Career & Leadership

What will it take for you to create career that you want? Here are ways to develop leadership and cultivate other essential skills, plus hacks that can make a big impact on anyone's day-to-day work. And we look at ethics — how do your colleagues draw the line on everything from freebies to food waste?

Look Who’s Talking at Convening Leaders 2017

Here’s a preview of some of the featured speakers who will be sharing information, insights, and inspiration at PCMA’s annual meeting in Austin on Jan. 8–11.

BY Christopher Durso January 3, 2017

Predicting 2017

Here is what you need to know to success in this year’s ‘customer-led, digital-centric’ market.

BY Deborah Sexton January 3, 2017

What Will the Trump Administration Mean for Meetings?

Convene talked to two industry veterans about what the incoming administration might mean for meetings and events — and got two different views.

BY Christopher Durso January 3, 2017

Renee McKenney on Visitor Experience

How you treat people is what they will remember, says Renee McKenney, Chief Experience Officer for VisitDallas.

BY Christopher Durso January 3, 2017

A Hacker Walks Into a Beehive

Could the Internet of Things help solve the global decline in bee populations? A CiscoDevNet hackathon sets out to show that it can.

BY Corin Hirsch January 3, 2017

How Life-Long Learning Can Help You Get Ahead

Cultivating the habits of a continual learner can set you apart from the pack.

January 3, 2017

20 in Their Twenties Class of 2017

Members of PCMA’s fourth class of outstanding young business-event professionals talk about their dreams and the best day they’ve had in the meetings industry so far.

BY Christopher Durso January 3, 2017

How Future of Storytelling Can Change Ways We Meet

New York City’s Future of StoryTelling Summit explores how cutting-edge technology puts audiences at the center of the action. And asks the question: Isn’t that where meeting participants belong, too?

BY Barbara Palmer January 3, 2017

Where Kellie Shevlin Got the Inspiration for Craft Beverage Expo

Kellie Shevlin, CEM, co-founder and executive director of the Craft Beverage Expo, Washington, D.C., talks about her career path and gives young professionals in the business events industry some advice: “If you have a good idea, go for it.” Education Bachelor’s degree in art history, University of California, Davis Certification in Exhibition Management (CEM) Certified

BY Corin Hirsch November 30, 2016

How Do You Handle Special-Meal Requests?

With a growing number of special-meal requests, meeting planners are getting creative to accommodate the needs and preferences of attendees with food allergies or lifestyle and religious dietary restrictions.

BY Corin Hirsch August 31, 2016

Poachers: Putting the ‘Arrr!’ in Room Block

When Lisa Mikita, CMP, CAE, started her new job at the American Foundry Society (AFS) this past fall, she had a new office, a new title — trade show and event manager — and new meetings to promote, including CastExpo ’16, AFS’s annual metal-casting exhibition. One aspect of Mikita’s work didn’t change, though. Almost from

BY Corin Hirsch December 31, 2015

One on One with Condoleezza Rice

The first woman to serve as U.S. National Security Advisor and the second to serve as U.S. Secretary of State shares her thoughts on why face-to-face experiences — which “cannot be replaced with anything else” — are pivotal to advancing society.

BY Susan Sarfati, CAE June 1, 2013