The SITE Florida & Caribbean Chapter presented a roadmap to sustainability by Jane Scaletta, CIS, DMCP, SITE Global’s Sustainability Committee Sustainability Ambassador. Scaletta spoke on how planners can help reduce waste at events with such tips as serving chicken over beef (saves water) and pointed out that the water footprint to create one conference program, a tote bag and two cups of coffee at an event for 750 meeting participants could fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool. She suggests companies use a roadmap to reduce waste starting with getting executive buy-in and having employees start small by doing such things as eliminating Styrofoam cups.
The keynote speaker at the event was Michele Rigby Assad, author of My Secret Life in the CIA: and What it Taught Me about What’s Worth Fighting For. She talked about the difficulties of being a woman in U.S. Intelligence and spoke about using her unique platform to educate and inspire, showing how critical courage is to living a life of impact and purpose. Today she is a public speaker, trainer and international security consultant.
The event also had a CSR component as attendees brought gently use suits and other garments for Dress for Success Tampa, whose mission it is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Sponsors for the event were: The Vinoy® Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Visit Tampa Bay, GlobalWorks Events & Destination Management, The Goodman Speakers Bureau and Christie’s Photographic Solutions.