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PCMA NCC L.E.A.P. 2022

September 8 @ 8:30 am8:00 pm UTC-8

$75 – $150

The “P” in L.E.A.P. stands for participate, and that’s exactly what you’re invited to do during this year’s 10th anniversary event!

On September 8th, get ready to participate in a thought-provoking, immersive and education-filled day centered around a holistic approach to sustainability: social, economic and environmental.

Seven experts will share their cutting-edge ideas on all things sustainability-centric, then encourage you to share yours. We’ll learn from each other’s professional experiences as we discuss topics including: incorporating Wellness and Diversity & Inclusion into the workplace for maximum staff retention, minimizing our environmental impact through meetings and events, and pioneering sustainable menus for our clients.

This innovative, one-day conference will feature a dynamic keynote, interactive fireside chat, networking break, group lunch with exhibitor passport challenge and lively breakouts. And for the grand finale, we’ll kick up our heels at a not-to-missed, off-site reception at the Peninsula’s newest, premier venue, The Barn at Canyon Creek!

Register today!

Attention Planners! San Mateo Marriott will be providing overnight accommodations for 15 lucky planners on September 8, 2022. Register and complete this survey by Friday, August 12, 2022. Winners will be notified by Monday, August 15, 2022!

Attention Suppliers! Interested in showcasing your products or services to attendees throughout the event? Email us to learn all of the benefits of becoming a Table Sponsor.

COVID Protocols: Proof of full vaccination + booster will be required upon arrival.


San Mateo Marriott
1770 S. Amphlett Blvd, San Mateo, CA 94402



The Barn at Canyon Creek
11631 San Mateo Road, Half Moon Bay, CA 94019



8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Networking Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:25 AM General Session Keynote: Laura Putnam – Workplace Wellness that Works
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM Fireside Chat: Chef Dion Hawkins – Sustainable Menus
11:30 AM – 12:55 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Shirtsleeve Session (concurrent): Flavia Oliveira – Maximizing Environmental Impact Through Meetings
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Shirtsleeve Session (concurrent): Nicole Hankton – The New Role of Event Professionals
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout (concurrent): Rex Maxion & Gina Giacalone – Moxie Magic: Community Impact and Re-Evaluating RIO
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Breakout (concurrent): Tara Thomas – Productivity, Presentation & Wellness Tools for the Way You Work Now
3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Networking Break
3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Travel Time
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM Closing Reception

Note: No transportation will be provided from the San Mateo Marriott to the closing party at The Barn at Canyon Creek. It’s approximately a 15-minute drive and there is ample parking at the venue.


Early Bird until August 14th, 2022
PCMA Planner Member: $75
PCMA Planner Non-Member: $100
PCMA Supplier Member: $100
PCMA Supplier Non-Member: $125
PCMA Student/Faculty: $50

Regular Pricing starting August 15th, 2022
PCMA Planner Member: $100
PCMA Planner Non-Member: $125
PCMA Supplier Member: $125
PCMA Supplier Non-Member: $150
PCMA Student/Faculty: $75

