Ann Olson, CEM | Vice President of Client Relations | GES
2019 is off to an exciting start for the Women of IAEE! We are so fortunate to expand our Women’s Leadership Forum offerings this year, with the support of both IAEE and our new Chairperson, Tom Cindric, Jr., CEM. Those of you who were able to attend Expo! Expo! in New Orleans heard Tom share his enthusiasm for our work in expanding and unifying the unique role of women in the exhibitions and events industry. With three daughters of his own, Tom shared that, “this initiative that IAEE has championed over the past 5 years is something for all of us to be proud of.” Each year finds us increasing our presence and influence in this exciting industry.
We are especially excited that in addition to our signature event in the Washington, D.C. area, we will expand with three regional events in Los Angeles, Schaumburg (outside Chicago) and Dallas. These added programs will allow more women to participate, as well as meet others in these regions. Thank you to VisitDallas for sponsoring this growth and your dedication to the women of IAEE.
We ended 2018 with the Women’s Leadership Experience at Expo! Expo! in December, hearing from leading women outside our industry who shared many of the same issues and concerns that face us all. It was a great way to kick off Expo! Expo!.
In addition, for the first time, IAEE had two female general session keynotes, Futurist Nancy Giordano and Blue-Collar CEO, Mandy Rennehan.
As we begin this new year, I would like to share my appreciation of last year’s Chairperson, Julia Slocombe. Julia, you are forever gracious and positive, and we thrived under your leadership. I would also like to thank last year’s Women’s Leadership Committee. With the focus of our program within IAEE, you are truly an amazing group of women, dedicated to our professional growth. Last but not least, we are so fortunate to have the continued guidance, hard work and energy from our team at IAEE. Thank you all for your involvement.
Registration is now open for all of our programs in 2019! Please be sure to register early – our event in February is in just over a month! You will be able to register for all of the events in one easy step. Please click here to register now. We look forward to seeing friends from past events and meeting new people. Encourage other women to participate – the best way to support women is to share of yourself and bring us all together!
Thank you for the opportunity to chair this amazing group in 2019. I am excited to see the continuous strides we make and look forward to another successful year!