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Atlanta Area 2019 Global Meetings Industry Day

April 4, 2019 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm EDT



Join us Thursday, April 4, 2019 for our annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) celebration. Our event community is gathering for an afternoon of socializing, collaborating, and celebrating. PCMA Southeast is proud to partner with IAEE SE, GSAE, SITE Southeast, and MPI Georgia for this event.

This year’s Atlanta-area event will take place at Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center. We’re planning a unique program that greatly impacts our community. You won’t want to miss it.

Let’s show the world how the Atlanta event community comes together and rallies on our industry’s biggest day of the year.

PARTICIPATE IN THE RAFFLE:  Renaissance and Marriott Hotels are donating several raffle prizes, including packages at Hotel Avalon, St. Regis Atlanta, and Sheraton New Orleans. All proceeds benefit the Covenant House.

Program Schedule:
3:30 – 4:00p   Registration
4:00 – 5:00p   Program: Industry Panel – Putting a Stop on Human Trafficking
5:00 – 6:00p   Networking Reception with complimentary food and beverages
During the reception, we will have a CSR Project taking place at the Cobb Galleria Centre, in which everyone can participate!
5:45 – 6:00p   Gather for Group Photo
6:00 – 6:30p   Cash bar opens

One-hour networking reception from 5-6pm inclusive of food, beverages and alcoholic beverages is included in the registration.

Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
2450 Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339

Complimentary self parking is available on site.

Renaissance Waverly is offering a rate of $189 for anyone needing accommodations on April 4th. The rate is based on availability. To inquire about reserving a room, please contact Chris Colbert.

Attire: Business casual

Unable to make it to the event, but want to participate in the Program portion from 4pm – 5pm? We are pleased to now offer a Virtual Attendee option for only $10! Thanks to our sponsor Shepard AV for providing this service for our program!


Registration fees:
Professional Member: $25.00
Associate Professional Member: $25.00
Supplier Partner Member: $25.00
Associate Supplier Partner Member: $25.00
Faculty Member: $25.00
Student Member: $25.00
Non-Member Planner: $30.00
Non-Member Supplier $30.00
Non-Member Faculty $30.00
Non-Member Student $25.00
Onsite Registration $35.00
Virtual Attendee (Program only) $10.00

One-hour networking reception inclusive of food, beverages and alcoholic beverages is included in the registration.



This year’s GMID Atlanta Event will be in support for the Covenant House. We are asking attendees to show their support by bringing donations, and/or donating a monetary amount. Additionally, you can purchase raffle tickets at the event for featured items, with all proceeds going to the Covenant House.

For a list of requested donations, please click here. To order from our Amazon registry, please click here. You may also elect add a monetary donation when you register; and we will be accepting cash, check and credit card donations on site.


Industry Panel – Putting a Stop on Human Trafficking

The purpose of the panel discussion for GMID is to provide education on Human trafficking so that those employed in the hospitality industry—including meetings, events and trade shows—can be more aware of the circumstances thereby aiding in the global movement to put a STOP to this horrific situation. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year. Bringing awareness to human trafficking is a significant step to alleviating the pain and suffering of those enslaved in this inhuman trade.

Panel Moderator:
Allyson Wagner, Senior Director, Client Solutions at Omnience




Molly Johnson, CMP has been in the meetings industry over 25 years working in all areas of hotels for both independent hotels and with the Hilton brand. Since 2015 Molly has been the Director of Convention Sales for the Wilmington, North Carolina Convention & Visitors Bureau primarily developing the growing Convention River District. Molly is a Past President of the MPI Carolinas Chapter and has served on multiple MPI committees & task forces on the International level, currently serving on the Chapter & Membership Advisory Council and has been a trained facilitator in the MPI program since 2017. She has also as served on the Event Industry Council Item Review Panel for several years developing questions found on the current CMP exam. 2018-2019 she is serving on the PCMA Advocacy Task Force. In the Wilmington community Molly is a Board Member for A Safe Place which is a local non-profit assisting victims of human trafficking with. For the last six years she has worked as a victim advocate, facilitates hotel awareness training and does fundraising. The organization has grown to include an outreach center, an emergency shelter and a transitional home.


Deborah Richardson is Executive Director of The International Human Trafficking Institute. She has a 30 year track record in advocacy on women’s rights and economic empowerment for disenfranchised persons. In 2001, Deborah convened a group of women who launched Atlanta’s movement to address child sex trafficking. Their efforts to create awareness on domestic child sex trafficking, change laws, and raise money to open the first safe house in the eastern United States, sparked advocacy efforts that continue today. Deborah is a thought leader who has testified before Congress, worked with more than 30 communities across the United States on planning and executing their human trafficking initiatives, spoken to numerous groups, and written extensively about ending human trafficking. She is the former Executive Vice President and Interim CEO of The Center for Civil and Human Rights.


Don’t delay! Online registration closes at 5pm on Monday, April 1. You do not want to miss this year’s GMID!




Thank you to our Sponsors and Partners:





April 4, 2019
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Renaissance Atlanta Waverly Hotel & Convention Center
2450 Galleria Pkwy
Atlanta, GA 30339 United States
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