IBTM World: first details of conference programme revealed

Wednesday, 08.11.2023
IBTM World has revealed the first details of its 2023 conference programme. The sessions aim to empower event professionals to drive the future of business by embracing and celebrating diversity.
This year's IBTM World will take place in Barcelona from Tuesday, 28 to Thursday, 30 November 2023. Photo: IBTM World

This year's IBTM World will take place in Barcelona from Tuesday, 28 to Thursday, 30 November 2023. Photo: IBTM World

IBTM World’s 2023 conference programme is set to give a platform to voices from as many different backgrounds, perspectives, and identities as possible, all of whom “will challenge, inspire and energise delegates to steer the events industry into an inclusive and prosperous future”.

The first keynote speaker, Maria Teixidor, will lead the way on the Main Stage with an interview titled ‘Beyond the Pitch: Maria Teixidor Unveils the Playbook for Leadership, Culture, and Equality at Barcelona FC’. She will share her personal experience as a woman within one of the world’s most renowned men’s football clubs.

Ellie Middleton, an autistic and ADHD speaker, writer and creator will see join a discussion with representatives from Google and FIRST, about embracing neurodiversity when designing experiences to show how events can truly resonate with all brain types.

Workplace Revolution

Recognising that not every attendee accesses content in the same way, this year IBTM World has launched Workplace Revolution, a welcoming space where delegates can hold conversations with inspirational figures in a relaxed, campfire-style setting. These figures include CEO of equity, diversity and inclusion consultancy SLS 360, Samantha Stimpson B.Ed MA, who will host a practical workshop, titled “Creating diverse cultures: why, how, when …’. Also at Workplace Revolution, will be Richard John, C.O.O at Realise Me Ltd, a specialist events services agency, with his session ‘Diversifying the Workplace: tapping into the potential of those with learning difficulties’.

“Dynamic range of industry titans”

Vasyl Zhygalo, IBTM World’s Portfolio Director, said: “This year’s show is all about illustrating to event professionals their role and influence in shaping business culture. For this culture to thrive, building an environment of inclusivity is essential. This is why we’re delighted to be welcoming such a dynamic range of industry titans to IBTM World 2023. Our market-leading conference programme gives these incredible speakers a platform to share their experiences and insights with our wonderful delegates, enabling all voices to be heard and respected, innovation to grow and, consequently, better business results to be achieved.”