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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

Molly Hamill, CMP

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

December 2017

Hello Young Professionals!

Wait it is December? I feel like I just wrote my first 2017 Letter from the Chair yesterday. This year has been a great one for Young Professionals across IAEE both professionally and personally. Twelve months ago, I became the YP Committee Chairperson with bright-eyes and ready to accomplish some high-bar goals. I challenged everyone in the beginning of the year to step out of their comfort zones and help increase YP involvement. So, did you? Did you approach someone you didn’t know, introduce yourself, and see how he or she could get involved?

Two weeks ago at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2017, YP’s from across the world had a chance to meet up, exchange ideas and learn from each other. San Antonio was a phenomenal host for us, and we thank them for being gracious. I found myself at Expo! Expo! last week, walking up to people I hadn’t met yet and engaging them in conversation. Getting them excited about the week ahead and showing them how they could become active in their local chapter. I even convinced two people to apply to be on the YP committee.

We have had some challenges and successes this year, and your next YP Chairperson, Tara Allen, CEM, is ready to accomplish her set of goals for the committee. I cannot wait to see what she has in store and how well this community will help her accomplish them. Thank you for a momentous year, and see you again soon! If you have any questions or just want to chat, email me at MHamill@IAAPA.org. I am here for you!

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 yp@iaee.com. Your YP Spotlight could be included in the next YP Connect Newsletter!

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Sarah Skavron, CMP

Knowledge and Events Executive
IMEX Group

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of your current role, and how did your overcome it?
A: Most of my events take place within a period of 3 months, so it can be a very intense and busy period with many trips out of the office. In order to manage the workload during this time better, I set up timelines and focus on the most important results to deliver in that period. Moreover, in times of intense workload, I also plan in relaxing activities in my free-time to help me find balance and re-energize.

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Young Professionals In Action