Columns

Scaling New Heights and Changing the World

We can arrive at solutions to our organizations’ challenges — and those of the world — in many ways. A well-designed event, in my book, is the best avenue.

BY Sherrif Karamat November 5, 2019

Bringing an Idea to Fruition

Through artist Dennis Wojtkiewicz’s paintings, we find a new way of looking at the future — and fleeting present — of food.

BY Michelle Russell November 5, 2019

Are You Allowing Your Multifaceted Attendees to Share Other Talents?

Over the last 16 years here at Convene, I’ve trained my eye to pick up nuggets about conference business in other places outside of our industry channels. There’s a practical element to the little thrill I get — I can usually use what I find as fodder for our content. But I also think: There

BY Michelle Russell September 24, 2019

7 Things That Can Only Happen at a Live Event

Most of our content and connections now come to us virtually, but live events still remain the most powerful medium, says 360 Live Media’s Don Neal. Here are seven reasons why.

BY Don Neal September 24, 2019

What Corporate CEOs and Event Professionals Have in Common

A recent pledge by the Business Roundtable — an association whose members are CEOs of major U.S. corporations — demonstrates that social responsibility is a shared responsibility.

BY Sherrif Karamat September 24, 2019

Tips for Developing Bespoke Sponsor Packages

If sponsorship revenue is underperforming at your events, you have lots of company. Dave Lutz, of Velvet Chainsaw Consulting, identifies the moves that can turn that around.

BY Dave Lutz, CMP September 24, 2019

Four Tips for Transformational Events

Your attendees pay a high price to go to your events, and they look for more than educational takeaways to justify their investment, says 360 Live Media’s Don Neal.

BY Don Neal August 28, 2019

Countdown to Convening Leaders 2020

We’ll continue to push boundaries — and extend our reach — in San Francisco. I invite you to join us on our journey.

BY Sherrif Karamat August 26, 2019

How the Events Industry Intersects With Overtourism

Here are two issues the world is grappling with, and their connection to the business events industry.

BY Michelle Russell August 26, 2019

How Technology Can Help Tell Deeply Human Stories

Here’s a striking example of using technology — 3D holograms to be specific — to preserve human history, for our benefit. Underscore the benefit part.

BY Michelle Russell August 17, 2019

Roy Evans, a True Leader, Visionary in the Events Industry

The business events industry lost a giant with the passing in July of former PCMA President and CEO Roy B. Evans, Jr., CAE, who built PCMA into the global leader in the business events industry it is today.

BY Sherrif Karamat July 31, 2019

Three Trends for Better Events

Looking at how three trends identified in the PCMA Foundation and Marriott “Future of Meetings & Events” report — sense of place, multimodal design, and bigger than oneself — resonate for planners.

BY Beth Surmont July 30, 2019