter From The President

Season’s Greetings to all GMC PCMA members! It was terrific to see many of you at the Holiday Mixer as well as Holiday Showcase.  It is always befitting this time

Vendor Spotlight: Visit Fort Worth

Three Experiences. Fort Worth VIP Style. You Choose! Meeting planners, enter to win one of three Fort Worth VIP experiences! Music lovers, hang out at Niles City Sound, the studio

Vendor Spotlight: San Francisco Travel Association

Why Chicago Meeting Planners Still Choose San Francisco   San Francisco is a premier meeting destination famous for fostering new ideas and drawing record-breaking attendance. The city is always changing,