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NASA Legend Gene Kranz is a Go for Convening Leaders 2020
More than 50 years after helping land a man on the moon, former NASA flight director Gene Kranz will take the Convening Leaders 2020 Main Stage to share how his experience in executing some of the country’s major events in space can apply to all types of decision-making on the ground.
Two for One: How Organizers Combined a Food Writers Conference With a Food and Music Festival
When Hanna Raskin, food editor and chief critic for Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier newspaper, was elected board president of the Association of Food Journalists (AFJ) last year, she accepted under one condition: that AFJ suspend its multi-day conference. AFJ’s executive director, Amanda Miller, agreed. The national conference held Sept. 25–28, 2018, in Phoenix,
How the International Baking Industry Exposition’s Marketing Strategy Keeps the Event Fresh
The International Baking Industry Exposition’s marketing strategy has been the yeast that makes the event rise to the top in a highly challenging environment.
Sound Barriers: Keeping Focus in a Noisy Open Office
Our inability to focus at work isn’t just a result of digital distractions. Our workplace environments also can contribute to the problem.
Summit of Minds: ‘Great People, Great Content, and the Great Outdoors’
Now in its sixth year, Summit of Minds draws 300 thought leaders across different disciplines to the French Alps to explore weighty issues of the day — and the surrounding awe-inspiring terrain.
How EDUCAUSE’s 2019 Annual Conference Made Inclusivity a Priority
EDUCAUSE made inclusivity a priority at its 2019 annual conference — in the forms of simple, handwritten notes of encouragement, an AI translation program, and an indoor park.
Why Email is so Exhausting — and What You Can Do About It
It’s not just the volume of emails professionals must deal with that’s the problem. It’s the mental toll email takes, say authors Emma Seppälä and Jaron Lanier.
How to Create Impactful Learning Experiences at Your Events
Christine Renaud, CEO of e180, shares what she has learned about collaborative and peer-to-peer learning from how professionals interact using the company’s Braindate platform — including how to flip the traditional teacher/student model.
Convening Leaders’ Trending Now Studio to Spotlight ‘Forces of Change’
The PCMA Convening Leaders 2020 program will include a studio that’s tuned in to the latest topics and trends shaping the future of the events industry.
Why We Like WCIT 2019: IT Leaders, Lightning Rounds, and Kim Kardashian
The 23rd World Congress on Information Technology convened for the first time in Armenia, bringing together tech giants — and others — for an innovative, ever-improving program to challenge the industry.
Here’s What Event Sponsorship is — and What it’s Not
Over the past few weeks, I’ve received invitations to attend webinars and download industry research reports and read articles all aimed to help conference and show organizers grow sponsorship revenue. Problem is, when you dig into these resources, you find that they are more focused on print and digital advertising than true sponsorship. Sponsorship is
‘Business Events are a Catalyst for a Sustainable Future’
Where is the business-events industry headed? At Convening Leaders 2020, Sherrif Karamat plans to share his vision for what’s next.
How to Survive, Thrive After Commission Omission
In early 2018, when Marriott reduced its longtime commission structure by 3 percent, everything changed for independent meeting professionals. Nearly two years later, here’s a look at how three have strategically worked through that challenge.
Association Renaissance Counting on New Business Model
Associations are at an inflection point. The conditions are in place to make associations more relevant and to provide greater value — but that will require rethinking today’s model.
Does ‘Meeting Recovery Syndrome’ Prevent You From Doing Your Best Work?
Organizational psychologists have a term for the toll those meetings take on our psyche: “meeting recovery syndrome,” or MRS.
PCMA Convening Leaders and San Francisco — Where Innovation Meets
Long known for its innovative chops, the City by the Bay is home to ‘unicorn’ startups that are already changing the way the events industry does business.
Can Creativity Be Learned? Allen Gannett Thinks So
The author of The Creative Curve, who will present an Event Strategy and Design studio session at PCMA Convening Leaders 2020, shares four steps event organizers can take to approach their events with greater creativity.
Grape Skins, the Faulty Bra Assumption, and WTF: A Guide to Critical Thinking
The founder of a foundation to promote critical thinking shares three tips on how to make it a regular practice.