by Michael J. Shapiro | April 01, 2008

illustrationHow do you think
your meetings will be
affected by the economy?

“We don’t expect to have any fewer meetings as the result of economic conditions. Early indications for our annual convention are that our exhibit hall will have as many booths as it always has. If there’s a change, it could be that we’ll have more companies with smaller booth footprints. Not a bad thing for the little guy.”

Leslie Conery, Ph.D., CAE
Deputy CEO and NECC Conference Chair
International Society for Technology in Education
Eugene, Ore.

“Many of my clients are small-business owners who host social events, so I’m a bit terrified. I’m sure my clients will still host them, but I don’t think it will be at the same level. My company goal for this year is to save, save, save, so we’ll be ready for whatever the next few years bring.”

Chereese Jervis-Hill
Events to Remember
Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

“I believe all the hype about the economy just worsens it. I remain optimistic about our annual meeting; we’ve sold out our room block for our 2008 conference and have record registration numbers. Professionals will keep their education and conference participation as a priority.”

Dolores C. Jones, EdD, RN, CPNP, CAE
Director of Practice, Education and Research
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
Cherry Hill, N.J.