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.

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

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