JUN 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ J U N E 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 8 headlines, trends & ideas A new coalition composed of leaders and executives from several meetings and event organizations was formed in May with the goal of eradicating sexual harassment in the events industry and workplace. The group includes the Association for Women in Events (AWE), the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), the Events Industry Council (EIC), the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), IMEX, the Joint Meetings Industry Council (JMIC), Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and the Soci- ety for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE). According to a statement released by ASAE, each group has 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 such as #TimesUp and #MeToo, every industry must act to create positive change and end sexual harassment, the statement indicated. "All the organizations came together because the ethical concerns and human rights would be better served working together, so we can stop sexual harassment from occurring in the industry," said ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV, FASAE, CAE. The coalition will identify tools and develop new resources to assist in educating individuals and the events industry about sexual harassment, he added. Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, past president and co-founder of AWE, and Kiki J. Fox, president and co-founder of AWE, gath- ered industry leaders for regular meetings and discussed the direction of the coalition. 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. "It's imperative that our organizations present a united front against sexual harassment in the industry," Fox said. "Together, we are declaring zero tolerance for behavior that harasses or discriminates." 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. n Event Industry Leaders Form Coalition To Stop Sexual Harassment Hall of Leaders Announced The Events Industry Council recently an- nounced its 2018 Hall of Leaders inductees and Pacesetter Award winners, recognizing the stars who have put their stamp on the development and future of the meetings and conventions industry. The Hall of Leaders, which has been rec- ognizing lasting achievements in meetings since 1985, has four new inductees: • Corbin W. Ball, CMP, CSP, DES, MS, Corbin Ball & Co. (Nominated by Attendee Man- agement Inc.) • Henry S. Givray, SmithBucklin (Nominated by the AMC Institute) • Edward Liu, CEMS Singapore (Nominated by the International Association of Exhibi- tions and Events) • Deborah Sexton, FASAE, DLS and Asso- ciates (Nominated by the Professional Convention Management Association) The newer Pacesetter Awards, estab- lished in 2012, are aimed at emerging industry leaders "who exhibit individual excellence based on innovation, impact, vision, leadership, influence, collaboration, courage, perseverance and other achieve- ments," according to the EIC. This year's award winners, by category, are: • Sustainability & Corporate Social Respon- sibility: Jeff Chase, Freeman (Nominated by Freeman) • Innovation: Zena Phillips, CMP, CPCE, Hilton Worldwide (Nominated by the Na- tional Association for Catering and Events) • Young Professional: Jessie States, CMM, Meeting Professionals International (Nominated by Meeting Professionals International) The EIC will hold its 2018 Hall of Lead- ers and Pacesetter Awards Celebration on Oct. 16, 2018, in Las Vegas, during IMEX America. n CHARLESTON — Charlestowne Hotels, a full-service hospitality management company, recently named Gavin Philipp vice president of operations. He will oversee the operational performance of Charlestowne's entire collection and will lead initiatives that improve owner profitability, from preventative maintenance strategies to curating a well-defined guest service style. Talent development and retainment will be another core focus for Philipp, ensuring that employees at each Charlestowne Hotels property receive quality hands-on training and guidance during their tenure. "Gavin offers a thoughtful, genuine management approach that allows him to unify the efforts of his team and partners," said Charlestowne President and COO Michael Tall. "I am confident that his wealth of knowledge and commitment to optimization will allow Charlestowne Hotels to nimbly navigate the evolution of hotel travel and operation well into the future." Philipp joined the Charlestowne team in 2013 as a regional director of operations. Prior to joining Charlestowne, he served as general manager of the Four Diamond Loews Annapolis Hotel. n New Vice President of Operations Philipp

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