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Connect Weekly: #Blacklivesmatter, New WHO Guidelines, & More

Abigail Sakati |

Black Lives MatterWelcome to another edition of Aventri’s Connect Weekly column, where we share the top five news stories from the week that today’s meeting and event planners should know. We aim to cover everything from the worlds of events, technology, business, marketing, social media, travel, hospitality and beyond. Check out the top stories from the week of June 1, 2020.

#BlackLivesMatter: The Event Industry Needs to Wake Up

C&IT’s editor calls for the event industry to respond to the issues raised by George Floyd’s death. The editor urges industry members to first recognize that there is a problem of inequality between those of different skin colors. Once industry members have recognized this issue, it is their responsibility to use their platforms and voices to make real, meaningful, lasting changes. The change C&IT’s editor calls for  reviewing how planners hire, create events and select speakers, then critically analyze whether industry members are doing all they can to create more inclusive and diverse experiences. Read the full article and find out how industry members can do better, here.

WHO Releases Big-Picture Guidance For Large-Scale Events

On May 29, the World Health Organization issued guidance for large conferences and exhibitions during the pandemic. The guidance outlines what to consider when assessing the risk of holding an event and how to prevent disease spread for events that plan to go forward. Furthermore, the four-page guidance provides prevention and control measures for the planning, operational, and post-event planning phases. To learn more, click here.

See How All 50 States Are Reopening

All 50 States begin their reopening phases with much variation on how states are deciding to open. The New York Times has put together a list of all 50 states with their reopening status' and what it means for individuals and businesses. To find out your states’ reopening status, what that entails, and if that state has further information on when they will move to their next phase, click here.

5 Voices to Listen to Now About Race

This week has been filled with grief and protest after the homicide of George Floyd. Professors Laura Morgan Roberts and Ella F. Washington wrote in an article in the Harvard Business Review quoting American Association of Psychology President Sandra L. Shullman that “there is more than one pandemic affecting U.S. lives and economies…we are living in a racism pandemic.’” With millions struggling to come to grips with this crisis that is not new but now impossible to ignore, many have begun educating themselves on topics of racism and social justice. PCMA recommends five authors who are frequent speakers on topics of racism, bias, and justice. Learn more about these authors and their books here.

Aventri Premiers Industry’s First Purpose-Built Hybrid & Virtual Event Solution

Aventri launches an industry first hybrid and virtual event solution. Aventri’s Virtual Event Platform was made in collaboration with our customers and from analyzing a changing meetings and events landscape. Aventri strives to provide a solution that can deliver a range of events from virtual, hybrid, and in-person within a single platform. COVID-19 sent industry leaders scrambling for a solution, with Aventri’s Virtual Event Platform meetings and events will be able to reach more attendees, allow for greater flexibility when choosing an event format and increased event adaptability should an event have to pivot. Read our complete press release, here.

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This Post was Written by Abigail Sakati

Abigail Sakati is a senior marketing major with a minor in accounting at Fairfield University. She has been interning with Aventri since May 2019 as the digital marketing analyst intern.

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