December 2023

Cover illustration by Serge Bloch

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Spotlighting Trust in 2024

After reading a Convene online story about trends, a reader pledges to cut through the social media noise and demand trustworthiness of others — and herself — in the coming year.

BY Convene Editors January 24, 2024

Safe Spaces for Feelings

A Convene reader asks how event organizers can help communities navigate ambivalence, fear, and anger over climate change at their meetings.

BY Convene Editors January 12, 2024

Salary Survey 2023: Highs and Lows for Event Pros

The return of face-to-face meetings is good news, but it brings a host of pandemic-related and other challenges for event professionals as well. Convene examines the ups and downs that come with the job — both monetary and otherwise — in the 2023 Salary Survey.

BY Magdalina Atanassova Michelle Russell December 13, 2023

The Seine’s Starring Role in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

After $1.5-billion clean-up, Paris’ famous river Seine will welcome Olympic swimmers for the first time in more than a century.

BY Barbara Palmer December 11, 2023

Paris 2024 Olympic Torch Gets Modern Makeover

French designer Mathieu Lehanneur’s torch concept for the Olympic and Paralympic Games blends themes of equality, water, peacefulness, and environmental consciousness.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 11, 2023

Sustainability Isn’t the Only Goal on 2024 Olympic Games’ Agenda

Equality, accessibility are among the 15 recommendations planners — including the director of corporate and sustainable development — are undertaking for Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

BY Jennifer N. Dienst December 11, 2023

Meeting Planners Struggle for Recognition

“We are so much more than layers of specs,” said one respondent to our Salary Survey who is seeking consideration from a boss.

BY Michelle Russell December 10, 2023

A Shift in Mindset — and Behavior 

Meeting the challenges of climate change demands that we find new ways of thinking about sustainability.

BY Sherrif Karamat December 10, 2023

Thorough About Thoroughfares

The annual meeting of the Governors Highway Safety Association tackles traffic issues — including safety among diverse communities.

BY Casey Gale December 6, 2023

What Event Professionals Like Most — and Least — About Their Jobs

Respondents didn’t hold back when asked to share how they feel about their jobs — the good, the bad, and the ugly — in several open-ended questions in Convene’s Salary Survey 2023. Here’s a taste of what they had to say.

BY Magdalina Atanassova Michelle Russell November 27, 2023

Who’s Asking Questions and Why?

Bill Reed, chief event strategy officer for the American Society of Hematology, offered insights from his research and experience on the issue of men dominating Q&A conference sessions, after listening to a Convene Podcast episode on that topic.

BY Bill Reed November 27, 2023

The Rise of LinkedIn

The popularity of social media’s most businesslike channel — LinkedIn — has exploded in recent years, including among event professionals.

BY Barbara Palmer November 27, 2023

10 Tips for Event Professionals Using LinkedIn

In the last two decades, LinkedIn has evolved far beyond a platform where professionals could post their resumes. Here are ideas for getting the most out of LinkedIn from three savvy event pros.

BY Barbara Palmer November 27, 2023

Making Your Events Inclusive for Neurodiverse Attendees

The CEO of an organization founded to amplify autistic voices shares how to make events more welcoming to neurodivergent people.

BY Casey Gale November 20, 2023

Conference Reimagines Downtown by Expanding Beyond Chicago’s ‘Loop’

The pandemic accelerated problems facing cities around the world. Here’s how one organization’s annual event — in its design and program — is helping to usher in “a whole new era of city building.” 

BY Barbara Palmer November 19, 2023

‘Let’s Have These Conversations’ About Civil Rights

An annual summer event produced by the Big Ten Conference for student athletes brings the United States’ civil rights history to life. 

BY Barbara Palmer November 17, 2023

Scrap Giant Makes E-Waste Problem Impossible to Ignore

A nearly 20-foot-tall, 1-ton sculpture made of discarded electronics was the centerpiece of a first-ever Sustainability Village at a global consumer electronics and home appliances trade show.

BY Curt Wagner November 7, 2023

How Exhibitors Can Adapt to Shifting Marketing Realities

Most event metrics, including overall registration numbers, have been on the upswing in this new post-pandemic normal. The long-term outlook for exhibitors, however, may not be as rosy.

BY Kimberly Hardcastle-Geddes November 6, 2023

How We Do It: Jaimé Bennett on Beginning and Ending an Event With Authenticity

The opening and closing sessions at Convening EMEA 2023, which dared to be a little different, paid off by creating memorable experiences that supported the goals of the event — and what matters most to participants.

BY Barbara Palmer November 6, 2023

Time to Think Outside the Inbox

Email is a tried-and-true tactic for marketing events, but you may be missing opportunities to reach your audience if you’re relying too heavily on email to secure registrations.

BY Cait Brown October 27, 2023

Making Flexible Work Pay Off for Women

Harvard University’s Claudia Goldin, the winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for economics, links the gender pay gap in the workplace to time pressures on women with children. How does that play out in the business events industry — and what can our industry do to help narrow the pay gap in other sectors?

BY Barbara Palmer October 11, 2023

What Motivates Older Workers?

As the business events industry — and the workplace as a whole — struggles with staffing shortages, the need to recruit and retain older workers is critical. Some companies are introducing a new perk specifically for that demographic.

BY Michelle Russell September 27, 2023

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