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The fresh award has arrived.  Awarded at the fresh conference. Honored to be among these winners. 
The FRESH conference is an annual conference sponsored & produced by the meeting design institute.


Thrilled to have won! Interaction Expert Award in the Audience Interaction Awards at FRESH18

Honored to shortlisted as Interaction Expert #FRESHconference,  Feb 27-28, 2018. Previous commitments will keep me from attending.

July 31, 2017 Originally posted Marketplace 

How airports are failing senior travelers.

……Joan Eisenstodt knows the feeling. She is 70, and lives in Washington D.C. She works full time as a consultant to the hospitality industry and travels regularly……READ MORE

The Event Industry’s Problem with Alcohol:
@tojulius Adding to your writing… on alcohol, this ‪#‎hsmai‬ ‪#‎eventprofs


Friday with Joan

Coming September 4th!

Hello fellow meeting and event planners–and other industry friends!
I’m excited to announce that Meetings Focus, for whom I contribute blog posts and tweets, has given me a new monthly platform to reach out to its audience.
Who am I? Well, if we haven’t met in any of my frequent travels, I’m Joan Eisenstodt, a long-time planner, educator and industry consultant and member of the CIC Hall of Leaders.
And now I have been given the opportunity to share my industry insights—and challenges!—via this newsletter distributed on the first Friday of every month, starting in September.
The goal of my newsletter is to encourage lifelong learning and problem solving while examining the top issues impacting the meetings industry, sharing noteworthy industry news, profiling some of the more interesting industry professionals, and delivering resources that will aid readers in their careers.
However, this newsletter is not just about me. I encourage YOU to join the conversation and comment directly on my blog posts and other shared content.

Keep an eye on your inbox Sept. 4th for the launch of Friday With Joan!
Also if you haven’t already done so, click here to subscribe to Friday With Joan.

Joan Eisenstodt

Very happy to join UNC Charlotte Meeting and Event Planning Board of Advisors for 2015-2016.


I’m honored to be named as a Trendsetter in this press release from iacc International Association of Conference Centres.

IACC Leaders Among Meetings Trendsetters 2014

(NEW YORK, NY) — September 2014 — IACC CEO, Mark Cooper has announced that three of the association leaders have been named Meetings Trendsetters 2014, recognised as “movers and shakers who are propelling the meetings industry forward.”

Cooper commented “Seeing three of IACC’s members, on the 2014 Meetings Trendsetters list, makes IACC proud to be associated with these ambassadors of conference centres and the IACC Meetings Experience. Alex, Jacques and Joan are three individuals who champion conference centres around the globe and it is fitting that they are recognised in this way for their immense contributions to our industry”.

Read more here….