Kristi Casey Sanders

Kristi Casey Sanders is the VP of creative/chief storyteller of Plan Your Meetings. In addition to being an award-winning journalist who has covered meeting industry trends and destinations since 2003, she is a popular speaker on the topics of technology, sustainability, community building, engagement and proving ROI. Prior to joining the PYM team, she was a corporate trainer/performer with Boom Chicago Comedy Theatre in Amsterdam, where she taught multinational groups soft skills through improv. In her spare time, she is site selection chair for the Society of American Travel Writers’ Eastern Chapter, a big-time geek, and loving mom and wife. Not necessarily in that order. Follow her on Twitter @PYMLive or @KristiCasey. And check out her videos on PYM's YouTube channel.

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What’s hot now: 6 top catering trends

Look for these options at your next event: hyper-local, craft food and drink, gluten-free, ancient grains, mini-comfort foods, umami, meaty flavors and gourmet vegetarian. More

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Data isn’t dirty, so use it to pump up your power!

Understanding data makes you more strategic and efficient. It helps you drive revenue, create a quality experience and know who will come to your event. What's not to like? More

Calling all convention and expo centers: Take the Green Venues Report survey
Calling all convention and expo centers: Take the Green Venues Report survey

All convention and exhibition facilities are invited to participate in the Green Venues Report survey. Questions cover a wide range of areas, including: energy efficiency, waste management, water usage, food and beverage services, cleaning practices, staff involvement, communications and certifications. The report provides industry benchmarks for sustainability and an analysis of the venues’ progress, best practices, aggregate impact and innovations. More

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Ditch words. Use pictures to market your event.

Words alone can fail to evoke the same emotional connection or intellectual activity that a picture does. More

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GMIC plans to turn Atlanta green

When you think of green meeting destinations, what cities spring to mind? San Francisco? Portland, Ore.? Atlanta? If Atlanta doesn’t, it should. Here’s why: Atlanta has the world’s largest LEED-certified convention center, the Georgia World Congress Center. The first chapter of the global Green Meeting Industry Council incorporated in Atlanta in 2009. The city’s focus on clean energy [...] More

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Topi launches one-stop meeting management solution

Information entered into Topi’s online app-creating dashboard now generates event websites.   Just in time for Christmas, Topi has introduced two new features that give meeting planners a simple, affordable technological solution to two of their biggest pain points: managing registration and building event websites. Topi, known for an innovative event app that makes attendee/exhibitor networking smoother, now [...] More

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Change it up, but make it comfortable

People don't naturally latch on to new things, says Midori Connolly. So if you're asking them to get a little uncomfortable, make it a fun experience.  More


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