International Women's Day: Moving the Industry Forward

International Women's Day: Moving the Industry Forward
Joan Eisenstodt
February 28, 2019
Each time I’ve asked women in our industry if they consider themselves feminists they hesitate. Not all of them—but enough and in different age cohorts that I think there is a fear of being a strong woman, showing you are a strong woman, and identifying as a feminist. We can do more and better.

Meeting Trends: We’ve Only Come This Far?!

Meeting Trends: We’ve Only Come This Far?!
Joan Eisenstodt
February 1, 2019
I’m frustrated with the meetings industry. OK. More than frustrated—pretty darn angry. In the week before I wrote the final version of this blog, I met with a retired hotel colleague and his husband, who asked me if I still loved what I did. I hesitated. Read on to see how "never-the-less" I persist.

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ... Planners!

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be ... Planners!
Joan Eisenstodt
September 6, 2018
Did you know early in life that you wanted to work in the hospitality industry? Maybe you did—depending on your age and family or other influences in your life.

3 Professional Development Obstacles (And Ways to Work Around Them)

3 Professional Development Obstacles (And Ways to Work Around Them)
Joan Eisenstodt
July 5, 2018
The late author, Doris Lessing said “That is what learning is. You suddenly understand something you've understood all your life, but in a new way.” We sometimes forget the many ways we can develop, professionally, and the resources at our fingertips. We forget to look outside the usual offerings of our professional associations to all that can stimulate new thinking.

18 Questions to End One Year and Begin a New One

18 Questions to End One Year and Begin a New One
Joan Eisenstodt
December 20, 2017
Usually in December of every year, there are predictions for what's to come. I've attempted that before. This December, I end the year wanting to know more and thus, my 18 questions—which some of you will know has meaning beyond the new year's number.

Can Meetings Help Alleviate a Major Healthcare Epidemic?

Can Meetings Help Alleviate a Major Healthcare Epidemic?
Joan Eisenstodt
November 3, 2017
Vivek Murthy, MD, MBA, the 19th Surgeon General of the United States wrote: "There is good reason to be concerned about social connection in our current world. Loneliness is a growing health epidemic." I believe that our industry—meetings and hospitality—can make a difference. Read on.

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