Now that in-person events have resumed, organizers can reignite among participants the sense that a common purpose bonds them together. Here’s how, according to experts across different fields.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.’
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.
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.
‘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.
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.
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.