Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Are Not Just Buzzwords

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As business events continue to evolve, prioritizing diversity and inclusion (DEI) is the way to ensure we create meaningful experiences for all participants.

Not only is DEI morally and legally required, but it is also good for business. Recent studies have shown that inclusive workforces are more productive, more innovative and have higher employee engagement and lower turnover rates.

When DEI becomes a priority, job satisfaction and motivation among all employees increase significantly. Leading companies in various industries have already made a commitment to DEI. Now, it’s time for the business events industry to follow suit.

We are excited to announce the launch of our brand-new report, Diversity Meeting Planning: A Guide to Creating Equitable and Inclusive Event Experiences. Creating in partnership with the IMEX Group with support from the Events Industry Council and sponsored by Destination Toronto, Discover Puerto Rico, and Nth Degree, this comprehensive report explores innovative approaches the industry is taking to accelerate DEI practices.

In the report, we delve into the various facets of diversity, including race, ethnicity, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, neurodiversity, and more. We highlight organizations, cities, and venues that intentionally prioritize inclusivity and strive to accommodate every participant’s physical and mental needs. Additionally, we shed light on some of the organizations that foster a safe and welcoming workplace for staff.

We understand that embarking on a DEI journey can be overwhelming, which is why our report offers practical ideas and solutions. Our report includes a comprehensive checklist that covers every aspect of event management, from venue and date selection to marketing, registration, menu selection, budgeting, program planning, space design, and more. We provide detailed recommendations for incorporating DEI principles every step of the way.

To create truly inclusive events, intentional design is key. Therefore, the report provides a multitude of suggestions to help you and your company make DEI a focal point of your events. Whether analyzing human resources data, working with minority-owned businesses, ensuring physical accessibility, or promoting diverse perspectives within your team, our guide offers actionable steps to get started.

Join us on the journey towards a more inclusive industry. The release of Diversity Meeting Planning: A Guide to Creating Equitable and Inclusive Event Experiences marks an important milestone in our collective journey towards a more inclusive and equitable industry. By embracing diversity and inclusion, we can drive economic and social progress while creating impactful business events that resonate with a global audience.