News & Trends

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

Congress Passes Historic $2 Trillion Coronavirus Economic Relief Bill

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provides relief for workers and businesses that have been devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

BY Barbara Palmer March 27, 2020

Leading Your Team Through COVID-19

How can business leaders manage the stress and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic? According to Jerry Colonna, it’s all about embracing fear instead of denying it.

BY Casey Gale March 26, 2020

COVID-19 Causes 5K Fundraiser to Go Virtual

An event designer has been fast-tracking efforts to create a virtual 5K fundraiser where participants run, walk, or jog independently and report their results online.

BY Michelle Russell March 26, 2020

What Gen Z Women Professionals Want

By the end of 2020, Generation Z could make up more than one-third of the workforce. Fairygodboss, an online career community for women, surveyed 400 Gen Z women about what they look for in a workplace. Here are some highlights.

BY Casey Gale March 25, 2020

REAL ID Deadline Delayed Until 2021 Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

The deadline to obtain REAL ID-compliant licenses or other forms of ID, which U.S. travelers must have to fly domestically, has been pushed back to at least September 2021.

BY Curt Wagner March 25, 2020

Plan B: The Institute of Internal Auditors’ Last-Minute Virtual Adjustments

In less than a week, The Institute of Internal Auditors navigated major disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic — a scrapped in-person event, speaker cancellations, and a closing host hotel — to nimbly pull off a one-day virtual program for its members.

BY David McMillin March 25, 2020

Free Conversations to Keep You Grounded During the COVID-19 Crisis

As professionals across all industries deal with upheaval and uncertainty, TED is offering TED Connects, a live, daily, mid-day series for reflection.

BY David McMillin March 24, 2020

Update: Global Pet Expo Held During Coronavirus Outbreak Called a ‘Safe and Productive Event’

Global Pet Expo carried on in late February, reporting ‘solid numbers’ despite a COVID-19 travel ban that prevented nearly 150 exhibitors from China from entering the U.S.

BY Michelle Russell March 20, 2020

Working Through Event Postponement Details

When Sharon Sullivan recognized that holding her meeting in April was impossible due to the coronavirus crisis, the vice president of brand experience at LeadingAge worked with her hotel partner to find a new solution.

BY David McMillin March 20, 2020

Online Hackathon Takes on Challenges Created by COVID-19

Hack for Wuhan, hosted by Run the World, drew 345 contestants and thousands of volunteers, some of them hacking while quarantined and all searching for solutions to problems arising from COVID-19.

BY Barbara Palmer March 18, 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

Meeting Planners Quickly Switch to Digital Conference

The coronavirus outbreak caused the Ohio Safety Congress to cancel its annual event in March at the “last minute,” but the group rallied, delivering its first-ever online conference on schedule. 

BY Convene Editors March 16, 2020