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#Expochat – Remedies for the Exhibition Industry's #MeToo Moments
Last month, TSNN Editor-in-Chief Rachel Wimberly posted an eye-opening blog piece. In “Sexual Harassment/Gender Bias Are Major Issues In Trade Show Industry,” she wrote about IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Experience on November 28 during Expo! Expo! During the gathering, 87 percent of audience members responded that they had experienced gender bias at work, while another 83 percent said that they had been sexually harassed.
This is salt in the wound of an industry that, like many others, suffers from wage inequality and few women in the executive suite. So, while the rest of the country is in the midst of a tectonic shift in female empowerment, what should the exhibition industry do to make the future better for women? On this week’s #Expochat, Moderator Michelle Bruno will lead a discussion addressing gender bias, sexual harassment and what the trade show industry can and should do to create safe, equitable work environments and empower women to succeed.
- What can we collectively decide is the definition of gender bias?
- What should we determine is the definition of sexual harassment?
- What is it about the exhibition environment that makes it “uncomfortable” for women?
- Where do you go in your organization to report sexual harassment?
- What would employee training on gender bias and sexual harassment include?
- What should be the role of executives in eliminating unsafe workplaces?
- What should be the role of coworkers in promoting safe workplaces?
- What role should industry associations play in calling out inappropriate behavior?
- Should the exhibition industry lobby for women’s issues in Washington?
- What can/should our industry organizations do to empower women?
Where: Use hashtag #Expochat and any Twitter chat tool! (Tweetchat, for example)
NEW: Come to the chat with questions about anything trade show-related. We will use our community to address your issues or maybe even hook you up with some help.
What is #EXPOCHAT?
Expochat is a Twitter-based conversation on topics related to the trade show industry. It takes place most Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time (new time slot) and tackles a single topic each week - a recurring pain point, innovative ideas, evolution of the industry, best practices, and what works. Expochat is alternately moderated by four industry thought leaders: Stephanie Selesnick (International Trade Information, Inc.), Terence Donnelly (Experient), Michelle Bruno (Bruno Group Signature Services) and Michael Doane (CadmiumCD).
Expochat has been reformatted from previous years. The discussion (new format) will last a very fast-paced 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes during which participants may ask questions of the group on any topic. To participate, sign up on Twitter.com and follow the #Expochat hashtag at the appointed time. Questions will be identified as Q1, Q2, etc. Responses from participants should be written as A1, A2, etc. Tools like Tweetchat.io and others can make it easier to participate. Ideas are welcome on Expochat but commercialism is not.
Trade Show News Network, the leading online exhibition industry news resource, sponsors the chat, and topics are listed in advance on TSNN.com. Reminders will be tweeted out prior to each week's discussion, but if you miss a chat, Storify transcripts will be available on TSNN after each chat. We gladly accept requests for topics at email@example.com. Guest moderators are also welcome. #Expochat, now in its fourth year, works because the community supports it. Join us for the best live conversations about the industry that signs your paycheck. Rants welcome!
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Check out our past chats:
Jan. 17 – Remedies for the Exhibition Industry’s #MeToo Moments – https://storify.com/michellebruno/remedies-for-the-exhibition-industry-s-meetoo-mome
Jan. 10 – #CES2018 and Its Impact on Trade Shows – https://storify.com/stephselesnick/expochat-jan-10-2018-ces2018-s-impact-on-tradeshow
Jan. 3 – 2018 Predictions & Resolutions for the Exhibitions Industry – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/2018-predictions-resolutions-for-exhibitions-indus?utm_campaign=website&utm_source=email&utm_medium=email
Dec. 13 – Crowdsourcing the Best and/or Worst of Expos & Events in 2017 – https://storify.com/stephselesnick/expochat-best-worst-in-the-expo-biz-mostly-of-2017#publicize
Dec. 6 – The Pros and Cons of Using Technology at Events – https://storify.com/cadmiumcd/leadership-diversity-and-career-goals-expochat-10-
Nov. 15 – Non-Traditional Methods and Strategies for Attendee Growth – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/non-traditional-methods-strategies-for-attendee-gr
