Danielle S. Russell
Eva Talk

Designing Diverse and Inclusive Events With Danielle S. Russell

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Minimalism are two concepts that are increasingly being applied to the events industry. Events are now designed and executed with a focus on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, to create a welcoming and safe environment for attendees from all backgrounds. 

This can include efforts to increase diversity among speakers and vendors, creating accessible spaces and resources for attendees, and addressing and challenging biases and discriminatory practices.

Minimalism in event planning, on the other hand, is manifested in various ways, such as reducing waste through eco-friendly practices, simplifying event décor, or streamlining the event schedule to create a more focused and engaging experience for attendees.

In this event industry experts podcast series Eva Talk, we asked Danielle S. Russell, CAE to share her viewpoints on some of the strategies that can be used by event professionals to foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at their events.

She also discussed how event professionals can approach minimalism in event design and planning and its benefits.

About Danielle

Danielle S. Russell, CAE is a Canadian Not-for-Profit Industry leader with over a dozen years of experience providing staff support and leadership to Associations and Charities serving a wide variety of sectors. Ms. Russell has served as Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer of the Air Cadet League of Canada, Ontario Provincial Committee (ACLO). Danielle has also worked for two of Canada’s leading Association Management Companies (AMCs).

Danielle is an active Industry volunteer, mentor, and thought leader; she is a long-time volunteer with CSAE (the Canadian Society of Association Management) where she currently sits on the Board of Directors.

What You’ll Learn

[01:43] Danielle discusses her journey in the events Industry

[03:18] Some of the biggest challenges faced by introverted event professionals

[05:20] Tips for event professionals struggling with imposter syndrome

[07:16] Danielle shares some strategies to foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion at their events

[12:26] Minimalism in event design and planning

For more in the Events Industry Experts series, check out our interview with Shawn Cheng, Olivia Preston-Lee, Patric Weiler, Shameka Jennings, Janice Cardinale, Courtney Stanley, Helen Moon, Danica Tormohlen, Ashley Brown, Jason Allan Scott, Brandt Krueger, Corbin Ball, Will Curran, and Stephan Murtagh today!

Are you interested in sharing your insights or viewpoints with the events industry? Join the Eva Talk

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