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Last Thursday, April 8, 2021 the 5th annual Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) was a success. In 2016 when the inaugural event took place, 80+ events  happened across destinations such as the United States, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. 

 

To our knowledge none of those events happened in international places with a large Black population like Jamaica, Zambia, Ghana or South Africa. In the U.S., it's estimated that less than 10% of those events were hosted by Black professional organizations nor did they highlight the contributions of Black owned professionals or businesses. Overall, attendance and awareness of GMID by the Black community was low then and has been since it began. 

 

Why does this matter? It matters because the contributions of Black professionals to the industry as leaders, talent, staff and consumers is undervalued and often goes unmeasured. Groups that have been historically marginalized due to their race/color, identity, disability or class are often relegated to hourly positions with no decision making power. Yet, it's them and their communities that are impacted most by decisions made by the selected few. 

 

So, last week was a major accomplishment, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion is about changing the narrative. Black professionals across Africa, Canada, London, the U.K and the U.S. came together on panels for two separate events to engage each other and allies who valued the significance of their contributions to an industry with remarkable influence globally.

 

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