Don’t Throw the ADA ‘Baby’ Out With the COVID-19 ‘Bathwater’

Don’t Throw the ADA ‘Baby’ Out With the COVID-19 ‘Bathwater’
Joan Eisenstodt
June 5, 2020
Oh, you bet I want to write about—think about—something else...even something frivolous like summer plans that might include a walk around the block; what you’ve done to manage your “crown of grey” or whether you or someone in your life grew a beard; and how tired you are of take-out food...if you are fortunate enough to have shelter and food—and toilet paper. But as noted by the WHO and written and discussed in many arenas, this virus is likely to never go away. It will eventually be controllable, yet potentially never out of the possibility of contagion. Thus, as I work through and around for clients I continue to write about the issues related to COVID-19, or accurately, SARS-COV2.

Sales May Sell But It’s Event Services That Brings Repeat Biz

Sales May Sell But It’s Event Services That Brings Repeat Biz
Joan Eisenstodt
March 6, 2020
I moved to Washington, D.C. in 1978. My first job here was as an association planner for the group's 10th anniversary meeting. Although I had planned meetings and events around the U.S. prior to my move, I wasn’t schooled or trained in the profession. On my first visit to the group's already-contracted hotel, I met with the sales manager and convention services manager and said, “Tell me everything.” They did and it was the beginning of my “love affair” with convention services and all they brought to the process and execution of meetings. This, I hope, brings more attention and respect and compensation to this critical profession in our industry, and more attention to ESPA.

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.

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