Why Diverse and Inclusive Content Makes Meetings Better For Everyone
Planners should translate social themes into their meetings’ programming
If any point in recent history has underscored the importance of embracing diversity and inclusivity in meetings, this is certainly that time. As the Black Lives Matter movement and the LGBTQ+ workplace protection victory move to the forefront of the cultural discourse nationwide, planners must also rise to the occasion by wholeheartedly translating these themes into their meetings’ programming.
From breakout sessions to keynote speakers, meetings agendas are seeing an increase in diverse representation of identities, voices and content. But how can a destination contribute to these efforts? In Phoenix, the business community is answering that question and setting the bar quite high.
“Phoenix has been a leader when it comes to diversity and inclusion and has been so supportive [of chamber initiatives],” says Felicia Butts, board chair of the Greater Phoenix Equality Chamber of Commerce, and a Black small business owner herself, noting that the chamber partners with the city on a variety of efforts and events.
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