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  • MOMENTS: ‘Give a little more grace to those incoming graduates.’

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    This season, hosted by Magdalina Atanassova, Convene’s digital media editor, was recorded at Convening Leaders 2024 in San Diego and dedicated to PCMA’s 20 in Twenties program. Guest Information: ·      Jen VaseleckJen Vaseleck is an Operations Manager for the Event Management Team at Maritz. Jen's passion for creating memorable experiences for others and providing exceptional service has guided her throughout her career.  ·      Nikki GonzalesNikki Gonzales is the Chief of Staff at Soundings. Just as she has been championed by her mentors and leaders, she strives to develop opportunities for emerging professionals through her role at Soundings and advocacy for fellow Gen-Z event pros.Additional Resources: ·      Jen Vaseleck, Class of 2015·      Nikki Gonzales, Class of 2023 Follow Convene:Website:         pcma.org/conveneLinkedIn:         linkedin.com/showcase/pcma-conveneInstagram:      instagram.com/pcmaconveneX:                    twitter.com/pcmaconvene Subscribe to our newsletters: pcma.org/subscribe-to-pcma-emails Contact Information: For any questions, reach out to Magdalina Atanassova, matanassova(at)pcma(dot)org.Sponsorships and Partnerships: Reach 36,000 qualified meeting organizers with Convene, the multi-award-winning magazine for the business events industry. Contact our sales team: https://www.pcma.org/advertise-sponsorship/Music: Inspirational Cinematic Piano with Orchestra

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  • Discovery, packages, experiences and more

    16:36
    Links:·      Main article: Events travel — that’s the ticket·      VML The Future 100: 2024 Get News Junkie: https://www.pcma.org/campaign/news-junkie/  Meet the Convene Editors: ·      Michelle Russell, Editor in ChiefMichelle has been Convene's editor in chief for more than two decades. Early in her career, she was a nonfiction books editor at Random House and has also worked as a writer for several startups. She most enjoys spending time with her family. ·      Barbara Palmer, Deputy EditorBarbara’s wide-ranging, award-winning work as a journalist includes stints as a science reporter at The Daily Oklahoman; publications director at the global nonprofit World Neighbors; and as the arts and humanities editor at the Stanford University News Service. ·      Jennifer Dienst, Senior EditorBefore joining the team in 2020, Jen spent more than a decade contributing to titles in the travel, hospitality, and lifestyle space. She has also had brief interludes in public relations and sales. If not writing, she is probably planning her next trip. ·      Casey Gale, Managing EditorBased in her New Jersey home office, Casey Gale enjoys writing DEI and news pieces as they relate to the meetings and events industry. She spends her downtime reading and playing with her two fluffy office mates — her cats, Hildy and Walter. ·      Curt Wagner, Digital EditorBefore joining PCMA Curt Wagner spent 22 years at the Chicago Tribune in various positions, including as a national/foreign copy editor, news designer, and as entertainment editor and TV writer for RedEye newspaper. ·      Magdalina Atanassova, Digital Media EditorMagdalina Atanassova is an award-winning and certified sustainable event prof, resourceful strategist, and amateur artist. Her core trait is her love of learning. Follow Convene:Website:     pcma.org/conveneLinkedIn:     linkedin.com/showcase/pcma-conveneInstagram:  instagram.com/pcmaconveneX:                twitter.com/pcmaconvene  Contact Information: For anything podcast-related, reach out to Magdalina Atanassova, matanassova(at)pcma(dot)org. Music: Inspirational Cinematic Piano with Orchestra
  • Convene Series: Season 2 is coming!

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    We are kicking off Season 2, recorded at Convening Leaders 2024, where we're rethinking events and offering fresh industry insights alongside PCMA's 20 in Twenties honorees.Episode 1 features Nikki Gonzales from Soundings Connect and Jen Vaseleck from Matirtz, discussing strategies for keeping things fresh with a seasoned boss.Episode 2, dives into digital design, featuring Alana Mallory from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine and Matthew Johnson from Medscape.Episode 3, explores sourcing, negotiations, and contracts with Astrid Schrier from HelmsBriscoe and Rachael Molyneux from Liverpool Convention Bureau.Episode 4, highlights the younger generation's impact on events, joined by Derek Anderson from e3 Creative and Chase Brunson from the Project Management Institute.Links:Read about the 20 in Their Twenties Program. Follow Convene:Website:         pcma.org/conveneLinkedIn:         linkedin.com/showcase/pcma-conveneInstagram:      instagram.com/pcmaconveneX:                    twitter.com/pcmaconvene Subscribe to our newsletters: pcma.org/subscribe-to-pcma-emails Contact Information: For any questions, reach out to Magdalina Atanassova, matanassova(at)pcma(dot)org.Sponsorships and Partnerships: Reach 36,000 qualified meeting organizers with Convene, the multi-award-winning magazine for the business events industry. Contact our sales team: https://www.pcma.org/advertise-sponsorship/Music: Inspirational Cinematic Piano with Orchestra
  • Convene Article: Indigenous Artwork Gives Visual Identity to HIV Science Conference

