You’re Charging How Much?!: The Case for Smarter F&B Budgeting

You’re Charging How Much?!: The Case for Smarter F&B Budgeting
Joan Eisenstodt
August 2, 2019
Food and beverage (F&B) can make or break a meeting or event. And certainly, the complete absence of F&B can set in motion kvetching like you haven’t heard since the last time you managed a meeting without it. Just try to have a meeting break with no coffee! It's the cost and perception and reality of what goes into pricing that is driving a wedge in our industry. Let's attempt to understand more.

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.

'Tis the Season: Ethics of Gifting & Entertaining

'Tis the Season: Ethics of Gifting & Entertaining
Joan Eisenstodt
December 7, 2018
Many of you will give or receive gifts or entertain or be entertained by those with whom you are doing business, have done business, referred business or one day may do business. What goes into your thinking when giving or accepting gifts?

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.

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.

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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