Working with Sherry has been a fabulous experience. She is very knowledgeable, sincere, a close listener, and provides excellent products based on our needs. We plan to use her again for an upcoming meeting.
— B.C., Executive Director

Make Meetings Safe and Welcoming for All

Stop Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment

Most reasonable people would agree that in every professional setting, including meetings, conferences, and trade shows, all participants have the right to be free from unwelcome or unwanted attention and behavior. The truth is that some attendees believe that at meetings the usual rules governing workplace conduct can be safely ignored. Reports of sexual and gender-based harassment at meetings have included everything from catcalling, sexual comments, and other forms of verbal harassment to stalking, groping, and physical assault. The targets of meeting harassment rarely report it, often because they are unaware of how or to whom to report it, and are fearful of what will happen if they do. 

Click on the links below for more information on how to stop harassment at meetings. 

For Meeting Attendees

For Association Professionals

For Speakers and Sponsors

I used to work full time in a soup kitchen. Sometimes, in order to respect the space and respect our guests, we chose to kick another guest out for the day.

That was offering respect to the space and to the person we asked to leave. It was saying, ‘Here’s a boundary. We gave you a chance to honor it. You crossed that boundary, so we are asking you to leave until you can work within our community agreements again.’

To allow one guest to trample on all the others is not an act of kindness and connection. Rather, it allows one person to rend the threads of connection for everyone, leaving community agreements and safe spaces in tatters.

To allow someone to trample on ourselves is also not a kindness to either of us.
Kindness requires both empathy and boundaries.

Therefore, sometimes kindness means offering someone money, or a meal, or a shoulder to cry on, or a listening ear.

And sometimes kindness means saying, ‘That’s enough.’
— T. Thorn Coyle, "In Praise of Kindness" (read the entire essay at http://www.thorncoyle.com/in-praise-of-kindness/)