Event Leaders Exchange Debuts DEI Initiatives for Event Professionals

Announced at IMEX Americas, held in Las Vegas October 11-13, the Event Leaders Exchange (ELX) shared immediate, practical initiatives designed to help event professionals, suppliers and the industry as a whole deliver event environments that allow all people to thrive and engage our industry in embracing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB).

Among the initiatives is The Neu Project, originating at Google, which encourages new practical tactics of inclusion for neurodivergent communities, starting with event spaces and programming, workplaces and beyond. Phase One of The Neu Project provides foundational education and enablement resources for event professionals to speak the language of neurodiversity and empowers them to promote acceptance and advocacy within their teams and organizations.

Practical tools such as “An Event Professional’s Guide to Neuroinclusion” explore the topic of neurodiversity, its benefits, and the significance of creating events that consider neuro differences, and “The Neuroinclusive Event Checklist” a framework to help event professionals make inclusive choices at every phase of an event lifecycle. Both are now available at www.theneuproject.com

The event also marks the announcement of a new supplier framework developed by ELX participants to bring transparency and urgency around DEIB throughout the supply chain, launching for consultation at IMEX.

Developed by event leaders in conjunction with the supplier community, the framework aims to create positive change in months not years. It will be made freely available to the wider events community to help raise awareness of the importance of this topic to the industry.

More information about the framework and the wider work of the ELX community can be found at eventleaders.com.

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