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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 IAEE Women’s Leadership Committee Chairperson

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

New Year, New You!

As we begin this year, I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you on the Women’s Leadership Committee for your engagement and service. You have truly made a difference in shaping this conference and messaging in a way that is meaningful. I also wanted to thank our past chair Mindy Abel; you are a phenomenal woman who sets the right example with your leadership. I am sure you will agree that we are supported by an incredible team at IAEE. I am grateful to IAEE for their vision, dedication and guidance, year after year.

We had a wonderful experience at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2017 in San Antonio, TX during our inaugural Women’s Leadership session. The session was expertly planned, and the audience was engaged and participated in a way that may have surprised us all. Our esteemed panel and speaker, Emilie Airies with Bossed Up, left us wanting more.

As a reminder, please plan on registering early for the Women’s Leadership Forum 30 April – 1 May; we anticipate another sold out event. The event will be truly inspirational and will continue to focus on topics that are unique to us as women professionals.

Finally, thank you for the opportunity to serve as your chairperson for IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Committee. I am honored and humbled to work hard alongside all of you. Looking forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.

Message from the IAEE Women’s Leadership Committee Board Liaison

Julie Coker Graham | President & CEO | Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Happy New Year, everyone! As the IAEE Women’s Leadership Committee Board Liaison, I wanted to share how excited I am to work alongside all of you in the coming year. The work of this committee is incredibly important to not only the success of IAEE as an organization, but to the tourism industry overall. It has been quite a year for us here in Philadelphia, we welcomed dozens of exhibitions and events to our city, including the 2017 NFL Draft and LIGHTFAIR, CPhI North America (UBM), among others. And, as we move closer and closer to Super Bowl LII, I would be remiss if I did not mention how proud we are as a city to have this opportunity to cheer on our beloved Eagles and take the momentum developed during the draft all the way to Minneapolis!

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.


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.