Inclusivity in Your Meetings Program

As you approach your next meeting or incentive, it’s crucial that whatever Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) practices you already have in place carry over to your event. These are not just a set of principles for the office; it should drive innovation, strengthen collaboration, and most importantly, create a safe and inclusive environment for all attendees.



Diversity: A Wealth of Perspectives


If your meeting involves brainstorming or problem-solving sessions, organize breakout groups with a mix of team members from diverse backgrounds and roles. This will ensure a variety of perspectives are brought into the discussion. Each group can then present their ideas to the larger team, highlighting the diverse approaches to the same problem.


Equity: Ensuring Fair Opportunities


When setting the agenda, consider topics that impact various team members and departments. Ensure the agenda reflects a balance of interests and priorities, giving everyone a chance to discuss areas that are important to them.


Did you know?
A 2018 study found that women made up only 31% of speakers at major conferences.


Inclusivity: Building Stronger Connections


Use icebreakers and introductions to help team members get to know each other better. This can be especially helpful for new team members or in teams where members don’t interact frequently. Simple activities like sharing a fun fact or a recent success can break the ice and build connections.


Belonging: Fostering a Positive Culture


Begin the meeting by personally welcoming each participant. Acknowledge recent achievements, contributions, or milestones of team members. This personalized approach helps individuals feel seen and valued.


The Future of Your Company


Your commitment to DEIB at your next event will set the tone for the future. By embedding these principles into your culture, you are building a stronger, more resilient organization. DEIB is not just a buzzword; it should be the foundation for your success. It’s about creating an environment where everyone can thrive, contribute their best, and achieve their fullest potential.


While there are currently five generations in the workplace: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. By 2025, millenials will make up 75% of the global workforce.


As you gather for your business’s next event, let’s celebrate our diversity, uphold equity, embrace inclusivity, and foster a sense of belonging. Together, we are more innovative, more connected, and more successful.


Reach out to learn more about how BUCOM has been embracing DEIB for the past 37 years.