IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Initiative provides a holistic approach to developing leadership skills for women in the exhibitions and events industry regardless of age, individual situation or current position.

Message from IAEE Women’s Leadership Committee Chairperson

Julia Slocombe | Vice President of Regional Operations West | Smart City Networks

It’s that time of the year when we reflect on life, challenges and accomplishments, and when we are compelled to share our thanks and gratitude for those enriching our lives. I would like to thank the Women’s Leadership Committee for their insight, hard work and participation. I am struck by how your hearts are always in the right place and how collaborative you all have been in moving this program forward.

I have seen the same kind of thoughtful collaborative work in the development of the curriculum and in the growing efforts of this group and the IAEE staff to build a community and advance the learning of so many women in our industry.

The team at IAEE continues to ensure the Women’s Leadership Initiative is a year-round success, and I look forward to seeing you at Expo! Expo!, especially on Tuesday, 11 December from 9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. for the SOLD-OUT Women’s Leadership Experience. The speakers and content are going to be top-notch!

Mark your calendars for The Women’s Leadership Forum on 29-30 April 2019 – as well as the new regional programs to be held in Los Angeles, Chicago and Dallas! Registration will open soon for various programs, so watch for updates after Expo! Expo!.

I have been blessed to get to know many of you personally, and I thank you for your friendships. Finally, a big thank you for allowing me the honor to serve as Chairperson for the Women’s Leadership Committee. It has been a rewarding and humbling experience.

Safe holidays ahead, see you in New Orleans!

Pay Equity in the Exhibition and Events Industry

The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was the first piece of legislation President Obama signed into law. Policies that ensure fair pay for all Americans and that help businesses attract the strongest talent can not only narrow the gender pay gap, but also boost productivity and benefit our economy. Yet, the typical woman working full-time all year in the United States only earns 79 percent of what a typical man working full-time all year earns. While the gap has narrowed slightly over the past few years, there is much more work to be done to ensure fair pay for all.  IAEE and the White House challenges businesses to take the Equal Pay Pledge.


Take the Pledge

We encourage your company to sign the equal pay pledge.  By doing so your company is:

  • Acknowledging the critical role businesses must play in reducing the national pay gap.
  • Committing to conducting an annual company-wide gender pay analysis across occupations.
  • Reviewing hiring and promotion processes and procedures to reduce unconscious bias and structural barriers.
  • Embedding equal pay efforts into broader enterprise-wide equity initiatives.
  • Pledging to take these steps as well as identify and promote other best practices that will close the national wage gap to ensure fundamental fairness for all workers.

Companies and organizations interested in signing are encouraged to take the Equal Pay Pledge here.

Once you have made the pledge, let us know by contacting Marsha Flanagan at mflanagan@iaee.com.

Did You Know…

Individuals with the CEM designation make up to 30% more? 

The Certified in Exhibition Management tm (CEM) is a globally recognized designation that demonstrates the highest professional standard throughout the exhibition and event management arena. It was first created in 1975 to raise professional standards in the event industry and it continues to be the premier mark of professional achievement.

The CEM designation accommodates short and long-term career goals with education that can be tailored to meet specific needs and interests. The designation is obtained by completion of nine courses offered in classroom and on-line formats. The CEM Learning Program is offered in the United States, Canada, Brazil, China, Dubai, Korea, Mexico, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, and Thailand.  For more information, contact Jennifer Potter at jpotter@iaee.com to get started.

59% of Our Female Members are Under 40?

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.  Contact Taylor Denver or Jannat Choudhury for more information.