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IAEE activities are centered around our communities through engagement at the local and national levels; education tailored to specific groups; and networking opportunities year round.

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IAEE chapters are our grassroots communities that allow personal one-on-one connections either in-person at local events, or during Expo! Expo! as well as virtual meet-ups. As part of IAEE membership, contacts are added to chapters in their region.

Consumer Events

Serving the Business-to-Consumer show producer, the Consumer Events community brings together B2C organizers to learn and network from one another. IAEE and its Consumer Events Council are dedicated in providing resources to the consumer show organizer.

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This community was created to meet the needs of higher education teaching professionals. The community tools and resources include IAEE’s Faculty Resource Center (including lesson plans, learner outcomes, activities, test/quiz questions, presentation slides, videos and more), Faculty Insights – virtual discussion groups, a private community discussion board in MemberLink, in-person education and meet ups, information about IAEE’ s textbook – The Art of the Show, An Introduction to the Study of Exhibition Management, 5th Edition and more.


The MATSO (Major American Trade Show Organizer) community is available for any large show organizer that produces a show in the US with more than 200,000 NSF. IAEE’s MATSO Council directs the association’s activities including dedicated programming twice a year, a private discussion group, blogs and articles from the large show organizer’s perspective and more.

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IAEE has developed an extensive resource center to help students navigate a career in exhibitions and events. Get information on how to create a viable and lifelong career path in the trade show industry.

Women in Leadership

Nobody does it like IAEE! Join our robust community for Women in Exhibitions including events, networking, education and leadership activities, awards, news, articles and tips.

Young Professionals

IAEE recognizes and nurture this next wave in the workforce. The IAEE Young Professionals initiative is chock full of resources, tips, a dedicated committee addressing young professionals’ needs and perspectives, programming at Expo! Expo! and much more.