Chicago Industry Xchange


Joan Eisenstodt

Founder of Eisenstodt Associates

Joan Eisenstodt founded Eisenstodt Associates, a Washington, DC-based meeting consulting, facilitation and training company, in 1981. Prior to founding her company, she was a meeting planner for a DC association for 3 years; and prior to her move to DC, she coordinated events for
an art museum in Ohio.

Joan works with corporations, government-affiliated groups, associations, foundations, universities, hotel and conference center companies and convention and visitors bureaus to negotiate contracts, provide training on issues that include inclusive meetings, ethics, risk management, and contract negotiations. She currently is active on social media in hospitality, facilitation, education, association, meetings and travel communities and blogs and writes the “Friday with Joan” newsletter at

Joan serves as a hospitality industry expert witness, and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Convention and Event Tourism. She represented MPI on the “Unity Team” and has chaired or served on industry ethics, diversity and inclusion, and student activities committees. Among her many honors is induction into the Events Industry Council (formerly the Convention Industry Council) Hall of Leaders, Lifetime Achievement as an Educator by the PCMA Foundation, MPI’s Planner of the Year, and from IACC, both the Pyramid Award and the Mel Hosansky Award for contributions to education.

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