Social Impact

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

Three ‘Incredible Impacts’ Honored for Legacy Programs

ICCA and BestCities Global Alliance awarded three associations for events they held in 2018 and 2019 that left a lasting impact on sustainability, accessibility, ecology — and people in their host destinations.

BY Curt Wagner September 23, 2020

Convention Centers Continue to Serve Communities

During the pandemic — and now hurricane season — convention centers are providing their spaces and meals to local populations in need.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 2, 2020

How Will Our Future, Post-Pandemic Cities Take Shape?

Some initiatives are pointing the way to greener, healthier, more resilient — and more equitable — cities.

BY Michelle Russell August 19, 2020

Go LIVE Together Reaches Fundraising Milestone and Creates Toolkit

The coalition advocating for the protection of the events industry announced it has raised more than $500,000 and has drawn up a letter for industry members to sign to demonstrate support.

BY Convene Editors July 9, 2020

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