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
- Carol Ann Whitehead – The Zebra Partnership (PANEL CHAIR)
- Olyainka Seiriki – UK Together
- Leigh Cowlishaw – Capita Travel and Events
- Aaron Hornback – Horizon Health and the Lighthouse
- Holly Gaffney – Lloyds Banking Group
- Raj Sachdave – Black Box Partnerships
PANEL MEMBER BIO:
With over 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, Raj Sachdave MCIPS specialises in commercial partnerships with a proven history of working in the travel procurement industry. In 2018 Raj set up his own consultancy business – Black Box Partnerships – a specialist consultancy, working with agencies, suppliers and tech providers to be bigger, smarter and faster. Developing people, culture and businesses to accelerate growth strategies. Black Box turns clients into winners…they make travel and meetings perform.