In This Issue

Smart Meetings’ February-March Magazine is a celebration of the Smart Women leaders who have inspired us this year. We tell the stories of 100 women who are innovating, supporting their communities and teaching us all to thrive when we need it most. Along the way, we are looking at some of the resources that are helping all of us perform at our best. A new survey of meeting professionals finds that CVBs and DMOs are stepping up more than ever before, sports venues are now coveted for their open spaces and hybrid meeting technology is evolving.

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Value Added: 2022 Smart Meetings White Paper

In a recent survey conducted with Destinations International, meeting profs shared their unique solutions in the face of challenge.

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Diverse Meeting Teams Are Smarter

Diversity is a word that’s used by people in all professions. But what do we really mean when we talk about it?

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Mergers and Partnerships Advance Hybrid Technology Choices

Hybrid technology has come a long way. Hundreds of companies are starting to come together in multi-feature platforms.

Asynchronous Hybrid Events: What Are They?

Over the years, I’ve made the case for hybrid events. When I heard about “asynchronous” events, I didn’t know where they fit in the model.

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Sports Arenas and Stadiums: On Game for Meeting Planners This Year

Two years after Covid-19 upended both sports stadiums and the meetings industry, both are getting ready to play ball. Check out what’s new.

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Smart Meetings Announces 2022 Smart Women in Meetings Award Winners

Join us in celebrating these outstanding leaders at Smart Woman Summit and Smart Women in Meetings Awards Gala August 25-26 at Grand Hyatt Nashville. Cheers!

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Women Who Roar: 2022 Smart Women in Meetings Award

The meetings industry is filled with daring leaders who have learned to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals. This is our celebration.

In Every Issue

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Meetings MBA: Fire Up the Connections

Not sure what to do when sending or receiving an RFP? Conversations and connections are key; let’s look at the details.

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Could Uber for Housekeepers Save Hospitality?

Staffing challenges continue to rage in the UK. Emily Goldfischer started a blog to tell the stories of women in the hospitality industry.

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Architect Model of Third-Party Planning

Traditional planning processes like the RFP and site inspection are under review. What will third-party planning look like in 2022?

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Healthy World: Walking the Talk

Sustainability is on the lips of the meetings world everywhere. As aspiration and inspiration, let us praise venues that lead the pack.

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Essential List: The Planning Resources Making Events Possible

As meetings become more hybridized, planning resources are getting smarter. These 8 resources improve event management for every format.

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Work Smart: Updated Tax Tips for Independent Planners

Are you an independent planner? Would you like a 100% deduction on your F&B expenses? Bonnie Lee, an Enrolled IRS Agent, tells us how.

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Essential F&B: Can Crafted

The category most often referred to as Ready-to-Drink (RTD) beverages are gaining popularity, also changing the meaning of adult beverage.

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Vegan. Leather. Lunchbox?: Smart Style with Kate Patay

Plus, a fun treat dispenser for your pups, a phone case/Billie Crossbody Utility Strap, a tool to prevent overweight baggage fees and more.

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Smart Chat: Martha Sheridan, CEO of Boston CVB

In this Q&A, Martha Sheridan, CEO of Greater Boston CVB, chats about getting meetings back on track, the future of travel and more.

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