Young Professionals

The IAEE Young Professionals group was created to fill an important niche in the exhibitions and events community. If you are 35 or under and are looking for a network with core life objectives including career advancement, becoming financially secure and being involved in a special interest group while maintaining a social life, then IAEE Young Professionals is right for you.

IAEE supports the young professionals community by offering tailored programs, education and events designed to give future leaders in the exhibitions and events industry with social and professional networking support.


If you have any questions or want to become more involved, please send an email to

Ask a Professional

To better serve our student and young professional community, IAEE has created a mentor portal for individuals to choose a topic and ask a question to one of our seasoned professionals. Questions submitted will go directly to one of our professionals for review and to provide appropriate feedback and guidance.

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IAEE’s 20 Under 30 Program

IAEE’s 20 Under 30 Program affords remarkable young professional organizers the opportunity to experience the magic of Expo! Expo! first-hand. IAEE believes that by recognizing and elevating these young leaders, evolution and distinction of the exhibitions and events industry will be fostered around the globe.

The 20 Under 30 program will not only provide selected honorees with industry and leadership education for professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry, but also lifelong connections with fellow honorees and attendees.

Selected honorees will receive one full, complimentary registration to Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition in San Antonio, TX on 28-30 November 2017, and lodging for three nights (over $1,400.00 value!). Honorees will be recognized throughout the annual meeting and formally at the IAEE Annual Networking Luncheon and Awards Presentation on Thursday, 30 November 2017.

For more information visit the 20 Under 30 Program page on the Expo! Expo! website.

The 20 Under 30 submission deadline is 31 August 2017.

For questions regarding the 20 Under 30 Program please contact Brooke Pierson.

Updates from the Chair

Molly Hamill, CMP

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA)
2017 Chairperson
IAEE Young Professional Committee

June 2017

We’re at the half way point of 2017! There’s two ways to look at this. First, how is it June already? Or second, how is it only June? I’m leaning toward: How is it June already? Everyone is busy with their current careers, and in my opinion, this is great! It means that people in the industry are trusting us YPs to get the job done. Let’s keep it up and keep reminding other generations that we know what we’re doing.

The Expo! Expo! Education Committee graciously allowed us to join their review session that took place last month in Alexandria, VA. With help from the Expo! Expo! sub-committee of the Young Professional Committee, I provided insight on what would benefit and be valuable for YPs. The consensus is that everyone, including industry veterans, is over the topic of millennials. I’m personally thrilled to hear this.

I am asking that all YPs rally to support each other, and one way to do this is by hosting a YP Meet-Up within your chapter. It doesn’t have to be fancy or sponsored. Post on your chapter Facebook page to see if anyone is in town to grab drink, snack or even go for a walk/workout class. It’s literally a meet-up. Chat about anything going on in your professional or personal life.

YP Spotlight


What is the YP Spotlight? GOOD QUESTION!

IAEE’s Young Professional Committee recognizes a young professional in the exhibitions and events industry in each quarterly YP Connect Newsletter. You can find all past newsletters by following this link.

Would you like to be IAEE’s next YP Spotlight? Get your name in the bucket by sending an email to Your YP Spotlight could be included in the next YP Connect Newsletter!

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Deanna Worrell

Manager, Event Operations
Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

Q: What are some of your favorite aspects of your current position?
A: I enjoy the puzzle work of getting the logistics in order -working with the various vendors, internal staff, my events team and providing creative ideas/solutions to create a great program and experience for our attendees. I also have the opportunity to travel all across the U.S. and put on some great events!

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Young Professionals In Action