2019-05

May 2019

Cover illustration by Ping Shu

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Former Rust Belt Cities Rise as Innovation Hubs

Six CVBs discuss how their cities’ new knowledge economies have transformed how groups experience them.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst May 8, 2019

Hospitality Trends? ‘Hold on to Your Seats,’ Says Expert

Some global destinations — including the U.S. — have ‘massive’ amounts of hotel rooms in the pipeline. What does that mean for planners?

BY Barbara Palmer May 6, 2019

Getting the Band Back Together at PCMA EduCon

As attendees gear up for PCMA EduCon in June, they should be prepared to channel their inner rock star when Ciaran Gribbin, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and the former singer of INXS, takes the Main Stage.

BY David McMillin May 5, 2019

Business Events Can Make the World Less Lonely

In the May issue of Convene, we cover loneliness, a health issue that has come to be called an epidemic. Globally, the World Health Organization now lists social support networks as one of the factors determining health, and as our story points out, last year the U.K. appointed a minister for loneliness, making it a

BY Sherrif Karamat April 30, 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

Room to Breathe: Creating Quiet Spaces at Conferences

Four event planners share the challenges and benefits of carving out dedicated quiet areas for meditation and prayer at their events.

BY Jasmine Zhu April 30, 2019

Choral Cure: What Happens When We Sing Together

The Global Meeting Exchange in Montreux, Switzerland, tapped the power of music to bring its attendees from around the world together with a song.

BY Barbara Palmer April 30, 2019

CreativeMornings: A Global Community Built on Connection

How a weekly gathering of creative professionals in New York City turned into a worldwide movement with more than 200 chapters in more than 65 countries working to reverse the trend of loneliness.

BY Barbara Palmer April 30, 2019

Paper Trail Leads to the National Stationery Show

The 73-year-old event is the place for all things paper — including greeting cards, custom invitations, gift wrap, tableware, and journals.

BY Casey Gale April 28, 2019

BrainAMPED Founder: Practice Emotional Intelligence

It’s good to be intellectually curious. But Sara Ross — founder of BrainAMPED and a PCMA EduCon keynote speaker — says being emotionally curious may be more important.

BY Barbara Palmer April 25, 2019

Follow the 4 Dimensions of a Live Event to Create Peak Experiences

Self-actualization is not the exclusive realm of spirit guides or religious gurus. It should be among your highest priorities in terms of facilitating your participants’ experience.

BY Don Neal April 25, 2019

Gamification of Recruiting: Playing for Your Next Job

As businesses look for new ways to attract talent, they are opting for a little friendly competition.

BY Angela Campiere April 24, 2019

Conference Content Distribution Is a Challenge, Says Study

Association event organizers cite last-minute content changes as their top challenge. Their responses to a recent study also indicate that they are missing opportunities to use conference content to engage members throughout the year.

BY Casey Gale April 24, 2019

Student Competition at ATSSA Brings New Generation of Ideas

The American Traffic Safety Services Association wanted to encourage innovation among future leaders in transportation engineering as well as find solutions to pressing safety issues. It found the answer to both in a student competition, which awards winners during its annual convention.

BY Jasmine Zhu April 24, 2019

Make Your Content Count by Adapting it for Each Platform

Savvy event organizers use content marketing to generate leads, create engagement, and meet retention objectives. Here’s how to make it work extra hard for you without extra effort.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes April 24, 2019

All Tech Is Human Founder Looking to Future

David Ryan Polgar, who started the initiative to help create a more thoughtful future towards technology, talks about how to approach event tech from an ethical standpoint.

BY Michelle Russell April 23, 2019

Why the Nightlife Is the Good Life in World’s Best Cities

Recent research indicates that night-time industries are key to a city’s appeal among visitors — and to its prosperity.

BY Barbara Palmer April 22, 2019

6 Ways Medical Meetings Are Proving Their Value To Exhibitors

From beacon-collected data to lead scanners to third-party evaluations, here’s how two medical meetings are tackling the exhibitor ROI challenge.

BY Molly Petrilla April 20, 2019

Crafting a Solution to Falling Attendance

When a major craft and hobby show moved from its long-time host city to a new one, attendance dropped off. Here’s the creative approach event organizers and the show’s new host CVB took to win attendees back.

BY Molly Petrilla April 17, 2019

Freeman Company Evolves But Stays All in the Family

As Carrie Freeman Parsons takes the reins as Freeman’s chair, she joined Don Freeman Jr. and Joe Popolo in a look back at Freeman’s evolution and growth, and provided Convene with a glimpse of its future.

BY David McMillin April 5, 2019

James Youngblood: ‘I Was an Unwitting CEO’

The meeting planner-turned-top-executive never aspired to be a CEO, but as he retires from the Heart Rhythm Society, it’s clear that his career leap was a happy accident.

BY David McMillin March 28, 2019

The Case for Leaving a Positive Legacy

Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress has an ambitious environmental program. Here’s what the event does, and how it makes a difference.

March 9, 2019