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Choose Chicago President & CEO Steps Down

From CMW: Choose Chicago, the official sales and marketing organization responsible for promoting Chicago as a global visitor and meetings destination, has announced that president & CEO Lynn Osmond (pictured) has decided to leave the organisation effective 31 January, 2024, to focus her time and energies on a family health matter. “It has been gratifying…

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Congresses May Move Over Abortion Access

The US Supreme Court ruling that lifted constitutional protections for access to abortion services has now prompted calls for scientific events to boycott states that have banned or severely restricted services. At least one organisation has already moved a meeting out of Louisiana over the issue of abortion rights. Photo: Ted Eytan. From Nature…

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Convention Cities Index Lead by Germany

Three German cities are among the top ten destinations chosen for large international meetings, according to new figures in Northstar Meetings Group’s Convention Cities Index. Frankfurt tops the list, with Cologne fifth and Hanover eighth. The update is the third publication of the index, which was launched in 2020. From Association Meetings International…

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ASAE’s Michelle Mason: Association Trailblazer Breaking Barriers

Michelle Mason heads up Iceberg partner ASAE as President and CEO. After she “stumbled into association management”, as a temporary staff assistant at what is now called the American Chemistry Council, Mason has climbed the ranks, transforming any barriers into opportunities and using her platform to raise others who are underrepresented. From PCMA…

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PCMA’s Sherrif Karamat: How Business Events Create Better World

Sherrif Karamat is the President and CEO of the Professional Convention Management Association. He claims here that the pandemic is raising the need to focus now on why we meet and why events like congresses are held. He also has some interesting ideas about The Iceberg’s favourite subject of legacy. From Meetings International…

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APA Convention 2020: Pivot to All-Virtual, Then Crush It

Like many other organisations, the American Psychological Association quickly switched its in-person 2020 annual convention to an all-virtual event because of COVID-19. Even though the pivot happened in just three months, it was decided from the start to make the August event better than it could possibly have been on site. From PCMA…

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Ways to Decarbonise Conference Travel Beyond COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced a rethinking of travel. Many conferences have been cancelled. Some have gone virtual. This analysis looks at actions that might reduce conference travel emissions by up to 90 percent, including holding a conference biennially in accessible locations, plus having both regional hubs and more virtual events. From Nature…

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Coronavirus: US Venues Seek GBAC Certificate

Certification from the Global BioRisk Advisory Council, part of worldwide cleaning industry association ISSA, could help to restart face-to-face events and assuage any attendee concerns. The USA’s two largest convention venues, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and McCormick Place Chicago, have signed up. From Northstar Meetings Group…

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Record Attendance at ASAE Annual Meeting

Iceberg partner the American Society of Association Executives’ Annual Meeting has drawn 6,068 people to Chicago, based on preliminary numbers. The event’s record attendance included over 3,000 association professionals and more than 2,000 exhibitors, and has brought almost $20 million in revenue to the city’s economy. From Meetings & Conventions…

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ASAE’s Groundbreaking Approach to Early-Bird Event Pricing

At its Annual Meeting in Chicago, Iceberg partner ASAE unveiled a groundbreaking, or possibly foolhardy, early-bird pricing experiment to attract association meeting professionals to a future event. Register in advance, and pay nothing now. After you attend the event in April, you pay only what you think it was worth. From PCMA Convene…

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17 August 2018

Deborah Sexton Scholarship Reception, Chicago, USA

This reception will raise funds for the PCMA Education Foundation’s new Deborah Sexton Education Scholarship Fund. In recognition of Deborah’s extraordinary contributions to PCMA and the business events industry, the fund will provide an annual scholarship to an individual to advance their education and career.

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