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Predictions and resolutions are the stuff new years are made of. In the last days of 2016, on Facebook and other social media sites, after the deaths of beloved celebrities, many said they wanted 2016 over; that “enough was enough.”


Keith Knight, known mainly for his cartooning but to me known as a brilliant speaker on police brutality and race relations, got it right in his Jan. 1, 2017 cartoon.


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To augment the Friday With Joan blog post and newsletter for Jan. 2017, I wanted to know what a diverse group of colleagues thought about the year ahead, so I reached out to several meetings industry professionals to get their opinions on how they think 2017 will shape up. Following are their responses.

Where to track LGBT info in all U.S. States @MeetDMAI #eventprofs #assnchat

White House report documents “hidden fees” like resort fees. @MeetDMAI #eventprofs #hsmai

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What’s In and Out for 2017
(via The Washington Post)

Dave Barry’s 2016 Year in Review
(via Miami Herald)

The Dirty Secret About Your Clothes
(via The Washington Post)

Is Alcohol Needed at Meetings & Events?
The stories from Russia about the lives lost to alcohol poisoning (from both vodka and less traditional "beverages") are devastating but no more so than this article about the how heavy drinking for women has been "normalized" or even romanticized.

Insurance: How Covered Are You and Your Meetings?
One of the best lessons I ever learned was from Jeff King, Esq., who for years was the attorney for the Convention Liaison (now Industry) Council. In a lawsuit over a client’s cancellation of a meeting—where the client and I, individually, and my company were all sued...
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