The Impact in Action

Industry Impact


The PCMA Foundation empowers individuals and advances innovations that fuel the future of business events. It is an incubator for making personal dreams happen and turning research and innovation into tangible learning and resources that benefit our industry and community. This work is possible only through the generosity of more than 2,000 individual donors and supporters, and 250 organizations that are aligned and connected with the mission. Thanks to this generosity, in 2018, the Foundation directed over $600,000 to fund industry innovation, nurture professional development and advance student achievement.


Community Impact


2019 PCMA Convening Leaders Social Impact

2,134 menstrual kits for Pittsburgh-area women’s shelters
2,000 kits for local first responders and overseas troops
2,000 creativity kits benefiting Pittsburgh public schools
240 street outreach bags for victims of human trafficking
200 newborn essentials kits for moms-to-be

2019 Party with a Purpose

$15,000 in support of World Affairs Council

2019 Party with a Purpose

$10,000 in support of Living in Liberty

2019 Hospitality Helping Hands

$10,000 in support of Beverly’s Birthdays

2018 Give Back Bash

$10,000 in support of College Now Greater Cleveland

2018 Visionary Awards

$10,000 in support of the American Experience Foundation

2018 Party with a Purpose

$25,000 in support of W.O Smith
Music School


Scholarship Recipients


The Foundation provides substantial financial support to advance professional growth. We awarded 156 scholarships in nearly two dozen categories this year to college students and business events professionals around the world to enhance their careers.

Education Conference All Access Pass Scholarship

  • Sara Arp
  • Michele Shry
  • Valerie Geisendorfer
  • Carrie Huffhines
  • Carrie Lucas

Convening Leaders Medical Professional Scholarship

  • Racheal McDonald
  • Katherine Ort
  • Jenna Blandi-Jurgil
  • Megan Finnell
  • Melissa Jarvis

Convening Leaders All Access Pass Professional Scholarship

  • Jennifer Ludwig
  • Jodie Wilmot
  • Kristin Pichon
  • Suzette Hewitt
  • JR Treto
  • Christopher Jameson
  • Liz Goad
  • Colleen Hughes
  • Peter Bordes
  • Lisa Yonkers

Chapter Leaders Scholarship

  • Jesus Aparicio
  • Diane Kovats
  • Havovie Suraliwalla
  • Kelsey Soukup
  • Emily Houg
  • Jennifer Welding
  • Terry Dougherty
  • Una Kilberg
  • Lisa McGlashen
  • Jessica Levin
  • Pamela Diecidue
  • Sarah Artha
  • Nann Phillips
  • Meilissa Abuel
  • Mary-Anne Van Slingerland
  • Patty Amos
  • Kelly Jena
  • Carolynn Santos

Convening Leaders Faculty Scholarship

  • Andrew Fraser
  • Eunice Yoo
  • Seonjeong Ally Lee
  • Leslie Scamacca
  • Kimberly Severt
  • Kristin Malek
  • Shatina Chen
  • Ziyi Tan

20 in their Twenties

  • Edward Bagsic
  • Raul Cavazos-Binder
  • Jared Chambers
  • Emily Dietrich
  • Molly Holt
  • Kara Hsu
  • Veronika Dimitrova
  • Andrea Lane
  • Janelle Lewis
  • Chad Manhertz
  • Femke Morelisse
  • Greg Morris
  • Laura Neufeld
  • Khadijah Nimrod
  • Olivia Pelzer
  • Gita Pun
  • Giulia Ineke Sarri
  • Erin Simcox
  • Kevin J Thompson
  • Lindsay Williams

Deborah Sexton Education Scholarship

  • Beatriz Lopez
  • Catherine Lovett
  • Kate Hibbard
  • Shayna Kritz Moskowitz

Foundation Scholars Program

  • Zahria Barber
  • Katelyn Croy
  • Abigail Hayes
  • Julia Martinez
  • Maddie McGeary

Continuing Education Scholarship

  • Marsha Marie Comito
  • Erin Parsons
  • Jenny Viviana Cano

Legacy Society Student Scholarship

  • Spencer Fee
  • Abbie Vance
  • Alexa Vergelli

Roy B. Evans Student Scholarship

  • Jaylin Chadwell
  • Sarah Michelson

Greater Midwest Chapter Scholarship

  • Arielle Barlage

Student Chapter of the Year

  • Washington State University
  • Michigan State University

Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship

  • Hannah Astarita
  • Kevin De Jesus
  • Ivana Ferro
  • Jessica Jones
  • Larry Kaster
  • Rachael Nowak
  • Alisa Prachan
  • Jocelyn Simms
  • Elena Wells
  • Yu Ye

North American Student Competition

  • Brooks Hetle
  • Bailey Brown
  • Andie Contreras
  • Tia’ Gamble
  • Cameryn Rasmussen

Convening Leaders Global Scholarship

  • Deanna Varga
  • Mohamed Mezghani
  • Nicole Kaijser
  • Indre Rutkauskaite

SACEOS Student Competition

  • Ziyi Tan
  • Michelle Wong Wen Yue
  • Wai Yin Ting
  • Nur Syafiqah Binte Sazali
  • Jeslin Chua
  • Yu Qi Ong
  • Tiffany Chan
  • Yun Yu

Influencers Summit

  • Robert Bagust
  • Sarah Burnett
  • Tatia Burduli
  • Tracy Bury
  • Jane Culcheth-Beard
  • Valerie de Kergorlay
  • Laetitia Delzenne
  • Elisha Hagger
  • Frederic Hoffmann
  • Simon Hughes
  • Maayke Konneman
  • Lisanne Losier
  • Gwydion Lyn
  • Katherine McCartney.
  • Chloe Menhinick
  • Penny Newton
  • Holger Omlor
  • Adrian Ott
  • Marie Claire Pickaert
  • Annalisa Ponchia
  • Darragh Quinn
  • Finola Quinn
  • Jordi Roca Solà
  • Felix Rundel
  • Luca Segantini
  • Bonny (Benjamin) Shapira
  • Kai Troll
  • Carola van der Hoeff
  • Abbie Vance
  • Tereza Vrankova
  • Andrea Weidinger

ICESAP

  • Gary Bender
  • Li Xiao Li
  • Wang Wen Jing
  • Fang Xiao Chun
  • Liu Yong
  • Chen Hai Shan
  • Paitara Chaochalard
  • Eric Lin Kuan-Wen
  • Amy Lim
  • Zhang Wei
  • Ivy Chia
  • Narae Lee
  • Jackie Lee
  • Esther Chan
  • Chloe Lai
  • Ma Raysolyn Natividad
  • Nicole Pang
  • Leo Guan
  • Crystal Xiong
  • Alice Chen
  • Patty Wang
  • Zhou Yu Teng
  • Lyu Dongli
  • Rachele Lim Ho Yan

Giving Good


Giving Good is a comprehensive online resource for event organizers to find, vet and book community impact projects. This industry resource provides a snapshot of key information you need to add a give-back element to your event. You can connect with other event organizers, get additional information from destination service departments, or reach out to the community impact project directly for more information.

Giving Good is your first stop when booking your event’s community outreach program.

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Rebecca SchingelThe Impact in Action