News & Trends

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

5 Ways to Move the Dial on Women’s Leadership in the Business Events Industry

A comprehensive look at why gender disparities persist in senior leadership roles in the business events industry — and ideas for how the global industry can create change.

BY Barbara Palmer May 15, 2024

The Tortured Event Planners Department

Remember, you bring more to the table than well-organized logistics. Events are a platform that can further goals and advance the industry you serve.

BY Beth Surmont May 13, 2024

Navigating Political Polarization at Your Events

Political divisiveness has increased dramatically in the U.S. in recent years. How much have you thought about the impact that may have on participants at your events — or what you can do to manage its effects?

BY Barbara Palmer May 13, 2024

Drawing People Together

New research shows that visual art can do more than add beauty to your events — it can help build connections.

BY Barbara Palmer May 13, 2024

Help Out Your Exhibitors

The Exhibitor Advocate recently released its 2023 Annual Survey of Exhibition Rates. This report compares material handling, labor, and equipment costs across 24 major U.S. destinations. Here are two takeaways you should consider.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP May 9, 2024

Filling in Staffing Gaps With the Right Talent

A new initiative in Boston aims to solve two problems at once: the shortage of highly qualified professionals in the hospitality industry and the lack of diversity in managerial and senior leadership roles.

BY Barbara Palmer May 6, 2024

Convene’s Annual Salary Survey: Are You Earning as Much as Your Peers?

Help us understand better what has changed from 2023, including how your role is evolving, the challenges you face, what your workplace environment is like, and what keeps you coming back for more (in addition to a paycheck — and yes, we want to hear about that, too!).

BY Convene Editors May 6, 2024

Lessons in Event Marketing From Taylor Swift

Regardless of whether you’re a Swiftie or a non-believer, as an event marketer, you can learn a lot from the megastar’s wildly successful approach to promoting her music, her shows, and herself.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes April 30, 2024

edUcon 2024 Preview: ‘People Really Crave Connection’

Charlie Todd, founder of the comedy collective Improv Everywhere, will talk about creating joyful shared experiences for conference attendees on the edUcon 2024 Main Stage in Detroit.

BY Curt Wagner April 29, 2024

Moving Your Meeting Amid Rising Reproductive Rights Concerns

Post Dobbs decision, the destinations where the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine can safely meet have dwindled to a select few. Here’s how the association has navigated increasingly tricky legal contracts, member dissonance and advocacy, and the difficult decision to relocate the meeting at the last minute.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst April 25, 2024

What Event Sponsors Want

At a Lippman Connects Exhibitor Roundtable session, participants were given benchmarks to understand the new exhibitor landscape — and a simple checklist to help potential sponsors and exhibitors make the decision to invest in their shows.

BY Michelle Russell April 21, 2024

Earth Day 2024: Ending Single-Use Plastic

Plastics are one of the most pressing environmental threats we face. And it is a threat that the events industry can do something about.

BY Barbara Palmer April 21, 2024

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