CMP Series Required Reading

Our series dives deep into essential meeting planner skills that align with the CMP Blueprint. Read the article and supplemental material and test your understanding and you could earn one clock hour toward CMP certification — our gift to you.

Humble Leadership: How Serving Is the new Leading

Business challenges are coming at us so fast and are so complex that leaders can no longer afford not to leverage the knowledge and creativity of every person within their organizations. Experts point to a different way forward: It’s called humble or servant leadership.

BY Michelle Russell December 28, 2018

Servant Leadership Means Questioning, Author Warren Berger Says

In “The Book of Beautiful Questions,” author Warren Berger devotes a chapter to exploring why questioning should be a regular practice among leaders. As part of its January cover and CMP Series story, Convene spoke with Berger to learn how servant leadership — leading with humility — is linked to a culture of inquiry.

BY Michelle Russell December 28, 2018

Wanda Johnson: ‘My Leadership Style Starts with Respect’

In November, Wanda Johnson, CMP, CAE, was appointed the CEO of the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN), following a 26-year career at the Endocrine Society, where she most recently served as the society’s chief program officer. In that capacity, she led the organization’s education, science, and professional development department, and was responsible

BY Michelle Russell December 28, 2018

Leadership Success Via Team-Oriented Work Culture

Arlene A. Pietranton, Ph.D., CAE, has served as CEO of The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for the past 14 years, but her association with the organization goes back much further. She joined ASHA — which serves nearly 200,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists — as a member in the late 1970s,

BY Michelle Russell December 28, 2018

Finding Funding for Women-Led Startups

Women Who Tech is working to close the funding gap and draw global attention to gender bias in venture-capital funding. One key method is hosting Women Startup Challenges, which identify female-owned early-stage startups and invite them to compete for funding.

BY Barbara Palmer November 29, 2018

Better Together: Why Business Events Are Embracing Startups

Finding the right partners will be a hallmark of the next round of breakthrough innovations —making business events and startups a perfect match.

BY Barbara Palmer November 29, 2018

CMP Series: How to Negotiate Better With Hotels

It may be tough to negotiate in a sellers’ market, but hotels don’t hold all the chips. Successful negotiators share their tactics for reaching a fair deal.

BY Ellen Ryan October 31, 2018

Homelessness — ‘Something We Have to Fix’

How the meetings industry is responding to homelessness.

BY Barbara Palmer Ken Budd September 26, 2018

This Is Your Brain on Events

We think that we make decisions based on logic, but unconscious influences affect our behavior and judgment, says behavioral scientist Charlotte Blank.

BY Barbara Palmer September 11, 2018


Daniel Pink applies the scientific insights in his bestselling book “When” to the scheduling of event programs.

BY Michelle Russell June 26, 2018

Mindfulness: Working With Your Emotions

Meditation is a powerful tool for increasing focus and reducing stress, but who has time to sit on a cushion at work? Leah Weiss teaches business students and organizations the skills to bring mindfulness into the fray of the workplace.

BY Barbara Palmer June 1, 2018

Design Thinking: An Event Strategist’s Toolkit

Does design thinking sound like a warm and fuzzy approach to meeting planning? Warm, yes, because it’s human-centered. But considering our handful of clear strategies, there’s nothing fuzzy about it.

BY Barbara Palmer May 1, 2018