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IAEE Congratulates Industry on Outstanding Exhibitions Industry Awareness Week

March 4, 2024

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) is proud to have teamed with fellow Exhibitions Industry Collective members and leading industry organizations to present the first ever Exhibitions Industry Awareness Week held 20-23 February.

“IAEE is proud to invest in securing the future of exhibitions and events through our efforts to educate and attract potential professionals to our industry,” said IAEE President and CEO Marsha Flanagan, M.Ed., CEM. “Workforce development initiatives such as this are an important element of IAEE’s strategic plan and the collaborative vision shared by the industry’s top organizations.”

Exhibitions Industry Awareness Week served to promote the exhibitions industry as a career path opportunity to students, faculty, those looking for a career change and all members in each industry sector. Attendees learned about sector specific information including jobs available to those considering a career along with salary information, skill requirements and training needed.

In addition to IAEE, the Exhibitions Industry Collective includes the Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA), Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA), Experiential Designers & Producers Association (EDPA), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO).

Technology powered by Swapcard, the online event featured daily videos presented by the following industry leaders:

  • Cathy Breden, CMP-F, CAE, CEM, COO, Center for Exhibition Industry Research (CEIR)
  • David DuBois, CMP-F, CAE, FASAE, CTA, President & CEO, Exhibitor Group
  • Marsha Flanagan, M.Ed., CEM, President and CEO, International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)
  • Tommy Goodwin, FASAE, CAE, PMP, CMP, Vice President of Government Affairs, Exhibitions and Conferences Alliance (ECA)
  • Julie Kagy, CEM, Executive Director, Exhibition Services & Contractors Association (ESCA)
  • Dasher Lowe, Executive Director, Experiential Designers & Producers Association (EDPA)
  • Brad Mayne, CVE, CEO, International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM)
  • Vincent Polito, CEO, Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)

Learn more about the Exhibitions Industry Collective here.

About IAEE
Trusted since 1928, IAEE provides quality and value to its members through leadership, service, education and strong relationships. IAEE is the largest association of the exhibitions and events industry in the world, with a membership of show organizers, exhibitors and exhibition suppliers. Organizers of more than 20,000 exhibitions and buyer-seller events around the world are members of IAEE, and the organization advocates and promotes the awareness of face-to-face exhibitions and events as the primary medium for business development and growth. IAEE provides relevant, timely and innovative education to its members and the industry. IAEE recognizes its strategic partners: 4imprint, Convention News Television (CNTV), eShow, Freeman, GES | onPeak, Grit Productions and Expositions, IMEX, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and Risk Strategies Company | Buttine Insurance. Visit for more information.

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