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As we continue to experience the devastating economical downfall to our industry, IAEE continues to support those that may have been laid off recently. We’re offering a transitional membership that will help you keep your member benefits and stay abreast of all the new developments within the industry.

IAEE is waiving the criteria for this membership, so please fill out the form or contact to keep receiving up to date information.

Download the Transitional Membership Application

Benefits of IAEE Transitional Membership

54% of our transitional members are active and involved in education within IAEE.

16% of those in our transitional membership program are registered in the CEM program and actively taking classes.

24% of our transitional members participated in Expo! Expo! 2020.

“During this trying time, I have been eternally grateful to IAEE for extending my membership after I was laid off due to COVID-19. I would not have been able to finish my CEM certification without being moved over to a transitional membership. I want to thank IAEE for understanding and helping me during this time.”

“The Board’s offer of transitional membership was a game changer for me both personally and professionally. I was able to remain connected to an organization which kept me engaged, educated and hopeful to be able to stay in the industry and community I love so much. The advocacy efforts undertaken by IAEE to return safely to in person events was a tremendous undertaking and one done with concern not only for the organizer and supplier sides but the event attendees we serve. Without transitional membership I very likely would have looked for employment outside of the industry. With the support of IAEE I remain optimistic about my job search and return to events. Thank you IAEE for your care and concern for all members professionally affected by COVID.”

“IAEE’s transitional membership benefited me to stay connected with my peers and provided me the opportunities to network within the industry I love so much that has been deeply impacted by COVID-19.”

“The transitional membership served as a lantern of hope during some very dark days. It gave me the opportunity to stay connected with my industry colleagues and continue to serve on IAEE committees. More importantly, it allowed me to stay visible as I actively pursued a new opportunity during trying times. A huge thank you to IAEE for throwing their out of work members a lifeline during a really challenging time.”

“I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to IAEE for the opportunity to be in Transitional Membership and the generous extension of that membership! IAEE is invaluable to me for so many reasons and even more so now. IAEE has dramatically increased their offerings, information, and services during the pandemic at a time where everyone is dealing with a huge shortage of staff and yet IAEE recognized the necessity for wellness and information/education has amplified! The membership has given many the feeling of support, inclusion, and connection throughout the pandemic as we are all shut in our homes. The consistently updated information on industry research, COVID resources and best practices, increased Chapter meet-ups, increased education (webinars, panels & CEM courses), and committee engagement has increased my value to the industry! I cannot thank you enough!”

IAEE MemberLink

There are several discussions, resources and webinars being housed in MemberLink that are updated daily.

For Show Organizers: Visit the Show Management Community to gain access to the IAEE Town Hall Discussion recorded on Wednesday, 25 March and join the conversations with others who are grappling with the effects of COVID-19.

For Suppliers: Join the conversations in the Virtual Event Technology Solutions community and Open Forum. Organizers are looking for alternative ways to conduct business and now is the time to get your products/services in front of them.

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Grants and Scholarships

IAEE offers the following:

Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund (BDEF)

The mission of the BDEF is to support exhibition and event industry education and professional development by providing a challenging and engaging educational experience. The fund is designed for young professionals, professionals new to the exhibitions and events industry, those that are intellectually curious about trends and opportunities, and those that are interested in learning about the global marketplace.

Deadline: 1 July. Recipients will be notified by 14 August.

Deadline: 1 September. Recipients will be notified by 15 October.

Helen Brett™ Scholarship

Established by Robert Kolinek, CEM, CMP, and named for his grandmother, Helen Brett, who was a pioneer in the trade show industry, the purpose of this scholarship is to assist individuals who are exploring the study of exhibitions and events management with the end goal of advancing their career in this field. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support. Scholarships are awarded on a competitive basis based on field of study, recommendations and educational achievement. Preference is given to those expressing an interest in exhibitions and events management and those enrolled in degree programs which are viewed as particularly relevant to this field.

Submissions will be accepted starting: 1 March

Deadline: 1 June