Meeting Management

Smaller Budgets, Bigger Risks

A host of Conversation Starters — small group discussions on a range of hot-button topics — were held for in-person and digital participants at Convening Leaders 2022. Here are some takeaways.

BY Michelle Russell February 3, 2022

The COVID-19 Testing Conundrum

Many experts now say that frequent, daily rapid tests are a superior approach to safer travel and gatherings, but for event organizers scarcity and high costs stand in the way.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 27, 2022

Building Year-Round Engagement With Audiences

After two years of digital experimentation, organizations of all stripes are coming to a collective realization — a successful event strategy requires cultivating a strong, year-round online community. 

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 30, 2021

In-Person Events Continue in the Netherlands

Two international events — one held last week and another scheduled for Dec. 3-6 — continue in person at RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, despite a recent COVID partial lockdown introduced in the Netherlands.

BY Michelle Russell November 19, 2021

‘The Hugs Felt More Genuine’ at This In-Person Health-Care Meeting

ACEP COO Bobby Heard on what it took to host a safe and successful meeting for emergency physicians, how partners can better support organizers, and why the hybrid format needs to go away.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 18, 2021

COP26 Accessibility Gap in the Spotlight

News reports this week about how a political leader was unable to gain access to the COP26 venue because she uses a wheelchair ignited new discussions about accessibility issues at events.

BY Michelle Russell November 4, 2021

12 Takeaways From HIMSS’ Successful, Fully Vaxxed Conference

Expert advice, scenario planning, and clear communication played vital roles in HIMSS’ ability to safely host close to 20,000 health-tech professionals in Las Vegas in August.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 13, 2021

Association Finds Itself ‘In the Center of a Perfect Storm’

As the Delta variant causes COVID-19 cases to surge, organizers are scrambling to rework their meetings and events. Here’s how one organization is adapting its conference to ensure compliance and confidence.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 23, 2021

Event Planners’ Duty of Care During the Pandemic

As we return to in-person meetings, questions and best practices are evolving for hosting large gatherings.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP August 13, 2021

Vaccine Mandates Are Gaining Some Ground at Events

With COVID cases rising due to the Delta variant, the question of making proof of vaccination a requirement to attend events is popping up more often. We asked a lawyer to weigh in on the potential legal ramifications for host organizations — and it’s more straightforward than some may think.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst August 2, 2021

Expect Hesitancy and Anxiety When We Meet Again

As in-person events — like PCMA EduCon, starting tomorrow — begin to resume, we will need to find patience and empathy for one another and ourselves, says Sara Ross, a neuroscience-trained leadership strategist.

BY Barbara Palmer July 2, 2021

The Why and How of HIMSS’ Vaccine Requirement

This August, HIMSS’ Global Health Conference & Exhibition will become one of the first large meetings in the health-care industry to mandate that all participants provide proof of vaccination in

BY Jennifer N. Dienst June 30, 2021