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How Inclusive is Your Event?

Date: Aug 21, 2019


Every event planner intends to create an event that is inclusive and open to all. Yet, too often we fail to adequately accommodate people who have disabilities such as visual impairments, mobility challenges, special dietary needs and/or other challenges. Ensuring the festival design is accessible for all attendees, creating a memorable, inclusive and impactful events for your event is a lot harder these days. It entails ensuring the decor, signage, seating plans, service styles, entertainment, accessibility and even menus meet the demands and needs of all of your stakeholders.In this session, planners and suppliers will learn to think differently about how to create more inclusive environments for all stakeholders and to capitalize on the unique perspectives of a diverse participant base.

Learner outcomes:
  • Learn to see your event through the eyes of attendees with disabilities
  • Understand how diversity and inclusion are related to food and beverage
  • Learn how disability laws apply to event participants
  • Establish a framework for ensuring diversity and inclusivity in all your events
Targeted Experience Level:
Beginner, Intermediate


Founder/President, Thrive Meetings

Tracy Stuckrath, CSEP, CMM, CHC, CFPM is a dynamic, engaging speaker who will prompt your audience to evaluate, refine and use food and beverage functions to improve their events and their event participants. Through her personal experience as event planner for more than two decades and one of 15 million people in the U.S. with food allergies, Tracy sits at both sides of the table and offers solutions for feeding all guests safely, healthy and deliciously. Whether delivering a keynote, breakout session, interactive training seminar or cooking demonstration, audiences worldwide agree that Tracy brings passion and expertise to her presentations by offering detailed research and thoughtful analysis, and most of all by drawing on her own experience as a event planner with food allergies. Her stories will shock and inspire you, and her informative, yet easy-to-understand methods are usable tools.
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