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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.

Facebook Group – Women in Exhibitions

Connect with your fellow female leaders of the exhibitions and events community on our exclusive Facebook group – IAEE Women in Exhibitions.

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MemberLink – Women in Exhibitions

MemberLink is IAEE’s private discussion and networking forum for IAEE members only.  To participate:

  • Log onto
  • In the right hand corner, click the Member Login button
  • Type in your email (or updated username) and password (password is your email address and password is firstnamelastname, no spaces and no capital letters unless you’ve already changed your password after initially logging in). If you need assistance with your login, please contact IAEE.
  • Once you are in your member dashboard, click on MemberLink at the top of the screen between IAEE and My Account
  • Click on Communities and choose Women in Exhibitions (you will want to join the group first)
  • Click on Discussions
  • On the right-hand side is a green button that says Post a New Message; click there
  • Follow the instructions. If you need to add a link to the text you upload, use the insert tab and then insert link.

2024 Women’s Leadership Committee

  • Chairperson: Allison Carpenter, CEM, CMP, National Defense Industrial Association
  • Immediate Past-Chairperson: Joyce Russell, Visit Indy
  • Samantha Butler, Maritz
  • Krista DeBrosse, CEM, PMMI – The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies
  • Mandy Geistweidt, CEM, The Expo Group
  • Molly Hamill, CMP, CEM-AP, North American Veterinary Community
  • Kimberly Hotz, CEM, DES, American Council for Engineering Companies
  • Lynn Miles, CMP-F, CFMP, Ocean Center
  • Laurie Nelson-Choice, CGMP, Visit Baltimore
  • Mary Cecile Neville – AMT, The Association for Manufacturing Technology
  • Catherine Rash, Nation’s Best Sports
  • Debbie Rorabaugh, CORT Events
  • Anne Sculthorpe, CEM, U.S. Poultry & Egg Association
  • Elaine Williams, CMP, CEM-AP, New Orleans Ernest N Morial Convention Center
  • Cheryl Witt, CEM, GES
  • Elreatha Woodard, DES, Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC)
  • Board Liaison: Mary Bender, Taffy Event Strategies
  • Ex-Officio Member: Marie Browne, RX