#MeToo: Majority of Women Meeting Planners Have Been Sexually Harassed

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#MeToo affects half of meeting planners and suppliers.

The #MeToo movement is very much alive in the meetings and incentives industry.

A majority of women meeting planners—56.4 percent—reported having been sexually harassed at some point in their careers, according to a soon-to-be-released joint survey of 708 women by Prevue Meetings & Incentives and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence.

The percentage of suppliers reporting that they had been sexually harassed was slightly less, at 45.1 percent. The final survey results will be released at IMEX during an educational session on Wednesday, October 17, from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the Research Pod, Inspiration Hub, Show Floor. Survey authors Prevue Editor Barbara Scofidio and Rhonda Brewer, former president of SITE and chair of SITE’s new Women in Leadership Initiative, will share the results and will then be available at the Prevue booth from 3 to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday to answer any questions. #MeToo

The survey found that, among meeting planners, there’s correlation between the level of industry experience and those women who reported they had been sexually harassed in their careers or had experienced unwanted advances from customers or colleagues. Almost 60 percent of those who had been harassed had 16+ years of industry experience and 61.9 percent of those who reported having experienced unwanted advances had 16+ years of experience.

Almost a third (30.1 percent) of meeting planners reported having dealt with a situation where one of their attendees reported being sexually harassed by a superior or another attendee.

The age of the respondents saying they had been sexually harassed was spread among the generations, with GenXers accounting for the largest group (37.8 percent).

A white paper with the full survey results will also be available at the Prevue and SITE booths at IMEX.


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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.