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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

We are living in extraordinary times and the recent Black Lives Matter events have made us question “is what the association doing enough.” While the IAEE board and staff may believe the environment of the association is empowering, is this truly the case?

The importance of equality, diversity and inclusion cannot be understated and while a diverse group of individuals have achieved distinction and success in their exhibition industry careers and personal lives, many also share the same personal and career challenges with which many populations in business must contend. The concept of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is to focus attention on the needs of individuals in our industry and membership who feel they are discriminated against without regard to color, disability, gender identity, national origin, race or sexual orientation.


Rochelle Richardson, CEM
Senior Vice President, Exposition & Event Services

Board Liaison

Janet Sperstad, CMP
Program Director, Meeting and Event Management
Madison College

Staff Liaisons

Karen Gonzales, CMP
Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM