Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wednesday SM Webcast “Including the Rainbow - Planning the LGBT-Friendly Event” featuring LGBT MPA board member Jim Clapes

Jim Clapes, Conference and Event Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance and board member of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Meeting Professional's Association (LGBT MPA) will be sharing his experience planning LGBT inclusive events for non-profit and mainstream business sectors. He’ll be part of the Q&A at the end of the webcast.

Including the Rainbow — Planning the LGBT-Friendly Event
The LGBT event is a growing niche in the meetings industry. Destinations around the country are developing programs and marketing strategies to reach and serve this market. Most meetings do not specifically focus on LGBT issues but almost all meetings include attendees who are a part of the LGBT community. How should this fact be reflected in the content of mainstream meetings and events? This webcast will present best practices for building itineraries, creating content, promoting, and executing meetings and events that create a spirit of inclusion for all attendees. The webinar will be followed by a Q&A for the webcast attendees.

Webinar Details:
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2-3 pm ET.
Sponsored by greater FORT LAUDERDALE and Successful Meetings

More about Jim Clapes
Jim has thirteen years of experience in meeting and event management. As Conference & Events Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), Jim runs the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, staff retreats and other meetings. Previously with U.S. Green Building Council he spearheaded the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. As Events Director for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., Jim planned the organization’s two annual flagship events.

Jim is a founding board member of the LGBT MPA. He’s committed to the professional advancement of the next generation of meeting professionals. Jim has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz. 


The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Meeting Professional's Association is an organization serving the meeting professional community to provide the ideal network for the advancement and growth of our members in the industry.