EMEC’s Female Emcee Pushes Boundaries with Purpose

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EMEC’s Female Emcee Pushes Boundaries with Purpose

By Johnalee Johnston | Dec 12, 2019

We recently wrote about the gender bias that exists in the speaker world—male-dominated 3 to 1 worldwide—and the bulldozing effect of “manels” and social norms on the career tracts of females who are seeking to explore professional speaking.

One of the less talked about facets of this subject, we uncovered, was how females are also conditioned to believe they are not “enough.” Not qualified enough; not a big enough expert on a given subject; not able to balance the prescribed work and life obligations—the list goes on and on.

Samme Allen, now a celebrated emcee, once believed that she, too, was not qualified for public speaking. Allen now emcees, among other things, MPI’s signature European event, the European Meetings & Events Conference (EMEC). We spoke with her in-depth about the many experiences that paved a path for her as a female speaker and emcee in the events industry.

In this interview with MPItv, Allen also fills us in on what we can expect at EMEC 2020.

 

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Johnalee Johnston
Johnalee Johnston

Johnalee Johnston is a wildly creative and curious disruptor of the status quo and the former digital editor for MPI.