Social Impact

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

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

Climate activists are looking to ground air travel — which has a direct impact on the business events industry.

BY David McMillin August 9, 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

State of the Cities report: What’s on America’s Mayors’ Minds

The National League of Cities just released its State of the Cities report at its conference last week. Here’s how the business events industry intersects with the top issues U.S. mayors are addressing.

BY Michelle Russell May 24, 2019

PCMA EduCon 2019: Can the Meetings Industry Hack Homelessness?

Hackathon participants at the PCMA Education Conference will take on the challenge with empathy and using innovative thinking.

BY Barbara Palmer May 24, 2019

Student Competition at ATSSA Brings New Generation of Ideas

The American Traffic Safety Services Association wanted to encourage innovation among future leaders in transportation engineering as well as find solutions to pressing safety issues. It found the answer to both in a student competition, which awards winners during its annual convention.

BY Jasmine Zhu April 24, 2019

‘A Really Crazy, Big Idea’ — Taking on Plastics in the Events Industry

The Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau joins forces with a nonprofit to launch a global movement to reduce the use of plastics at meetings and events.

BY Barbara Palmer April 22, 2019

Convicts, Addicts, Attendees Run with a Purpose

A recycling industry convention in Los Angeles united attendees with an unlikely group of guests for a morning run that went far in making meaningful connections.

BY David McMillin April 19, 2019

Arne Sorenson’s Approach to Corporate Social Responsibility

From aiming to eliminate plastic straws this year to combatting human trafficking, Marriott International’s CSR initiatives run the gamut. The hotel giant’s CEO shared the thinking behind its philosophy at a Chicago event.

BY David McMillin April 9, 2019