Chapter News

July 2021 Message from the President

I am happy to report that our chapter logged the most miles in the PCMA run/walk challenge along with signing up the most participants! Competition aside thanks for showing up to donate to the PCMA Foundation to support our industry recovery!

There are a lot of great opportunities to volunteer this month and thanks to our Community Services committee for putting this together. Sign up today if you are in Chicago and find availability on our social media channels. Also don’t miss our next webinar speaking about event accessibility on July 29th.

Registration is open for our Awards Celebration on September 28th. We hope if you are planning to attend that you will get your registration in as soon as you can as it really helps our planning.

I had the pleasure of attending Educon in Phoenix last week. It was amazing to see so many of our GMC members in person. I had a few takeaways that I thought I would share.

  • Janet Stovall spoke about Driving the Future with Inclusion, Equity, Belonging and Diversity. Her session was informative and actionable. It made me proud of all the work we are doing in our chapter and that it is something we are working to weave into our chapter and committee work. “Diversity can be mandated; Inclusion must be cultivated”
  • The closing keynote presenter, Kristen Graham, stated “Do fewer things better”. That has been a theme of my strategic vision for the year especially as volunteer time hasn’t been as ample.
  • Safe receptions are fun and it’s good to give a hug! Thanks to PCMA and SafeExpo for their thorough process.
  • “Hybrid” is still evolving in both terminology and execution. As a chapter, I am excited that we have a digital platform to utilize but there is a lot of room for experimentation on how and when we engage. Stay tuned on how we create our experience for the Awards Celebration.

Enjoy the sunshine!

Molly Witges, CMP, DES
2021 GMC PCMA President
Maritz Global Events


Congrats and to all our members celebrating an anniversary this month!

5 Year
Andrea  Kielkiewicz
Katherine Ort

15 Year
Amy Dorey
Marissa Ritter

20 Year
Amy Stark
Phillip Ridley

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