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.

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

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 April 4, 2019

Advice for Event Strategists Who Work with Hotels

If you’re looking for some insights to help make things easier for you when you work with hotels, you’ve checked in to the right place.

BY Michelle Russell April 1, 2019

How Event Strategists Keep F&B, AV Costs Down

Here’s how event professionals are creating memorable attendee experiences without busting their budgets.

BY Nancy Mann Jackson April 1, 2019