Mexico’s LGBT Confex Revs Up Preps for October Meeting
For the sixth year in a row, the LGBT Confex International Business & Tourism Forum will provide a meeting place for professionals and suppliers who see the LGBT community as an important market segment, as well as for businesses that offer an inclusive workplace.
The World Trade Center in Mexico City will be the venue for the event, which will take place October 26-27 with 60 exhibitors in attendance. They will be joined by 30 featured speakers, who will explain the realities and trends affecting the principal theme for this year’s LGBT Confex: “Inclusive Innovation: We create, we innovate and we revolutionize.”
“This year, we wanted to go further than ever before, to address the situations that LGBT topics present in the world today,” said Ruben Sandoval, CEO of LGBT Confex. “Questions like ‘what is diversity?’ and ‘what is inclusion?’ These topics are creating a scenario that’s generating great changes.”
Following past editions in Puerto Vallarta, Cancun, Guadalajara, Vallarta-Nayarit and Merida, the 2016 LGBT Confex arrives in Mexico City, where it will be presented by Scotiabank and AT&T, with support from Mexico’s federal Secretary of Tourism.
LGBT opinion leaders, both national and international, are scheduled to participate in the Forum’s 10 platforms: Tourism, Corporate, Film, Academics, Fashion, Entrepreneurs, Technology, ONG and Media, as well as the most recent addition, Talent.
“The goal of LGBT Confex is to collectivize, disseminate and promote inclusive strategies in various sectors of society, from social, entrepreneurial and labor to commercial aspects, always through innovation, because it’s not enough to simply be an agent of change,” said Sandoval. “You have to be the change.”
The Forum features a program that includes exhibitions, business appointments, conferences, discussion panels, workshops, networking events and business meetings. The extensive list of attendees includes Thomas Roth, CEO of Community Marketing; Matt Skallerud, CEO of Pink Banana; Selisse Berry, CEO of Out & Equal Advocates; Araceli Ramos of Tequila Jose Cuervo; Mark Chesnut of LatinFlyer.com; Aritha Wickramasinhe of K&L Gates; Apoorva Gandhi of Marriott International; and Saul Hernandez, CEO of Drink Plus.
Additional strategic partners to be present at the World Trade Center for the event include Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, ENroute Communications, Price Connection Mexico, MasterCard, Aguila y Sol Agencia de Medios, Orbitodo and Papp Corn.