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SISO Update


30 Oct 2020

SISO Update

Happy (almost) Halloween! It seems like a spooky world we live in these days! While that is true in numbers, we grab hold of good news and positive steps leading forward. Let's stick together, enjoy some extra candy (if trick-or-treating is limited) and look forward to 2021 that is getting closer to the horizon.

SISO Activities

We've been busy hosting panels, programs, discussions and more. Have you tuned in, participated or watched? We always hope you're able to make time to attend webinars live, but streaming them on demand may fit better with your schedule. 

  • SISO Webinars - We have A LOT of recent webinars for you - get excited and get watching! Since our last SISO Update we've added six more, have you seen them all? If not, schedule some time next week; our recent additions include: 
    • The Events Industry and Global Business Travel: Building Consumer Confidence Together (10/29)
    • Women's SIG - Remember me? How NOT to Lose Sight of Your Career Ambitions (10/28)
    • Small Business SIG - Restarting Events during COVID-19 (10/27)
    • Small Business SIG - Marketing in the era of COVID 19 (10/22)
    • Women's SIG - Session 3: Avoiding Burnout: How to Cultivate Personal Resilience (10/21)
    • Interview with Paddy Cosgrave, CEO - Web Summit (10/20)
  • SISO Women's Leadership SIG Virtual Leadership Development Series - The development series concluded this week, but study groups and office hours will close out the program in November. Recordings of sessions 1-4 are available online via SISO's webinar page.
    • Study Group for Session 3 & 4:
      Tuesday, November 10, 2020,11:00 am – 12 pm EST
      Click here to register.
    • Office Hours, Live with Angela Scalpello
      Get Your Questions Answered! 
      November 18, 2020, 11:00 am – 12 pm EST
      To register for this event, click here.

Moving Forward Updates

Good news in planning for 2021 comes out of Nevada, as well as updates on testing from across the world, including airlines and airports. Plus, our friends at UFI and Explori have produced Part 1 of a new Global Recovery Insights report underwritten by SISO and a few more tidbits for you. 


Everything Else: 

A recent find,'s tracker provides recent news, a map of active and expired travel restrictions, restrictions by state, federal travel restrictions, arguments about travel restrictions and general resources for citizens.

Coalition Updates

Go LIVE Together 

Watch GLT's latest video for a recap of the progress it's made - and we've all helped achieve. From meeting with congresspeople, to writing the Business Events Recovery Act and advocating for issues that matter most to our community. GLT has empowered our industry to fight for ourselves and to help spread the word and amplify these important messages. We should be proud of this progress, but we will not stop!

Reminder: Share stories about cities easing limitations on public gatherings,
in-person events starting to move forward and more positive steps using hashtag, #GLTgoodNews.     

Don't stop now, continue to support, promote, and add to GLT's progress. Download resource materials from the Go Live Together coalition toolkit.

COVID Relief Now Coalition

SISO continues to support the COVID Relief Now Coalition, both as a financial contributor and member of the steering committee. Its message to Congress is clear: We Need Relief Now! Congress and the administration must reach a bipartisan agreement on relief legislation, or too many companies and Americans will close forever and/or lose their pandemic unemployment insurance benefits. 

Take action today. Download and share this new 30-second video ad via your social channels. Want more? Visit the Coalition toolkit for resources, download social media assets, use talking points, and call members of Congress and/or email your Congressional representatives and senators using this action alert

Let's Go There

Please continue to help support and promote this campaign via your social network.? Use toolkit resources and/or become an official supporter with a financial contribution. Contact to learn more.


 Visit our site for COVID-19 updates and guidance.


Join our community - your community - through SISO's social channels. Members, engage in our online member forum. Want to get more involved? Join a SIG mentioned above. Questions? Email

See any new materials or resources that would be beneficial to the SISO community? Post them on our online community!

Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay strong. Stay connected.



  • “Without a doubt the most valuable three days of the year for networking, learning, and meeting colleagues.”
    Tony Calanca, Calanca & Associates LLC
  • “Two of the best acquisitions Access Intelligence had executed came directly from contacts and discussions held at the SISO CEO Summit. Beyond that important networking for transactions, I learn best practices from the best in the industry. The ROI for membership is immeasurable.”
    Don Pazour, CEO, Access Intelligence
  • “The impact of SISO is so much bigger than its size. It feels more like a global council of important tribes than a traditional trade association.”
    David Adler, CEO & Founder, Bizbash Media
  • “Our industry thrives on the personal relationships that face-to-face builds, and the CEO Summit is the ultimate place to build YOUR network!”
    Tom Mitchell, President, Messe Dusseldorf North America
  • “As busy, independent, for-profit organizer, SISO keeps our company connected to all the key players working in this industry and allows great relationships and ongoing learning of best practices from the best in the business. All invaluable assets to help move our business forward."
    Howard Hauben, CEO, H2 Events
  • “The SISO membership represents the entire for-profit tradeshow community and the annual SISO conferences are must-attend events for their educational and networking value.”
    Joel A. Davis, Founder & CEO, JD Events
  • Being a member of SISO has allowed me to navigate the dynamic landscape of our industry in the most effective way possible. Personally, it’s been a journey of continuous learning, networking, and collaboration that fosters deep relationships with industry leaders. Professionally, the insights I’ve gained, the resources I have accessed, and the collaborative initiatives and advocacy work have helped to take my organization to new heights. SISO, to me, is an indispensable asset for my career and business.
    Liz Irving, President, Clarion Events