Orange County Convention Center

IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum in Schaumburg was a success! Held July 16 in Schaumburg, Illinois, with 50 women, the program focused on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry and was tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current position held within their company.

Highlights from WLF Schaumburg

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WLF Schaumburg

WLF Schaumburg

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Patsy Doerr

Patsy is an experienced speaker, columnist, thought leader and award-winning expert in the field of Social Impact – specifically, corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion and sustainability. A driven changemaker responsible for designing, building and leading Social Impact functions and initiatives for global Fortune 500 companies, Patsy is a respected leader and team motivator who effectively works across functions to achieve business goals.

Most recently, Patsy led the corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion and sustainability functions at Thomson Reuters globally. In this role, she developed teams and initiatives that helped drive Thomson Reuters’ social and environmental efforts forward. She is also responsible for launching the ESG Institute, a resource and support center tasked with building awareness and understanding around social impact.

Additionally, Patsy serves on several boards and finance committees that aid in the advancement of women in developing markets. Patsy was the recipient of the Most Powerful & Influential Woman Award by the Tri-State Diversity Council, Promoting Workforce Diversity & Gender Equality Award from City State Reports and the United Nations’ Decade of Women Quantum Impact Award.

Session Title: Developing Your Leadership Skills: Diversity & Inclusion, Communication and Making Your Mark

Today’s business world is more dynamic, diverse and globalized than ever before – and that’s a great thing. As a leader in your industry, setting your business up for long term success and sustainability means making Diversity & Inclusion a top priority. This program will empower female leaders with the tools they need to develop impactful D&I initiatives, to rally their teams around these issues, and communicate them to their stakeholders both internally and externally. We’ll also discuss practical leadership skills that will serve each of you in your careers, including how to inspire teams, how to grow your network and develop mentor-mentee relationships, and how to build one’s personal brand in the workplace.

Jodi Bondi Norgaard

Jodi Bondi Norgaard is an outstanding speaker that carries you through her entrepreneurial journey as a powerful advocate of truth and transparency. A change agent and thought leader, Jodi inspires innovation and motivation as she shares what she never anticipated while launching a socially responsible product; the long road and battle she would fight, learning that her persistence, determination, and passion would serve her well.

Jodi has been called, “A true hero in her own right.” She shares her passion for social impact and illustrates how strong values can change an industry, even the world. She encourages audiences to think with a creative and innovative approach and to persist through adversity.

Jodi is a sought-after keynote speaker, consultant, cultural & inclusion expert, and TEDx speaker. She is the founder of Dream Big Toy Company and the creator of the award-winning Go! Go! Sports Girls line of dolls, books, and apps for girls encouraging healthy and active play over fashion and body image.

She has been featured on national media including The Today Show, The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson, Fox & Friends, Forbes, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, just to name a few. In 2016, Jodi was invited by The White House to participate in conferences on breaking down gender stereotypes in media and toys.

Session Title: Stronger Together: Women Supporting Women

In this powerful and inspirational presentation, Jodi speaks on the value and benefit of women supporting women in business and in life. She brings awareness to the stereotypes imposed upon women and the steps needed to eliminate them from our culture, so women can lead and rise together.  She shares her entrepreneurial experience and the mentors who helped her succeed through adversity with guidance, kindness, and support. Jodi offers strategies for women to get behind each other and provides examples of what the power of being a woman really looks like.

Panel Information

Industry Leader Insights: Women in Action


Mary Pat Heftman

Marilyn Jansen

Michelle Mason, FASAE, CAE

Kimberly Mosley, CAE, CPE

Jackie Osafo, MBA, CAE