News & Trends

What’s happening — or coming up next — in the meetings and events world and beyond.

As COVID Cases Continue to Rise, How Are You Responding?

The pandemic continues to disrupt the business events industry’s recovery. We’re asking planners and suppliers to take a few minutes out of their day to share their thoughts and plans by participating in the latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Survey.

BY Convene Editors September 21, 2021

The Future of Events is Phygital and Onmnichannel

Juliano Lissoni, MCI Group managing director, Canada, on how the pandemic has accelerated the use of AI, machine learning, and blockchain technologies to boost engagement and experiences in the metaverse — “a fully realized digital world that exists beyond the analog one in which we live.”

BY Juliano Lissoni September 21, 2021

Got Empathy? Visit Oakland’s New CEO on the Rewards of Listening to Employees

Listening is a critical leadership skill, says Visit Oakland’s new CEO, Peter Gamez, especially in challenging times.

BY Barbara Palmer September 20, 2021

How the Great Resignation is Impacting Business Events

Workers are quitting their jobs in droves. A recent SHRM survey finds that more than two out of five U.S. workers are actively searching for a new job or plan to soon. We’ve mined Convene’s latest Recovery Dashboard results for insights about the Great Resignation and the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell September 20, 2021

Michelle Mason Comes Full Circle

After stumbling into association management, Mason turned barriers into opportunities and used her platform to elevate others who are underrepresented. She now leads ASAE as president and CEO.

BY Curt Wagner September 20, 2021

Speakers Announced for International Hospitality Women’s Day Broadcast

International Women’s Day is celebrated annually on March 8, but Deborah Gardner, CMP, is starting a new celebration: International Hospitality Women’s Day, on Sept. 23.

BY Convene Editors September 17, 2021

How Diversity and Inclusion Changed Microsoft for the Better

Since 2015, Microsoft has hired more than 150 neurodiverse individuals to work full-time at the technology corporation.

BY Casey Gale September 16, 2021

Another Twist in the Road Back to In-Person Events?

A June conversation among PCMA Catalyst Community participants about a shift back to virtual events rather than an expected return to in-person meetings underscores fundamental changes in the business events industry.

BY Convene Editors September 15, 2021

In a Brand-New Role, Sonya Bradley Looks to ‘Make a Bit of a Mark’

As Visit Sacramento’s chief of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Sonya Bradley is applying her marketing and communications background at the bureau she has served for 19 years to social justice issues — locally and more broadly.

BY Michelle Russell September 15, 2021

12 Takeaways From HIMSS’ Successful, Fully Vaxxed Conference

Expert advice, scenario planning, and clear communication played vital roles in HIMSS’ ability to safely host close to 20,000 health-tech professionals in Las Vegas in August.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst September 13, 2021

Anne Daly Heller, Publisher and Executive Editor of USAE, Passes Away

Anne Daly Heller, publisher and executive editor of USAE died on Sept. 12 at her home in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

BY Convene Editors September 12, 2021

Meetings and Your Brain: Human Connection Under the Microscope

Jacques W. Martiquet, aka “The Party Scientist,” says he has “hacked the code” of bringing excitement and joy to digital events.

BY Barbara Palmer September 10, 2021