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Big Opportunities & The Pathway to Reimagine

Big Opportunities & The Pathway to Reimagine

Aug 03, 2021 - Jan 11, 2022

Big Opportunities & The Pathway to Reimagine

Time Tue Aug 03 2021 at 08:30 am to Tue Jan 11 2022 at 10:00 am

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SFSE Leadership Series - sign up for all sessions in the series and save; or sign up for individual sessions. Earn 1.5 CEUS per session

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We're celebrating our amazing 6-part Leadership Series presented by SFSE & Friends.

Join us for this series of learning sessions and discussion pods and challenge yourself to new heights as an event-sustainability professional. This is a unique opportunity to co-create new pathways and drive positive change while connecting with peer leaders.

Why hasn’t the event industry achieved a higher level of sustainability? Could it be that we just haven’t found the right solutions yet?

Progress has been made, but challenges remain. We still emit too much carbon. We still consume and waste too many materials. Our supply chains are still not diverse or equitable enough. Now is the time to focus on the big issues, the big opportunities, and the pathways to reimagine and regenerate.

Together, let's incubate new ideas, collaborate on new hypotheses, and propose new solutions to critical environmental and social sustainability issues by using systems thinking and circularity as a new approach to how we do business and the way we do events.


This will be worth your time! 1.5 CEUs applied per session!!

Big Opportunities and the Pathways to Reimagine featuring expert speakers and informative education:

Supply Chain: Building equitable partnerships and destinations

Consumption: Closing Loops, Creating Zero Waste Partnerships

Carbon: Reduction vs. Offsetting


Discussion cohorts facilitated by industry thought leaders will supplement and drive the discussion on each big opportunity topic and are an integral part of the series. The discussion cohorts are the foundation of our co-creation of ideas and solutions.


Session Schedule & Overview:

++ Meet the Speakers ++

Paul Salinger, former VP of Marketing and Event Sustainability Leader, and Chance Thompson, Co-Founder, The Designer of VIRIDESCENT & VIRI Consulting, will kick off this series with a lively podcast-like discussion where they ask some big questions. Then, over the next six months, the real fun begins. You will participate in a series of discussion pods to look at the big questions, brainstorm ideas, develop opportunities and work with industry leaders to come up with proposed solutions. We’ll come together in January to hear from all of the working groups and collectively take actions that will change the trajectory of how we do business.



August 3: 90-Minute Education Session (8:30-10am PT)

SUPPLY CHAIN: BUILDING EQUITABLE PARTNERSHIPS & DESTINATIONS

Is our current approach and systems to procuring and nurturing suppliers really working? Is it as diverse and equitable as we would want it to be? A transition to circular thinking calls for creative innovation in systems design, rigorous collaboration, and value development across supply chains and stakeholders’ ecosystems. It’s time to rethink our approach to supply chains and suppliers to “build back better” post COVID. The pods will look across the event landscape to help local economies build and nurture more equitable partnerships, strengthen the destination, and become sustainable for big and small suppliers.

Learner Outcomes:

· Learn the basics of circular economy thinking and practice as it relates to supply or value chains within the event industry.

· Understand how systems thinking, and a circular economy approach to supplier engagement can create new partnerships that contribute to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

· Discover different kinds of partnerships throughout the event supply chain that could contribute to the success of all people within local communities that enable them to thrive and still deliver positive environmental, societal, and economic impacts for a destination.

· Develop the skills to work with procurement and other stakeholders to create a language for suppliers that set positive goals for all functions within a supply chain.

· Learn how business commitments can be made, measured, and achieved. We will also share strategies for building sustainable and accountable partnerships to achieve benchmarks (key!).

· Walk away with a set of proposed solutions and action plans you and your stakeholders can take to make your supply chains more diverse and equitable while putting circularity into action in all of your event activities.




October 5: 90-Minute Education Session (8:30-10am PT)

CONSUMPTION: CLOSING THE LOOPS TO CREATE ZERO WASTE

For the past 200 years, the hallmark of global consumption and resource use can be aptly described as a linear economy (‘take-make-waste’). The events industry is a significant culprit. It’s time to rethink and redesign a more circular event economy. Can we change the consumption patterns of our events, attendees, partners, and stakeholders in a way that gets us to the elusive goal of zero waste? The pods will focus on every aspect of the event supply chain, rethinking what we consume, how we consume it, and how we can extend the life of every material we produce.

Learner Outcomes:

· Learn the basics of circular economy thinking and practice.

· Learn definitions of zero waste and the relationship between recycling, composting, and upcycling.

· Understand how systems thinking, and a circular economy approach to materials and material usage can create new partnerships that build diversity, inclusion, equity, and healthier supply chains.

· Develop the skills to work with procurement and other stakeholders to create a language for suppliers that set goals for zero waste.

· Learn how business commitments can be made, measured and achieved. We will also share strategies for building sustainable and accountable partnerships to achieve benchmarks (key!).

· Walk away with a set of proposed solutions and action plans you and your stakeholders can take to reduce waste while putting circularity into action in all of your event activities.



December 7: 90-Minute Education Session (8:30-10am PT)

CARBON: Reduction VS. OFFSETTING

100 billion tonnes of materials enter the global economy every year. 50 billion tonnes of that are greenhouse gas emissions, with carbon being the highest contributor. We don’t know how much of that is attributable to the event and hospitality industry, but we do know that air travel accounts for roughly 90% of emissions for live events. This is one of the big elephants in the room as we think about a more regenerative, more successful, and more resilient industry post-COVID. Can we collectively think about how to be a part of the solution for the people in the communities we serve and the planet on which we all live? We will explore the differences between two approaches in the discussion pods: #1 - the actual drawdown of carbon / #2 - offsetting our footprints. It might actually be one of the keys to making a successful events industry in this new world.

Learner Outcomes:

· Learn the difference between carbon drawdown and offsetting, including the pros and cons of each. How can we apply systems thinking and circularity to event planning?

· Understand how carbon is linked to diversity, inclusion, and equity for all communities within a destination.

· Discover different kinds of partnerships throughout the event supply chain that could contribute to the overall reduction of carbon impacts.

· Become an agent of change regardless of your role or organization.

· Learn how business commitments can be made, measured, and achieved. We will also share strategies for building sustainable and accountable partnerships to achieve benchmarks (key!).

· Walk away with a set of proposed solutions and action plans you and your stakeholders can take to mitigate carbon while putting circularity into action in all of your event activities.


JAN 11th session - Thought Leaders Roundtable: Details TBA

PRICING:

Full Program $99.00 - This includes All Education Sessions and Discussion Pods

Individual Education Sessions - $40 each


Hardship scholarships are available. Students receive 50% discount; email aW5mbyB8IGdtaWNuY24gISBvcmc= for applicable discount code


** Dates and speakers subject to change




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Ticket Information Ticket Price
Entire Series USD 99
6/8/21-CIRCULARITY Free
8/3/21-SUPPLY CHAIN-EQUITABLE PARTNERSHIPS USD 40
10/5/21-CONSUMPTION-CLOSING THE LOOP TO ZERO WASTE USD 40
12/7/21-CARBON REDUCTION VS. OFFSETTING USD 40
1/11/22-THOUGHT LEADERS ROUNDTABLE USD 40
Student USD 50
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