Earn up to 4 CEUs


Laura Putnam, MA, author of the award-winning Workplace Wellness That Works, is CEO and founder of Motion Infusion, a leading well-being provider. Her work has been covered by MSNBC, The New York Times, FOX News, ABC News, US News & World Report, Entrepreneur, Business Insider, and NPR.
She is a former urban public high school teacher, international community organizer, dancer, gymnast and now a movement-builder in the world of health and well-being. With a mission to get people and organizations “in motion,” Laura is a frequent keynote speaker and has worked with a range of organizations from Fortune 500s to government agencies to academic institutes and nonprofits. She is a member of the Google Vitality Lab, serves on the Everside Strategic Advisory Committee and is a contributor to Journal of Compensation and Benefits.
In addition, Laura teaches at Stanford University, is the recipient of the American Heart Association’s “2020 Impact” award as well as the National Wellness Institute’s “Circle of Leadership” award. A graduate of Brown University and Stanford University, Laura lives in San Francisco with her fiancé and unruly cat.
Dion Hawkins has been cooking professionally in California for more than two decades. As Executive Chef at the newly opened Hangar Steak, in the San Francisco Airport Marriott, Dion is thrilled to have been involved in the creation of the exciting new menu which is a true reflection of his dedication to using the most locally sourced seasonal ingredients. His unending thirst for knowledge about cooking is self-evident and he has enjoyed expanding this education recently through the incredible resources at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
Prior to accepting his position of Executive Chef at Hangar Steak, Hawkins worked as an executive sous chef at Pacific restaurant in the JW Marriott San Francisco for nearly two years where he really honed his culinary skills and took them to the next level at the prestigious landmark property. He led the kitchen during the hotel’s transition from the Pan Pacific to the JW Marriott and his leadership was an integral element in the overall success of the restaurant.
Hawkins joined Marriott International in 1989, ironically, at the San Francisco Airport Marriott where he worked his way up the ranks in a variety of kitchen management positions. Throughout his tenure here, particularly in the role of executive sous chef, he really expanded his knowledge of the Bay Area’s locally grown and sourced ingredients and became acquainted with the much-respected local artisans and purveyors. Dion flourished in the kitchen throughout his ten-year career here and has used this experience and education as the basis of his culinary philosophy, which truly shines through in the fantastic menu he has created at Hangar Steak.
Flavia Oliveira joined the Visit Santa Cruz County team as the new Director of Sales and Marketing in July 2021. Flavia brings over a decade of hotel experience with her to the position, in addition to having experience working with a destination marketing organization.
Flavia began her career as an intern in the hotel industry in Brazil while she was studying to earn her bachelor’s degree in Brazil. After that, she studied abroad and earned her masters degree in Hospitality Management in Switzerland.
By 2011, she had landed a job in sales with Marriott International in London. She moved to the U.S in 2014, and joined Visit Oakland in 2017 in a Sales Manager position. She then resumed her career in the hotel sector when she joined Hotel Paradox heading up its sales team. During the 2020 COVID Pandemic, Flavia also assumed the role of Regional Director, overseeing four properties in three different markets.
Flavia earned the 40 Under 40 Award from Connect Meetings in 2019. In 2016, she was nominated for the President’s Circle Award with Marriott International.
In her position with Visit Santa Cruz County, Flavia is responsible for sales in the areas of digital promotions, conferences and meetings, weddings, and cooperative opportunities for local tourism-related businesses, among other duties.
Nicole Hankton joined Visit Walnut Creek in 2019 as a sales and marketing manager, and was later promoted to lead the Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau in 2021 as Director of Sales and Marketing. A talented communicator, with significant experience previously in retail and hotel marketing at the Oakland Marriott & Convention Center and other properties in the Bay Area, Nicole’s position focuses on promoting Walnut Creek as a leisure and business destination to travelers for small meetings, conferences, social events, and weekend getaways. As a proud San Francisco Bay Area native, Nicole believes California is a fantastic and versatile place to visit in the U.S.
Rex Maxion, Director of Sales & Marketing at Moxy Oakland Downtown is an accomplished hospitality professional with over a decade of hotel sales experience. He has excelled in all aspects of hotel selling working for full-service to select-service properties amongst different brands like Omni and Marriott. Over the course of his career, he has built profitable partnerships with accounts that range from corporations like Salesforce to community focused businesses like Oakland Run Co. He also spent time working in destination marketing while at Visit Oakland where he learned the importance of community engagement and how that can lead to ROI. By combining his business acumen with a community focus at the Moxy, he has learned how partnering with local organizations can be a win-win. Rex has a Business Management Degree from San Jose State University and iConnect Association 40 Under 40 Class of 2020 Honoree.
Gina Giacalone, Director of Experience at Oakland Running Company has a solid background in event coordination, sales and the performance arts, Gina Giacalone has executed several forms of entertainment in her life from acting and dancing on stage from a young age, to planning her own wedding, and creating events made for a rockstar athlete at Oakland Running Company. A passion of Gina’s is making memorable, once in a lifetime experiences. With a flair for life, anything is possible as long as you can dream. Speaking from experience, Gina can inspire all to stop and smell the roses, in any way, shape or form. Enjoy learning about the magic created at the Moxy.

Tara Thomas, Tech Marketing Strategist, Co-founder and CMO of The Meeting Pool is a proponent of all things marketing, including strategy, product, branding, events, social media, public relations, communications, and operations.  Her background in technology applications and digital spans a broad set of areas including software-as-a-service, B2B, enterprise, financial services, publishing, real estate, and automotive markets.  She has over 20 years of expertise managing strategic programs for companies focused on technology including The Television Bureau, Oracle, 3Com, Visa, RightWorks, IPIX, Certain Software and The Cobalt Group, a leader in the automotive marketing space.

At The Meeting Pool, Tara serves as co-founder and CMO, and works with a myriad of event technology companies and global meeting experts on strategies for marketing to the events industry.  She resides in Foster City, California.

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September 8
8:30 am– 8:00 pm UTC-8
$75 – $150
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San Mateo Marriott
1770 S. Amphlett Blvd
San Mateo, CA 94402 United States
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