February 2018

Cover illustration by Mengxin Li

digital edition

Dinners Designed for Conversation

A new model for pop-up dinners pairs meals with challenging and inspiring discussions. Can they find a home at meetings and conferences?

BY Corin Hirsch February 1, 2018

Behind the Scenes: The Oprah Effect

What does it take for a speaker to inspire listeners?

BY Michelle Russell February 1, 2018

Looking Ahead: An Aspirational Vision

Now more than ever, business events drive global economic growth and social transformation.

BY Sherrif Karamat February 1, 2018

A Meeting of Miniature Soldiers

A visit to one of three annual Historical Miniature Gaming Society events dedicated to the art of historical miniature gaming.

BY Casey Gale February 1, 2018

RIP Expo Revenue

Five realities about the changing buying habits of B2B professionals, and how they impact expo revenue.

February 1, 2018

Should You Be Worried About the End of Net Neutrality?

As an event organizer, probably not, according to an industry expert. As an individual consumer, maybe.

BY Christopher Durso February 1, 2018

How Four Creative Cities Attract Business Events

When a destination is named a UNESCO Creative City, it’s usually because of its cultural assets. Does that also help attract business events? Four different Creative Cities think so.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst February 1, 2018

Convene Survey: What Drives Event Sponsorships?

Acquiring event sponsors is the top sponsorship challenge cited by respondents to a recent Convene survey. Then there’s the matter of keeping them happy in an economy driven by customization and data.

BY Michelle Russell February 1, 2018

How Social-Media Livestreaming Helps With Member Engagement Strategy

To expand the reach of its educational offerings, PCMA’s Canada East Chapter has tested a range of live-streaming offerings. The big takeaway? Social means success.

BY David McMillin February 1, 2018

National AfterSchool Association Annual Convention

An estimated 2,000 afterschool professionals and leaders will attend the four-day National AfterSchool Association (NAA) Annual Convention in March.

BY Casey Gale February 1, 2018

13th EVPA Annual Conference

About 530 EU-based attendees visited Oslo for the European Venture Philanthropy Association’s (EVPA) 2017 Annual Conference, one of the largest events in the world for venture-philanthropy organization members, investors, academics, and policy makers to talk social investment.

BY Casey Gale February 1, 2018

Pieter Swart Never Stops Learning

The founder of Conference Consultancy South Africa on why you should be a life-long learner— and the lessons that came from a well-meaning blunder while arranging a royal visit.

BY Christopher Durso January 30, 2018

What Data Should You Be Sharing With Exhibitors?

You collect a lot of information that can help exhibitors help you create a great event. Here’s how to make sure you are sharing the data that will make a difference.

BY Michelle R. Davis January 30, 2018

Designing Digital Events That Work

Jennifer Kingen Kush, DES, executive director of the Digital Experience Institite talks about the current best practices for digital meetings — and their very bright future.

BY Christopher Durso January 26, 2018

Gen. Stanley McChrystal on Empowering Leadership

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal talks about the similarities in his approach to leadership inside and outside of the military.

BY Michelle Russell January 17, 2018

Not Your Mother’s Girl Scout Convention

The reimagined Girl Scouts of the USA National Convention embraced both its traditions and a whole new audience with a high-tech, high-touch second act.

BY Michelle Russell January 3, 2018