Monthly Archives: October 2019

ASAE Announces New Diversity and Inclusion Award Added to Power of A Awards

The Power of Diversity and Inclusion Award will be presented for the first time at the 2020 Summit Awards Dinner on September 30. The award is part of new D+I category within The Power of A Awards.

“Developing a D+I award for organizations to illustrate the importance of D+I in the association community is important. The D+I committee included it in the strategic plan and we’re pleased its now coming to fruition,” said Wendy-Jo Toyama, MBA, CAE, Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Executive Director of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. “D+I initiatives and programs have become a driving force across associations and now is the right time to introduce an award that shines a bright light on the work the community is doing.”

The Power of A Awards program ensures that the full range of activities and initiatives associations undertake to benefit society as a whole as well as the professions and industries they represent are recognized and awarded.

Along with adding The Power of Diversity and Inclusion award category, all Power of A award categories are now under review. “Through the Power of A Awards, ASAE has long recognized the extraordinary efforts of associations to train the workforce, spark innovative solutions to problems and make the world a better place,” said Sharon Swan, FASAE, CAE, CEO of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics and chair of ASAE’s Power of A Awards Judging Committee. “As we periodically review the award categories and make changes for the future, it’s important that we are able to recognize organizations that value and promote diversity and inclusive practices.”

“D+I fluency is essential to organizational health and success. Associations’ ability to create supportive environments and serve multi-racial, multi-ethnic, generationally diverse members and staff will define their success today and well into the future. There is no better time for the association community to recognize and celebrate this commitment to diversity and inclusion,” said Susan Robertson, CAE, Interim ASAE President and CEO.

Additional details about the award will be shared in the coming weeks.

PCMA Announces ‘20 in Their Twenties’ Class of 2020

PCMA has identified 20 of the brightest and most talented global professionals from the next generation of business events leaders for its annual “20 in Their Twenties” class.

The class of 2020 represents strategists, suppliers and destinations from the Asia Pacific region, North America and Europe. “This group represents our industry’s future and the PCMA Foundation is dedicated to recognizing the efforts and achievements of those who want to help demonstrate the influence business events have on global economic and social transformation,” said Meredith Rollins, PCMA’s chief community officer and executive director of the PCMA Foundation. “We continue to be impressed every year by the caliber of business events professionals we see in this generation.”

The “20 in Their Twenties” class of 2020, supported by PCMA Foundation and Experience Columbus, will be honored at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference Jan. 5-8 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Class members are selected by a committee of veteran industry professionals and “20 in Their Twenties” alumni. Applicants were required to be full-time employees in the business events industry and no older than 29 on Jan. 8, 2020. They were also required to provide examples of industry leadership, a video statement and professional references.

In addition to receiving a scholarship to attend Convening Leaders, PCMA’s annual signature event, “20 in Their Twenties” members also receive complimentary registration to PCMA’s EduCon event, PCMA membership and access to PCMA educational products. The 2020 “20 in their Twenties” class will also be featured in PCMA’s Convene magazine, other PCMA communications and invited to participate in a PCMA focus group to provide emerging-leader insights.

Here is the PCMA’s “20 in their Twenties” class for 2020:

Marie-Claire Caldwell

Sales and Marketing Manager

ICC Belfast

United Kingdom

Jillian Cardinal

Sales Manager



Derica Clarke

Headquarters Meetings & Online Education Specialist

American Colleges of Nurse-Midwives

United States

Rebecca Doser

Media Relations Manager, Trade

Destination DC

United States

Diana Frederiksen

Sales Manager, Congresses & Guest Events

Stockholmsmassan Congress & Exhibition Centre


Julia Hachenthal

Marketing & Events Manager

GCB German Convention Bureau e.V.


Kimberly Hoffman, CMP, DCMP

Director, Event Services

Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company

United States

Lisa Jeller

Marketing & Event Manager



Alexandra Larach

Events Manager

Associations Forum


Rebecca Lino

Senior Technology Manager

Cadence Travel, Meetings + Incentives

United States

Robert Lutz

Account Executive


United States

Shane McFadden, CMP

Manager, Meetings

Consumer Healthcare Products Association

United States

Joy McIntyre, CMP

Event Manager


United States

Lindsay Miller

Communications Manager

Visit Anaheim

United States

Hannah Poyo, MBA

Tradeshow & Event Planner


United States

Meagan E. Prescott, CMP

Assistant Vice President, Conferences & Events

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

United States

Jaclyn Rosenberg

Manager, Conferences & Events

The Humane Society of The United States

United States

Kelly Thomas

Senior Sales Manager

Visit Austin

United States

Lauren Washburn

Conference Services Manager


United States

Krista Whaley

Meetings and Events Associate

Americans for the Arts

United States

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre wins “Outstanding Venue Award” at AFECA Asian Awards 2019

