I've been the editor in chief of Convene for 16 years, in which time the magazine has increased its frequency (from 10 monthly issues to 12), created a standalone website (which has since been integrated with pcma.org), won numerous awards for its high-quality content and design, launched a successful monthly CMP Series enabling readers be assessed on their grasp of an article's content for CMP clock hours, as well as several unique content marketing series. I began my career as a Random House nonfiction book editor, and have written about several industries, including food retailing and commercial real estate, for a number of publications. The events industry has been my favorite industry to cover — there's no shortage of compelling material to focus on, from the way destinations are evolving for business events, to the brain science behind adult learning and face-to-face engagement, to travel, hospitality, marketing, and food and beverage. I most enjoy the challenge of connecting the important issues of our day — homelessness, the epidemic of loneliness, ageism, AI, data ethics, overtourism, for example — to the business events industry. My goal with each issue is to give event organizers insights to innovate their meetings and conferences drawn from real-life case studies, research, and the work of business book authors, while elevating the profession and reinforcing the role the industry plays in promoting social and economic progress.