The desire for inclusion at industry events doesn’t come only from the under-represented. In some cases, speakers or companies back out of an event for lack of diversity. But the biggest advocates are still the groups with less representation.

Wendy Mann, CEO of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Network, a professional association for women, says there are incremental changes each year but she’d like to see more.

Likewise, Carolyn Hardwick, President of the Women in Wireless Leadership Forum (WWLF), wants to see more women on stages.

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