Leading Meeting Professionals

Professional Convention Management Association

For Goodness' Sake

By Christopher Durso, Executive Editor, Sarah Beauchamp, Assistant Editor, Katie Kervin, Assistant Editor
Is your New Year's resolution to be a better person? Find inspiration in five meetings and conferences that are making the world a better place — one neighborhood, one energy system, one veteran, one video game, and one young leader at a time.

CMP Series: The Power of the Whole

By Michelle Russell, Editor in Chief
A step-by-step approach to an Appreciative Inquiry Summit, which harnesses the contributions of all stakeholders to move organizations and industries forward.

One on One: Arianna Huffington

By Susan Sarfati, CAE
On her Twitter page, where she has more than a million followers, Arianna Huffington offers a snapshot of her roles, interests, and quirky personality: ‘President and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group. Mother. Sister. Flat-shoe advocate. Sleep evangelist.’ Here's how her passions - including giving sleep its due - factor into meetings.

After Jerry Sandusky In the aftermath of its devastating sexual abuse scandal, Penn State decided that the best way to move forward was to help victims everywhere — by convening the Child Sexual Abuse Conference.
Dallas CVB Customizes Diversity In November, the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau appointed Cheryl Richards to the newly created position of chief diversity and inclusion officer — becoming the first DMO in the country to elevate a diversity-related position to the chief officer level.

Online: Virtual Pioneers Virtual Edge Institute's first class of meeting professionals is working toward achieving the Digital Event Strategist certification.
Innovative Meetings: Words to Remember The American Society of Clinical Hypnosis introduced a game of human Scrabble at its Annual Meeting — and found that attendee interaction made for many winning combinations.
Working Smarter: Banding Together The Convention Industry Council's APEX Standards Review Council is demystifying bandwidth, making Wi-Fi negotiations easier for event professionals on every side of the conversation.
Meeting Management: Medical - Physicians, Heal Thyselves Physicians are charged with taking care of their patients’ well-being - but they often neglect their own. Here's one conference for doctors that takes an East-meets-West approach to addressing their wellness needs.
Giving Back: A Greater Good ASAE set an ambitious new fundraising goal for its community-service effort in the weeks leading up to its 2012 Annual Meeting. Here's how members and attendees stepped up.
Forward Thinking: Who is Your Conference Really Attracting Attracting premium attendees is one key to your conference's business model. But it may be that the majority of your attendees don't have the buying influence to support components of your revenue machine.
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