Pittsburgh Keynote Speaker

Patrick Schwerdtfeger is available to speak in Pittsburgh as a leading authority on online marketing, self-employment and global business trends. He’s the author of the award-winning book Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed (2011, Wiley) and a regular speaker for Bloomberg TV. If you are planning a business conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Fort Duquesne Boulevard, the Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh on Penn Avenue, the Hazlett Theater on Allegheny Square East or some other convention space in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Patrick will deliver the buzz and energy you’re looking for. As a motivational speaker, his #1 objective is to leave attendees excited, inspired and energized to take action and see tangible results.

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Pittsburgh has many conference facilities, including:

  • The David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Fort Duquasne Boulevard
  • The Westin Convention Center on Penn Avenue
  • DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Suites Pittsburgh Downtown on Bigelow Square
  • Pittsburgh Marriott City Center on Washington Place
  • Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel on Sixth Street
  • Other meeting spaces in Penn Hills, Green Tree and Homestead


General Information about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for Meeting Planners

Here’s a quick overview of the city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the random visitor or convention planner: Once famous only as Steel City, Pittsburgh has a deep foundation as a magnate among the nation’s movers and shakers in the steel industry. These days, however, since the grand scale struggle of that industry during the last century, the city of Pittsburgh literally has zero steel mills left within its urban areas. Today, the city of Pittsburgh depends on its strength in robotics, technology and the many heavy-hitting corporate centers that make it their home. Here is Patrick’s economic forecast for America.


2014 Business Conventions in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh will play host to numerous conferences in 2014. The Sheraton Station Square Hotel on West Station Square Drive will play host to The Extraordinary Administrative Professional in January. This event is being organized by Starr Meetings & Events. The American Chemical Manufacturing Summit will be held at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center on Washington Place, in May, and is being organized by the World Trade Group. The Pittsburgh Marriott City Center will also play host to the International Symposium on Superalloy 718 and Derivatives being organized by TMS in September. The IEEE International Professional Communication Conference, being hosted by IEEE Professional Communication Society, will be held in October at Carnegie Mellon University on Forbes Avenue.

2013 Business Conferences in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh will host hundreds of large conferences and gatherings during 2013. Pennsylvania Title I Improving School Performance Conference hosted by Pennsylvania Association Federal Program Coordinator will take place at Sheraton Station Square in January. In addition, the University of Pittsburgh is holding its 2013 Engineering Sustainability in April at David L. Lawrence Convention Center. On the other hand, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties will host its 39th NONPF Annual Meeting at Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel in April. Also, the American Therapeutic Recreation Association will host its 2013 ATRA Annual Conference in September at the Sheraton Station Square, whereas PAFPC’s 44th Annual Conference will also be in September at Westin Hotel.

Speaking Opportunities for Aspiring Speakers in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Toastmasters clubs are a great place for Pennsylvania aspiring speakers to practice their craft. Culturally Speaking meets at BNY Mellon Building on Grant Street (Friday at 12:05 PM), Dawn Patrol Club meets at CARNEGIE PUBLIC LIBRARY on Smithfield Street (Friday at 7:15 AM), The Next Step Toastmasters Club meets at Two BNY Mellon Center on William Penn Place (Tuesday at 12:00 PM) and VA Club meets at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System on University Drive (Wednesday at 5:15 PM).

Pittsburgh Food Choices for Convention Attendees

Steal away from your business meetings in Pittsburgh and enjoy some of the wonderful restaurants the city has to offer. Number one for a fantastic American lunch with style is Avenue B Restaurant, serving irresistible dishes such as Bourbon-Glazed Pork. This is an honest-to-goodness BYOB restaurant. A good choice for client-entertaining or simply winding down is Seviche Restaurant, noted for its excellent Tapas. The 17th Street Café offers elegant international and American dishes in a pleasant environment. The German Ruben here is rumored to be unparalleled in the Burg. For a unique culinary experience, go to Eleven, a gourmet restaurant with stunning contemporary American food.

Pittsburgh Attractions for Conference Delegates

Convention-goers, be sure to see some of Pittsburgh’s great tourist attractions during your stay in this fair city. The site of former powerhouse Bethlehem Steel has now morphed into the Waterfront Complex, which contains premier shopping, dining and entertainment venues. For the history buffs in your group, head over to the Duquesne Incline and take an unforgettable ride on an authentic antique cable car. If you’re lucky, you might be able to catch a game at Pittsburgh’s famous PNC Park, one of the finest ball parks in the United States, or on Heinz Field, home of the renowned Pittsburgh Steelers.

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