An Uncomfortable Truth

It is a difficult subject to talk about, but David Peckinpaugh, head of Maritz Global Events, has become a leader in mobilizing the meetings industry to join in the fight to stop the crime of child sex trafficking.

Our corporate head of PR … called me and said, do you really want to get involved in this? And then, at our first town hall, when we introduced the topic, you could physically see people not wanting to hear what we were sharing. But sometimes out of that level of discomfort comes some of the greatest growth.”

— David Peckinpaugh

In this conversation, Convene podcast host and journalist Ashley Milne-Tyte talks to David Peckinpaugh, president of Maritz Global Events, about how his company has taken on an issue that’s important for the meetings industry to come to grips with – but it makes for awkward conversation: child sex trafficking. 

Find out what the meetings industry can do to stop a crime that’s taking place in hotels and convention centers all over the world, including the U.S. You’ll hear about what Maritz is doing to increase awareness — and the story of a successful intervention.



Ashley Milne-Tyte