Mia to host free mental wellbeing event

The Meetings Industry Association (mia) is holding an event aimed at helping the industry improve its mental wellbeing and workplace culture.

‘Cultivating compassion in the workplace; an effective tool with big benefits’ is a free-to-attend event taking place on Monday 20 November at BMA House in London. Experts will give advice on improving understanding of mental health issues in the workplace and reveal findings from the trade association’s study on the subject.

Earlier this year the mia launched a campaign in partnership with leadership and organisational development expert Roffey Park Institute to raise awareness of mental health, compassion and resilience in the industry.

Chief executive of the mia Jane Longhurst said: “Together with the Roffey Park Institute, we have gathered some interesting findings from our study into mental health and compassion in the workplace and we are looking forward to sharing it with those attending our event before revealing it to the wider industry.

“With the challenges we are all facing as business leaders in the hospitality sector as a consequence of Brexit, we hope our focus on the area of improving mental wellbeing will help make the industry a desirable and rewarding place to work.”

Michael Jenkins, chief executive of Roffey Park Institute will present the findings drawn from focus group research and the results of an online survey.

Attendees will then be able to take part in a workshop on emotional intelligence with Tracey Powiesnik from Core Process, who will show how understanding your own and others’ motivations and strengths can help with staff retention.

The event is free to attend, but places must be booked in advance. Contact Shauna Murray on 0345 230 5508 or visit to reserve a space.