Nov. 8 – Free Advice for Trade Show Professionals: What to Keep, Start and Stop! – https://storify.com/theexpogroup/free-advice-for-trade-show-professionals-what-to-k#publicize
Nov. 1 – What Could/Should Machines Do in the Trade Show Environment? – https://storify.com/michellebruno/what-could-shouldmachines-do-in-the-trade-show-env
Oct. 25 – Current Political Attitudes and Their Impact on U.S. Exhibitions – https://storify.com/stephselesnick/expochat
Oct. 18 – Leadership, Diversity and Career Goals – https://storify.com/cadmiumcd/leadership-diversity-and-career-goals
Oct. 11 – Experience Design: Is Your Trade Show Ready? – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/experience-design-is-your-trade-show-ready
Oct. 4 – Digital Transformation in the Global Exhibition Industry – https://storify.com/michellebruno/digital-transformation-in-the-global-exhibition-in
Sept. 27 – Disruption in the Event Industry – https://storify.com/michellebruno/disruption-in-the-event-industry
Sept. 20 – What’s on Tap for IAEE’s Expo! Expo! in San Antonio? – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/what-s-on-tap-for-iaee-s-expo-expo-in-san-antonio
Sept. 13 – Hosted Buyer Events – https://storify.com/stephselesnick/expochat-hosted-buyer-events-with-very-special-gue
Sept. 6 – Disaster Preparedness and Recovery – https://storify.com/cadmiumcd/disaster-preparedness-and-recovery
April 26 – Tricks of Attendee Acquisition for Events – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/the-tricks-of-attendee-acquisition-for-events
April 19 – Creating Education that Excites – https://storify.com/cadmiumcd/creating-education-that-excites
April 12 – Is Your Event Technology Secure? – https://storify.com/michellebruno/is-your-event-technology-secure
April 5 – Is the Old Conference/Educational Session Model Dead? – https://storify.com/stephselesnick/is-the-old-conference-educational-session-model-de
March 29 – How Attendee “Personas” Impact Trade Shows & Events – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/how-attendee-personas-impact-trade-shows-events
March 22 - Trends In Exhibition Sponsorships – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/trends-in-exhibition-sponsorships
March 8 - Taking Your Brand Overseas – https://storify.com/stephselesnick/expochat-extending-your-expo-brand-by-going-intl
March 1 - Trade Shows and the Gig Economy – https://storify.com/michellebruno/trade-shows-and-the-gig-economy
Feb. 22 - Bringing Up Baby: How to Prepare the Next Trade Show Industry Workforce – https://storify.com/michellebruno/bringing-up-baby
Feb. 15 - How "Green" is the Trade Show Industry, Really? – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/how-green-is-the-trade-show-industry-really
Feb. 8 – Are You Leaning In? – https://storify.com/michellebruno/are-women-in-tradeshows-leaning-in
Jan. 31 – How Might Travel Ban, Changing Trade Pacts Impact Trade Shows? - https://storify.com/stephselesnick/expochat-feb-1-2017
Jan. 24 – How Are Shows ‘Giving Back?’ – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/how-are-shows-giving-back
Jan. 18 – Using Hackathons to Re-Invent & Grow Your Trade Show – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/using-hackathons-to-re-invent-grow-your-trade-show
Jan. 11 – CES Review - What can we learn from our shows? – https://storify.com/stephselesnick/expochat-jan-11-review-of-ces2017-what-expos-can-l
Jan. 4 – New Year’s (Event Technology) Resolutions – https://storify.com/michellebruno/new-year-s-event-technology-resolutions
Nov. 30, 2016 – Is the Trade Show Industry Ready for Artificial Intelligence? – https://storify.com/michellebruno/s-the-trade-show-industry-ready-for-artificial-int
Nov. 9, 2016 – What Makes a Good Leader in Today’s Environment? – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/what-makes-a-good-leader-in-today-s-environment-58238130caffda621fab15e7
Nov. 2, 2016 – TSNN Awards: Education, Inspiration, Celebration – https://storify.com/theexpogroup/expochat-from-nov-2-2016
Oct. 26, 2016 – “Matchmaking: Can Technology Bring Exhibitors More/Better Matches and Leads?” - https://storify.com/michellebruno/matchmaking-can-technology-bring-exhibitors-more-b
Oct. 12, 2016 – All There Is to Know About IAEE's Expo! Expo! – https://storify.com/TRDonnelly/we-re-talking-iaee-hq-expo-expo-dec-6-8-in-anaheim#publicize
Oct. 5, 2016 – How Can You Build Community on the Show floor? – https://storify.com/theexpogroup/community-spaces
Sept. 28, 2016 – How Can We Increase International Attendance at Our Shows? – https://storify.com/stephselesnick/expochat-international-attendee-acquisition#publicize
Sept. 21, 2016 – Does Gamification Work for B2B Trade Shows? – https://storify.com/michellebruno/does-gamification-work-for-b2b-trade-shows