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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

I can’t believe it! IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum (WLF) has come and gone, and what a success it was! With over 220 attendees, it was an experience and journey to remember, giving our industry women the opportunity to recharge, renew and reconnect!

As expected, it was an outstanding event from start to finish – our minds assailed with ideas, resourceful knowledge, reflections and “a-ha” moments. I’m still sifting through all of it and consolidating my perspectives on what I learned. As the dust settles, I would like everyone to ask themselves a few questions. What was your “a-ha” moment? What speaker provoked and sparked your interest? Who was your favorite connection?

There is much to dissect and many lessons to take in. From how to utilize social media for personal branding to beating stress and burnout, IAEE’s WLF provided the dedicated women of our industry the ultimate opportunity to connect and continue their path of personal and professional development. Other topics included were learning to ask outrageous questions with confidence, not letting technology impact our personal and professional lives, taking time to clear our minds and relax, putting ourselves first before taking care of others, and most importantly, how we as women CAN and ARE changing this world, one movement at a time.

Thank you to all of our event partners, but most of all, thank you to each attendee for joining me in Washington, D.C. May we continue to raise each other up, be strong, be kind and be humble!



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.