IAEE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Impact Award

The IAEE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Impact Award recognizes an IAEE member company or an IAEE member representative for outstanding contributions, actions and/or commitment to people of different backgrounds, races, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, ability and religion.

Considerations for this award include demonstrated initiatives and commitment to participating in, or enacting change within their organizations and the shows they produce as well as contributions to charitable organizations representing underserved communities and special recognitions received.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The nominee must be an active member of IAEE or currently employed by an IAEE member company in good standing.
  • Organization has a DE&I statement.
  • Demonstrates an ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive environment at their events.
  • Extraordinary activities promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in their events.
  • Nominations submitted without supporting documentation will not be eligible for consideration.

Examples of Qualifying Data:

  • Structures, policies and procedures demonstrating a commitment to creating an inclusive environment within their work teams and their events.
  • Work with suppliers who are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Initiatives to help attendees and exhibitors feel a sense of belonging and value for their participation.
  • Testimonials from attendees and exhibitors on what is being said about their event/brand.
  • Year-over-year demographic attendance and speaker data/efforts to feature diverse speakers at events.
  • Examples of event marketing campaigns using diverse and inclusive images.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Commitment to participating in or promoting activities that emphasize year-round social responsibility in responding to domestic and/or global issues.
  • Participation in community activities addressing a need outside of the exhibitions and events industry.
  • Notable contributions to charitable organization and special recognitions received.
  • Nominee’s overall level of involvement in/contribution to IAEE.

The 2023 Call for Nominations is closed. Details for 2024 coming soon!

Past recipients of the IAEE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Impact Award:

Rochelle Richardson, CEM