Reinforcing its reputation as Malaysia’s premier purpose-built venue, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (the Centre) recently won the “Outstanding Venue Award” at the AFECA (Asian Federation of Exhibition & Convention Associations) Asian Awards 2019 in Manila, the Philippines. The accolade recognises venues with world-class facilities, quality service, outstanding customer support and sustainability practices.

AFECA is the leading MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) association in Asia. With 155 members, covering 17 nations, AFECA’s main goal is to help develop and grow MICE industries in the region and is the gateway for Asia to reach out to the rest of the world. This year’s AFECA Asia Awards received a record 58 nominations/entries from 11 countries and nine esteemed judges representing all sectors of the region’s industry picked the Centre as the winner in its category.

Commenting on the venue’s success, the Centre’s General Manager, Alan Pryor, shared, “We are absolutely delighted to receive this prestigious award for the second time and are honoured to be amongst such esteemed finalists and industry leaders. We very much appreciate the accolade from AFECA and are excited to have been recognised for our world-class facilities, quality service, outstanding customer support and sustainability practices.”

“This award reflects our commitment to product innovation and excellence, and is testament to the professionalism and dedication of our talented team members and our philosophy to be the perfect business events partner for our clients. This acknowledgement provides additional motivation for us to continue to enhance our partnership approach to deliver personalised innovative and value-add solutions that create bespoke experiences and memorable customer journeys, for clients across the board,” he concluded.

Organised by AFECA, the Department of Tourism Philippines (DOT), the Philippine Tourism Promotion Board and the Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (PACEOS), the annual AFECA Asian Awards recognises and acknowledges individuals and organisations for their pursuit of excellence, industry best practices and significant contributions to the MICE or business events industry.

For all the latest news and information on the Centre, visit

Inaugural Association Forum Healthcare Collaborative Roundtable at IMEX America

Medical and healthcare association professionals discuss trends and disruptors

Medical and healthcare association professionals had the opportunity for tailored learning and networking at IMEX America, held recently in Las Vegas.

Association Forum, supported by the IMEX Group and sponsored by Visit Phoenix, delivered a bespoke pilot program for the healthcare association community. Association Forum brought its signature Healthcare Collaborative to IMEX America for the first time, delivering an in-depth conversation on Trends and disruptors impacting healthcare and medical meetings in conjunction with Visit Phoenix. The Healthcare Collaborative is an interdisciplinary community of healthcare associations and stakeholders convened to identify pressing issues to address in common, as opposed to individually.

Academics, association CEOs and meeting planners all took part in the high-level roundtable discussion, which aimed to explore how the sector can be responsive to change while delivering value to stakeholders.

Keynote speaker, Dr. Hamed Abbaszadegan MD, MBA, FACP, Program director for the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Clinical Informatics Fellowship program, shared his insights into the development of big data applications for front-line clinical care. “The proliferation of EHRs have allowed for structured data storage on a grand scale within health systems. This has led to new fronts in analytics long present in other industries. In order to future proof your memberships domain or practice in healthcare, you have to be intertwined with advanced analytics applications.”

The program which took place on Smart Monday, IMEX America’s pre-show day of learning powered by MPI​​​​​​, also covered content delivery and engaging experiences.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, comments: “We’re delighted to partner with Association Forum to deliver a specially curated event for the medical association community.

“The opportunity to meet with and learn from people who share the same challenges is immensely important and goes a long way to furthering the industry as a whole. One of the core aims of the IMEX Group is to educate the industry, and opportunities for bespoke groups of people to collaborate are key.” 

Michelle Mason, President and CEO of Association Forum, comments: “Association Forum is pleased to collaborate with IMEX America to bring healthcare medical meeting education to the conference.  Healthcare and medical association meetings are experiencing an evolution.  Providing expert content and education to inform decisions and decision makers is critical.”

Association Forum’s Healthcare Collaborative Roundtable joins the Association Leadership Forum, created by ASAE at IMEX America as a tailored learning and networking opportunity for association professionals, open to association leaders including CEOs, COOs, presidents, executive directors, secretary generals, chairs and board members.
IMEX America took place September 10 – 12 in Las Vegas.