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Diversity & Inclusion FAQ2022-01-13T21:14:13+00:00

Diversity & Inclusion FAQ

Koelnmesse Inc. values diversity and inclusion in our community and is committed to working towards positive change. We look to build a multi-cultural community around our shared passion for the creative and fiber arts.

We are sharing our efforts to create a diverse and inclusive trade show that truly welcomes everyone in the industry.

What is the Code of Conduct at h+h americas?2022-01-14T20:46:56+00:00

We are committed to providing a friendly, safe and welcoming environment for all, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin, or other protected characteristics. We expect all attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, and exhibitors to help us ensure a safe and positive experience for everyone.

Below are our expectations for participant behavior, as well as the consequences for unacceptable behavior.


  • Be considerate, respectful, and collaborative.
  • Refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behavior and speech.
  • Be mindful of your surroundings and of your fellow participants.
  • Alert event venue security or h+h americas Staff if you notice a dangerous or harassing situation or someone in distress.


Unacceptable behaviors include: intimidating, threatening, harassing, physically or verbally abusive, discriminatory, derogatory or demeaning conduct by any attendees or exhibitors at the event and related event activities. All who participate in the event deserve respectful treatment, regardless of the capacity in which they are attending.

h+h americas defines harassment to include: offensive verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, gender identity, or disability; use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces (including presentation slides); deliberate intimidation, stalking or unwelcome following; harassing photography or recording; sustained disruption of talks or other events; unwelcome physical contact or sexual attention.

Attendees often combine professional activities with social interaction with other attendees and while h+h americas encourages such networking and strengthening of connections between participants we reserve the right to remove anyone whose social attentions become unwelcome to another and who persists in such attentions after their unwelcome nature has been communicated. h+h americas  reserves the right to remove any attendee or exhibitor who appears inebriated and who engages in conduct that interferes with the ability of other attendees and/or exhibitors to participate in and enjoy the event. Attendees and exhibitors are not permitted to bring firearms to the event.

Conduct in violation of this Code should be brought promptly to the attention of Event Security or any h+h americas staff member at the event.

Unacceptable behavior will not be tolerated at the events, whether by attendees, media, speakers, volunteers, organizers, venue staff, sponsors or exhibitors.

Anyone asked to stop unacceptable behavior is expected to comply immediately.

h+h americas expects all attendees and exhibitors to abide by this code of conduct at all event venues and event-related social events as a condition of attendance.  Upon our discretion we may bar those who violate this Code from continued attendance or participation in some or all of the event, without refund of any fees paid, and may in appropriate circumstance bar violators of this Code from attendance or participation at future events.

Can I pre-order a scooter or wheelchair?2022-01-14T20:11:16+00:00

Yes, RES has a limited inventory of accessibility scooters and wheelchairs. We recommend if you need support please place or order in advance to ensure access. Please use the following PDF order form our call the following phone number.

Order form

Scooters +1-847-696-2208
Wheelchairs is +1-847-692-2220

h+h americas is undertaking outreach efforts to uplift marginalized communities.2022-01-13T21:10:33+00:00

We are excited to announce that Knit the Rainbow, a non-profit organization based in New York City, will host a stitching lounge on the show floor where attendees can knit or crochet squares that will be used to create garments for homeless LGBTQ+ youth.

h+h americas is also proud to be collaborating with the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) to exhibit works from The Remembrance Project. These fiber art pieces were created to memorialize those killed by gun violence in the US. SJSA founder, Sara Trail, will be speaking about the organizations work with underserved communities during a plenary session open to all attendees and exhibitors.

h+h americas has affordable exhibition opportunities for those with limited financial means.2022-01-13T21:09:58+00:00

The Indie Untangled Newcomers Pavilion  offered by Indie Untangled is designed to help solo-preneurs and small startups in all segments of the craft industry take advantage of the opportunity to exhibit at h+h americas with support and guidance and at a lower price point. Participants will get access to a cooperative space in the center of the action on the show floor. In addition, you will get help building the wholesale segment of

your business, with special education and networking events to set

you up for success at h+h americas and moving forward.”

When selecting speakers and topics for the business conference, diversity is a key criteria.2022-01-13T21:09:38+00:00

The conference faculty represent diverse backgrounds in the crafts industry. The conference content will include presentations focused specifically on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

h+h americas will welcome exhibitors and attendees with physical disabilities.2022-01-14T20:07:46+00:00

We are hosting a virtual training session for all of our instructors with accessibility consultant Renee Van Hoy to help them create accessible instruction and classroom materials. The Rosemont Convention Center is handicap accessible. Handicap parking is located on the ground floor of the parking garage. Mobility scooters will be available. Seating areas will be located inside the convention center near the entrance and on the show floor at regular intervals.

For more information: visit or Scooter and Wheelchair Order Form

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