The last six months have presented serious challenges to our industry. When so many of us were struggling for direction, we needed leaders to step up and galvanize our resources, bring us together and lead us forward. We identified 25 people who took swift action to provide much-needed guidance and plot a course for recovery.

The 25 meeting professionals featured in this special issue of Meetings & Conventions have moved beyond their personal concerns to help find solutions for the greater good. The influencers you'll meet here took our woes to Capitol Hill, guided the transition from live to digital gatherings and collaborated to develop new standards for live events.

There's optimism in these pages — and we can all use some of that — along with valuable news and insights that will help guide us toward a stronger future. Also inside you'll find:

  • Learn why travel, or just planning a trip, makes us happier.
  • Contract issues? Pandemic-related lawsuits are being resolved, advises industry attorney Steve Rudner.
  • Meet the Borgata's new president, Melonie Johnson, the first Black woman to run an Atlantic City casino.
  • And much more.

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