Behind the Scenes

Michelle Russell, editor in chief of Convene, offers her perspective on the business events industry through stories in the latest issue of the magazine.

Soft Skills for Hard Times

The coronavirus crisis is an opportunity to work on strategies that will help you prepare for success during the COVID-19 recovery process.

BY Michelle Russell May 31, 2020

Physical Distancing Doesn’t Prevent Us From Staying Social

As we hunker down and practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, we look for ways to retain our close connections.

BY Michelle Russell March 17, 2020

Managing the Epidemic … of the Imposter Syndrome

What the widespread incidence of the imposter syndrome has to do with Convene’s 29th Annual Meetings Market Survey.

BY Michelle Russell February 28, 2020

What Event Planners Can Learn From ‘Zombie Malls’

One brick-and-mortar retailer is defying the odds in the otherwise crumbling mall landscape. What can event planners learn from its strategy?

BY Michelle Russell January 30, 2020

Reframing the Events Industry Narrative

Here’s how social and environmental considerations can play a role in reframing the events industry narrative, according to participants of the recent IBTM World Global Policy & Practice Forum.

BY Michelle Russell January 2, 2020

Do You Suffer From ‘Meeting Recovery Syndrome’?

Organizational psychologists have a term for the toll work meetings take on our psyche — “meeting recovery syndrome,” or MRS. Check if you have any symptoms.

BY Michelle Russell November 22, 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

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

No Doggy Bag for You: Digging into the Issue of Food Waste

A cooking class — and its no-doggy-bag policy — speaks to the larger issue of how we need to make eliminating food waste a priority at events.

BY Michelle Russell June 17, 2019

Ageism Remains a Problem in the Workforce

A truly diverse workforce embraces all ages and respects what each generation brings to the table. That’s our challenge in the workspace as well as in business event settings.

BY Michelle Russell June 1, 2019