Category Archives: Meeting Planning

Developing Content, Choosing Presenters

The role of meeting planner in many organizations has grown in scope in recent years. The one area where many planners still aren’t fully utilized, however, is meeting content.

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Learning to See Diversity

The Ascent CEO Promise announced by PCMA CEO Sherrif Karamat in May challenged events industry leaders to build more inclusive workplaces. Importantly, it focused on what can be done to make meetings of the future more diverse, rather than on pointing fingers at the past.

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Like a Boss: Four People Who Started Something

Sometimes event professionals have to create their own path to a better future. Smart Meetings asked a quartet of brave souls who found the right combination of vision, willpower and frustration required to set out on their own to chime in about the definition of leadership in today’s events world.

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Brave New Meetings World: A Survival Guide

In January, Marriott International Vice President of Global Sales Tammy Routh hit “send” on an email that rocked the meeting planner world. Her message announced that the largest global hotel brand would cut commissions to independent planners by 30 percent. It was the start of a series of such announcements—Hilton Worldwide followed in in March and Intercontinental Hotels Group in May.

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