Social Impact

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

Inaugural Black Birders Week Sparks Additional Initiatives

A weeklong digital event created in response to a racist encounter has led to more efforts to expand opportunities for people of color in the conservation field.

BY Michelle Russell June 26, 2020

Virtual Pride Events Will Focus on Black Lives Matter

Organizers of Pride virtual events this month say the social unrest and protests over the deaths of George Floyd and other Black people by the police will be an important part of their message and programs.

BY Michelle Russell June 16, 2020

National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals Chairman: ‘Our Nation Is at Odds’

Jason Dunn used the current historic moment of social unrest to spotlight how the economic fallout from COVID-19 has pushed off to the side the industry’s diversity efforts.

BY Michelle Russell June 2, 2020

COVID-19 Response: Getting Food to the People Who Need It

How the events industry is providing nourishment to those who are helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic and to those who are hurting because of it.

BY Convene Editors April 13, 2020

Event Venues Are Caring for the Ill and Helping the Helpers

How convention centers, other event venues, and hotels are stepping up to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

BY Convene Editors April 13, 2020

Feeding the Front Lines and Food Insecure During COVID-19

Caterers across the U.S. are helping keep health-care workers and the most vulnerable populations fed.

BY Jennifer Dienst April 9, 2020

A Life-Saving Pivot During the COVID-19 Crisis

As hospitals in some major U.S. cities near the brink of capacity, businesses across the event industry spectrum — including tent-rental companies like Alexander Party Rentals — are quickly realizing that they can step up to help.

BY Jennifer Dienst March 29, 2020

Food Recovery Efforts Are Always on the Menu

Venues and food-service businesses don’t just think about food recovery efforts in a time of crisis. But here are standout examples of how some are helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic.

BY Barbara Palmer March 25, 2020

Where to Donate Unused Event Materials After Cancellations

Have items — like T-shirts and tote bags — that have been produced for an event that has been canceled due to COVID-19? The nonprofit Good360 can put them to good use.

BY Cristi Kempf March 16, 2020

Venues, Organizers Donating Food From Meetings Canceled Due to COVID-19

As last-minute cancellations around COVID-19 increased, some quick-thinking venues and organizers have come up with creative solutions for a big problem — what to do with all the leftover food?

BY Jennifer N. Dienst March 13, 2020

Startup #Meet4Impact Helps Groups Measure Their Legacies

As more business events consider the legacy they leave for destinations, this Montreal-based startup is looking to turbocharge its efforts with tools borrowed from the startup culture.

BY Casey Gale February 28, 2020

What Planners Can Do to Make Events More Sustainable

Here are some ways meeting organizers and venues can embrace the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals for more sustainable events.

BY Ken Budd February 27, 2020