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Trade Show Talk Podcast

Feb 9, 2022

Did you know there are 19 different facets to diversity, equity, and inclusion? 19! It IS about ethnicity and race, but it really is about so much more.

Our guests on episode three wanted to have a conversation around where things are now within the meetings & events industry (and beyond). They didn’t want to revisit the same conversations, but to look at what’s most important NOW around DEI, and to set the stage for the change that is still to come.

Melissa Majors and Greg DeShields are the perfect combo to show us the progress, the insights, and the humanity around DEI. Oh, and there is a business case to be made around it. You do have to budget for it, but you can also create new revenue streams by doing it right.

It’s likely you’ll listen to this one more than once, and we highly recommend you share it! 

EPIC insights.

Our Guests

Melissa Majors

“The Inclusive Leadership Expert”
As CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, she’s an innovator and optimizer of education, inclusion, & leadership strategies. She has dedicated her career to maximizing the business impact associated with these areas of focus.

The team at Melissa Majors Consulting has extensive experience and a proven reputation for driving better business outcomes through innovative and inclusive strategic planning. They bring deep expertise in improving profitability and innovation, boosting organizational performance, and optimizing inclusion strategies. Melissa formally studied strategy and innovation at Harvard University.

Melissa Majors is a crowd-pleasing speaker who masters brain-friendly talks that engage her audiences and spark not just inspiration, but action as well.

Greg DeShields

Executive Director of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau 

Greg is a Qualified Tourism Professional and Academic Certified Hospitality Educator (CHE) proficient in developing and implementing plans, strategies, and initiatives to raise destinations' image for diverse travel.

Greg is also an Experienced Certified Diversity Executive (CDE), with demonstrated cultural competence, prepared to strategically position an organization to remove systemic barriers to inclusion, lead culture change, and transform brands.

The "Trade Show Talk" podcast is publishing two episodes per month, focusing on a different theme each month. If you'd like to be a guest or you have a topic to suggest that we cover, please let us know by emailing

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