Maurice Foster, Esq., CMP, and executive director of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), clearly sees the attendance-boosting advantages of making an annual meeting a family-friendly event.
“Meetings are more than just a professional development opportunity,” he says. “Some families take the opportunity to turn it into a summer vacation, a family gathering, and that’s being done in the interest of economics.” He adds that members may have to make a choice between attending a meeting or taking the kids to a Disney theme park or another fun place in the summer. “You don’t want to be in a position where you’re competing against the family. So how do you create an atmosphere that allows a lot to be accomplished and allows a family to maximize on its resources? One way to do that is to create a family-friendly convention environment.”