Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

Global Professionals Conference - Europe Schedule


August 25 - 29 – Pestana Palace in Lisbon, Portugal


*All education programs to take place at Lisboa Congress Centre

Monday, August 25, 2014: 

AM/PM: Attendee & Staff arrivals (transportation from Airport to Hotel provided)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AM/PM: Attendee arrivals (transportation from Airport to Hotel provided)   

14:30-15:30 City Tour (Exact timing TBD, depending on arrivals)

17:30-20:00 Ice breaker activity & casual dinner               

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


08:30-09:30 Welcome & keynote presentation

Opening Keynote Address: Evolving With the Rapidly Changing Euro-Economic Landscape

Sony Kapoor, Managing Director of the think tank Re-Define, will share his insights on the current state of the economy in Europe and his predictions for the future.  Kapoor is deeply committed to finding a solution to the on-going economic and financial crises and his valuable perspective has been utilized by policy makers and civil society in the European Union and internationally.  He is the strategy adviser to the Systemic Risk Centre at the London School of Economics and was, until recently, also Chairman of the European Banking Authority's Stakeholder group, a Visiting Fellow at the European Commission and an Expert Adviser to the European Parliament.

09:30-10:30 Group work led by program facilitator and keynote speaker

10:30-11:00 Networking break

11:00-12:15 Group work led by program facilitator and keynote speaker

  • Report out from discussion groups and key takeaways shared

12:15-13:30 Networking Lunch

13:30-16:30 Country Solutions Learning Lounge (includes 20-minute networking break)

Engage in bite-sized learning to help you distinguish the key differences in executing meetings in various regions of the world. Discover the key differences in business practices, contracting nuances, financial implications and local tools that will help you succeed in an increasingly global marketplace

Learning Objectives:

  • Participate in focused country learning designed to accommodate different knowledge levels.
  • Ask questions directly of the suppliers who represent or work in your countries of interest around topics like pricing models, VAT reclamation, labor costs, and more.
  • Share experiences and gain insights from peers about their experience in those countries.

16:30 Transfer to hotel

18:30 Dinner

Thursday, August 28, 2014


08:30-10:00  Facilitator shares key takeaways from Country Solutions Lounge

  • Planner and supplier speakers share their insights into choosing and working with destinations and how to effectively take advantage of local opportunities

10:00-10:30 Networking break

10:30-12:00 Cross-Cultural Negotiation Workshop
Oscar van Weerdenburg, author and award winning speaker will guide  this workshop which focuses on key skills for negotiating effectively across cultures. You will receive practical tools to prepare and structure your negotiation approach and a clear framework for analyzing the cultural context of your negotiation. We will address the four intercultural competences that will help you to negotiate effectively across cultures. Through a series of short case studies, participants will practice dilemma reconciliation as a technique for resolving cross-cultural dilemmas.
Learning Objectives:

  • Adopt critical analyses practices that help define the cultural context of your negotiation
  • Examine and understand how to leverage the four intercultural competencies
  • Receive tools for cross-cultural dilemma reconciliation 

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00 – 14:30 Cross-Cultural Negotiation Workshop

14:30 – 14:45 Networking break

14:45 – 16:15 Group work and report outs from negotiation workshop
Program closing remarks

19:00 Dinner

Friday, August 29, 2014

All day departures