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.

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

Bringing a ‘Sense of Place’ to Meeting Design

A recent PCMA Foundation/Marriott study finds that most travelers want to explore a destination like the locals do. “Convene” looks at how that desire for an authentic experience should shape meeting design.

BY Barbara Palmer February 1, 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

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

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

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

What Does It Take to Land on ‘Best Small Cities’ List?

What’s the common denominator in the perception of large and small cities as desirable places to live, work, or visit as a tourist or attendee? It’s their vibrancy, according to one destination-branding firm, which has found a new way to measure just that.

BY Michelle Russell August 1, 2018