New Private Industry Group, ELX

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July 12th marked the official kickoff of ELX, the Event Leaders Exchange. ELX is a members-only community for, and led by, global heads of meetings and events for some of the largest organizations in the world.

The group was the brainchild of industry veterans Kimberly Meyer, David Kliman, Chloe Richardson and Mark Brewster, who first came together in September of 2021 for a series of invitation-only think tanks to support C-suite event professionals navigating the evolution of events taking place post-pandemic. Their goal was to bring together senior event leaders—by invitation only—to share ideas and industry insights and engage in powerful, actionable conversations.

Discussions are community-driven and follow the Chatham House Rule. ELX also includes an ongoing series of Think Tanks, in-person programs, proprietary research and benchmarking opportunities, ELX library materials and select white-papers.

The ELX community will be meeting face-to-face for one day during IMEX in Las Vegas this October.

Steering committee members include some of the most experienced and well-known corporate planners from Fortune 500 companies including McDonald’s, Cisco Systems and Microsoft.

Targeted participants are senior events professionals from Fortune 500 companies with hundreds of meetings and events a year who oversee an organizational headcount of 3,000+ and revenue of $3.6 billion+ per year.

Applications to join the ELX are put forward for consideration by the ELX Steering Committee before being approved. Contact them here.

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.