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Designing Inclusive Events: Practical Strategies for Overcoming Bias

Designing Inclusive Events: Practical Strategies for Overcoming Bias | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

 Tahira Endean, CMP CED, author of Intentional Event Design, and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA, director of industry advancement, Events Industry Council, recently hosted a session on welcoming events at IMEX America.  

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How to Run Inclusive Events - An Organiser's Top Tips

How to Run Inclusive Events - An Organiser's Top Tips | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As an events organiser, my mission is to create platforms for voices and ideas which are misrepresented and excluded by mainstream narratives. The events we produce at Thorny are provocative, colourful and sometimes a bit silly, and bring together artists from a wide range of backgrounds and disciplines in unlikely spaces around the city.

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Leader Spotlight – Kerstin Wünsch, Editor-in-Chief, tw tagungswirtschaft, and Co-Founder, She Means Business conference

Leader Spotlight – Kerstin Wünsch, Editor-in-Chief, tw tagungswirtschaft, and Co-Founder, She Means Business conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Diversity and women in events are two topics high on our agenda this year. It came to my attention early this year when I attended the Best of Events International in Dortmund and listed to Kerstin Wünsch, editor-in-chief at the German trade publication tw tagungswirtschaftand the co-founder of She Means Business conference that had its debut at IMEX Frankfurt this year.

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5 Ways to Deal with Chronic Illness and Succeed at Your Career

5 Ways to Deal with Chronic Illness and Succeed at Your Career | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Having a chronic illness while pursuing a career can be difficult to navigate. Every chronic illness manifests itself differently, and learning how to balance health with a full-time job takes time, effort, and trial and error. While it may feel impossible at first, juggling the two can be achieved.

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5 Takeaways from IMEX’s She Means Business from Carina Bauer

5 Takeaways from IMEX’s She Means Business from Carina Bauer | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As we were designing the She Means Business conference for IMEX in Frankfurt 2018 with tw tagungswirtschaft, we had an inkling of the excitement that could be generated given the enthusiastic response to the idea, but we didn’t predict the full effect of having over 350 women and men together on the actual day. The group had enough positive energy to light up Frankfurt!

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Generation Y: Should They Shape Your Event Content?

Many describe them as entitled or call them snowflakes. Toss those descriptions aside, Generation Y are better described as one of the most economically influential demographic groups today. You are probably asking yourself; ‘Okay but, why would I let them shape my event content, why fix what ain’t broke, and I reach my targets without even doing so already‘.

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The Workforce of Today — and Tomorrow

The Workforce of Today — and Tomorrow | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What’s on the minds of business leaders across the globe? Rebecca Ray, Ph.D., co-author of the recently released C-Suite Challenge, has some insights about that. The report is the latest in a survey series first conducted in 1999 by The Conference Board, a global, independent business membership and research association that aims to provide leading global organizations with the practical knowledge to improve their performance while better serving society.

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Industry CEOs Promise to Lead the Way on Inclusion

Industry CEOs Promise to Lead the Way on Inclusion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

When PCMA CEO Sherrif Karamat announced on May 22 that more than 50 senior executives had signed his Ascent CEO Promise to create inclusive workplaces, he had his sights set on scaling even higher heights. “The industry can be a model for the larger world,” he said when discussing the reaction after a week of lobbying leaders globally to make the pledge. “When you consider how many women are in the sector and only 10 percent are in leadership roles, it is an opportunity to show the power of a transformed, more diverse workplace,” he says.

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Female Leaders of the Event Industry: Carina Bauer

Female Leaders of the Event Industry: Carina Bauer | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Carina Bauer is CEO of the £22 million-turnover exhibition business IMEX Group. She tells why female leadership is leading the agenda at this year's shows.
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Aim high

Aim high | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Major Nicola Baumann is a fighter pilot flying a Eurofighter for the German Air Force. She applied for the "Die Astronautin" program, because she wanted to be the first German female astronaut to fly

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We need to raise awareness for every woman out there

We need to raise awareness for every woman out there | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“We need to raise awareness for every woman out there”. 

Dr. Mara Harvey, Head Global UHNW Germany, Austria, Italy of UBS Switzerland AG, talks about the Equality Lounge at the World Economic Forum, women as largest emerging market and pay gaps creating massive wealth gaps.

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How Can We Create Workplaces and Events Where Diversity Thrives?

How Can We Create Workplaces and Events Where Diversity Thrives? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The business case for diversity is well established at this point, said Dorri McWhorter, CEO of the YWCA of Metropolitan Chicago. McWhorter spoke at Convening Leaders 2018 as a thought leader for Ascent, a new initiative launched by PCMA and Convene to inspire and spur inclusion and diversity in the business-events industry. In her talk, “Break Out of the Bubble — Inclusion to Enrich Your Life,” McWhorter said that gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely and ethnically diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to outperform their peers.

