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July 16, 2020 29 min

This episode of Lessons from Leaders is brought to you by Smart Meetings, the go-to source of information for meeting and event professionals. For more information on Smart Meetings, please go to

Our guest on this episode is Didier Scaillet, CIS, CITP, the CEO of SITE (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence) and the SITE Foundation. SITE is the only Business Events association dedicated exclusively to the global incentive travel industry which generates about $75 billion globally.

As Chief Excellence Officer, Didier leads the vision, mission and promise for SITE's global initiatives, bringing value to its members at both the global and local chapter level through networking, online resources, education, certification and advocacy. He also serves the greater business events industry as a prominent and involved architect of innovative resources and solutions to the MICE industry.

In his distinguished career, Didier has held various senior level roles at prestigious organizations including Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA). He has engaged and served on various industry forums and organizations such as Joint Meetings Industry Council, Events Industry Council, Canadian Tourism Commission and United Nations World Tourism Organization. He was also instrumental in the development of the Meetings & Business Events Competency Standards, which was the backbone for the development of SITE’s competency-based education model for incentive professionals.

In this podcast interview, Didier shares his fascinating career journey, his take on what makes a successful leader, and weighs in on COVID-19 and its impact on the MICE industry.


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