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Black Event Industry Leaders Call for Action

Black Event Industry Leaders Call for Action | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

The event industry is suffering from inaction and a lack of representation. We spoke to four black leaders and they gave us a plan to change that. At EventMB, diversity and inclusion in the event industry is a topic that we hold very dear to our hearts. 

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Diversity And Inclusion In Events: Paving The Way For A Better Tomorrow

Diversity And Inclusion In Events: Paving The Way For A Better Tomorrow | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Welcome to this week’s #EventIcons, where we’ll discuss the topic of diversity and inclusion in events. And if you’ve been following us for a while, you know this isn’t new. Because we find this to be such an important conversation, we’ve covered it a few times already. However, things like diversity and inclusion in events will always remain extremely important. Plus, we’re happy to have as many perspectives as we possibly can on the matter.

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5 Tips for Including Mocktails and Booze-Free Options at Your Event

5 Tips for Including Mocktails and Booze-Free Options at Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Libations have been a part of social gatherings for ages, and have certainly been a big to-do in event planning of all types. However, as we continue to shape this new millennium, it’s time to reconsider how we include a growing number of attendees who don’t consume alcohol. Read on for our thoughts on why mocktails and/or booze-free drinks are important, and how to serve them at your next event. 

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Planners to Boost Efforts in Sustainability, Diversity, Immersion

Planners to Boost Efforts in Sustainability, Diversity, Immersion | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Nearly 60 percent of planners surveyed said that they would be taking steps to address environmental issues at their events, according to the 2020 Events Trends Report recently issued by Eventbrite.

The survey included feedback from 6,800 event and experience planners worldwide—one-third of them from North America—to find out their expectations for 2020. Planners expressed more satisfaction with their jobs and indicated they’re focused on sustainability, inclusivity, and upping the original and immersive nature of their events. The biggest challenge they face is finding ways to involve more attendees.

Overall, the findings present insights into taking no “green” initiative for granted, navigating the needs of an evolving, diverse market and deconstructing the hot term “experiential.”

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Tips for Supporting Gender Equality

Tips for Supporting Gender Equality | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Women in the event management industry, just as everyone else in the industry, have a lot to worry about day-to-day. However, expecting equal salaries and respect to match shouldn’t be on those virtually endless to-do lists. Unfortunately, securing both remains a persistent issue that requires an unprecedented amount of attention. Three issues are at play when it comes to the gender pay gap.

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5 Ways to Build a Diverse Event Team

5 Ways to Build a Diverse Event Team | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You want to create an event that no one will feel excluded from, so you actively market your event to all types of people. Your lineup is carefully curated to feature a diverse set of talents. And your venue is entirely ADA compliant.

But there might be a fatal flaw in your diversity efforts: your team. If your staff and volunteers are a homogenous crew, it sends a subtle message to attendees that’s not as inclusive as you think.

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9 Ways to Make Absolutely Everyone Feel Welcome at Your Event

9 Ways to Make Absolutely Everyone Feel Welcome at Your Event | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

From #metoo to white supremacy, the lens on diversity issues is bright these days. It’s a good time to be an advocate for equality and fairness for all people. Within the world of events, you can take a stand and cultivate a culture of inclusivity.

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How to Cultivate an Inclusive Event Brand

How to Cultivate an Inclusive Event Brand | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You thought your check-in process was smooth as butter — until one of your friends told you that she and her friends feel intimidated coming through your doors. As a result, they frequent your venue less often. 

Today, diversity and inclusion are top-of-mind concerns for all kinds of event creators. Whether you’re in charge of a giant recurring festival or a tiny one-time pop-up, you want as many people as possible to enjoy it. And you certainly don’t want anyone to feel excluded. 

