Where Life, Death, Grief and Hospitality Connect

Where Life, Death, Grief and Hospitality Connect
Joan Eisenstodt
May 3, 2019
Now or next week, at a meeting or event where we are to network and enjoy ourselves—or perhaps in your office—someone, maybe you, are or will be grieving. Perhaps you have been asked, as I was, to help plan a life celebration for a co-worker or a friend or a family member. Because sometimes, just as we are asked to help plan joyous events, we are asked to help with end-of-life events.

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.

Why Unions, Planners and Suppliers Need to Get Along

Why Unions, Planners and Suppliers Need to Get Along
Joan Eisenstodt
June 1, 2018
If you were looking for a job or negotiating the conditions under which you’d work, what would be on your list of must-haves?: fair and equitable wages? working hours and conditions? vacation time? training time and dollars? no fear of technology or outsourcing eliminating your job? protection from harassment, sexual and other? Read on. Let's find a way to work well together so make meetings, events and tradeshows shine.

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.

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?

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