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August Educational Program

August 7, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT

Join us Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park for the PCMA SE August Educational Program. Joanne Smikle will work with the group on strategic planning, offering effective strategies to maximize potential within our organizations.

Program Schedule:
11:30am – 12:00pm: Registration and Networking
12:00pm – 12:30pm: Luncheon and PCMA SE Updates & Announcements
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Program: Want Strategy that Sticks? Take an Inclusive Approach with Appreciative Inquiry


Program Description:
Want Strategy that Sticks? Take an Inclusive Approach with Appreciative Inquiry
So may strategic planning initiatives are created with the best of intentions but fall flat because the processes employed to spark change are not transformative. Appreciative Inquiry is an emerging, evolving approach to organizational change rooted in the premise that focusing on past successes with promote future achievement. Learn how to focus on moments of excellence and points of pride to generate future successes for your organization.

Learner Outcomes:
• Apply the five generic processes associated with Appreciative Inquiry to invoke sustainable change
• Give voice to a broad range of stakeholders to ensure all are invested in this invigorating process
• Develop solutions generated by people invested in defining the wider range of positive possibilities for the organization

Attire: Business casual


Magnolia Hall at Piedmont Park
1320 Monroe Drive NE
Atlanta GA 30324
(this is the address to use in your GPS for parking)

Driving directions

Parking and Meeting Location:
Please use the GPS address: 1320 Monroe Drive, Atlanta, GA 30306. Piedmont park access is on the lowest floor. You will go right, and Magnolia Hall is a short, one-minute walk ahead. Parking is covered as part of your registration cost.  Please view the Piedmont Park map. Magnolia Hall is located approximately in the middle of the map, just south of Atlanta Botanical Garden; and the parking garage is also nearby and marked on the map (hover to see location names).


Registration fees:
Meeting Planner Professional Member: $30.00
Associate Professional Member $30.00
Supplier Partner Member: $50.00
Associate Supplier Partner Member $50.00
Faculty Member $50.00
Student Member: $25.00
Non-member Supplier: $75.00
Non-member Meeting Planner Professional: $50.00
Non-Member Student $30.00
Late Registration Fee/On Site: All prices increase by $15 beginning Tuesday, August 6th


Non-Member Planners:
We have a limited number of complimentary tickets available for this program!*
Join us to learn more about PCMA and earn valuable CEUs for attending this event.
Contact Mary Cline, Director of Membership to claim your ticket. Special thanks to Cobb County Travel & Tourism for sponsoring!
*If you have already attended one  of our events this year using the complimentary offer from Cobb Travel & Tourism, we look forward to having you join us as a registered guest. Please allow another non-member this complimentary opportunity.


LIVE STREAMING NOW AVAILABLE! Unable to make it to the event, but want to participate in the Program portion from 12:30pm – 1:30pm? We are pleased to now offer a Virtual Attendee option for only $15! Thanks to our sponsor Shepard AV for providing this service for our program! Simply hit the REGISTER button below, and select the “live streaming” ticket.



Venue Overview:
Magnolia Hall is one of Atlanta’s premier event facilities. Built in 1945, it was originally a blacksmith’s forge and its original fireplace is still in place adding to the charming atmosphere (although we’ll have the A/C cranked up for this August program!). The building is elegantly lit with Mission-style lantern chandeliers. Magnolia Hall features exposed rafters and oak paneling coupled with beautifully executed polished concrete floors that create a warm and unforgettable ambience.


PCMA Southeast is an approved CMP provider. This Program has been approved for 1.0 CMP clock hours, applicable to IS Domain Strategic Planning.



About the Speaker:

Joanne L. Smikle, PhD is Principal Consultant with Smikle Training Services. She blends substance, humor & practicality into her insightful keynote – you’ll leave with ideas you can actually use! Joanne uses real-world experiences drawn from her thriving consulting practice to develop case studies, assessments and other interactive tools that make her session memorable and meaningful. She was voted Best in Class at Convening Leaders in both 2012 & 2013. Joanne serves as faculty in the Department of Leadership and Management at Saybrook University. A published author, she has three books and hundreds of articles to her credit.  See an interview with Joanne here: https://www.youtube.com/watch


This program is part of the PCMA Best in Class series, brought to you by the PCMA Foundation.





SUPPORT OUR CHARITY! August is back-to-school time and for our August Education program, we will be collecting school supplies for Teachers’ Supply Storehouse, located in Cobb County School District and serving any current teacher.  Teachers’ Supply Storehouse is a 1500 square foot nonprofit facility that offers FREE supplies to teachers during their numerous Open Houses throughout the year.

The Teacher’s Supply Storehouse’s most needed supplies are listed below:

  • Pencils/crayons/glue sticks
  • Paper clips
  • Notebook paper/computer paper
  • Staplers and hole punchers
  • Arts and crafts supplies

Don’t delay! Online registration closes at 5pm on Monday, August 5. You do not want to miss this PCMA SE Program!





Thank you to our Program Sponsors:












August 7, 2019
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Magnolia Hall at Piedmont Park
1320 Monroe Drive NE
Atlanta, GA 30324 United States
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Lisa Kraus GardnerAugust Educational Program