Informa Markets recently hosted an all-colleague hybrid event IMX Live: All In. The event was driven by colleague networks as part of Informa Markets’ diversity, equity and inclusion strategy.
IMX Live: All In was a day-long event that wrapped around the IM Awards, Informa Markets’ colleague recognition awards, to celebrate the launch of a new category focused on excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I). The event was open to all 3,900+ Informa Markets colleagues who were able to participate virtually or in person in London.
Informa Markets’ strategy s spearheaded by Mike Sealy (pictured left), director of Diversity and Inclusion, who also set out the organisation’s focus areas for 2023 at the event:
- Reinvigorating the colleague-run networks
- Launching a global High School Community Outreach Programme – focused on students from disadvantaged communities
- A new certification in diversity, equity and inclusion available to all 3,900+ Informa Markets colleagues globally
- Diverse Voices on Stage – a programme that aims to promote diversity in speakers at exhibitions and events
The event additionally featured sessions such as Shining a Light on Lived Experiences, which focused on colleagues’ experiences of neurodiversity in the workplace; Cross-Generational Working discussed age inclusion across a multi-generational workforce; and When Private Matters become Public Debate: The Right to Marry explored the conversation of marriage in relation to the LGBTQIA+ community.
Women in Nutraceuticals focused on creating opportunities for women in the nutraceuticals industry – where Heather Granato, VP of Partnerships and Sustainability at Informa Markets, currently serves as President.
Elsewhere, Informa Markets Engineering piloted the high school community outreach programme in collaboration with The Diversity Org and Informa Markets Fashion launched the Fashion for Change Incubator Program, to support emerging design talent within the Black fashion community.
“There are so many ways Informa Markets can make a meaningful impact in this space.” Said Sealy. “I’m proud that we’ve announced this year’s areas of focus at our first all-colleague event focused on DE&I and I look forward to working with our talented colleagues around the world to bring them to life in 2023.”