Social Impact

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

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

Leaving a Legacy

Sibos wanted to make an impact at its 2018 event in Sydney. With CSR initiatives, and growth in Asian attendee numbers, that goal was achieved.

BY Rémi Dévé March 25, 2019

How to Apply HBO’s Bloody SXSW Activation to Events

As anticipation builds for a bloody final season of “Game of Thrones,” HBO and the American Red Cross put that gore to good use with a memorable activation in Austin.

BY David McMillin March 12, 2019

The Case for Leaving a Positive Legacy

Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress has an ambitious environmental program. Here’s what the event does, and how it makes a difference.

March 9, 2019

2 Programs Refine Recipe to Reduce Homelessness

Community culinary education programs help participants secure jobs and housing — and offer event organizers ways to support their efforts.

BY Barbara Palmer March 1, 2019

CHEFS Training Program Goes Beyond Knife Skills

Culinary program for the unsheltered teaches students kitchen — and life — skills.

BY Barbara Palmer February 26, 2019

‘Profound’ Impact at AIME

Dialogue in the Dark pop-up at AIME let attendees experience blindness. It ‘was problem solving, team building, and personal development at its finest.’

BY Lane Nieset February 25, 2019

Leaving a Positive Footprint

When ESSKA met in Glasgow last year, the event contributed £5 million in direct benefits to the city. That alone can be considered a worthy legacy. But ESSKA wanted to do more. Here’s a look at what steps it took.

BY Rémi Dévé February 22, 2019

Events Executive Becomes Change Agent in Cleveland

How one Convening Leaders attendee took what he heard on stage in Pittsburgh to heart.

BY Curt Wagner February 4, 2019

Barcelona Convention Bureau Takes CSR Project to IMEX America

For the Barcelona Convention Bureau and its partners, sustainability is top of mind when they host events in their city. Here’s how they put that ethos into action during IMEX America while in Las Vegas.

BY Curt Wagner January 16, 2019

Inspired to Take Action, Events Executive Gives Back

One Convening Leaders 2019 attendee took what he heard on stage so much to heart that he immediately raised funds to provide meals for furloughed TSA agents.

BY Curt Wagner January 14, 2019

Pemberton, Okamoto on Overcoming Adversity, Championing Others

Shifting your mindset from adversity to ambition isn’t an easy thing to do, but at Tuesday’s PCMA Convening Leaders Opening Main Stage, executive Steve Pemberton and social activist Nadya Okamoto showed it’s not impossible.

January 8, 2019