New Meetings Today Podcast!

Dare to Interrupt, a podcast for women in the events industry, hosted by Courtney Stanley.

Episode 3 is in the books! Or more accurately, in the airwaves! Fill Up Your Tank and Keep Your Foot on the Gas: Listen now.

This Meetings Today podcast gives event professionals the chance to overhear raw, unfiltered conversations between the industry’s most influential women.

Hosted by speaker and writer Courtney Stanley, Dare to Interrupt brings together industry professionals who shed light on important topics facing women today, from imposter syndrome to sexual harassment to negotiating pay and the list goes on.

It's bold, refreshing and will gift you with new talking points for your next networking event or dinner with friends. Rarely do women get a space like this to be amplified, which makes Dare to Interrupt a powerful addition to the world of meetings, business and beyond.

Buckle up and lean in to engage with a handful of the event community’s most successful, fierce women as they share inspiring stories of hard work, of adversity and of triumph.

Currently on 10 podcast platforms! Subscribe on your favorite one.


COVID-19 has rocked the travel and meetings industries. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks to Dare to Interrupt podcast host Courtney Stanley about how she and those she's talked with in the industries are navigating these turbulent times, and resources you can tap to help you cope.

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson talks with Seema Jain, director, multicultural affairs for Marriott International about the hotel giant's Culture Days program. Jain travels the world training Marriott staff on how to best serve the cultural needs of its very diverse clientele, and offers critical information to meeting planners on how they can do the same for their attendees.

What is the real secret behind “doing it all”? Event technology and marketing entrepreneurs Dahlia El Gazzar of DAHLIA+Agency and Shannon DeSouza of DeSouza on Demand discuss the importance of showing up, practicing gratitude, servanthood and self-care while balancing family life and running their own growing businesses.

Meetings Today blogger Joan Eisenstodt has been participating in many of the thrice-weekly COVID-19 press conferences from the World Health Organization (WHO). Here's what she found out from the experts fighting the spread of the virus, how it impacts the meetings and events industry, and what the industry needs to learn from the crisis. 

Danielle LeBreck and President & CEO of VISIT Milwaukee Peggy Williams-Smith talk about the event-packed year ahead for Milwaukee, new developments in the city, and all the best venues and offsites for meetings and events.

Editor's note: This information was accurate at the time of the recording, February 28, 2020. We are monitoring and updating as new information is available.

Top meetings industry attorneys Joshua L. Grimes and Tyra Warner discuss the legal issues involved with cancelling a meeting due to coronavirus. Learn how to protect your organization and what your options are—from outright cancellation to attrition—from two of the top legal minds in the industry.

Danielle LeBreck stops by the “All Roads Lead to Caesars Forum” road show in Minneapolis, Minnesota to catch up with Lisa Messina—VP of Sales for Caesars Entertainment—about the highly anticipated grand opening of Caesars Forum in Las Vegas in March 2020.

Why do we willingly sell ourselves short? In episode two of Dare to Interrupt, world-renowned professor of hospitality, events and tourism Dr. Lorie Tuma shares with us the power of her personal mantra, “Say Yes”. 

Coronavirus has hit China hard, and it's difficult to get an accurate assessment of its severity because of the secrecy in that nation, although many confirmed cases have been reported in the U.S. Check out our Corona Virus Risk Management piece by Brenda Rivers to see how you can prepare. Also, discover what you need to do if you get sick on the road; a podcast with the LVCVA's Chris Meyer on what's new in Las Vegas; the need for sabbaticals; and the new trend of Biophilic design in meetings.

What’s new in the center of the meetings and events universe? Topics for this Meetings Today podcast include Elon Musk’s bold new Boring Company people mover; exciting new technology offerings; highlights of the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion; and how the Las Vegas is attracting a global sporting event audience.

Danielle LeBreck and Jill Vance, the director of sales for The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel, take a deep dive on why this tranquil Southwest Florida destination is ideal for your next meeting. They cover its natural beauty and inspiration surroundings, unique waterfront venues, team activities, CSR programs and more.

Hosted by speaker and writer Courtney Stanley, Dare to Interrupt brings together industry professionals who shed light on important topics facing women today, from imposter syndrome to sexual harassment to negotiating pay and the list goes on.

Meetings Today is proud to collaborate with Courtney Stanley, a women's empowerment leaders in the meetings and events industry. Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson asks her about the new podcast and Courtney shares some information about the first show, available January 23.


Oracle just announced it is pulling up stakes and moving its 60,000-strong OpenWorld conference from San Francisco to Las Vegas for the next three years, citing exorbitant hotel prices and perceived safety issues due to the city's homeless crisis. Also, check out our podcasts from Lead Destination Strategist Danielle LeBreck, who traveled to Australia for the Dreamtime incentives event and a fam to the idyllic Whitsunday Islands.

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson describes the impact Patti Shock has had on the meetings industry, through the eyes of the people she's impacted, including Joan Eisentsodt, Tyra Warner, MaryAnne Bobrow, Dan Cormany and Dan Parks. Also, our Top 10 stories of 2019 and a podcast from Australia's Dreamtime 2019.

Lead Destinations Content Strategist Danielle LeBreck sits down with Tourism Australia's Penny Lion during Dreamtime 2019 in Perth, Australia, to chat about how Australian destinations can help you plan one-of-a-kind incentive trips.

Heka Health's Tony Salah, an innovator of wellness challenges that have been incorporated at large meeting industry events such as IMEX America, PCMA Convening Leaders and ASAE's Annual Meeting, explains how meeting planners can get their attendees competing in fitness challenges that will get their blood pumping and increase their overall engagement. Listen now.

Meetings and hospitality veterans Joan Eisenstodt and Roger Rickard discuss the rather unenthusiastic current state of industry advocacy and how we can all get more involved to champion issues that directly impact our profession.

Golfing is still a great way to conduct meetings and network. Learn some of the ways this outing has evolved and why scheduling your next golf event goes beyond the course from Mark Crabb with Greater Palm Springs CVB, interviewed at Meetings Today LIVE! Golf 2019.

Meetings Today Vice President & Chief Content Director Tyler Davidson shares a few yuks from his Laughter Yoga story with Sarah Routman, as well as the best places in Texas for groups to get barbecue, searing your attendees' selfies on pancakes and the importance of speaking up for our industry.

Laughter yoga practitioner Sarah Routman shares a few yuks with Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson after her Laughter Lab session at IMEX America. Laughing loudly out of context, it seems, is a tonic that heals and invigorates attendees while creating bonds with their colleagues. Have a laugh on us!

Meetings Today's Tyler Davidson offers up his experiences at Meetings Today Live! West in Victoria, British Columbia, and how this magical little English Colonial-style city fueled his love for travel. Also, Danielle LeBreck is reporting from Music City, USA—Nashville—during her press trip with Marriott's Convention & Resort Network.

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