Want to capture your best side at the next event you attend? Seattle photographer Dan Cumberland of Sparkfly Photography has some tips for snapping Facebook-worthy selfies:

» Hold the camera high, but not too high. Shooting down makes you raise your chin slightly, which is thinning and more flattering.

» Shoot into the bright lights or the sun. Position yourself with your back to bright lights. You want your entire face to be in shadows. This eliminates harsh shadows and brings the attention to your face and eyes. The trick here is that you want to expose your skin, not the bright background behind you. Most phones allow for exposure compensation, so if it doesn’t turn out quite right, try raising the exposure.

» For outdoor parties, use any shade that may be available. Though shooting into the sun is a good rule of thumb for direct sunlight, finding some shade to step into is even better. Once you’re in some shade, face whatever direction is brightest. This puts the brightest light behind the camera and the light coming toward your face.

As more women than ever hold positions of leadership in the workplace, especially in the meetings and events industry, Dr. Sherry Hartnett explains why “leaning back” to mentor younger women might be the best way to help them “lean in” and rise to the top.


The perfect holiday gift is beautiful, unique and filled with wonder. Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer's Guide is all of these things and more: a travel-lover’s delight with enough offbeat facts about food to spark countless conversations at the next cocktail party or event.


There aren’t enough dysphemisms in the English language for 2020. The good news is that the light at the end of the tunnel is coming in 2021, but we still expect to see conferences continue in virtual or hybrid environments. I can safely say that we miss the human element, such as socializing and networking, but I want to acknowledge that there are benefits to virtual.

According to a recent survey by Bizzabo, nearly two-thirds of event marketers believe tools to engage virtual attendees will play a key role in 2021.