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IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Another Great Success

April 30, 2019

Julie Pazina, CEM Receives the 2019 Woman of Achievement Award

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) celebrates another successful Women’s Leadership Forum held 29-30 April 2019 at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Va. More than 220 attendees sold out this year’s event, which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.

During today’s award ceremony at the event, the 2019 IAEE Woman of Achievement Award was presented to Julie Pazina, CEM, National Director of Sales at Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services. Raised in Atlanta, Pazina moved to Las Vegas in 2002 while working for the cruise industry. She found her home in Las Vegas and never looked back, joining Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services, a family-owned and operated company based in Las Vegas that has grown into the nation’s largest independent temporary utility contractor for trade shows, conventions and special events. In her position, Pazina oversees sales in the Las Vegas market as well as supporting regional and national sales efforts.

An IAEE member since 2006, Pazina has served on various committees and task forces on the national level. Her nomination included support from long-time IAEE members and industry veterans who commended her for her industry involvement, including a very active history with her local chapter. She is well-known among young professionals as a welcoming force who is generous with her knowledge and experience, which also earned her the IAEE Young Professional Award in 2011.

“I am passionate about the events industry, and IAEE has given me the opportunity to learn, grow and build lifelong friendships,” said Pazina. “Being named the recipient of the Woman of Achievement Award is an honor, and I couldn’t be prouder to be among so many smart, accomplished, engaged women in this industry.”

Pazina served on the Board of the Las Vegas Hospitality Association for six years, including her tenure as president in 2013. She is also a member of the Junior League of Las Vegas and an active community volunteer. A graduate of Vanderbilt University with a double major in Political Science and Communication Studies, Pazina recently engaged in a campaign for a Nevada State Senate seat in order to represent her community in upcoming legislative sessions.

“Julie has a passion for the industry and fully devotes herself to her volunteer commitments,” said IAEE Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE. “Her run for a seat in the Nevada State Legislature was very inspirational, and she is a great role model to other women both in and beyond our industry.”

IAEE extends a special thank you to the partners of this year’s IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum:

Diamond Partner

Emerald Partners
Visit Anaheim
Visit Baltimore
Visit San Antonio

Ruby Partners
Choose Chicago
Experient, A Maritz Global Events Company

Pearl Partners
Smart City Networks
Tourism Toronto
Visit Indy

Supporting Partners
American Airlines
Business Events Canada

Floral Partner
Convention Plant Creations, Inc.

Furniture Partner
CORT Event Furnishings

Host Partner
Lansdowne Resort and Spa

Photography Partner
Oscar & Associates

Registration Partner
Streampoint Solutions

Signage Partner
T3 Expo

Video Partner
Convention News Television (CNTV)

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, Buttine Exhibition Insurance, Convention News Television (CNTV), Freeman, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, Personify – A2Z Events, Swapcard and Synchronicities (Visit Anaheim, Visit Baltimore and Visit San Antonio). Visit for more information.

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