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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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Young Professionals at Expo! Expo!

It’s all about Young Professionals at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2017!

IAEE loves its YP Community. We have developed a brief overview of items we think you will find of interest when planning your trip to San Antonio, TX.

Take a look at some of our YP education sessions and specialty networking events:

Monday, 27 November

Young Professionals Party
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (1900 – 2200)
Paramour Bar

The IAEE Young Professionals Party is back by popular demand. Especially designed for young professionals in the exhibitions and events industry under 35 years of age, attendees will have the opportunity to connect with colleagues in this fun and lively event! Space is limited. You must register for this event when registering for Expo! Expo!.

Tuesday, 28 November

YP Meet-Up
4:15 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. (1615 – 1635)
Meet-Up Pavilion/Show Floor

Let’s meet-up before the Chapter Receptions!

Wednesday, 29 November

4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (1630 – 1700)
Marriott Rivercenter

Come and make connections with young professionals in the industry that are just like you prior to exhibitor hospitality!

Thursday, 30 November

One-on-One Resumes (Separate Registration Required)
1:00 PM (1300)

Are you having trouble defining yourself in your résumé? Certified Advanced Résumé Writer and IAEE Career Center partner Dawn Rasmussen will be available for attendees to schedule private, one-on-one consultations that will provide targeted, action-based advice on how you can improve your most important career asset. She will work with you to help refine your approach and convey value to your intended audiences that will make you shine.

For questions regarding YP events at Expo! Expo!  please contact Brooke Pierson.

Thank You to Everyone Who Attended the Nationwide Expo! Expo! Kick-Off YP Meet-Up!

Updates from the Chair

Molly Hamill, CMP

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

September 2017

Hello Young Professionals!

Summertime may be coming to a close, but fall conference season is upon us. For the Young Professional Committee, we are gaining speed and gearing up for Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2017. We have been working hard over the last couple months to fully prepare all Young Professionals before they arrive on-site.

We invite you to the Pre-Expo! Expo! Nationwide Meet Up taking place on 15 November hosted by your local chapters. Visit industryhappyhour.com to RSVP for an event near you. This is a terrific way to meet people attending Expo! Expo! prior to arriving and making connections before your brain is packed with knowledge. With help from the Expo! Expo! Education subcommittee, we put in our input for the most beneficial education sessions for YPs. All education sessions have been posted online, so make sure to check out which ones you’re attending. Whether this is your first Expo! Expo! or you’re a veteran Expo! Expo! attendee, we will be distributing our annual “YP Know Before You Go Guide” at the Pre-Expo! Expo! November Meetup. Don’t see your chapter is listed or hosting an event? Contact your chapter to help plan one.

In the beginning of the year, I challenged you to step out of your comfort zone and help fellow YP involvement. If you are attending Expo! Expo! and are still nervous being on-site, the IAEEYP Committee is there to help! We have Expo! Expo! YP Ambassadors ready for any questions you have, and they will be wearing lapel pins for easy identification. Be sure to join us at the YP Party on Monday, 27 November at 7 p.m. in San Antonio, Texas!

I hope to see you soon at Expo! Expo! 2017 in San Antonio! Remember I am always here if you have any questions or want more information about the Young Professional Committee. Contact me at MHamill@IAAPA.org or 703-299-5748. Have an amazing fall season, and see you soon!


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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Winnie Liu

Sales Director, International Business Development
Emerald Expositions

Q: What was the most challenging aspect of your current role, and how did your overcome it?
A: The most challenging aspect of my current role is to make sure our international clients understand well enough of how to be succeed in the U.S. Market. International clients are coming around the world, they have different cultures background and speak different languages. As a trade show organizers, our mission is continuing to provide educations to them, support and guide them via education seminars, webinars, face to face meetings, and on site trainings on how to prepare for exhibiting at U.S. trade shows and be successful. We have seen results from increased number of exhibitors and retention rate YOY, and we have received great show feedbacks from our clients.

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