Social Impact

See how event organizers and others are using meetings and events to make a difference.

Hands-on Help at Convening Leaders 2020

Hospitality Helping Hands volunteers sorted and packaged food donations to serve people in need.

BY Casey Gale January 5, 2020

How One Event Professional is Helping the Homeless

Windy Christner, CMP, senior director of meetings and expositions for American Pharmacists Association, is urging the industry to lean into — rather than try to plan around — the problem of homelessness in cities.

BY Barbara Palmer December 5, 2019

How EDUCAUSE Made Inclusion a Priority

With simple, handwritten notes of encouragement, an AI translation program, and an indoor park, EDUCAUSE put the spotlight on inclusion at its annual conference. Here’s the inside story.

BY Jennifer Dienst November 27, 2019

Conference Attendees Mentor Budding Entrepreneurs

In the weeks leading up to a children’s business fair, marketing professionals at Newell Brands summit helped youngsters develop a business strategy and learn important life skills.

BY Casey Gale November 5, 2019

Your Best Life Conference Defies Ageism Stereotypes

The organizers of the YBL — Your Best Life — conference put the spotlight on the contributions of the 50-plus demographic and imagined a world where ageism doesn’t exist.

BY Cristi Kempf October 28, 2019

New CWT Trends Report: Event Sustainability Is Critical to Attendees

Sustainability is no longer just a ‘feel-good’ issue says CWT, which spotlights how climate change is at the forefront for millennials and the generation coming up behind them.

BY Cristi Kempf October 24, 2019

How to Help Those in Hurricane Dorian’s Path

With Hurricane Dorian bearing down on the Southeastern United States, the PCMA Foundation on Friday was calling for donations to its Industry Relief Fund, which helps members of the events industry affected by disasters, including catastrophic storms. Dorian, swirling in the western Atlantic, was expected to make landfall in the Florida/Georgia area over the holiday

BY Convene Editors August 30, 2019

Climate Debate: Caring for the Planet vs. Flying to Conferences

Climate activists are looking to ground air travel. Here’s why the business events industry should take notice.

BY David McMillin August 27, 2019

Not Your Average Survey: The UN Wants to Hear from Meetings Industry

Meeting professionals are invited to help the United Nations understand how to better include the industry in achieving its global sustainability goals.

BY Barbara Palmer August 9, 2019

Hacking Homelessness at EduCon

At a “pitch-a-thon” that capped the Education Conference hackathon, one team came out on top. But collaboration and empathy won the day.

BY Barbara Palmer June 26, 2019

Sweatworking: The Best Kind of Networking

The first morning of PCMA’s Education Conference proved that networking does not have to be about connecting with like-minded peers.

BY David McMillin June 26, 2019

How Organizations Build Ties Through Community Service

Jennifer Bond, a finalist in the Community Advocate category at Visionary Awards, shares how the PCMA Capital Chapter builds community ties in Washington, D.C.

BY Casey Gale June 18, 2019