The Events Industry Council (EIC) has expanded its 2020 Hall of Leaders recognition program to include global awards for social impact, adaptation and innovation.
“Honouring individuals and organizations that have offered a lasting impact on our industry is essential,” says EIC board member, Cathy Breden, who chairs the Hall of Leaders task force. “Recognizing their contributions provides inspiration for all of us and creates a pathway for emerging leaders and future contributions.”
The Hall of Leaders is a lifetime achievement award that recognizes outstanding individuals without whom the industry would not be what it is today. Hall of Leaders inductees are innovative, influential, prolific and altruistic.
This year’s Hall of Leaders awards will also honour people who contributed to leading in times of crisis, specifically related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and those who offered transformational leadership to address diversity, inclusion, equity and accessibility in the global events industry.
In addition to the Hall of Leaders, EIC is introducing two new global awards: the Social Impact Award and the Adaptation and Innovation Award. These awards recognize individuals or organizations (an association, company, think tank or foundation).
“These new awards are a reflection of the extraordinary dedication and effort that we are seeing through this time,” says EIC board chair, Paul Van Deventer. “Organizations, individuals and companies are positively impacting our industry and our world, and we look forward to recognizing and celebrating those contributions.”
Nominations must be submitted through EIC’s online portal by Oct. 1. Nominees need not be members of EIC’s member organizations. EIC may nominate a candidate through its board of directors. Candidates may also be nominated posthumously.
EIC will announce the honourees in November.
“As the global voice of the business events industry on advocacy, research, professional recognition and standards, EIC strives to live its values while promoting the value of the events industry in driving economic and social impact,” says EIC CEO, Amy Calvert. “The global recognition program captures the essence of this vision.”