Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Task Force

Our Mission

ILEA Chicago is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in ways that align with our mission of creating collaboration, education, and inspiration within the live event industry. Diversity, equity, and inclusion complement our other organizational values of creativity, inspiration, teamwork, education, and relationships. To further the integration of these values, we have created our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.

Diversity

We welcome and value diversity in its broadest possible view, going beyond visible differences to celebrate each person’s uniqueness, and encourage an organizational culture that can be an example to the event community that we serve. We recognize that diversity includes age; ethnicity; gender; gender identity; language differences; nationality; parental status; physical, mental, and developmental abilities; race; religion; sexual orientation; skin color; socio­economic status; education; and more

Equity

Equity transcends fairness, creating an environment that ensures equal access and opportunity for everyone.

Inclusion

Inclusion puts the concept and practice of diversity into action by creating spaces that support equal and active participation, mutual respect, and connection.

Our Goal

Our goal is to broaden the spectrum of diversity within our chapter; throughout our membership, programming, communications, and chapter leadership. We strive to reimagine our network of event professionals, friends, co-workers, and business partners to reach a place of true diversity and equity on all levels within our industry and within our organization. The DEI Task Force aspires to be the lens of our organizational goal to be a smarter, more diverse team. The Task Force was created to lead this initiative for long-term change in procedures, decision-making processes, and allocation of resources to ensure that ILEA Chicago is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive in serving our members and our community.

Our Commitment

  • Foster diversity, equity, and inclusion in our membership, programming, and communications.

  • Increase diversity within our chapter leadership and Board of Directors.

  • Maintain an open, safe, and welcoming environment for all. 

  • Create spaces where all are encouraged to participate and actively engage.

  • Listen to and learn from those in our industry who have been historically marginalized or underrepresented.

  • Build equitable relationships with a diverse base of members and partners.

  • Continue to evolve and evaluate our thinking, practices and policies around DEI.

ILEA Members looking to join this task force, please email: ileachicagopresident@gmail.com

Task Force

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Alexis Wells Loneman, Chair
6ixStory Events


Amanda Ellis
Tasty Catering
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Amy McMonigal
City Hall Events
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