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News & Awards

In the exhibitions and events industry, it is important to show recognition of a job well done. Below you will find IAEE news and resources, along with information on our Woman of Achievement award and how to enter.



Thank you to the 2023 Women’s Leadership Committee

  • Chairperson: Joyce Russell, Visit Indy
  • Immediate Past-Chairperson: Shauna Peters, CEM, mdg, A Freeman Company
  • Samantha Butler, Maritz Global Events
  • Allison Carpenter, CEM, CMP, National Defense Industrial Association
  • Molly Hamill, CMP, CEM, North American Veterinary Community (NAVC)
  • Lynn Miles, CMP-Fellow, CFMP, Ocean Center
  • Manolita Moore, MBA, CEM, Simulocity
  • Laurie Nelson-Choice, CGMP, Visit Baltimore
  • Mary Cecile Neville, The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT)
  • Catherine Rash, Nations Best Sports
  • Debbie Rorabaugh, CORT Events
  • Anne Sculthorpe, CEM, US Poultry & Egg Association
  • Alyssa Sterioti, DES, GES
  • Elaine Williams, CMP, CEM-AP, New Orleans Ernest N Morial Convention Center
  • Elreatha Woodard, MBA, CMP-Fellow, DES, Association for Professionals in Infection Control (APIC)
  • Board Liaison: Mary Bender, Taffy Event Strategies
  • Ex-Officio Member: Dennis Smith, Asian American Hotel Owners Association (AAHOA)

Honoring our Women in Exhibitions

The IAEE Woman of Achievement Award recognizes a woman who has led the way in the advancement of women in the exhibitions and events industry, exhibited outstanding leadership, and made significant contributions to the industry and her community.

*NOTE: Starting in 2023, the Woman of Achievement Award will be determined after the IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum takes place and the winner will be recognized at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition.

The 2023 Woman of Achievement Call for Nominations is now open! Click here for complete information.

Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Award

Applications Are Being Accepted for the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund

Explore the world by going outside boarders to learn about the exhibitions and events industry in other countries.

Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund was created as a memorial to Bob to further opportunities for education and mentoring, without regard to geographical boundaries.

The Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Task Force is committed to recognizing deserving individuals by providing funding for them to further their professional growth in the exhibitions and events industry.

All applications, including required attachments, must be received by 31 August.

Apply for the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund

Helen Brett Scholarship Recipients

The Helen Brett™ Scholarship – Named after Helen Brett, who was a pioneer in the trade show industry. The purpose of this scholarship is to assist individuals who are exploring the study of exhibitions and events management with the end goal of advancing their career in this field. The scholarship serves to promote the exhibitions and events industry by attracting college-level students into the field of study and encouraging their pursuit with financial support.

More information on Helen Brett Scholarship

IAEE Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Scholarship

The IAEE DE&I Scholarship was established to promote and bring visibility to the exhibitions, meetings and business events industry for graduating high school students of diverse backgrounds and from under-served and economically and socially disadvantaged communities, in order to create an equal opportunity for the recipient to achieve a two-year or four-year college-level education program. Scholarships are awarded competitively based upon pursuit of a degreed major focusing on exhibition and/or event management. The scholarship includes up to $2,500 in tuition assistance.

More information on DE&I Scholarship