The Meetings Show celebrates the Year of the Woman

By Natalie Blachford

The Meetings Show will be celebrating the Year of the Woman next month, with a focus on the role women play in the meetings and events industry high on the agenda of its education programme.

Women in Hospitality 2020 (WiH2020) will be using The Meetings Show, which takes place on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 June, to launch the new Diversity in Hospitality, Travel & Leisure Charter.

The Charter has been developed based on the findings of a review conducted by WiH2020 in partnership with PwC, Korn Ferry and Oxford Brookes University, looking at how diverse the industry really is.

The findings will be presented by chair of WiH2020, Tea Colaianni, at the session which takes place at 11.10am on Wednesday 27 June. Companies are being encouraged to sign up to the Charter as a sign of commitment to promoting diversity across the industry.

Later in the day, a session titled ‘Celebrating the Year of the Woman’ will take place, with a panel debate hosted by Dr Kate Dashper from Leeds Beckett University at 1.50pm.

Dr Kate Dashper said: “The Meetings Show has long been a supporter of the importance of emphasising women’s roles in the meetings and events industry, which is very female dominated in numerical terms, if not in leadership, and so the Year of the Woman is a great opportunity to really celebrate all the fantastic women we have in the industry. It helps us shine a spotlight on female achievement and creativity and showcase the meetings and events industry as a great area for women to forge successful careers.

“This session will be an open and frank discussion of some of the opportunities and challenges women can face in their careers, providing attendees with insight into how different people manage and experience their roles. The session is not just for women, as everyone can learn from insights into career development, and gender inequality is an issue for all of us to tackle to ensure the industry is a leading sector for everyone to work within.”

David Chapple, group event director of The Meetings Show, said: “This will be the fifth year that The Meetings Show has run a dedicated education session focusing on women in the industry, and recent revelations about gender pay gaps along with the #MeToo movement make it more topical than ever. While women may be better represented in the events industry than in other sectors, there is still a way to go, and we hope that by tackling the topic in our education programme it will ensure it remains a priority.”

The Meetings Show is the UK’s biggest dedicated event for meeting planners and returns to London Olympia on 27 and 28 June. For the full programme of educational sessions and to register to attend visit www.themeetingsshow.com/.

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