#Expochat: Join Us Wednesday - Are You Leaning In? Can the Glass Ceiling Be Shattered?

February 6, 2017

We can talk all day about what the trade show industry and our employers are or are not doing to promote, protect, and compensate women (and we will), but are women doing enough to get the promotions, protections, and compensation that they deserve? Some women will say that we shouldn’t have to do anything, that equality is equality. Others might say that if anything is worth having, it’s worth working toward methodically.

There may also be a group of women that is simply happy with where they are and where they’re going. What about you? In this week’s discussion, Michelle Bruno will solicit commentary from both women and men on the topic of what women can and should do to shatter glass ceilings, get better pay, and write their own tickets in the tradeshow workplace. Are you in? Here are some questions:

When: Feb. 8, 1 p.m. ET

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.

Here Are Some Questions:

 

Why should we even have a discussion on women in the tradeshow workplace?

Women: What are the expectations that you have for promotions, protection, and compensation in your job? 

Men: How do you actively work to promote, protect, and compensate women in your workplace?

Women: Describe the ways in which you are planning for long-term career growth in your company?

Men: How can women do a better job promoting, protecting, and compensating themselves?

Women and Men: What are the workplace-related topics for which you would like to actively advocate? (maternity leave, paternity leave, equal pay, family leave, women in leadership?)

Women: Do the various task forces, women’s organizations, diversity groups that exist in the industry and in companies do enough for you? why/why not?

Women: For the self-employeds, without a formal structure for promotion or compensation, how are your needs being met?

Women and Men: How are you staying informed about the ways to get ahead/promote women in the workplace?

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 three industry thought leaders: Stephanie Selesnick (International Trade Information, Inc.), Terence Donnelly (Experient), and Michelle Bruno (Bruno Group Signature Services).
 
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 expochat@tsnn.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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