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    Indigenous Artwork Gives Visual Identity to HIV Science ConferenceWhen the International AIDS Society commissioned a local artist for its conference logo, it did more than honor the Indigenous population of host city Brisbane. It helped raise awareness of that community’s challenges with HIV.By Curt Wagner, digital editor of Convene.Read the Article:Indigenous Artwork Gives Visual Identity to HIV Science ConferenceFollow Convene:Website:        pcma.org/conveneLinkedIn:        linkedin.com/showcase/pcma-conveneInstagram:     instagram.com/pcmaconveneX:                   twitter.com/pcmaconveneSubscribe to our newsletters: pcma.org/subscribe-to-pcma-emailsContact Information: For anything podcast-related, reach out to Magdalina Atanassova, matanassova(at)pcma(dot)org.Sponsorships and Partnerships: Reach 36,000+ qualified meeting organizers with Convene, the multi-award-winning magazine for the business events industry. Contact our sales team: https://www.pcma.org/advertise-sponsorship/Music: Inspirational Cinematic Piano with Orchestra
  • ‘Creating a collective event where people feel part of something bigger than themselves.’

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    Links:·      Article from The Drum·      VML Future 100·      Fyre Festival 2·      The Rise of the Experience Economy·      Singing Together Get News Junkie: https://www.pcma.org/campaign/news-junkie/ Meet the Convene Editors:·      Michelle Russell, Editor in ChiefMichelle has been Convene's editor in chief for more than two decades. Early in her career, she was a nonfiction books editor at Random House and has also worked as a writer for several startups. She most enjoys spending time with her family.·      Barbara Palmer, Deputy EditorBarbara’s wide-ranging, award-winning work as a journalist includes stints as a science reporter at The Daily Oklahoman; publications director at the global nonprofit World Neighbors; and as the arts and humanities editor at the Stanford University News Service.·      Jennifer Dienst, Senior EditorBefore joining the team in 2020, Jen spent more than a decade contributing to titles in the travel, hospitality, and lifestyle space. She has also had brief interludes in public relations and sales. If not writing, she is probably planning her next trip.·      Casey Gale, Managing EditorBased in her New Jersey home office, Casey Gale enjoys writing DEI and news pieces as they relate to the meetings and events industry. She spends her downtime reading and playing with her two fluffy office mates — her cats, Hildy and Walter. ·      Curt Wagner, Digital EditorBefore joining PCMA Curt Wagner spent 22 years at the Chicago Tribune in various positions, including as a national/foreign copy editor, news designer, and as entertainment editor and TV writer for RedEye newspaper.·      Magdalina Atanassova, Digital Media EditorMagdalina Atanassova is an award-winning and certified sustainable event prof, resourceful strategist, and amateur artist. Her core trait is her love of learning. Follow Convene:LinkedIn:     linkedin.com/showcase/pcma-conveneInstagram:  instagram.com/pcmaconvene Contact Information: For anything podcast-related, reach out to Magdalina Atanassova, matanassova(at)pcma(dot)org. Music: Inspirational Cinematic Piano with Orchestra
  • Convene Article: Jaimé Bennett on Beginning and Ending an Event With Authenticity

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    Jaimé Bennett on Beginning and Ending an Event With AuthenticityThe opening and closing sessions at Convening EMEA 2023, which dared to be a little different, paid off by creating memorable experiences that supported the goals of the event — and what matters most to participants.By Barbara Palmer, deputy editor of Convene.Read the Article:Jaimé Bennett on Beginning and Ending an Event With AuthenticityFollow Convene:Website:        pcma.org/conveneLinkedIn:        linkedin.com/showcase/pcma-conveneInstagram:     instagram.com/pcmaconveneX:                   twitter.com/pcmaconveneSubscribe to our newsletters: pcma.org/subscribe-to-pcma-emailsContact Information: For anything podcast-related, reach out to Magdalina Atanassova, matanassova(at)pcma(dot)org.Sponsorships and Partnerships: Reach 36,000+ qualified meeting organizers with Convene, the multi-award-winning magazine for the business events industry. Contact our sales team: https://www.pcma.org/advertise-sponsorship/Music: Inspirational Cinematic Piano with Orchestra
  • The Best Moments From Season 1

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    Introduction: This episode offers a look back to some of the best moments from season one of the Convene Podcast, recorded at Convening EMEA 2023, where we brought together different generations to share their perspectives on hot industry topics. Hosted by Magdalina Atanassova, digital media editor of Convene.Follow Convene:Website:         pcma.org/conveneLinkedIn:         linkedin.com/showcase/pcma-conveneInstagram:      instagram.com/pcmaconveneX:                    twitter.com/pcmaconvene Subscribe to our newsletters: pcma.org/subscribe-to-pcma-emails Contact Information: For any questions, reach out to Magdalina Atanassova, matanassova(at)pcma(dot)org.Sponsorships and Partnerships: Reach 36,000 qualified meeting organizers with Convene, the multi-award-winning magazine for the business events industry. Contact our sales team: https://www.pcma.org/advertise-sponsorship/Music: Inspirational Cinematic Piano with Orchestra