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.

Our Industry’s Reputation and Yours Are at Stake: Help Is Needed!

Our Industry’s Reputation and Yours Are at Stake: Help Is Needed!
Joan Eisenstodt
October 5, 2018
For most of the many years I’ve been in this industry, I’ve questioned the business practices that are considered “standard” or “normal” and sought evidence of those practices being ethical and professional. I’ve looked to other professions—accounting, medicine, law, journalism, association management, counseling, among them—and saw that there were standards of conduct that must be adhered to in order to maintain one’s license to practice in that profession. No such thing exists for planning, sales, or convention services in our industry.

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.

Giving Thanks and Expressing Gratitude

Giving Thanks and Expressing Gratitude
Joan Eisenstodt
November 23, 2016
Funny, a blog of thanks should have been easy to write. As I drafted it, I realized how much more complicated it was.

'Ethical Negotiation' - An Oxymoron?

'Ethical Negotiation' - An Oxymoron?
Joan Eisenstodt
November 4, 2016
Everyone says it: there must be "hidden charges" that involve a financial risk to meetings that hotels never disclose. If they were really our partners, wouldn’t all the information be disclosed at the start of the relationship? I really do believe that ethical negotiation is not an oxymoron.

What's on Your Ballot?* VOTE Nov. 8 – Our Industry Matters!

What's on Your Ballot?* VOTE Nov. 8 – Our Industry Matters!
Joan Eisenstodt
October 7, 2016
“...As another election approaches, we all need to be informed as to where the candidates stand on issues important to our industry and how referendums on the ballot may affect us—whether positive or negative..." – Don Welsh, president and CEO, DMAI.

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