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The Top 20 Tips for Inclusive Events

The Top 20 Tips for Inclusive Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it
Even small changes to your venue selection, contracts, and event design can make a significant difference in how welcoming your event feels to attendees.
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The Welcome Guide: Tools and Ideas for Inclusive Meetings

The Welcome Guide: Tools and Ideas for Inclusive Meetings | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

You know how many hotel rooms your attendees need, and which educational sessions they are looking for. But how much time do you spend thinking about what they need to really feel welcome and cared for? For some, finding almond milk at the coffee station is enough; for others, a great deal more planning is needed to make them feel fully welcome and able to participate at your events. 

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Delta identifies sign language-speaking staff

Delta identifies sign language-speaking staff | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Call this a good sign: hearing-impaired travellers can now identify Delta Air Lines employees who can communicate in sign language with a quick glance at their nametag.

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4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly

4 Ways to Make Your Conference Introvert-Friendly | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Sometimes, introverts get a bad wrap. “They don’t like being around people.” “They just want to be alone.” Not true!  Introverts do enjoy socializing. They just tend to prefer doing so in smaller groups or one-on-one. And not only that, but they often like to have (and need to have) a little quiet time to recharge. So when your conference centers so heavily around networking, how you can make it appealing - and valuable - for your introverted attendees?

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Autism Double-Checked Offers Training for Travel and Hospitality Industry

Autism Double-Checked Offers Training for Travel and Hospitality Industry | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

Is your hotel autism-friendly? For children and adults living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the act of travel can be a difficult experience due to changes in routine, unfamiliar noises and new environments. Autism Double-Checked is set to introduce a training program for the travel and hospitality industry to ensure all staff are able to meet the needs of these travelers.

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Women's Empowerment Track Sends Strong Messages to All

Women's Empowerment Track Sends Strong Messages to All | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

As more than 5,100 meeting and incentive buyers plus 3,500 exhibitors from at least 100 countries gather in Germany this week for the IMEX Frankfurt show, the event's organizers delivered a half-day educational track on gaining gender balance and driving female empowerment during "EduMonday," a multi-track program that took place before the exhibit floor opened for business on May 21 and 22.

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3 Takeaways From AWE’s Elevate! Conference

3 Takeaways From AWE’s Elevate! Conference | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

It’s easy to be in awe of the attendees at Elevate!, the inaugural Association for Women in Events conference. Many at Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C., are among the industry’s brightest and most-driven stars. AWE’s hope is to inspire and promote its members to leadership positions. The fact remains that while women comprise the bulk of the events industry’s planners, a glass ceiling—however cracked—remains atop the ladder. “Make yourself indispensable,” advised Sarah Hurwitz, a former White House speechwriter who was the opening keynote on March 7. Her tip to up-and-comers is sound, but it raises the question whether men have as much work to do to prove their worth.

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United Becomes First Airline to Add Gender Identifications for Non-Binary Flyers

United Becomes First Airline to Add Gender Identifications for Non-Binary Flyers | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

United is the first U.S. airline to let its passengers pick a gender option other than male or female when booking tickets. Delta and other carriers said last month that they plan to make similar moves shortly. We’re with they/them.

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Seeing in a Different Light: Outsmarting Unconscious Bias to Create Inclusive Events

Seeing in a Different Light: Outsmarting Unconscious Bias to Create Inclusive Events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

At last month’s Davos, one of the most eye-opening events for participants was an activity that literally kept them in the dark. The Sensory Dinner in the Dark experience took place in an unlit restaurant where participants were lead to their seats and served a meal they could not see. The diners were dependent on the wait staff to reach their tables and find silverware and food, and the waiters were remarkably adept at navigating the environment and serving in the dark. At the end of the meal, the lights were turned on and diners discovered that the wait staff that they had depended on so completely were people with visual impairments, showing that competency is not limited to the non-disabled.

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Shaping the Culture: How to create inclusive networking events

Shaping the Culture: How to create inclusive networking events | Inspiration Hub | Scoop.it

In his book The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups, Daniel Coyle explains that humans use “belonging cues,” or behaviours, that create safe connections in groups. You’ve felt these before: eye contact, turn taking, attention, body language, vocal pitch and whether everyone talks to everyone else in the group. If a group isn’t inclusive, you sense it immediately.

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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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