Croissants are the Key to Inclusive Networking
"We've all gone to events where we felt out of place or excluded - whether it's a junior high dance, a business conference, or a party where we didn't know anyone. As a transgender man, Robbie Samuels knows what it feels like to wonder if he fits in or belongs. Observing the dynamics of groups, he noticed that small changes in body language can lead to outsiders feeling welcomed - or pushed aside. To share this idea, he created “croissants vs. bagels,” a simple concept to help anyone take action to make their business, school, or community more welcoming. In his talk, he shares this sticky concept and explains how simple, small gestures can mean all the difference for anyone who has ever felt a little bit like an outsider - which is all of us. Robbie Samuels is the author of “Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences.” He consults and speaks to help associations inspire life-long membership by creating welcoming and inclusive first-timer experiences."