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Finding 1,000 Teachers at a 1,000-Person Event
Christine Renaud, CEO and co-founder of the Montréal-based company e180, and creator of the peer-to-peer learning platform Braindate, shares the true story of an L&D professional who went on to transform her organization after a life-changing conversation.
Getting Buy-In for Green Events
Mercedes Hunt, the founder and owner of Map & Compass Consulting, is a passionate advocate for event sustainability. Years of experience, as well as years of academic research, have revealed to her the secret of success in the operation of sustainability programs at event venues. “It all comes down,” she said, “to people.” Hunt, who
What Are WELL Buildings and Healthy Venues — And Why Should We Care?
Convention centers are embracing green building standards as a way to make their venues more Earth-friendly. Creating building environments that help their inhabitants thrive just may be the next big thing.
Reinventing the Health-Care Conference
The Manova summit debuted in 2018 as an experiment in changing conversations about the future of health care. With the second annual summit underway, here’s a look at how organizers are leaning into lessons learned last year.
Co-Located Brewers Events Draw Beer Dinners, Iron Maiden, and a Crowd
It started as a gathering that attracted 200 attendees. This year the Craft Brewers Conference — co-located with trade show BrewExpo America — helped raise the brew IQ of 14,000 participants from around the world. We’ve got a flight of their strategy.
Meetings We Like: Adoption Exchange Association National Conference
At the AEA’s annual event, adoption and child welfare professional find strategies to recruit permanent homes for children in the foster care system.
Are You Allowing Your Multifaceted Attendees to Share Other Talents?
Over the last 16 years here at Convene, I’ve trained my eye to pick up nuggets about conference business in other places outside of our industry channels. There’s a practical element to the little thrill I get — I can usually use what I find as fodder for our content. But I also think: There
Lessons in Hosting a Zero-Emissions Event
With a theme centered on one of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals — Sustainable Cities and Communities — the United Nations chose Salt Lake for the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference, Aug. 26–28. Here’s why — and what the city and its convention center learned about sustainability in the process.
What Corporate CEOs and Event Professionals Have in Common
A recent pledge by the Business Roundtable — an association whose members are CEOs of major U.S. corporations — demonstrates that social responsibility is a shared responsibility.
How Destinations International Put Attendees in the Spotlight
The destination marketing industry may speak with one voice, but it sings with many. Here’s how Destinations International debuted its own house band at its 2019 Annual Convention.
Are Manels Losing Ground?
The first time Gina Glantz used social media to call attention to the lack of female representation on a conference panel, she was “rebuked,” recalls Glantz, the founder of the nonprofit initiative GenderAvenger. That was nearly seven years ago, when Glantz, a veteran political campaign strategist and consultant, was a lecturer at the Shorenstein Center
Hamburg is Ready to Make More History as Event Destination
As Hamburg prepares to open the doors of what will be the biggest congress center in Germany, the city already has taken steps to cement its reputation as a top meetings and events destination.
Car Wash Show’s Shiny, New Approach to Event Marketing
At 9,500 participants and 400 exhibiting companies, The Car Wash Show 2019 was International Carwash Association’s (ICA) largest show ever. It didn’t get there by staying stuck in neutral.
How to Make Non-Drinkers Feel Welcome at Your Events
It’s predicted that more of your attendees will want to be served alcohol-free beverages at your networking receptions and meal events. Here’s how to go beyond the standard club soda with a twist to craft a more memorable drink experience.
Climate Debate: Caring for the Planet vs. Flying to Conferences
Climate activists are looking to ground air travel. Here’s why the business events industry should take notice.