She Means Business 2020

Women contributing to the SDGs

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Carina Bauer, CEO IMEX Group, and Co-founder She Means Business
The third "She Means Business" will take place on 11 May 2020 in Hall 9 of Messe Frankfurt. The conference on Diversity, Gender Equality and Female Empowerment on the day before IMEX is a joint event of the IMEX Group and tw magazine in partnership with MPI – Meeting Professionals International. The program takes up the IMEX topic "Nature". Speaker Gabriela Suhoschi, Director World Water Week & Prizes of the Stockholm International Water Institute will talk about the issue of water, why women matter and diverse panels. In the "open mic"- session "Women contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)", participants explain how they contribute to the 17 UN SDGs like Nalan Emre, COO IMEX Group, to SDG12 "Responsible Consumption and Production" by sponsoring lunches without meat. First supporting partner is the Jerusalem Convention Bureau.

Destination DC

„Connected Campus“ initiative

Destination DC (DDC), the destination marketing organization for Washington, DC, announced its “Connected Campus” initiative during PCMA Convening Leaders. The initiative shows planners how to use non-traditional spaces to expand the footprint of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and create a diversified meeting layout show-casing the authentic DC. Seven distinct venues offer 20 bookable meeting and event spaces that can accommodate groups of all sizes in the heart of Washington, DC. “As we continue to focus on selling DC differently, the Connected Campus positioning allows meeting planners to understand how their meeting can better succeed in DC by looking at meetings beyond just four walls,” said president and CEO Elliott L. Ferguson, II. “We hope the initiative can help bring unique meeting and event visions to life as we continue to add more venues to the campus mix.” Since 2017, DDC has been highlighting the city as a leader in key industries such as technology, biotech, medical, and sustainability.


JMIC: “Demonstrate Confidence”

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Kai Hattendorf, President of the Joint Meetings Industry Council

The coronavirus that is currently the subject of a WHO emergency international health declaration reminds us of how easily the freedom and willingness to travel for the purpose of attending business events can be impacted, says Kai Hattendorf, President of the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC): “Our industry will always be impacted by anything that restricts or inhibits travel and assembly. We ourselves must demonstrate that confidence by maintaining to the greatest extent possible our ongoing schedule of activities – and where this is not possible, by working collaboratively to develop alternatives that help maintain the exchange of information and insights that account for the benefits we believe to result from this kind of engagement”.


Merge of Meetings and Learnings

ASAE has combined its learning and meetings department functions. To oversee the operation, ASAE has named Amy Ledoux as chief learning and meetings officer. Ledoux has been with ASAE for more than 15 years. She has 30 years of diverse association experience, including working at the Electronic Retailing Association as vice president of meetings and conferences and as an adjunct faculty member in the George Washington University’s Event Management Certificate Program. Ledoux also helped create and act as co-instructor for two ASAE courses.


Floating hotels at the World Cup

In preparations to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the hospitality company Qetaifan Projects signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with constructor Admares. This includes the construction and operation of 16 floating hotels on the shores of Qetaifan Island North to provide accommodation for the masses within the fan villages during the World Cup. All of the 16 hotels will be identical, offering a total of 1616 hotel rooms.