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IASB's Official Statement regarding Covid-19

Tuesday, March 10, 2020  
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We fully support the organizations and individuals in the global speakers bureaus community as well as the broader meetings and events industry.  We know that many in our community are feeling the direct effects of this current crisis from clients to speakers to their own team members.  In some cases, the effects are minimal while others are not – each story is different and unique.  We share the concerns being expressed about the long-term effects on the meetings and events industry but passionately agree that when people work together collaboratively, good things happen and the industry will not only recover but flourish. 

 

We encourage everyone who is involved with planning, attending or supporting an event or meeting to view and share the resources and information available on the Events Industry Council's (EIC) website: https://eventscouncil.org/Industry-Insights/About-coronavirusAs a Member of the EIC, IASB values and supports the efforts of the Council in creating a readily accessible source of reliable and timely sources of information so that responsible, informed decisions are made. 

 

We encourage IASB Members to also bookmark this page: https://www.iasbweb.org/page/CoronavirusResources where resources and information specific to our industry are posted.  

 

The IASB Board met recently and reaffirmed our commitment to holding our signature event scheduled for next month as planned barring any definitive action from the US Government or the State of Florida preventing us from doing so.  Our attendees and partners health and welfare is important to us - we are monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary. We understand that some of our industry colleagues from severely affected areas may not be able to participate but registration for our premiere event continues to be strong.   

 

Our convention, ENGAGE, embodies the values of collaboration and community - bringing our members together to solve shared challenges is at the heart of why IASB was formed.  

 The IASB Board of Governors and Staff are dedicated to the success of IASB Members, and as such, are positioned to be a resource for issues related to the Speakers Bureau Community.   

 

For those that have registered for the Convention (or are thinking about registering), please view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that is available here: https://www.iasbweb.org/page/ConventionFAQ.

 

Members that have questions or would like to share concerns with IASB are encouraged to contact a Governor (list available on this page: https://www.iasbweb.org/page/Leadership) or IASB’s Executive Vice-President, Marie Fredette, CAE at +1 480-839-1423 or evp@iasbweb.org


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