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Akshar Patel

Lessons Learned Doing Business During a Pandemic

Akshar Patel, vice president of conventions for AAHOA and one of this year’s PCMA Groundbreaker Award nominees, shares how COVID-19 has allowed him to “learn and sharpen” his skillset as an events executive.

Wanijuka Wawa Gatheru

Making Climate Change Personal

Social justice issues have everything to do with the environment, environmental justice advocate Wanjiku ‘Wawa’ Gatheru told the PCMA Convening Leaders 2022 audience in Las Vegas, ‘and the environment has everything to do with me.’


Getting Back to Face-to-Face Events

After false starts and months of virtual experiences, in-person events are returning. Here’s what organizers of three physical events held in the second half of 2021 learned. 

According to the latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard survey, 60 percent of planners intend to mandate vaccines at in-person events.

Planners Take a ‘Wait-and-See’ Approach to Omicron

The latest COVID-19 Recovery Dashboard Survey results reveal that planners and suppliers feel more hopeful as they face COVID’s latest variant — and that planners are less inclined to cancel their upcoming in-person events than they were when in the throes of the Delta variant.

LACC Tech Donation Drive

Promoting Equitable Access to Tech

A tech-donation drive at the Los Angeles Convention Center will give unwanted tech devices and accessories a new life, benefiting “communities left on the wrong side of the digital divide.”