SITE has joined a coalition of event industry leaders to stop sexual harassment in the meetings and events industry. The coalition, comprised of leaders and executives from organizations such as ASAE, AWE, EIC, IAEE, IMEX, JMIC, MPI, PCMA and SITE, was formed to gather everyone behind a common goal: eradicate sexual harassment in the events industry and workplace. Each of these groups have been addressing sexual harassment separately and determined that this issue required policies that span beyond the confines of each individual organization.
In the wake of movements like #TimesUp and #MeToo, every industry must take action to create positive change and end sexual harassment, once and for all. The coalition recognizes that when it comes to these ethical concerns and human rights, we are #StrongerTogether. The coalition will identify tools and developing new resources to assist in educating individuals and the events industry about sexual harassment.
The following individuals have come forward to join the task force:
- Rhonda Brewer, Past President, SITE
- Susan Robertson, CAE, Executive Vice President, ASAE
- Bob Skelton, Chief Administration Officer, ASAE
- Kiki J. Fox, President & Co-Founder, AWE
- Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Past-President & Co-Founder, AWE
- Johnnie White, MBA, CAE, CMP, Treasurer, AWE
- Julie Sullivan, CMP, CEM, CTA, Vice President, AWE
- Nicole Unger, CMP, Secretary, AWE
- Karen Kotowski, CAE, CMP, CEO, EIC
- Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, COO, IAEE
- Carina Bauer, CEO, IMEX
- Rod Cameron, Program Management, JMIC
- Amanda Armstrong, Chair, MPI
- Sherrif Karamat, CAE, President & CEO, PCMA
Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Past-President & Co-Founder of the Association for Women in Events, and Kiki J. Fox, President & Co-Founder of the Association for Women in Events, gathered these industry leaders for regular meetings of discussion and direction. Ms. Fox is organizing action items and driving this initiative. The group’s next step is to release a webinar that introduces experts on the subject matter. AWE will also be adding this topic to the events and education presented to members.
Rhonda Brewer, SITE Past President 2015 is representing SITE on the coalition task force. “SITE is deeply committed to providing a supportive professional community where all members are treated with dignity, decency and respect. Upon joining SITE, members agree to abide by a Code of Ethics and Conduct built on mutual trust and a fundamental respect for the rights, dignity and value of all persons. Harassment or intimidation of any kind, included but not limited to sexual harassment, is violation of our professional ethics and should be regarded and treated as such by our members,” she commented.
All nine organizations involved will be posting more details of upcoming education and initiatives around this subject to their respective website homepages. The coalition encourages the events industry to follow along and participate.