For years the meetings & events industry has been on the top of the “MOST STRESSFUL JOBS” lists, right behind firefighters and airline pilots. Many of us almost took it as a badge of honor. At least I know I did. “Let me do it all, work 12+ hours a day, plan, execute and wrap two events and have rice krispie treats ready for one of the kids classes the next day.” Keeping the proverbial ‘balls in the air’ of juggling tasks for work and home were all the things contained in a good week. I was stressed to the max but there was no time to think about it let alone address it.
The Incentive for Excellence
To our SITE SoCal Community and Beyond,
It is important that we take a moment to address the tragedy our country is facing and the deep wounds inflicted on our Black community.
We see your pain, and we stand with you against injustice and racism. We stand with you as we create a better world. We stand with you for justice for George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and far too many others.
We’ve seen corporations and organizations around the world step up to the plate these last few days like never before. And we, as a chapter of travel professionals with a global platform, must speak up.
We won’t be silent. We will do better. We will lead by example. We will be part of the solution.
Below is a list of ways that you can get involved in what's going on. From donations to peaceful protests, or simply signing a petition, we urge you to take part in this crucial part of history as we come together to turn the tide.
— The 2020 SITE SoCal Board of Directors
5 Ways to Get Involved
Quarantine got you feeling the blues? It is important to keep your energy up during times of uncertainty, stress and inactivity. Studies show that changes in routine, eating habits, exercise, and even human interaction can impact our overall well being.
SITE SoCal has partnered with Very Best You, a division of Twenty156 Events to bring you these tips for Staying Up During Downtime:
SITE has always played a pivotal role within the greater Business Events / MICE industry and this continues today with SITE CEO, Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP occupying a seat on the 2020 board of Events Industry Council (EIC).
In this role, Didier has been heavily involved over the past weeks with the creation of a new pan-industry repository of materials related to COVID-19, aka Coronavirus.
- statements on COVID-19 from Paul Deventer, Chair at EIC
- an instructional video
- a detailed FAQ
- links to reliable sources of information such as World Health Organization (WHO) and Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- in addition to links to association-specific information already on the websites of all EIC member associations.
View this rich source of content on the COVID-19 Content Portal.
In what has become an IMEX tradition, we start the New Year with an interview with IMEX CEO, (and 2020 president of the SITE Foundation), Carina Bauer, about the choice and the thinking behind this year’s IMEX Talking Point: NATURE.