Associations Are Increasingly Emphasizing DEI

Associations are often like a microcosm of larger society.  They have governing bodies, commerce-producing units, educational institutions

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5 Ways to Deliver on DEI at Your Next Meeting

Editor’s note: Elliott L. Ferguson, II, president and CEO of Destination DC, is a leading proponent of

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The State of DEI in the Meetings Industry and Beyond

Roughly four years ago in the wake of the George Floyd murder, influential African-American leaders in the meetings and hospitality industry took a


Event Service Professionals Publish Meetings DEI Guide

The knowledge and duties of event service professionals (ESPs), aka convention service managers, is where the rubber meets the road in the meetings

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8 Objectives to Help Align Your DEI Strategy and Business Needs

The demand for hospitality, events and tourism companies to take accountability for their social footprint is not solely for the benefit of one group

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3 California Tourism DEI Leaders Who Are Making a Difference

Always ahead of the curve, California is taking a leading role in promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the tourism and meetings and

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Destination DC's Elliott Ferguson II on the Role of DMOs on DEI

In the run-up to his keynote address at Event Service Professionals Association’s 2023 annual conference, meetings industry leader and DEI champion


Why Data-Driven Assessments Are the Key to DEI Strategies

Editor’s Note: This is the sixth article in a DEI series authored by Greg DeShields and Zoe Moore, exploring diversity, equity

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The Difference Between DEI Certifications and Certificates of Completion

One year ago, we started this series of articles for Meetings Today by explaining 

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Philadelphia's Top-Down Focus on DEI Paves the Way Forward for Meetings

In 1987, two African-American directors on the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) board, A. Bruce Crawley, a prominent marketing


Why DC Is the Nation’s Capital of DEI Tourism and Events

DEI, or diversity, equity and inclusion, has become an issue of paramount importance in the meetings and events industry and throughout U.S. business

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DEI in Tourism and Hospitality: A Look Back and Forward

Unprecedented has become the word we hate to use, but it is the most popular way to summarize 2020, with three crises converging together: health,


Tourism Diversity Matters’ The Collective Experience Conference Brings DEI Leaders Together

Following a pandemic hiatus, Tourism Diversity Matters’ (TDM) The Collective Experience

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Kevin Iwamoto: My Journey Advocating for DEI and Belonging

I was recently honored to be recognized by Meetings Today as one of its 20

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Zoe Moore on Why DEI Is Under Fire in the Meetings Industry and Beyond

Zoe Moore, proprietor of Zoe Moore Consultancy, is

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Greg DeShields Brings a Career Dedicated to DEI to Tourism Diversity Matters

A career-long leader in bringing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education—and change—to tourism and related industries, Greg

Greg DeShields, Executive Director, Tourism Diversity Matters

DEI Update: Meetings Diversity Leaders Greg DeShields and Sheila Alexander-Reid Share Their Perspectives

DEI, or diversity, equity and inclusion, is an unstoppable force in the meetings and tourism industry and beyond.Meetings Today touched base with two


DEI and the Hospitality Industry Are Dual Passions of Teneo's Gary Murakami

The hospitality industry is in Gary Murakami’s blood. Recently joining global sales organization

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Why Learning Your DEI Certifications Can Promote Supplier Diversity

While summer draws to a close and fall approaches, business leaders continue to combat rapidly changing health concerns, safety issues, economic


New ESPA President Denise Reid on DEI, New Member Acquisition–and a Show-Stopping 'Ave Maria'

Denise Reid, new president of Event Service Professionals Association (ESPA), shares how event service professionals are on the front line of

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