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

We are in the throes of summer, and the excitement of WLF 2018 is still with us! How are you staying connected? Are you using what you learned at the event and making the most of your resources, knowledge and networking opportunities? We are! And the IAEE staff has been hard at work securing the program location and dates for 2019.

We have an exciting program for the 2018 Expo! Expo! Women’s Leadership Experience this December in New Orleans, and we look forward to having this amazing community of women back together!

In addition, I am excited to announce that the 2019 signature program will be held 29-30 April at the Landsdowne Resort & Spa in Leesburg, VA, so mark your calendars now and save the date!

With feedback from this year’s event, we are incorporating new ideas and will soon be hard at work planning the full program for 2019. The opportunity to build on what we’ve learned will be reflected in the coming year. But as I mentioned, don’t wait until 2019 – the Women’s Leadership Initiative is a year-round program!

Register for Expo! Expo! and join the Women’s Leadership Experience Tuesday morning, 11 December, while attending Expo! Expo! in New Orleans. You will be hearing from Dr. Cortney Baker on Unlimited: Conquering the Myth of the Glass Ceiling, and we will also have an additional panel discussion from amazing women you won’t want to miss. So, register now!

I look forward to seeing you there!



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 Lopez or Jannat Choudhury for more information.