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Women and Events

Women and Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Oprah may have dropped the mic at the Golden Globes, but it was Melinda Gates who in an op-ed to Time Magazine shined a spotlight on the next chapter in the women’s movement: women and leadership. In her piece, Gates called for more funding for women-led organizations pointing to the success rate of women’s movements, many of which run on a “median budget.” “Simply put, women get things done,” she wrote.

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How Multi-Cultural Design Thinking Leads to Better Events

How Multi-Cultural Design Thinking Leads to Better Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What defines culture? And how does culture impact meetings? These were a few of the topics during “Multi-Cultural Design Thinking: Custom Touches for Remarkable Events” at Convening Leaders 2018.

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How to Boost Staff Collaboration in a Diverse Association

How to Boost Staff Collaboration in a Diverse Association | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

We all know how it goes: Your to-do list is a mile long, your schedule is slammed, and now you’re waiting on someone else to finish a project you needed yesterday. Sound familiar? No matter what industry you work in, understanding out how to efficiently use your time will always be a top priority! But what about when it comes to working with your various co-workers?

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IMEX Frankfurt to Launch “She Means Business” Event

IMEX Frankfurt to Launch “She Means Business” Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“It has long been noticeable that whilst women are in the majority in the meetings industry, they are in the minority in leadership positions,” says Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group. “We want to play our part in highlighting the challenges that women face, but more importantly helping to introduce solutions. The best way to do this is to bring people together for open conversation, collaboration and learning.”

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What Does It Take for Women to Excel in the Meetings Industry?

What Does It Take for Women to Excel in the Meetings Industry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

What would you do if your boss put his finger in a glass of water and said, “This is the office with you,” then pulled his finger out of the glass and said, “This is the office without you. Do you see any hole?” Karin Krogh, creative director, Engaging Meetings, shared that story during a campfire session on how women can excel in the meeting industry during IMEX America 2017 this fall. The comment stung, she said, but it also made her even more determined to become a leader—one who would never be so disrespectful of those in her charge. 

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Why We Need More Female and Minority Conference Speakers

Why We Need More Female and Minority Conference Speakers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

“We founded The Op-Ed Project in part out of recognition that good ideas, best ideas, best content is very important and people who are creating things, whether it’s a conference or a media outlet or a company, need that best talent, best idea, best content,”  Orenstein said.  “And at the same time we want to make sure that we’re providing that best content from the full range of human voices.”

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Small Great Steps: Driving Change for Women in the Events Industry and Beyond 

Small Great Steps: Driving Change for Women in the Events Industry and Beyond  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It is imperative that we continue to do the research, ask the questions, and push forward for change, but we can simultaneously find opportunities – however seemingly small – to make a positive shift in the careers and lives of women. My work and the efforts of our members, leaders, donor and partners reaffirm for me every day that the vision of a few people, when brought to life, can have a significant impact. The trick is transitioning vision into action by collaborating with individuals who share your passion and desire to make an impact for women in the industry.

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Alcohol-focused team-building events: Is it time to rethink them?

Alcohol-focused team-building events: Is it time to rethink them? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
We need to rethink the idea of making alcohol the focus of team-building events in an effort to make them more inclusive and diverse, says Andrea Boulden.
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Promoting Sustainability to Attract Millennials

Promoting Sustainability to Attract Millennials | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Attracting and engaging with event attendees from the demographic cohort ‘Generation Y’, is one of the most sought-after targets in our fast-changing industry. In their effort to attract more millennials and motivate them to interact, event professionals strive towards creating events that act as elevated educational platforms, enhanced with digital tools, while embracing the power of social media.

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An Honest Discussion on Race, Culture and Meetings 

An Honest Discussion on Race, Culture and Meetings  | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

A generation ago, meetings began to change, becoming less a sea of white faces and more diverse. How have meeting visuals progressed in their racial and cultural composition since then?

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7 Ways to Make Your Meeting More Introvert-Friendly

7 Ways to Make Your Meeting More Introvert-Friendly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Isn’t it interesting that, while up to half of meeting participants are introverts, most meetings are designed for extroverts? But it doesn’t have to be that way, said Play With a Purpose Chief IdeaSparker Sharon Fisher at a session at the 2017 Meeting Professionals International’s World Education Congress. With just a few tweaks, you can design an event that both introverts and extroverts will love.

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Female Travelers Finding Creative Solutions in Homesharing Economy

Female Travelers Finding Creative Solutions in Homesharing Economy | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Many hotels already cater to the solo female traveler with women-friendly rooms, usually with extra safety measures like double-locking doors and finishing touches like flowers and chocolates. Homesharing, however, is a bit behind that curve.

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How diverse is the events industry?

How diverse is the events industry? | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The events industry has traditionally been predominantly female, but are women managing to break the glass ceiling and take on senior positions? Sam Robson, group events director at The Appointment Group has noted a worrying trend, commenting: "I think the events industry provides great opportunities for women however I am always disappointed at awards ceremonies when the company owners or chief executives receiving the awards are generally men and the events teams are mostly women."

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