I am employed in a mid-sized multi-national software company with 500-1000 employees. In our company, we have several employee organizations (clubs) of different natures (e.g. basketball, swimming, yoga etc). I am currently heading one of the clubs catering to IT Enthusiasts, everything about the IT industry. (Our club is named IT Enthusiasts' Club) Clubs are funded by the company according to the number of member employees. It is a common practice to promote the events a club is organizing via company-wide emails and announcements.
In our club, we discuss different technologies, processes and current trends in the IT industry. We also have our own trainings and with our funds, we procure learning materials (books and epubs) for our members. Our club joins different events related to Software and IT in general. One of the said events we want to join is Startup Weekend. Startup Weekend in gist is:
Startup Weekends are weekend-long, hands-on experiences where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can find out if startup ideas are viable. On average, half of Startup Weekend’s attendees have technical or design backgrounds, the other half have business backgrounds. (Excerpt from: http://startupweekend.org/about/)
My question is, given the above scenario, is it ethical for me, the club's head to promote the said event in the company? Initially, I think that the management may see it as a disloyalty to the company knowing that events like these can lose them valuable employees. These kinds of events also introduce employees to other employers and companies. I'll try asking this to my boss sometime, but I would also like to know if there is a general rule regarding this.