Partners

Founding Partners

SearchWide Global
SearchWide Global is a full service executive search firm primarily for companies in Destination Organizations / Hotels & Resorts / Venue Management / Experiential Marketing, Tradeshow & Exhibition / Industry Associations / Sports & Entertainment. Specializing in C-Level and Director level executive searches for companies ranging in size from Fortune 500 corporations to mid-sized public and private companies and associations. Founded in 1999, SearchWide Global is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota and operates worldwide. 
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The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) creates positive economic impact across the Philadelphia region, driving job growth and promoting the health and vibrancy of our hospitality industry by marketing the destination, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and attracting overnight visitors. The PHLCVB's work engages our 800 members, the local Philadelphia community as well as culturally and ethnically diverse regional, national, and international convention, sporting event and tourism customers. The PHLCVB is also the official tourism promotion agency for the city of Philadelphia globally and is responsible for growing the number of overseas leisure visitors who come to the region each year.
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The mission of ConferenceDirect Foundation is to fund charities supporting a wide spectrum of historically underserved or disenfranchised communities. We aim to provide education and life-improvement opportunities to LGBTQ individuals, persons with HIV/AIDS, disabled individuals, the homeless, the poor and hungry, and those affected by COVID-19 and addictions.
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Pinnacle Partners

CARRIE FREEMAN PARSONS

Carrie Freeman-Parsons is Chair of Freeman, the leading provider of brand experiences for live events. Unwilling to claim success based solely on the bottom line, Carrie is dedicated to leading a socially responsible organization. She has held leadership positions with industry organizations such as PCMA, IAEE, VisitDallas, and CEIR. A believer in the power of business to elevate humanity, Carrie also serves on the Board for Conscious Capitalism, Inc.
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Destination DC is a private, non-profit corporation with a membership of 1,000+ businesses and organizations that support the DC travel and tourism sector. A contracting arm of Events DC, the organization is funded by a percentage of DC’s hotel occupancy tax, along with membership dues and co-operative marketing fees. Destination DC serves as the lead organization to successfully manage and market Washington, DC as a premier global convention, tourism and special events destination, with a special emphasis on the arts, cultural and historical communities.
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Destinations International strives to make our members and their destinations successful. As the world's largest and most reliable resource for destination organizations, we inform, connect, inspire and educate our members with the goal to drive destination economic impact, job creation, community sustainability and quality of life through travel. Destinations International recognizes and advocates the importance of cultivating a unified travel industry where everyone is welcome, where there is equitable access for all, and to help reshape existing power structures so that systemically marginalized voices and perspectives are heard and valued.
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The IMEX Group concept launched in September 2001, opening their first show in April 2003 in Frankfurt, and opened IMEX America in Las Vegas in October 2011. IMEX's vision of a world where good business transcends borders and where global meeting planners and suppliers can easily connect, has driven their organization forward. Their aim has always been to be more than an exhibition organizer. They've placed ourselves at the heart of the meetings industry, and designed our shows to help you learn, connect and do business.
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As the official, non-profit destination marketing and sales organization for the “City of Angels,” Los Angeles Tourism’s mission is to improve the quality of life for all Angelenos through the economic and community benefits of tourism. Proudly representing more than 1,100 member businesses, tourism is among the region’s top economic drivers, including employment, business sales, and tax revenues. With residents from over 140 countries speaking over 220 different languages, L.A.’s incredible diversity infuses every aspect of the visitor experience – from our innovative and eclectic culinary scene, vibrant arts and cultural community, and unmatched, world-class entertainment options. L.A. is a place of personal freedom that inspires locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the kind of unscripted moments that can only be found here, because #EveryoneIsWelcome in Los Angeles.
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Premier Partners

The Calling All Allies Project is an international organizational equity firm that works with companies of all sizes to help them design equitable systems and processes, nurture inclusive environments, and attract and retain top diverse talent. Whether the organization is new to DEI or in need of more intensive support, their team of advisors can support your needs. Their number one priority is igniting workplace unity within your organization. DEI doesn't have to be tough, hard, or awkward.
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Visit Baltimore is a 501(c)(6) nonprofit that generates economic benefits for the region by marketing Baltimore as an engaging cultural destination for visitors, an ideal destination for meetings and conventions, and as an advocate for the local tourism community. We also work to develop the next generation of hospitality leaders through the Visit Baltimore Education and Training Foundation.
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Contributing Partners

MGM Resorts International is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. At MGM Resorts, they know the importance of respecting each other’s differences. They endeavor to embrace and leverage those differences to achieve best-in-class experiences and cultivate stronger ties with their employees, guests, suppliers and community partners. They are committed to taking strong and principled stands on issues of equality and aim to better unify our world.
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The Society for Diversity is a leading advocate for bringing inclusion, equity, and fairness to the workplace for everyone. At The Society for Diversity, they advocate for workplace inclusion, equity, and fairness for ALL. Their work impacts the way organizations interact with unique individuals in the workplace, marketplace, and community.
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Visit Phoenix is a non-profit organization that promotes the Greater Phoenix community to a global audience of travelers and books conventions into the Phoenix Convention Center and area hotels and resorts. Visit Phoenix cultivates and maintains relationships with convention and meeting planners, journalists and influencers, travel agents and tour operators. They produce marketing and brand campaigns promoting leisure travel and meetings, coordinate site visits, conduct media tours and maintain the official tourism website for Greater Phoenix.
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Hero Partners

IAEE is the leading trade association for the global exhibitions and events industry. Over 50 percent of IAEE’s members are directly involved in the planning, management, and production of exhibitions and buyer-seller events. The remainder of our membership consists of those who provide products and services to the industry. IAEE values and promotes diversity of membership, in terms of company size, products, and geographical area.
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Visit Aurora is the official destination marketing organization for the City of Aurora, Colorado and acts as the primary liaison between meeting planners and hotel partners. As Aurora’s convention and visitor’s bureau, Visit Aurora’s mission is grounded in showcasing Aurora as a premier destination for meetings, business, and leisure travel.
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Friend Partners

Vladimir Jones is Colorado’s original independent, integrated advertising agency, with offices in Denver and Colorado Springs. They treat every client engagement as a long-term partnership, wherein they believe in all of its opportunities and prepare for all of its challenges. And they extend this same grace to their team, building them up for what’s next and being a relief in times of stress.
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Partnership Opportunities

Tiered partnership opportunities are available.

For more information about TDM’s mission and how to get involved, please contact Greg DeShields at gdeshields@tourismdiversitymatters.org