Leigh Cowlishaw - Panel Member - Conference and Hospitality Show, Leeds, 30th April 2019

Leigh Cowlishaw – Panel Member

Embracing True Diversity in the Events Industry

  • 11:00am - 11:45am
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Some might say the events sector is more diverse than any other, this could be true, however, you really need to look more carefully.

Women in the events Industry are not getting past middle management, they’re not in the boardroom or on boards.

The people of colour, on the other hand, are nowhere near middle management. They are not the negotiators, deal makers, primary hosts, venue owners, on Boards or in senior management but serving the drinks, door security or ensuring the hospitality areas are clean and tidy. That’s where some of the elevated diversity stats come from when submitted.

The decision makers have to be diverse, it doesn’t just happen, a conversation about race is difficult, at times uncomfortable; but the reality is, if we don’t talk about it, we’ll never make the progress that’s necessary, there is a global shift be brave and have let’s have that courageous conversation.

The benefit of attending: Hear the experiences of the panel, listen to case studies and suggestions

Take away: Ideas for improving diversity, suggested help, contacts for in-house support

Panel Members:


A senior leader within supply chain management and with over 20 years experience within meetings, accommodation and business travel industry.

Experienced In leading a high performing team to negotiate, contract and provide governance across partners for mutual success.

Managing and develop propositions for accommodation and meetings including SMM, online distribution strategies and implementation, as well a focus on customer and partner value through customer sourcing programmes, data analysis, partnerships and creating optimum value by unlocking opportunities.

Appointed in 2016 to the HBAA Chair of the Industry Association and currently taking an active part on the board today; to support the shaping of the Association.

Chair of GTMC Steering Group for Meetings, Conferences and Events.

Steering Board member of the Meetings Show.

A Mental Health First Aider, to support others and drive wellbeing in the workplace and also in my personal life with myself, friends and family.

Delighted to have secured a space on 2018 MIA list; which was voted by independent judges and supported by testimonials from our business, customers, partners and industry peers – very proud.