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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.


Message from the IAEE Past Chairperson of the Board and first recipient of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award


Julie Smith, CEM, CTA | Senior Vice President of National Sales | Global Experience Specialists (GES)

In addition to the extremely popular Women’s Leadership Forum, IAEE provides many valuable resources for women in the exhibitions and events industry, from education to industry data, networking opportunities and tips for career advancement.  Now IAEE is making it easier to identify and contribute content and keep the conversation going year-round through a re-designed website and focus.

Message from IAEE Women’s Leadership Committee Chair

Mindy Abel, CTA, CMP | Senior Vice President, Strategic Alliance and Partnership | Visit Anaheim

The Women’s Leadership Initiative is about providing the tools to inspire and grow, offering education and resources geared to women in our industry year-round.  The success of the annual forum, meeting each spring, is testimony to the interest and need for year-round access to these valuable tools.

It’s bigger than networking, knowing your value, understanding the resources that are there to aid you, being inspired by the stories of success and failure.  This empowers us to create tangible steps that we can use in our day to day roles.


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 Brooke Pierson at bpierson@iaee.com for more information.