July 2019

When I spoke at the Insurance Marketing and Communications Association Annual Conference in Minneapolis in 2019, I was greeted by a member of the speaker selection committee, Bryan Byrd, who introduced himself as my ambassador. Organizer Paula Negro shares the thinking behind the speaker ambassador program and how you can start one.

July 2019

Meetings Today Brand Director Jim Krotz checks in with Cvent CEO Reggie Aggarwal at Cvent CONNECT 2019, the event tech company’s annual conference where it showcases new technology and hosts educational sessions for its customer base of event planners and industry suppliers.

July 2019

While on site for the grand opening of the new Gran Destino tower at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort, Danielle LeBreck sat down with Disney's Director of Convention Sales and Services, Amy Pfeiffer and Show Director at Disney Event Group, Alan Bruun to walk through the design of the property's newest meeting spaces and how groups can use them for events.

July 2019

Sure, some hotels just put the gym into an empty guest room. Or it's a couple of machines in another room that was never meant to be a gym. But some travelers—including event attendees—have demanded more. In this episode, I'm chatting with Steve Conklin, of the Marriott Marquis Chicago, about how hotels in the Marriott Convention and Resort Network are stepping up their game.

July 2019

Chief Content Officer Christoph Trappe checked in with Drew Eckman, destination sales executive at Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel, to learn more about how the property is using plants and nature-inspired design to separate itself from the competition.

July 2019

Tyler Davidson talks about the massive Los Angeles Convention Center expansion project and what it means to the meetings industry with Discover Los Angeles' Darren Green and Paige Cram. The CVB is hitting the road with an attention-getting hologram station that shows off the project.

July 2019

That ever-elusive idea of work-life balance seems to be on everyone’s cluttered mind in today’s hectic world. Meetings Today’s Lori Tenny took a breather with Deb Gee, experiential design lead for Lululemon, and Nova Browning Rutherford, workplace wellness facilitator, keynote speaker and media personality, for their mindful perspectives on achieving a healthy and sustainable work-life balance.

June 2019

Christoph Trappe asked Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile Executive Frank Sanchez to identify the things meeting planners should ask their executive chef or catering team about when planning an event. His responses include sustainability, food labeling, local sourcing and menu customization.

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