Senior event leaders from blue chip companies like Cisco
Systems, McDonald’s, Microsoft, Siemens and Wolters Kluwer have formed Event
Leaders Exchange, a collaboration group to develop research and promote
industry initiatives around critical topics. To-date the invitation-only group
has formed initiatives around both sustainability and diversity, equity and
inclusion, working to understand how these issues can effectively figure into
supplier sourcing and partnership relationships. ELX will also serve as a benchmarking group for large corporates as meetings continue to recover from reductions forced by Covid-19 and now emerging into a high-demand, high-cost environment.
The group is spearheaded by Meetings Strategy & The Data
Angel principal Kimberly Meyer, meetings consultant David Kliman, Explori VP
senior corporate relations Chloe Richardson and Explori CEO Mark Brewster.
Meyer, in the lead-up to announcing ELX, told BTN the group is
looking to leverage the collective influence of large meeting buyers to push
needed change through the industry. In a press statement, she reiterated that
intent, calling the group “a place where the leaders of corporate programs can
get candid insights, ideas and support from other leaders navigating major
meeting and event portfolios. … Together, we’ll be able to drive some important
initiatives forward across the industry in weeks, not years.”
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