WEF is pleased to announce that this year it will introduce an Ombuds resource for meeting participants at WEFTEC 2022. The Conference Ombuds serves as a neutral, independent, off-the-record resource who is available on-site to hear concerns confidentially.

The term “ombuds” (pronounced “ahm–buhds”) comes from a Swedish term meaning “a person who has an ear to the people.”

The Ombuds can assist with identifying options and resources to address conflicts or issues such as harassment, discrimination, or any violation of WEF’s Member Code of Conduct and Conference Code of Conduct. This new resource is available to all attendees, staff, exhibitors, and anyone else participating in WEFTEC.

 

Topics for the Conference Ombuds?

A full range of topics can be brought to the Conference ombuds including but not limited to:

  • All types of identity-based concerns
  • Harassment (including sexual harassment)
  • Free speech and free expression
  • Integrity issues / Intellectual property / Research concerns
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Problems with your hotel
  • Safety concerns
  • Issues related to the organization

How to Reach the Ombuds

The Conference Ombuds will be available during WEFTEC for individual, confidential consultations.  Virtual consultations on October 8 and 9 (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) and scheduled or walk-in consultations on October 10 and 11 (8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) and October 12 (8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.).

The Conference Ombuds Office will be located in Meeting Room 385 – Level 2 of The Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

To learn more or to schedule an appointment with the ombuds visit

www.mwi.org/wef-ombuds

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