Lessons From Lifelong Learner Wanda Johnson
The path to the top doesn’t always follow a straight line. For ASPEN CEO and PCMA Groundbreaker Wanda Johnson, it’s what she did with what she learned along the way that’s made all the difference.
What Event Planner Morgan Prewitt Has Learned Through Events
Her fast-paced career brought Morgan Prewitt many lessons along the way, from when to say ‘no’ to recognizing that no matter how much you feel the imposter syndrome, ‘you belong here.’
‘Never Accept a Ceiling That Someone Else Might Create for You’
After 30 years in the travel and meetings industry, Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO of Destination DC and a PCMA Groundbreaker, is carving a path for a new generation of leaders to follow.
From a College Stint as Bellman to CEO: Cleo Battle’s Career Path
This July, Cleo Battle will take over as president and CEO of Louisville Tourism after eight years as the bureau’s executive vice president and COO. Battle shared highlights of his 34-plus-year career working at DMOs and hotels around the country — and how he’s trying to do his part to make the industry better and more diverse.
Creating an Antiracist Meetings Industry
A candid and soul-searching conversation on racism and white supremacy at Convening Leaders points out the role business events can play in creating positive change on a global scale.
Richmond Embraces Its Painful Past During Black History Month
Here’s how one city with a history in the slave trade in North America has made the Black experience in America central to its identity.
Making Virtual and Hybrid Events Look Like TV
Long Beach’s director of creative initiatives, Tra Jones, said the brand-new role is designed to bring live events into the convention center while elevating the experience for those watching online.
In a Career of Firsts, Yet Another for Events Industry Pioneer Carol Wallace
Carol Wallace, recipient of the inaugural PCMA Groundbreakers Award, talks about her 35-year career that included 24 years as president and CEO of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation.
How to Be an Antiracist Meeting Planner
Change won’t happen overnight, but there are concrete actions that event planners can take to educate themselves about racial equality and equity. Convening Leaders speaker Torin Perez shares his three-step action plan to help individuals achieve a more grounded perspective on race and society.
Creativity Is Imperative and Wonder Is Not a Luxury
As the pandemic demands we find new ways of doing things, consultant Natalie Nixon offers a strategic and tactical map to becoming more creative.
Racial Inequity Discussed at NCBMP’s 7th Annual State of Black Tourism Event
The National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals (NCBMP) held its State of Black Tourism event virtually on Sept. 17 in partnership with the National Press Club. In his Chairman’s Address, Jason Dunn spotlighted how the pandemic has disproportionately impacted Black hospitality workers.
Checking in With Melvin Tennant of Meet Minneapolis
Tennant is in charge of marketing a destination where a movement was reborn. Here’s how he is leading his team through its complex challenges.