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?

A Few Tweaks Can Work Wonders for Meetings

More than 1,200 people participated in the 128th Annual Meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) last year, which was held Nov. 13–16 at the La Quinta Resort and Club, near Palm Springs, California. The event brings federal-utility staff members and commissioners together with consumer advocates, lobbyists, and nonprofit representatives. Every meeting

BY Barbara Palmer February 15, 2017

How to Jump-Start Networking

What can urban planners teach meeting planners about creating environments that support conversation?

BY Barbara Palmer February 15, 2017

Do Your Members Trust You?

Trust in institutions is plummeting. What’s an organization to do?

BY Barbara Palmer February 15, 2017

Seeing the Unseen

How do you inject a familiar idea, or event, with new life? Two creative experts — Dan Goods of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Kati Quigley of Microsoft — share their sources of inspiration.

BY Corin Hirsch February 7, 2017

Tips on Culinary Marketing From a (Sometime) Food Writer

How can you more effectively market the flavor of a destination? Convene’s Associate Editor Corin Hirsch serves up some advice.

BY Corin Hirsch February 6, 2017

Small Cities With Great Taste

Food halls. Distillery trails. Michelin-starred chefs. The story of how smaller cities are using great food and drink to attract business events.

BY Corin Hirsch February 1, 2017

Keeping Convening Leaders Fresh

Attendees play a key role in our collective-learning process.

BY Deborah Sexton February 1, 2017

How Airbnb Open Is Changing the Attendee Experience

The peer-to-peer sharing platform has disrupted the hotel industry. Are meetings next?

BY David McMillin February 1, 2017

Behind the Scenes: Guiding Principals

Why we call PCMA’s annual Meeting ‘Convening Leaders’

BY Michelle Russell February 1, 2017

Dorri McWhorter on Breaking out of the Bubble

Ascent is a new initiative by PCMA and Convene, to inspire and spur inclusion and diversity in our industry. Ascent also seeks to reach decision makers and workplace leaders, to educate them on the best practices and the business case for inclusion and diversity. At Convening Leaders 2018, Ascent invited Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the
BY Convene Editors February 1, 2017

How Meetings Can Bridge the Divide

We need a new set of arguments to reach across the political divide. Can meetings provide a neutral common ground to bring people together?

BY Michelle Russell January 31, 2017

3 Tips to Jump-Start Your Meeting’s Next Redesign

Hitting the ‘refresh’ button isn’t always easy. Stacey Chang, executive director of the Design Institute for Health at the University of Texas at Austin, has some concrete advice for getting started.

BY Corin Hirsch January 24, 2017