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.

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

Ethical Tech: Questions Alexa Can’t Answer

Tech ethicist David Ryan Polgar says that we don’t think deeply about how tech is changing ‘how we live, love, learn, and even die.’

BY Michelle Russell April 30, 2019

What’s a (Working) Mother to Do?

Women, recent research says, have to overcome barriers to career advancement once they become mothers. Events shouldn’t add to their hurdles.

BY Michelle Russell April 17, 2019

Events Must Have a Higher Purpose

The responses to two new survey questions indicate that event professionals have an opportunity to play a bigger role in making the world a better place.

BY Michelle Russell February 25, 2019

Witnessing an Open-Heart Surgery

We peered through the glass right into the patient’s open chest as the surgery team meticulously did their work — holding the young woman’s heart in their hands, inserting a new valve, replacing a coronary artery, and stitching up.

BY Michelle Russell January 24, 2019

Report Spotlights 5 Forces Shaping Future of Business Events Industry

A new report helps event organizers design experiences that will resonate with participants today and tomorrow.

January 2, 2019

Humility Is a Virtue, Says Marketing Guru Seth Godin

The Convening Leaders 2019 Main Stage speaker shares insights from his new book, This Is Marketing, and applies them directly to the events industry.

BY Michelle Russell December 9, 2018

Behind the Scenes: ‘An Uncomfortable Position’

Event technologies can help make events run more smoothly, but that’s not the only kind of experience we should be designing for participants.

BY Michelle Russell October 24, 2018

Homelessness is a Shared Problem — and on All of Us

This summer, an article about a conference for physicians pulling out of its host city because attendees felt unsafe walking the streets of San Francisco — where open drug illness were on display among the homeless — became the tipping point for our editorial team. We had talked about covering the issue of homelessness for

BY Michelle Russell September 26, 2018

‘A Day of Reckoning’ — How Events are Changing the World

Our September cover story showcases three international events, two of which launched this year to address the challenge of human migration from completely different disciplines. All three hinge on bringing together perspectives from all over the world to focus on solutions to our most pressing issues.

BY Michelle Russell September 4, 2018

Behind the Scenes: Events Business, Tourism are Different Species

Both the role of event professionals and the business of events are being transformed. You told us so.

BY Michelle Russell August 1, 2018