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Connect Weekly: Virtual Meetings Pose Barriers to Women, Disney Layoffs & More

Abigail Sakati |

shutterstock_1738498553Welcome 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 September 28, 2020.

Survey: Virtual Meetings Pose Barriers to Women

Opportunities for women to be called upon during meetings to discuss their facts, opinions, and recommendations and then not interrupted is still insufficient during online meetings. In a recent survey of 1,100 female business leaders, 45% said it was difficult to speak up in virtual meetings, and 20% said they felt ignored. To learn more about the study and to learn what planners can do to mediate this problem, click here.

Disney to Lay Off 28,000 U.S. Theme Park Workers and Others as COVID Takes Its Toll

On Tuesday, the Walt Disney Company announced that they will layoff approximately 28,000 U.S. employees in its theme park division. The pandemic has made the theme parks division struggle from force closures at the start and reduced attendance in Florida and their California park with no opening date in sight. About two-thirds of the layoffs will be part-time workers. Read the full article about the layoffs here.

Lessons Learned After Hosting a 100-Person Face-to-Face Event

The Georgia Society of Associated Executives (GSAE) hosted their annual meeting last month at the Hyatt Savannah with 113 people. This was the first event hosted by the Hyatt and in order to ensure the highest safety level, GSAE implemented layers of health and safety protocols. In addition to setting up social distancing and increased sanitation, GSAE was also strategic in how they let out attendees from each session to reduce bottle necking. Learn more about this event and its success.

Weekly Now: Apple’s App Store Cuts Virtual Events A Break

Apple has announced that it will suspend a plan that would take 30% commission from apps used for virtual events through the end of the year. However, Apple will still take commissions for online-native events such as game streaming. In the past, in-person events organized through iOS apps have never been subject to the fee, so as events turn virtual, event planners might be running into the commission for the first time. Learn more about this plan and what it might mean for the industry here.

The Top 14 Online Meeting & Event Platforms

As many organizations and professionals transition to hosting online meeting and events, Aventri has put together a comprehensive list of online meeting and event platforms to help you plan your next virtual or hybrid meeting or event. Aventri’s list includes platforms that range from simple free options to highly integrated event technology that can help you run a seamless meeting or event. Check out the list 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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