Lisa Hurley


Editor, Special Events

Lisa Hurley is editor of Special Events, a sister publication of the MeetingsNet group and the “official and premier magazine of the special events industry in North America,” according to the International Special Events Society. She is based in Pacific Palisades, Calif.

Big Meeting Markets OK Recreational Pot; Are You Ready?
When the votes were tallied last week, Nevada, California, Massachusetts, and Maine had voted to legalize recreational use of marijuana. How long before attendees are asking for it at your evening reception?
ExCel London CEO David Pegler at IMEX America 2016
London Calling: Brexit Means UK Just Got More Affordable
The post-Brexit drop in the pound means one of the world’s top spots just got more affordable for international meetings and incentives.
 IACC CEO Mark Cooper presented highlights of study at IMEX America
Meeting Rooms of the Future Will Be Experiential, Tasty, and Wired
Conference centers are going cozy, creative, and high tech, according to IACC’s Meeting Room of the Future study.
Conference Associations Aim for National Guidelines for Conference Security
Here's what the newly formed Industry Security Council wants to do to safeguard meetings and conventions from terrorism and other risks.
Event Planners Face RFP Overload 
They're squeezed by requests for proposal that take hours‹ even days‹to complete, and by clients who expect the same caliber event as last year, but for far less money. Event planners share their frustrations and some solutions.
Do-Good Events 
British pharmaceutical firm Norgine celebrated its 100th anniversary by helping some of the humblest people in the world. For its “Century of Excellence: Making a Difference” conference, the company built housing in Mabele-A-Podi, a township outside of Sun City, South Africa, where many children have lost both parents to AIDS. Follow them and other companies as they make giving back part of their meetings
Jumping The Fence 
CB Wismar spent his formative years, professionally speaking, honing his skills working at some of the biggest names in the events business, including
Special Events See Hope in '04 
Event industry professionals are hoping that special event production will finally pick up solidly in 2004 after several years of languishing. Nowhere
PALM PILOTS AND plasma screens aren't going away. Indeed, high-tech tools have been a boon to special events, boosting efficiency and deepening impact.
Master Mind 
As former director of special events operations for Pinkerton Security, Gary Moses masterminded security operations for the Emmy and Oscar awards. He
Security Basics 
No one can plan for every contingency at a religious meeting, but a careful analysis of your event will help you determine how much security you need
Time To Party 
QUESTION: What qualities should you look for when you hire a professional event planner? ANSWER: The patience of a preschool teacher, the creativity of

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