News & Trends

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

An Easy Way to Remember the 5 Rules for Better Negotiations

Convening Leaders speaker and expert on collaborative business relationships Kate Vitasek offered a framework for event professionals to rethink their transactional approach to contracts.

BY Curt Wagner January 14, 2021

What They’re Saying About Convening Leaders, Day 1

Whether in person or online, PCMA attendees are never a shy bunch. As CL launched, they were finding ways to connect — in session chats, dedicated Slack channels, and on social media. Here’s a look at some of the buzz during the first day.

BY Convene Editors January 14, 2021

How Leaders Can Find Their Next Business Model

Successful tech entrepreneur and Convening Leaders speaker Eric Holdener on who to listen to you when you’re looking for a breakthrough business idea.

BY Barbara Palmer January 13, 2021

Meeting the Challenge of Hybrid Events

Hybrid meetings ask for more from planners, like finding ways to replicate the energy of in-person meetings for virtual audiences — and in multiple time zones.

BY Kate Mulcrone January 13, 2021

PCMA Board of Directors Chair: ‘I Have Been Humbled’ in 2020

Stuart Ruff-Lyon, 2020 Chairman of the PCMA Board of Directors, looks back on a year of challenges both personal and professional, and the changes the pandemic has brought to the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell January 13, 2021

Hospitality Helping Hands Has Far Reach

A small group of Convening Leaders participants made a positive impact on a tiny village in Uganda while flexing their creative muscles on screen.

BY David McMillin January 13, 2021

Thomas Friedman on How to Thrive A.C. — After Coronavirus

The globalization expert talks with Convening Leaders participants on what to expect and how to adapt to the coming explosion of innovation.

BY Barbara Palmer January 11, 2021

Making the Most Out of Their ‘Pandemic Pivot’

Convening Leaders speaker Daphne Hoppenot launched her online event marketplace, The Vendry, less than a year before the pandemic. In her session, she recaps how she built the startup and how the 7 Change Actions to Transformation guided her team when forced to change course.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst January 11, 2021

An Exercise in Expanding the Life of Event Content

In an interactive, on-demand Convening Leaders session, participants will gain insights about getting more value from event content. 

BY Casey Gale January 11, 2021

A Convene Chat With Heidi Welker

After 33 years with the same company, Heidi Welker — senior vice president, business development and industry partnerships, Encore Canada, previously Freeman Audio Visual Canada — announced her retirement. Convene reached out to Welker to learn about her career path and what she has planned for her next chapter./

BY Michelle Russell January 7, 2021

Will Women Recoup Their Job Losses in 2021? 

As we start the new year, there has been a flurry of media coverage on the negative impact the COVID-19 crisis has had on women in the workforce and recovery prospects for 2021. We’ve pulled some of those stories together for you.

BY Michelle Russell January 7, 2021

Can Employers Require Workers to Get a COVID-19 Vaccination?

The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has said employees could be barred from the workplace if they refuse the vaccine, but workers do have some options.

BY Curt Wagner January 7, 2021