Condoleezza Rice, the first African-American woman to hold the post of Secretary of State, will close the 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders early next year.
Rice will share her expertise on global affairs and leadership with thousands of business events professionals from around the world.
“Secretary Rice is one of the most recognised leaders in the world and she understands operating in a global context,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, PCMA’s president and CEO.
“She is the perfect mindset to bring to the PCMA community during a time of economic and social transformation.”
Rice is currently the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business; the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution and a political science professor at Stanford University.
She joins Bozoma “Boz” Saint John, chief marketing officer at Endeavor, and author and global speaker Simon Sinek as main stage presenters.
“PCMA Convening Leaders is celebrated for thought-provoking and innovative education that provides challenging perspectives and inspiration from diverse speakers,” said Tonya Almond, PCMA’s vice president of knowledge and experience design.
“We are excited to deliver another year of event experience that will continue to surprise and delight the thousands of business events professionals who start their year at Convening Leaders. Secretary Rice’s keynote will no doubt be something our audience will want to hear.”
The 2020 PCMA Convening Leaders takes place on January 5-8 in San Francisco.