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‘Women in the Marine Industry’ Event Announced

A marine-industry women event has been an important part of the Southampton International Boat Show agenda over the years, according to organizers.

A marine-industry women event has been an important part of the Southampton International Boat Show agenda over the years, according to organizers.

Metstrade, British Marine and Soundings Trade Only have partnered to launch “Women in the Marine Industry International,” the first global event focused on women working in the recreational boating industry.

“I am pleased to be launching our very first networking breakfast and industry panel for women — for the first time ever at Metstrade,” show director Niels Klarenbeek said in a statement. “This will be the place to be for female professionals working within the leisure marine industry to network and share knowledge. As the world’s largest gathering of B2B leisure marine equipment professionals, we’d like to advocate for inclusivity and diversity within the sector, therefore we happily support this brilliant initiative in collaboration with British Marine and Soundings Trade Only.”

The event is scheduled for Nov. 16 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. during Metstrade at RAI Amsterdam. (Metstrade runs Nov. 15-17.) It will include breakfast and networking opportunities, followed by a panel discussion with female leaders from around the world. Discussions will delve into the opportunities and challenges facing women in the marine industry.

Soundings Trade Only publisher Michele Goldsmith.

Soundings Trade Only publisher Michele Goldsmith.

“Soundings Trade Only is an advocate for diversity, including women working the marine industry,” Soundings Trade Only publisher Michele Goldsmith said in the statement. “We believe that diversity of backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and ideas will drive innovation and industry growth We are proud to partner with Metstrade and British Marine to bring the first female-focused international event to Metstrade 2022.”

Added British Marine CEO Lesley Robinson: “We hope that by holding more events like this we can work together to ensure that the marine industry is more inclusive and diverse, ensuring that a person’s sex, age, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or religion is not a barrier to working in the sector.”

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