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

Get connected now! Log in to MemberLink and join the YP Community.  YPs are sharing their advice and experiences in the industry. Join the conversations now with your fellow YP peers.


The IAEE Young Professionals Committee has set dates for the 2019 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

Kim Zonca, CEM

Business Development Consultant
National Business Media Inc.

2019 Young Professionals Committee Chairperson

Hello YPs,

Welcome to a new year of YP Connect. Can you believe it’s already March?! This year is flying by, and for many of us who work months and sometimes years ahead on our events, the time goes by even faster! I’m so incredibly honored to be your Young Professionals Committee Chairperson for 2019, and this committee is working on a lot of new content for you this year!

Member meet-ups will continue to be a strong focus for us, and we already have two nationwide meet-ups scheduled. Mark your calendars for 5 June and 13 November, when YPs across the country will gather for these informal networking sessions. Locations and details will be posted on as we get closer to each event, but if you don’t see one in your area and would like to get involved on the local level and organize one yourself, please !

Speaking of MemberLink, we have created a  to use as a resource for reaching out and keeping in touch with other young professionals. This group is available now, and we will be posting timely and relevant discussions as well as YP-specific resources on there throughout the year. Come chat with us and share your stories, struggles and accomplishments!

And finally, we want our YPs to know that there are plenty of learning opportunities free of charge to IAEE members, such as  and much more.

I can’t wait to see what 2019 holds for all of us, and I’m happy to be on this journey with you.

With gratitude,

Kim Zonca, CEM

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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Publisher, Washington, D.C.
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