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IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum has been designed to focus on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry. It is tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current position held within their company. The Forum will provide knowledge and strategies for attendees to succeed in their current positions, as well as motivation and inspiration to take your career to the next level. The Forum will give you the tools and resources while balancing life along the way. The Forum is a half-day program beginning at 9:00 AM and ending at 2:00 PM.

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673 South Milpitas Blvd
Milpitas, CA 95035

Program Information

The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work

Success depends on building trust by effectively harnessing emotion—while still walking the line between sharing and oversharing. Join Liz Fosslien, as she equips you with the tools to understand, explore, and express your emotions at work, including a list of questions to ask yourself when you experience “difficult” feelings like anger, envy, and anxiety. The session will also cover how to navigate and discuss different work styles and communication preferences. You’ll walk away knowing how to practice selective vulnerability, with a new set of tactical tips on how to better collaborate, and best practices for digital communication.

Presenter: Liz Fosslien, Author, Speaker | Head of Content, Humu

BUZZ Talk Discussions

For this intimate and informal peer-to-peer networking environment, attendees will participate in short, focused discussions where your voices are heard and you are able to share with others what’s on your mind and what keeps you up at night as it relates to personal and professional challenges.

You will play an integral role in the creation of content and discussion points via a confidential pre-work survey. Participants will then participate in small group discussions, launching new ideas and sharing with others. A great opportunity to lend your voice, discuss top-of-mind issues and share in the power of knowledge!

Moderators: Lisa Buchanan, Director of Membership and Chapter Engagement, IAEE and Stacy Riddler, Senior Education Manager, IAEE

Mental Health & Burnout: Strategies for Increasing Resilience

Work can be stressful for everyone, but the challenge of juggling responsibilities at home and the office can leave people, especially women, feeling overwhelmed from trying to do it all. Recognizing the associated health risks of burnout is imperative and mental health awareness is important now more than ever. Whether you are an employee on the road, a manager back in the office, a mom taking care of kids and/or your elderly family members, you will walk away with concrete tools for yourself, your friends, and your colleagues. It’s time to get inspired and educated about ways to increase your self-care and reduce burnout! Join Megan Bearce, MA, LMFT for a discussion on stress, anxiety, depression and perfectionism and gain strategies for building resilience and reducing overwhelm.

Presenter: Megan Bearce, M.A., LMFT, Licensed Therapist, Megan Bearce, LMFT, LLC

Meet the Speakers

Megan Bearce, M.A., LMFT

Megan Bearce, LMFT, is a marriage and family therapist, coach, speaker, and the author of Super Commuter Couples: Staying Together When a Job Keeps You Apart, a Midwest Book Awards silver medalist. Ms. Bearce is a sought-after speaker and writer on topics including workplace trends, career burnout, road warrior wellness, perfectionism, and women’s issues.

She has been interviewed as an expert on the super commuting phenomenon by publications including the BBC, Forbes, MarketWatch, Profiles in Diversity Journal, CBS Evening News, SHRM, Today, and US News & World Report. She has contributed to articles about relationships in Good Housekeeping and Redbook and is currently working on her next book, which addresses perfectionism and overwhelm.


Lisa Buchanan

Lisa Buchanan is currently the Director of Membership and Chapter Engagement at the International Association for Exhibitions and Events (IAEE), where she is responsible for all membership and chapter initiatives across the globe. She works with the various chapter boards and committees to identify member needs and membership products and services.

Prior to joining IAEE, Buchanan spent 10 years in the medical and dental industry serving in various roles overseeing operations, purchasing, revenue cycle management, marketing and business development.

Buchanan began her career with Meeting Professionals International (MPI) and spent 7 years in various roles including Director of Global Chapter Relations and Member Services where she oversaw all membership and chapter functions for over 50 chapters worldwide.

Liz Fosslien

Liz Fosslien is the author and illustrator of the Wall Street Journal, best-seller No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work, and the Head of Content at Humu, a company that uses behavioral science to make work better. Her work has been featured by The New York Times, The Economist, NPR, and TED.

Stacy Riddler

Stacy Riddler is currently the Senior Education Manager at IAEE, where she is responsible for the development and planning of IAEE’s education programs which include Expo! Expo! education, multiple Women’s Leadership Forums, the Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) program and IAEE webinar content.

Before joining IAEE, Stacy was Professional Development Manager at Promotional Products Association International (PPAI). Prior to that, she spent 12 years as a Director of Human Resources and Compliance within the medical and dental industry.

With an initial background in Psychology, she began her career as a counselor assisting at-risk youth, battered women and children. After completing her Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Training, she worked for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) managing various educational programs.

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