The Events Industry Council (EIC) has formed a new task force charged with developing a meaningful action plan for accelerating inclusion in the industry, beginning with systemic racism.
“This global pandemic has illuminated the issues around equity in ways we could not have imagined 12 months ago,” says Amy Calvert, CEO, EIC. “Continued senseless acts of violence plague or community. We must act. No longer can we just speak our truth—we must live our truth and leverage the passion, the scope and scale of this industry to create the change we wish to see and to live our values.”
The EIC Equity Task Force will be led by co-chairs Jason Dunn Sr. and Tina Wehmeir, CMP, CAE. Dunn is the Board Chairman of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Professionals and vice-president of the Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau. Wehmeir is CEO of AMC Institute.
The work of the task force is meant to support and amplify the work of EIC’s member organizations and stakeholder partners. It will also be a catalyst for turning EIC’s vision and intentions into action.
“On behalf of the global business events industry, the EIC Equity Task Force will offer guidance and resources to identify measurable priorities that help ensure we are an industry that drives for meaningful actions that are inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible,” said Dunn.
Wehmeir added, “Through this enhanced collaboration, we can drive meaningful outcomes that will strengthen our industry and society, further supporting our common belief that business events drive business outcomes and build strong communities.”
The full list of task force members will be announced in the coming weeks. It will represent multiple segments across the events industry ecosystem.
Through its volunteer-led Sustainability and Social Impact Committee, EIC will continue to work and align around key areas of focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and access.