February 2017

Cover illustration by Sebastien Thibault

digital edition

Behind the Scenes: Guiding Principals

Why we call PCMA’s annual Meeting ‘Convening Leaders’

BY Michelle Russell February 1, 2017

Keeping Convening Leaders Fresh

Attendees play a key role in our collective-learning process.

BY Deborah Sexton February 1, 2017

Cutting Down on No-Shows

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners began charging a nominal fee for an annual luncheon — and cut down on no-shows and food waste.

BY Corin Hirsch February 1, 2017

Keeping Convening Leaders Fresh

Attendees play a key role in our collective-learning process.

BY Deborah Sexton February 1, 2017

The Meetings Mean Business Coalition Goes Global

The U.S.-based Meetings Mean Business Coalition (MMBC) has created a licensing agreement to allow other countries to create similar initiatives under the MMBC brand.

BY Christopher Durso February 1, 2017

LastPass

If keeping track of your logins and passwords is a constant challenge, you are going to like this app.

BY Convene Editors February 1, 2017

Welcome to the ‘Convene Club’

Convene created a place for hosted sponsors and partners to meet, work, or just take a load off at Convening Leaders 2017.

BY Christopher Durso February 1, 2017

The RSA Conference: Big and Getting Bigger

How the RSA Conference plans to expand Its impact In 2017

BY Corin Hirsch February 1, 2017

24 Hours in Kissimmee, Florida

There’s always something to celebrate in central Florida.

February 1, 2017

Improving the Odds for Teachers

The American Statistical Association uses a volunteer initiative at its annual conference to train teachers on how to get statistical concepts across to students.

February 1, 2017

The Chemistry of Conversations

Why you should develop conference experiences that nurture conversations.

February 1, 2017

All You Can’t Eat

How to eliminate the ‘big eight’ food allergens from your event menus.

BY Christopher Durso February 1, 2017

Mastering the Art of Online Education

What does it take to develop an engaging online course?

BY Michelle R. Davis February 1, 2017

Small Cities With Great Taste

Food halls. Distillery trails. Michelin-starred chefs. The story of how smaller cities are using great food and drink to attract business events.

BY Corin Hirsch February 1, 2017

How Airbnb Open Is Changing the Attendee Experience

The peer-to-peer sharing platform has disrupted the hotel industry. Are meetings next?

BY David McMillin February 1, 2017

Inside Emojicon 2016

Emoji may be adorable, but with billions sent each year, they also carry enormous social, political, and cultural weight.

BY Barbara Palmer February 1, 2017

A ‘Shark Tank’ for the Travel Industry

The Phocuswright Innovation Platform is reinventing how innovators find funding.

BY David McMillin February 1, 2017

Storytelling With Data

Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic, a leading authority on effectively communicating with data, talks about why this is the next skill you need to add to your resume.

BY Barbara Palmer February 1, 2017

The Way Forward 

Events over the last year might have you wondering if the world is coming apart. A writer who has committed himself to giving back asks: Can meetings and conventions help put it back together?

February 1, 2017

How Isaac Lidsky Sees Things Differently

For entrepreneur and speaker Isaac Lidsky, the loss of his sight helped him understand how we use our minds to shape our reality.

BY Michelle Russell January 18, 2017