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How to Design Your Events around Diversity and Inclusion

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Nathan Chin
Senior Manager of Inclusion, Equity, and Engagement @Cvent
Nathan joined Cventover 8+ years ago as part of the Client Services team where he focused on supporting complex event setups and ecommerce before transitioning to Product Management, where he now runs the payment and self-service products. He is one of the co-founders of Cvent's LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group and active in companywide diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. Outside of work his passions include travel, asian bbq, and spending time with his dog Koji.
Michelle Hobby
Program Manager, Events and Meetings @National Industries for the Blind
Michelle Hobby is a Program Manager, Events and Meetings at National Industries for the Blind, a national nonprofit organization located in Alexandria, Virginia. Michelle is an industry leader for over 15 years of experience in every aspect of meeting and event planning. Her history of building programs that are truly inclusive and accommodating is evident by a 30% growth in attendance at NIB’s national conferences over the past 5 years. Michelle has worked tirelessly to move beyond the standard ADA requirements for her clients to ensure that every detail is covered—including the venue, technology, food & beverage labeling for the visually impaired, as well as public safety and security. In addition to Michelle’s meeting and event planning role she also manages National Industries for the Blind 10,000 square-foot Event Center, which hosts outside groups for all types of events and meetings.
Phil Saims
Vice President of Sales @Federal Conference
Phillip Saims’ goal of “doing well by doing good” is a cornerstone in his life and shares his story to inspire others to do the same. As an accomplished hospitality professional and gay veteran, he brings more than 30 years of proven sales, solutions, and leadership to whatever he pursues. He creates experiences for his clients so that they can be successful in work or in life. Phil has served in numerous roles during the course of his career, including: Director of Sales and Marketing; Regional Director; Vice President of Sales; and Managing Director. Organizations he has served have ranged from global hotel brands such as The Ritz-Carlton and Hyatt Regency to technology companies, including Knowland Group and SynXis. He also has experience in designing and managing global partnerships. Phil’s passion for serving others resulted in recognition at The Stevie Awards with a Gold Stevie for outstanding Customer Service as well as Sales.
Jil Dasher
Managing Director @Corsica Partner
Jil Dasher is a Managing Director at Corsica Partners, a boutique executive search and integrated talent management firm dedicated to providing comprehensive talent acquisition services. Clients that work with Jil value her natural attitude and aptitude to develop a clear and concise search strategy with a high standard of excellence that always delivers a quality outcome for both clients and exceptional candidates. Her personal leadership experience and process discipline fosters a relationship of shared accountability with clients resulting in a trusted advisory relationship that Jil leverages to dynamically represent her client’s mission, culture and brand differentiators effectively. Prior to entering the executive search industry, Dasher spent 15 years in leadership roles with a leading global event management firm and was recognized as an industry visionary leader.