Glass Ceiling Still Exists in Meeting Industry

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About half of respondents, both planners and suppliers, reported holding positions where they believed that being a woman had prohibited them from advancing any further.

A soon-to-be-released joint survey of 708 women by Prevue Meetings & Incentives and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) finds that there’s still a glass ceiling in the meetings industry—and it has barely a dent in it.

The hospitality industry is known to lag behind others when it comes to breaking the glass ceiling — and new research by Prevue Meetings & Incentives and the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) found the same to be true. On the supplier side, more than half of respondents (52.9 percent) reported that fewer than 30 percent of C level positions in their companies were occupied by women. Only 12.8 percent of respondents worked in companies where the top management positions were held by women. Digging deeper, the vast majority of respondents’ companies where women held the top positions were small ones: 81.8 percent had fewer than 50 employees.

About half of respondents, both planners and suppliers, reported holding positions where they believed that being a woman had prohibited them from advancing any further. Interestingly, 61.5 percent of the planners and 65.4 percent of suppliers who reported this had 16+ years of experience. In both cases, the vast majority who felt discriminated against (around 75 percent) ended up changing jobs as a result.

48 percent of women meeting planners and 42 percent of female suppliers feel they are not paid equally to their male counterparts at their companies. In both cases, the respondents are spread equally across the various age groups.

Interestingly, the survey also found that almost half (47.3 percent) of the women meeting planners who believe they are paid unequally have more than 20 years of industry experience—a sign that this perception is strongest among the most senior planners.

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Barbara Scofidio
Barbara Scofidio is editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In 25 years of covering the industry, her articles have spanned topics ranging from social media to strategic meetings management. She is currently the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee and 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, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. A familiar face at industry events, Barbara often leads panel discussions or speaks on topics close to her heart, such as green meetings or how the industry can help combat human trafficking. She is also on the board of ECPAT USA, the human trafficking organization. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.

1 COMMENT

  1. Glass ceiling? The industry is made up of approximately 95% women. I hardly think that constitutes a glass ceiling. If anything, men are the ones being shut out from opportunities.

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