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.

Innovative Places to Work Find Success Through Events

According to a new list of the “100 Best Workplaces for Innovators,” events are key to retaining talent and organizational success.

BY Michelle Russell September 1, 2022

Wading In: Events Challenged With Another Complex Issue

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe. v. Wade, many event organizers find they have another contentious issue to handle.

BY Michelle Russell August 5, 2022

Speaking Volumes With Your Event Data

If you’ve taken on the job of analyzing data from your events, we’d like to help you share the results in a way that provides forward direction for your organization and boosts your profile.

BY Michelle Russell July 7, 2022

Outside the Echo Chamber

For insights on how stakeholders want to participate in future events, we’re seeking out unusual sources.

BY Michelle Russell April 6, 2022

‘A Small Window’ to Heal the Planet

Jane Goodall and Bill Gates are hopeful about changing the course of the climate crisis — and the events industry has a big role to play.

BY Michelle Russell November 24, 2021

The Peaks and Valleys of Events Industry Recovery

The business events industry’s recovery may not be following the straight path that we had hoped, but it is taking shape in other ways.

BY Michelle Russell October 8, 2021

‘Bill to Require Gender Equality in Dummies’

We were about to sail through an intersection but we never made it to the other side. Last fall, my daughter, Megan, was driving me and her infant daughter to

BY Michelle Russell August 11, 2021

We Shouldn’t Take the Air We Breathe for Granted

We have been single-minded in our approach to keeping venues clean and safe for attendees. But we’ve been missing one very important —maybe the most important — thing.

BY Michelle Russell June 1, 2021

Digital Event Experiences That Go Places

After months of limited in-person social engagement, many in the business events industry are ready to experience real things, places, and spaces. Some organizations are doing just that, even through digital events.

BY Michelle Russell March 31, 2021

Getting Comfortable With Uncertainty

Not being sure about future plans is something Convene editor in chief Michelle Russell has come to embrace during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

BY Michelle Russell February 2, 2021

‘Where the Wood Chopping Happens’

Business events professionals may not see themselves as creative types, but now, more than ever, that’s who you are.

BY Michelle Russell December 9, 2020

What Won’t Change

The pandemic has shifted our work and life priorities. Here are some things we’ve started doing while stuck at home that we plan on sticking with.

BY Michelle Russell September 1, 2020