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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 yp@iaee.com.

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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The IAEE Young Professionals Committee has set dates for the 2018 Global Chapter Meet Ups that take place in the summer and just prior to Expo! Expo!. Mark your calendars, get in touch with your local chapter, and plan to be there!

Updates from the Chair

Tara Allen, CEM

Sales Manager, GES
2018 Young Professionals Committee Chairperson

March 2018

Welcome to 2018, Young Professionals!! I am delighted and truly humbled to be the 2018 YP Committee Chairperson. It is an absolute honor to help lead the up and coming leaders of our industry!

Our 2018 Young Professionals Committee (YPC) is chock-full of the most talented achievers in our industry, and I cannot wait to see what we accomplish! We all have embraced our underlying goal to reach, envelop, educate and advocate for every single YP in our incredible industry!

I have some lofty goals for our YPC and encourage you to take part in achieving them. First, we are on a mission to reach more YPs than ever before. Through meet-ups, college fairs, Expo! Expo! and more, we want to welcome and include every young professional in our industry, bring them into the fold and add another dimension to their career life. If you are new to the YP community, please reach out to me. I would love to chat with you and help you achieve your goals!

Second, we want to enhance the education of our YP community. The Expo! Expo! Education committee and the professional IAEE staff have done a phenomenal job of curating meaningful content, and we want to build off that momentum. If you have any ideas on education, I encourage you to submit an idea through the Call for Presentations, or you can send them to me directly.

Lastly, we are on a mission to continue to grow and develop a community of YPs focused on motivating, connecting and empowering one another. We have many resources to aid in the success of this mission including our quarterly YP Connect Newsletter, our IAEE YP Facebook page and our continually growing mentorship program. I encourage you to tap into these resources! They are an invaluable source of information.

I encourage you to get involved! It will be the most incredibly fulfilling thing you can do for yourself in your career. Personally, I used to feel uncomfortable networking. Now having joined the IAEE YP community, I have a network of the most amazing, lifelong friends. Please feel free to reach out to me through email for ANYTHING you need! I am happy to help, and I’m so excited to be your 2018 YPC Chairperson!!


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. Fill out the YP Spotlight form and be included in the next YP Connect Newsletter.

You can find all past newsletters by following this link.

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Ian Blackwood

Customer Service and Logistics Assistant
Taffy Event Strategies

Q: What do you think you need to take your career to the next level?
I keep hearing networking is key. Thus, gaining networking opportunities and just learning more about the industry would certainly be useful.

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Young Professionals In Action