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The meetings industry is all about people and places. Now, listen to interviews, latest news, and profiles on top meeting planners and destinations.

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    • 4.5 • 11 Ratings

The meetings industry is all about people and places. Now, listen to interviews, latest news, and profiles on top meeting planners and destinations.

    Black Meeting Profs CEO Jason Dunn on the State of DEIAB in the Meetings Industry

    Black Meeting Profs CEO Jason Dunn on the State of DEIAB in the Meetings Industry

    Jason Dunn, CEO of the National Coalition of Black Meeting
    Professionals (NCBMP), has been a leader in hospitality and DMO diversity and
    inclusion efforts for decades, from his time at Visit Cincy—where he rose to be
    the DMO's first Black vice president after initially participating in a travel
    boycott of the destination—to lead NCBMP in November 2022.

    Now, after a little more than a year at the helm of NCBMP, Dunn
    reflects on his work there as well as where the meetings and events industry is
    in terms of diversity and inclusion, the nuanced issue of travel boycotts and
    advisories, and the generational challenge of persuading young people to
    consider a career in the meetings and hospitality industries.

    • 19 min
    New ESPA President Dominique Bonds Shares Her Vision

    New ESPA President Dominique Bonds Shares Her Vision

    Dominique Bonds, director of engagement for the Pennsylvania Convention Center, shares her vision as new president of Event Service Professionals Association, including DEIAB, generational shifts in the world of event service profs, sustainability and the evolution of the role of being the No. 1 on-the-ground point of contact for meeting and event planners.
    Bonds also fills us in on some of the big annual shows coming to Philly and the destination's big plans for 2026.

    • 19 min
    Corporate Comedian Greg Schwem Talks the Serious Business of Laughter

    Corporate Comedian Greg Schwem Talks the Serious Business of Laughter

    When most people think of standup comedy, they typically think of crude Netflix specials or dank nightclubs with comedians swearing like sailors. But when Greg Schwem takes the stage, you can hear the audience laughing about topics such as sales meetings, corporate websites or business advertising campaigns. 

    • 23 min
    Reigning PCMA Pickleball Champ/Visit Indy Chief Leonard Hoops Shares What’s New in Indianapolis

    Reigning PCMA Pickleball Champ/Visit Indy Chief Leonard Hoops Shares What’s New in Indianapolis

    Visit Indy’s president and CEO made his debut as the new Chair of PCMA’s 2024 Board of Directors and Trustees known by vanquishing the association’s president and CEO, Sherrif Karamat, on the pickleball court at Convening Leaders (CL).

    Thus sanctified, Hoops later sat down with Meetings Today’s Tyler Davidson to discuss the record-setting attendance and other happenings at CL—including the epic pickleball showdown—as well as the many exciting new developments happening in Indy.

    • 18 min
    The Z: Gen Z Expert Luke Goetting on Fostering Collaborative and Productive Environments for Incoming Professionals

    The Z: Gen Z Expert Luke Goetting on Fostering Collaborative and Productive Environments for Incoming Professionals

    In this Meetings Today Podcast for Taylor Smith's "The Z: Planning for the Industry's Next Generation," Smith sits down with Luke Goetting, an award-winning communications expert, founder of Puffingston Presentations and a Gen Z speaker who specializes in crafting engaging, interactive experiences for audiences around the world.

    As a Millennial company leader, Goetting coaches Gen Z employees on how to maximize their effectiveness at work and consults with clients aiming to inspire Gen Z. His expertise has helped him learn and develop invaluable tactics for navigating the challenges and opportunities of working with Gen Z, fostering a collaborative and productive environment that aligns with the expectations of this tech-savvy and socially conscious generation. From virtual meeting etiquette to leveraging innovative technologies, tune in now for some tips from Goetting on fostering collaborative and productive environments for incoming professionals.

    • 40 min
    Live From PCMA CL: Destination DC's Elliott Ferguson on Major Meetings Developments in the U.S. Capital

    Live From PCMA CL: Destination DC's Elliott Ferguson on Major Meetings Developments in the U.S. Capital

    As the leader of perhaps the most unique meetings and events draw in the U.S. if not the world, Destination DC President & CEO Elliott Ferguson oversees an operation that represents everything from world-class museums and global government event venues to iconic hotels and a cuisine scene that has taken a seat at the table of top dining destinations.

    Meetings Today caught up with Ferguson on the bustling floor of The District exhibitor area at PCMA Convening Leaders 2024 to discuss Destination DC's Only One D.C. marketing campaign, new hotels and meetings venues on the scene, its status as the first city in the world to achieve Platinum level LEED for Cities and Sustainability District, and his and the bureau's ongoing efforts leading DEI and supplier diversity initiatives.

    • 11 min

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