What Are You Most Grateful For?

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Senior Editor Andrea Doyle is thankful for her new pandemic pup, Archie.

We asked our Prevue peeps to reflect on what they were most grateful for this Thanksgiving.

It has been a year like no other, but one way to combat all the negativity is to consider all that you have to be grateful for. Here is what some members of the Prevue community shared with us:

“As the COVID-19 pandemic has caused me to slow down a bit, I have found gratitude in things I would sometimes take for granted. The park around the block from my home has become a refuge of sorts as it is a place for me to become grounded and embrace Mother Nature. Our new pandemic pup is often in tow. I am, of course, the most grateful for my tribe. For my family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances. An inspiring quote on social media, a touching photo, or just a hello has made this time so much more bearable. It has been so important to all pull together as we are in this together.”—Andrea Doyle, Senior Editor, Prevue & Recommend

“Here you go: Family. Health. My kids being home for the week with no virtual classes. That my parents are still living independently, not in a congregate living environment during COVID. The hopefulness of the vaccines. And that the election is over and science will guide us out of the pandemic.”—Kate Landers, President, Incentive Travel Source

“This year has reminded me to live in the moment. Even though things are a different kind of chaotic, I’m grateful for the little things: wet dog kisses, my daughter’s toothless smile and Friday movie nights with my family.”—Stacey Sanchez, CMP, Executive Director, Events, PrimeGlobal

“I’m grateful to be alive–and vibrantly ALIVE at that–as our world faces an invisible COVID-19 threat, regulations, and shut-downs. I’m grateful that our meetings industry has flexed and discovered new ways to accommodate meetings and events. With all the restrictions to usual dining out, I’m grateful that I like and know how to cook! Also, I’m most grateful for the resilience and adaptability of our population, which has expressed positivity and produced innovative solutions during a 2020 that no one ever saw coming.”—Andrea Gold, President, Gold Stars Speakers Bureau

“I am grateful that I have managed to stay healthy during this pandemic and that RED VELVET has such a hard-working team—leaned into digital & getting our clients comfortable with the new normal for now.
“Borrowing this from a friend: Continue to stay positive while testing negative!”—Cindy Y. Lo, , Founder, RED VELVET

“As in past years, I am most thankful for Margaret (my wife and love of my life), my family and my friends.  Margaret and I are healthy and looking forward to 2021!”—Corbin Ball, CSP, CMP, DES, Corbin Ball & Co.

“I’m grateful for this upcoming extended holiday break with no need to travel! It will be a much needed time to relax, even though we cannot safely be with our extended friends and family!”—Leslie Zeck, CMP, CMM, HMCC, Director of Meetings, International & American Associations for Dental Research

“Things I am grateful for in 2020:  Family and Friends!  I am also SO BEYOND GRATEFUL for NielsenIQ and how the company worked with me to find projects and deliverables for me so that I could keep my full time job. NielsenIQ’s Leadership also continually checked on all Associates to ensure we were safe and healthy.”—Lisa Shingleton Palumbo, Early Career Associates Leadership Programs, Nielsen

“From a work perspective, I am grateful for the amazing resilience of our employees and their commitment to supporting the sacrifices we have asked them to make to ensure the health of the company; the strong leadership from our executive team; and the support from all facets of the event community.”—Josh Adams, Industry Relations Strategist, streamlinevents

“This is the first holiday season I have not spent with my daughter, who lives in Miami (I’m in Boston); my dear “adopted” sister and her family, with whom we have shared Christmas for as long as I can remember; and my brothers and their families in New York, where we always go for New Year’s Eve. But I’m grateful that they all are safe and will be with people they love, as will I. And when we re-unite next year, it will be even more special.”—Barbara Scofidio, Editor, Prevue & Curator, Prevue Visionary Summits

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Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of Site, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

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