Women’s Leadership Committee


Women value an IAEE-sponsored women’s initiative as they navigate their careers and personal lives. The Women’s Leadership Forum focuses attention on the unique needs of women in the exhibitions and events industry, helping them to find their voice and their personal brand while being deliberate about the different stages of their career.

Charge to the Committee

The committee serves in an advisory capacity to the IAEE professional staff assisting in the development of programming for the Women’s Leadership Forum. The 2024 committee will advise staff on the final stages of the 2024 program in addition to the 2025 signature event and any additional related initiative offerings.

Scope and objectives

  1. Register and attend the 2024 Women’s Leadership program.
  2. Act as ambassadors and promote the program(s) to their colleagues.
  3. Assist with facilitation of BUZZ sessions and/or recommend topics for monthly sessions.
  4. Each member will be responsible for a personal awards submission nomination for the IAEE awards category for Woman of Achievement.
  5. Review evaluation results from the previous year’s events for planning of future programs.
  6. Review objectives created by staff for 2024.
  7. Recommend programs and speakers for future WLF events and initiatives.
  8. Recommend measurable criteria to be used to determine the success of the programs.
  9. Examine measurable short- and long-term goals for the Women’s Leadership Forum.
  10. Make recommendations for enhancing engagement and to build community of women in the industry
    a. Participate in discussions on IAEE MemberLink and social media.
    b. Submit recommended articles and/or blogs for social media postings and the WLF microsite.
    c. Suggest topics and speakers for women-related webinars.
    d. Assist with posting on WLF related community sites as requested.

2024 Chairperson

Allison Carpenter
Senior Director, Exhibits & Sponsorships
National Defense Industrial Association

Board Liaison

2024 IAEE Board of Directors Secretary/Treasurer

Mary Bender
VP of Sales and Operations
Taffy Event Strategies

Staff Lead

Stacy Powers
Director of Learning Experiences