PCMA Webinar: What Does Hybrid Mean to PCMA?

PCMA has held a virtual component to their major annual meetings, Convening Leaders and EduCon, for years. However, this year, hybrid took on a new meaning for our organization.

BY Tonya Almond Stacey Shafer Justin Hartman September 21, 2021

As COVID Cases Continue to Rise, How Are You Responding?

The pandemic continues to disrupt the business events industry’s recovery. We’re asking planners and suppliers to take a few minutes out of their day to share their thoughts and plans by participating in the latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Survey.

BY Convene Editors September 21, 2021

The Future of Events is Phygital and Onmnichannel

Juliano Lissoni, MCI Group managing director, Canada, on how the pandemic has accelerated the use of AI, machine learning, and blockchain technologies to boost engagement and experiences in the metaverse — “a fully realized digital world that exists beyond the analog one in which we live.”

BY Juliano Lissoni September 21, 2021

Got Empathy? Visit Oakland’s New CEO on the Rewards of Listening to Employees

Listening is a critical leadership skill, says Visit Oakland’s new CEO, Peter Gamez, especially in challenging times.

BY Barbara Palmer September 20, 2021

How the Great Resignation is Impacting Business Events

Workers are quitting their jobs in droves. A recent SHRM survey finds that more than two out of five U.S. workers are actively searching for a new job or plan to soon. We’ve mined Convene’s latest Recovery Dashboard results for insights about the Great Resignation and the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell September 20, 2021

Michelle Mason Comes Full Circle

After stumbling into association management, Mason turned barriers into opportunities and used her platform to elevate others who are underrepresented. She now leads ASAE as president and CEO.

BY Curt Wagner September 20, 2021

Neurodiversity in the Workplace — and at Events

Lawrence Fung, M.D., Ph.D., spoke with Convene about how the Stanford Neurodiversity Project is helping to make workplace experiences more accessible for neurodiverse individuals, and how meetings can do the same. 

BY Casey Gale September 17, 2021

Speakers Announced for International Hospitality Women’s Day Broadcast

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, but Deborah Gardner, CMP, is starting a new celebration: International Hospitality Women’s Day, on Sept. 23.

BY Convene Editors September 17, 2021

Vaccine Spotlight Webinar: Insights from the Event Industry

Now that we’ve heard about the science from Dr. Patel, let’s look at how our industry has been directly affected. We have brought together a panel of industry experts to discuss the different ways COVID has impacted themselves and their teams. The panel will discuss their own journeys since March 2020, and how they intend to move forward, including vaccination requirements, as the uncertainty of the future in the meetings and events industry continues.

BY John S. Gonzalez, CMP Desiree A. Knight Matthew G. Laws Anthony Maggiore September 16, 2021