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Regional Women’s Leadership Forum – Virtual
20 April 2021
1:00 PM -3:30 PM CT / 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM PT / 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET/ 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM BST / Beijing & Singapore 21 April 2:00 AM – 4:30 AM GMT+8

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 provide motivation and inspiration to take their roles and careers to the next level, allowing them to grow personally and professionally while giving them the tools and resources to balance life along the way.

The forum is a 2 ½ hour virtual event beginning at 1:00 PM CT and ending at 3:30 PM CT. Attendees will participate by logging into their computer using their computer audio and webcam.

Attending this program will earn you 2 continuing education (CE) credit hours.

Program Fees:

$129 USD for Members and Non-Members

Registration Deadline:

Monday, 19 April by
6:00 PM CT / 4:00 PM PT / 7:00 PM ET / 7:00 AM BST / Beijing & Singapore 20 April 12:00 AM

Special Discount – Bring a Friend or Co-worker!

In honor or Administrative Professionals Day on 21 April, bring a co-worker, support staff or friend and register for two at a special discounted rate! $199 USD for Members and Non-Members – special discount is received when registering two people at the same time.

Schedule of Events

All times listed are in Central Time (CT)

12:45 PM Virtual Attendees Log-In to Platform   
1:00 PM – 1:10 PM Opening Event & Welcome
1:10 PM – 1:30 PM Women in the Workforce: Considering Intersectionality to Advance Gender Equity

Speaker: Emily Holthaus, Managing Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Nonprofit HR

1:30 PM – 1:50 PM Women in the Workforce: Creating Solutions from an HR Perspective

Speaker: Sandra Cepeda McLean, MBA, SPHR, SCP, Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, Parker University

1:50 PM – 2:00 PM Break
2:00 PM – 2:20 PM Women in the Workforce: Building Resiliency with Self-Care & Positive Mindset

Speaker: Tia Graham, Founder, Arrive at Happy

2:25 PM – 3:25 PM Small Group Discussion Breakouts
3:25 PM – 3:30 PM Event Wrap Up

Meet the Speakers

Tia Graham

Tia Graham
Arrive at Happy

About Tia

Women in the Workforce: Building Resiliency with Self-Care & Positive Mindset

Resilience…the ability to adapt in the face of adversity and bounce back from life’s ups and downs Between an unexpected global pandemic, societal shifts, budget cuts, job losses, natural disasters and much more, one thing you can say about today’s workplace is that it is constantly changing and managing change is a new day-to-day norm.

In many cases, people are being asked to do higher quality work, with fewer resources, in less time, with less money and less staff, in most cases all remotely, along with many women also having to juggle children with homeschooling and/or additional household responsibilities. Seems impossible, right?

Join Tia Graham, as she shares her solutions for building your resilience during difficult times, achieving wellness and a positive mindset, that helps you notice the good in situations, ultimately boosting your ability to Arrive at Happy.

After participating in this session, you will:

  • Have a resiliency toolkit to build inner strength and flexibility;
  • Understand how to create and sustain a positive outlook and perspective;
  • Know how to create a lifestyle where self-care is always a priority.



Emily Holthaus

Emily Holthaus
Managing Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Nonprofit HR

About Emily

Women in the Workforce: Considering Intersectionality to Advance Gender Equity

Intersectionality is a way of understanding how individuals experience inequities on the basis of factors such as race, ethnicity, class, gender, age, citizenship, ability, and sexual orientation. Intersectional inequities and inequality affect women and visible minorities differently, depending on their social, cultural, and occupational contexts. It takes intentional effort to disrupt this reality.

Join diversity and inclusion expert, Emily Holthaus as she explores the relationship between systems thinking and gender equity, bringing visibility to the experiences and perspectives of women of all races and backgrounds.

After participating in this session, you will:

  • Establish a common language related to diversity, equity, equality and intersectionality;
  • Explore the relationship between systems thinking and gender equity;
  • Learn techniques to interrupt intersectional gender inequities and generate personal accountability to advancing gender equity.



Sandra Cepeda McLean, MBA, SPHR, SCP

Sandra Cepeda McLean, MBA, SPHR, SCP
Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Parker University

About Sandra

Women in the Workforce: Creating Solutions from an HR Perspective

What will our workplace landscape look like in 2021 for female professionals? Over the past year, women have been greatly affected, as it relates to the changes and challenges of women in the workplace, balancing the various responsibilities between work and home, and the many changes needed to adapt. Along with the feelings of overwhelm and anxiety, many women are also feeling resentment and guilt…for fear of being seen as “not being able to do it all”, for frustration of “having to do it all”, for being a “survivor” of the workforce layoffs and much more…all of which is a lot to deal with.

For HR professionals, the landscape of the work environment has changed as well. Where policies, procedures and practices come into play, it is crucial in the way that organizations provide support to employees.

Hear from Sandra McLean, an executive HR Professional on how organizations can or should expect to address the changes, taking a look at what work life blend means to employee wellness in the new environment and how providing greater flexibility, empathy, equity and inclusion can impact employee engagement and retention, alleviating or lessening the stress that employees face, and keeping them in the workforce, particularly for women.

After participating in this session, you will:

  • Understand the challenges women are facing in the workforce today;
  • Hear the steps HR professionals are or should be taking to create a more gender equitable and supportive work environment;
  • Discover ways in which you can advocate for yourself and for others in a positive way.

Event Information

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations, in whole or in part, must be made in writing and may be subject to a cancellation fee. For a full refund, written cancellations must be received no later than 30 business days prior to the event. Within 11-29 business days, all approved refunds are subject to a $75 administrative fee. Cancellations will not be accepted within 10 business days of the event and event fees will not be refunded after the event begins. Send a written cancellation request to