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.

Keeping the Future Human Against Technology’s Onslaught

We can’t stop technology, author Douglas Rushkoff says, but in our rush to develop AI, we’re in danger of leaving behind the values we prize most as a society. Events have a role to play in addressing that.

BY Barbara Palmer July 31, 2019

These Job Skills Once Topped a Forecast for 2020. Do They Hold Up?

A lot has changed in the last five years, when the business website Inc. published a list of job skills pundits predicted would be critical in 2020. But, although we suggest a few tweaks, much of the advice is holding up.

BY Barbara Palmer July 31, 2019

Experiential Marketing and the ‘Future of Meeting and Events’

Two striking examples of how to pull off immersive events: Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked, and from a venue standpoint, the ways the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center delivers on the experiential trends identified in the PCMA Foundation/Marriott future of events study.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson Barbara Palmer July 1, 2019

The Toll Ageism Takes on People — and Businesses

Here’s what an ageism activist, communications exec, and serial hospitality entrepreneur say about why a truly inclusive and diverse workforce must be multi-generational — and what that looks like and how it benefits society as a whole.

BY Convene Editors June 1, 2019

Ashton Applewhite: Crusader Against Ageism

In general, people are living and working longer than they have at any time in human history. What if, asks Ashton Applewhite, instead of seeing age — and aging workers — in a negative light, we looked at longevity as the asset that it is?

BY Barbara Palmer May 30, 2019

Patti Temple Rocks Hopes Book Will Spark Conversations About Ageism

Her new book, ‘I’m Not Done: It’s Time to Talk About Ageism in the Workplace,’ is as much a personal statement as a sentiment shared by her entire Boomer generation.

BY Michelle Russell May 30, 2019

Chip Conley Champions the ‘Modern Elder’

Boomers can take on a critical role in the workplace as Modern Elders, hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley says, by following a four-stage process.

BY Casey Gale May 30, 2019

Retirepreneur Startup Gives Baby Boomers New Options

After working more than 15 years in events industry, Donna Kastner isn’t slowing down —she’s focusing on new entrepreneurial project for the ‘modern elder.’

BY Curt Wagner May 30, 2019

Lisa Block Makes ‘the Perfect Move’

Following a long career at the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), Lisa Block is bringing her wealth of experience — including “how you treat people and the importance of culture” — to her new role.

BY Michelle Russell May 2, 2019

Soul, Community, Planet — and a Different Kind of Pricing

A boutique hotel in Colorado is taking an unorthodox approach to room rates by giving guests a say in the final charges.

BY David McMillin May 1, 2019

6 Ways Medical Meetings Are Proving Their Value To Exhibitors

From beacon-collected data to lead scanners to third-party evaluations, here’s how two medical meetings are tackling the exhibitor ROI challenge.

BY Molly Petrilla May 1, 2019

Strategies to Improve Negotiations in Era of Hotel Consolidations

For event planners, the increased number of mergers and acquisitions translates into tougher negotiations with hotels: In some destinations, every meeting hotel is now owned by the same company.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson April 10, 2019