December 2022

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For the Ages

Here’s to the one thing that unites all generations of event attendees — feeling like we belong.

BY Michelle Russell December 18, 2022

Think and Think Again

Why holding fast to your opinions may be overrated.

BY Sherrif Karamat December 18, 2022

Networking 101: Be a Croissant, Not a Bagel

Open body language is the key to successfully broadening your network, says networking expert Robbie Samuels. All it takes is a simple switch of your stance.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 16, 2022

Designing Events That Build Communities

“Belonging is the thing that matters most,” writes designer Susie Wise in her book, Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities. Here’s a look at her “moments of belonging” and how to weave them into the fabric of events.

BY Barbara Palmer December 16, 2022

The Colorful Story Behind The Pink Retreat

A love for the rich, vivid colors of Lilly Pulitzer clothing inspired one fan to create an in-person event for her fellow enthusiasts. They now meet annually in Palm Beach, Florida.

BY Casey Gale December 12, 2022

Understanding ‘How Belonging Can Be Built’

Event personalization helps create inclusive spaces built for everybody where ‘all roads lead to belonging,’ says Naomi Clare Crellin, founder of Storycraft Lab.

BY Barbara Palmer December 12, 2022

How to Help Event Attendees Feel Like They Belong

Psychologist Geoffrey L. Cohen, author of Belonging: The Science of Creating Connection and Bridging Divides, offers insight into why belonging is vital to our wellbeing — and how to cultivate it at events so attendees keep coming back.

BY Michelle Russell December 12, 2022

The Neu Project: Creating Neuroinclusive Events

The Neu Project community is focused on creating neuroinclusive events. And its leader, Megan Henshall, is convinced that it can benefit every single person who walks through the door of your event.

BY Barbara Palmer December 12, 2022

How to Cultivate Connection at Events

A networking expert and a meeting organizer share their ideas about networking at events, and how to make everyone comfortable while doing it.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 5, 2022

Resilience Is Not Just an Inside Job

In her Convening Leaders 2023 session, Arianna Galligher will give participants tips for building their own resilience and on how to support their colleagues.

BY Barbara Palmer December 5, 2022

How Diversity in Design Collaborative is Working to Bring Equity to Design Industry

Black designers are coming together to address the lack of Black representation in the design industry, and the events industry is part of that effort.

BY Barbara Palmer December 5, 2022

Top Social Media Channels for Event Organizers

Sara Fellows, director of social media at mdg, shares her thoughts on the top social media sites to promote events for Convene’s annual Events Industry Forecast.

BY Curt Wagner November 28, 2022

How to Open — and Close — a Meeting

In our latest Meetings and Your Brain column, we look at why the first and last 5 percent of a meeting “really matters,” as conflict resolution facilitator Priya Parker says.

BY Barbara Palmer November 28, 2022

Allyson Felix: Standing up for What You Believe in

Olympian and PCMA Convening Leaders Main Stage speaker Allyson Felix had the courage to chart a course that took her beyond her comfort zone — and is making an impact that goes far beyond her record-breaking personal successes.

BY Barbara Palmer November 28, 2022

Will New Salary Transparency Laws Help Solve Pay Inequity?

New legislation around the country requires employers to disclose compensation at various points in the hiring process, which is prompting employers to take bigger steps in what many say is a crucial strategy in achieving greater pay equity for all.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst November 21, 2022

The Reusable Bag and Bottle Question

Do conferences really need more bags and water bottles? Convene readers are divided on the topic, as a recent LinkedIn thread about Deputy Editor Barbara Palmer’s write-up on the topic indicates.

BY Convene Editors November 21, 2022

Visionary Award Winner Darren Mendola on the Future of Hybrid Meetings

Darren Mendola, CMP, DES, vice president of global conferences and events at the Alzheimer’s Association, was named Event Designer of the Year at the 2022 PCMA Visionary Awards for turning things ‘upside down to accommodate a new world.’

BY Casey Gale November 21, 2022

Four Ways to Level up Your Event Potential

If you want people to travel to your in-person event, you must give them a compelling reason to come. Aim to make them active participants in the program and its outcomes.

BY Beth Surmont November 14, 2022

Envisioning Change Through ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’

A new format debuted at Convening EMEA in Vienna this fall to help participants have meaningful discussions on complex challenges in a trusting environment. 

BY Michelle Russell November 14, 2022

All-Purpose Marketing for the International Baking Industry Exposition

A lot has changed since the last International Baking Industry Exposition was held in 2019. Here’s how the 2022 edition took a fresh approach to marketing.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes Kate Ammerman October 31, 2022

‘There’s no Obstacle Too Big’ to Derail Association’s Annual Event

CEO of the Insurance Accounting and Systems Association reflects on what she learned from her experience navigating a double whammy — a COVID surge and hurricane — happening at the same time as her annual in-person conference.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst October 24, 2022

PCMA Visionary Award Winner Ready to Reinvent Conference Again

Mary Pat Cornett, CAE, CMP, was awarded Digital Experience Strategist of the Year at the 2022 PCMA Visionary Awards after leading the American Society for Nutrition to success with new digital events in response to COVID-19. She’s now planning a return to an in-person event.

BY Casey Gale October 24, 2022

Adam Grant: ‘Why Do We Have to Worship at the Altar of Hustle?’

Convening Leaders 2023 opening day keynoter and organizational psychologist Adam Grant gets to the bottom of the Great Resignation and quiet quitting — and disputes generational explanations.

BY Michelle Russell October 20, 2022

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