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BEYOND WEDDINGS: NEW TYPES OF LGBTQ EVENTS & INCLUSIVITY IN EVERY EVENT

Wednesday, Nov 13 | 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM | Room 2

CMP-IS Domain A: Strategic planning, 1.0 CEs

Event planners know that diverse LGBTQ demographics have taken the wedding scene by storm. But did you know that there is an ecosystem of LGBTQ corporate, academic, community, and political events now coming online as well?

During this session, panelists will discuss a variety of topics including how companies and professional associations are a marketable demographic for LGBTQ event-planning services beyond weddings & personal functions. They will share tips on how to grow one's event management and/or creative services business in this area by partnering with LGBTQ chambers of commerce and professional associations.

Panelists will also discuss experience in imbuing all types of events with equality—including but not limited to how to retire vestiges of gender designation that still occur at corporate events—including such things as including "Mr" and "Ms" on a registration form, or addressing an audience as "ladies and gentlemen." Panelists may discuss planner logistics such as supplier diversity, what to do if a vendor denies you service, and accommodations for attendees who identify as transgender or gender non-binary.

Speakers:

  • Kelli Bielema | Facebook & AirScream

  • Alex Liberato | Lane Powell PC

  • Ileigh Reynolds | Animate Objects Productions

  • Brock Rylander | Animate Objects Productions