A Tribute to the Memory of Arlene Sheff and Others in the Meetings Industry

A Tribute to the Memory of Arlene Sheff and Others in the Meetings Industry
Joan Eisenstodt
May 16, 2018
Our world moves too fast. We rush from one meeting to another. From one crisis to another. From one believed crisis to another. And while we rush, we forget so many who meant so much—family, friends, colleagues—who came before us. On May 12, 2018, Arlene Sheff, wife, mom, bubbe, friend, teacher, extraordinary human being, died. I offer this to her and to others lost too soon. May their memories be for blessings.

Moving GMID, Meetings and Our Industry Forward

Moving GMID, Meetings and Our Industry Forward
Joan Eisenstodt
May 4, 2018
May 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of my first vote in a U.S. and local election in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio, to date, the proudest day of my life! Since then, with every vote, class I've taught, program I've facilitated, and column or blog I've written, I've sought to ensure our industry is well-educated and willing to advocate for meetings. We've fallen short. We can do more. Read on.

Travel Packing Tips for Meeting and Event Planners

Travel Packing Tips for Meeting and Event Planners
Joan Eisenstodt
April 6, 2018
For those among us who are experienced; for those still acquiring business travel experience; and for the hospitality and meetings students that are in this to travel, here are some travel and packing tips.

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to and for Hospitality, Tourism and Meetings

Why Diversity and Inclusion Matter to and for Hospitality, Tourism and Meetings
Joan Eisenstodt
March 2, 2018
It’s pretty easy to understand why people want to be included in all the activities at your conferences and in your facilities. And why it hurts so much when people are not. We need to be hospitable and welcoming in all that we do.

Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?

Marriott Planner Clash: What's Commission Got to Do With It?
Joan Eisenstodt
February 2, 2018
Puerto Rico and Houston residents still suffer months after hurricanes devastated their communities. #MeToo hasn't gone away especially for housekeepers and others demanding "panic buttons." The flu is killing people across the US. With all that as a backdrop, let’s examine the extensive industry energy that is focused on Marriott’s reduction of third-party commission. It’s a greater amount of energy than I’ve seen directed toward the other issues.

#MeToo in Meetings and Hospitality: What's Next?

#MeToo in Meetings and Hospitality: What's Next?
Joan Eisenstodt
January 5, 2018
Policies of non-tolerance for bullying and harassment at meetings will do nothing unless they are actionable. Read these stories, the links and the Q&A article, and then tell us, what do you commit to do?