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.

Real Reasons Convention Attendees Aren’t Booking in the Block

A new study analyzes the attitudes and expectations that drive attendee housing decisions — and it’s not always about saving money.

BY David McMillin March 28, 2019

Hospitality Industry Responds to Labor Shortage

When hotel properties can’t find enough qualified workers to meet their needs, hotel-based meetings and events feel the effects. As challenges persist, a number of industry players are introducing solutions.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson March 27, 2019

Why Joy Matters at Events

Participants’ experience at an event is shaped more by their emotions than you might think. Joyful author Ingrid Fetell Lee thinks planners have an opportunity to interject moments of joy into their event environments — and she shares easy ways to do just that.

BY Michelle Russell March 1, 2019

Buildings Designed for Comfort, Joy, Human Performance

The WELL certification, awarded by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) in New York City, is measured not in water-saving “flushometers” or kilowatts of electricity, but in such human responses as comfort and calm.

BY Barbara Palmer February 27, 2019

WeWork Aims for Fulfilling Spaces at its Coworking Sites

WeWork designs shared workspaces around the world to meet an emotional as well as professional need among members.

BY Casey Gale February 27, 2019

Happy Spaces: How to Bring the Outside Inside

The restorative properties of biophilia — the idea that human beings have an innate desire to connect with nature — can be used to make people-friendly workspaces, including meetings venues.

BY Barbara Palmer February 27, 2019

Braindate Lounge Design Inspires ‘The Linger Effect’

Steelcase Event Experiences planned a Braindate Lounge environment at Convening Leaders 2019 that would maximize collaboration and create a sense of ease and well-being.

BY Barbara Palmer February 26, 2019

5 Trends That Are Changing Meeting Design

When Marriott and the PCMA Foundation joined together to update research on the trends that can be expected to transform meetings and events in the future, they made the decision to look everywhere except within the industry.

BY Barbara Palmer January 25, 2019

Thrival Festival Integrates Pittsburgh Locale into Event

Innovation events organizer, Ascender, a hub for Pittsburgh’s startups and entrepreneurs, used Carnegie Museum of Art, Phipps Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens, and many more local spots to weave the city into the fabric of the festival.

BY Barbara Palmer January 25, 2019

Building a Team-Oriented Culture

Arlene A. Pietranton, CEO of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), describes how ASHA creates a collaborative work culture in its organizational structure, manifested in the physical layout of its headquarters.

BY Michelle Russell December 28, 2018

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