COVID-19 and the Business Events Industry

Convene reports on how meeting professionals are navigating coronavirus. Visit PCMA's COVID-19 resources page for more information.

Thrivers, Survivors, and Other Characteristics of Resilient Organizations

A recent research report identifies what it takes for an industry to be resilient in the face of adversity.

BY Sherrif Karamat June 20, 2022

Mental Wellness: How the Business Events Industry is Coping

It’s about time we have a conversation about mental health and wellbeing in the business events industry — how we foster it for each other in our workplaces and our participants at our events.

BY Michelle Russell Barbara Palmer June 9, 2022

Championing Connection and Community in Minneapolis 

Meet Minneapolis’s CEO Melvin Tennant shares how the DMO is addressing stress from the pandemic, George Floyd’s murder, and other world events with strategies and policies designed to support employees and the community.

BY Barbara Palmer May 31, 2022

Embracing Mental Health in the Workplace

How HR professionals are addressing post-pandemic mental health issues and supporting the wellbeing of employees — and themselves.

BY Michelle Russell May 31, 2022

Chicago and Midwest Meetings and Hospitality Groups Unite

Eleven meetings and hospitality groups in the region have created the Midwest Meeting and Event Collective (MMEC) to combine advocacy efforts, support each other, and develop a richer community.

BY Curt Wagner May 27, 2022

How Taking a Walking Break Can Help You Think

Wellness entrepreneur Rebecca Thomas says walking outdoors during work hours is not only good exercise, but can help us unlock problem-solving powers. And science backs her up.

BY Barbara Palmer May 27, 2022

Beer Company Steps up Game With Digital Meeting

The Boston Beer Company partnered with Van Wagner, a sports production company, to create a virtual corporate event that captured their employees’ attention more than their in-person annual meeting. 

BY Michelle Russell May 20, 2022

More Women Participated in Virtual Than In-Person Events

Two separate studies reveal that online events held during the pandemic resulted in increased participation among women as both as attendees and speakers, compared to their in-person, pre-pandemic versions.

BY Michelle Russell May 17, 2022

Mental Health and the Business Events Industry

In Convene’s latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Survey, we asked planners and suppliers to share how two-plus years of working during the uncertainties of the pandemic has affected their wellbeing.

BY Michelle Russell May 16, 2022

What the Business Events Industry is Saying About Mental Wellness

In our recent Recovery Dashboard, we asked planners and suppliers about workplace culture, the need for flexibility, social connection, and other issues facing organizations. They had a lot to say.

BY Convene Editors May 15, 2022

Survey Finds the Push for In-Person Events Brings Fresh Challenges

Convene’s latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard responses indicate that planners are organizing more in-person-only and hybrid events in the coming months than in our previous survey, but they are finding it more difficult than ever to estimate attendance and to budget for them with escalating costs.

BY Michelle Russell May 9, 2022

3 Trends and Events: Rewilding Spaces, Foraged Cocktails, and Metawork

Wunderman Thompson’s recent trend report, “The Future 100: 2022,” identifies 100 trends across industries. Three of those — rewilding spaces, foraged cocktails, and metawork — already are evident in the events landscape but could become even bigger influences in the future.

BY Curt Wagner May 2, 2022