by Andrea Doyle | September 07, 2018
The Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force will be hosting its first webinar later this month, offering insights about and best practices for dealing with sexual harassment in the meetings industry. Taking place on Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. EST, the event will be sponsored by the task force's member organizations, with content by Meeting Professionals International (MPI), and will be hosted by Martin C. Lowery of training company OpusVertex International, LLC.

"In response to the #MeToo movement, we have an opportunity to address sexual harassment in the events industry," said Amanda Armstrong, CMP, chair of MPI's International Board of Directors, assistant vice president of Enteprise Holdings, Inc., and a member of the task force. "Let's share our stories, learn from each other and create safer environments at work and on site at events. We look forward to Martin Lowery's webinar that will share facts, identify common scenarios and suggest professional ways to handle occurrences."

The Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force was founded in May when leaders of a number of industry organizations -- American Society of Association Executives, Association for Women in Events (AWE), IMEX, Events Industry Council, Joint Meetings Industry Council, MPI, Professional Convention Management Association, and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) -- joined together behind a common goal: to eradicate sexual harassment in the events industry. Formed in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, one of its goals is to assist in educating the events industry about sexual harassment. 

AWE, IMEX, MPI and SITE are the sponsors of this inaugural webinar, which will focus on the issue of workplace harassment, explaining different types of sexual harassment. It will include an interactive session, giving participants a chance to make judgment calls when faced with different situations. It will also offer strategies for curating events and work environments to mitigate harassment issues in the workplace. 

Those interested in attending can register here.