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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 2020 Women’s Leadership Committee

    • Chairperson: Julie Cerza, CEM, Nations Best Sports
    • Immediate Past-Chairperson: Ann Olson, CEM, GES
    • Noreen Burke, CEM, Corcoran Expositions Inc.
    • Stephanie DeMarco, GES
    • Meghan Jackson, CEM, AVIXA
    • Stacey Knoppel, CTA, Walter E. Washington Convention Center
    • Robin Murphy, Experient, a Maritz Global Events Company
    • Shauna Peters, CEM, mdg
    • Melissa Peticolas, Vista Convention Services
    • Joyce Russell, Visit Indy
    • Pennie Stathes, CEM, Exposition Development Company, Inc.
    • April Walsh, Freeman
    • Board Liaison: Justine McVaney, National Association of Broadcasters

IAEE COVID-19 Resources

IAEE’s exhibition organizer members are experiencing disruptions to attendance/exhibitors from the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As there is a lot of information available – some reliable and some not – we have compiled a list of resources to use when navigating this new threat to the global exhibitions’ community.

As the leading trade association for the global exhibitions and events industry, it is important for IAEE to gauge the worldwide impact of this outbreak. Visit the COVID-19 resources page.

IAEETV Conversations About COVID-19

Please check out the Exhibitions Channel for content produced in partnership with IAEE and the team from CNTV in the format of short information videos packed with great content.  These short videos touch on topics presented by organizers, suppliers and mental health experts.


Protecting the events industry means protecting a key contributor to the economy and the human spirit. Join us as we #GoLIVEtogether! Click here for more information.

IAEE Call for Content: COVID-19

Have considerations and ideas related to COVID-19 in the areas of health/safety, communications or legal? Submit your solution to be shared with the IAEE Community. Click here more information and to submit.

GBAC Initiative

Great work continues on the IAEE Health and Safety Task Force with the goal of releasing information to the IAEE community on Exhibitions Day. This task force was formed to support the GBAC/ISSA/IAVM COVID-19 Working Group whose purpose is to assist facilities, institutions, companies and governments in preparing for, responding to and recovering from pandemics with draft considerations for holding exhibitions, and making the information available to the exhibitions and events and hotel industries as soon as practically possible. Stay tuned!

65 Free Tools to Help You Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Congratulations to IAEE’s EVP/COO Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM

Congratulations to IAEE’s EVP/COO Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM on being featured on the cover of May’s edition of Trade Show Executive! Read how Cathy is navigating both IAEE and CEIR through COVID-19, and her role in encouraging women in exhibitions to pursue leadership roles here.




IAEE Woman of Achievement Award 

Who will be this year’s Woman of Achievement?

The 2020 IAEE Woman of Achievement Award will be presented later this year during the Women’s Leadership Forum upon rescheduling of this event. Nominations closed on 28 February, 2020. We can’t wait to see who the winner is!

If you are interested in other awards and recognition through IAEE, check out the other award categories – the deadline for those is 31 August so you still have time to recognize others for their outstanding contributions to our industry. We look forward to receiving your nominations!


Each year, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) recognizes and awards professionals in the exhibitions and events industry for their contributions.  All awards programs are designed to recognize professionals who have made outstanding contributions, forged new ground, made a difference and deserves the spotlight.

Congratulations to Julie Pazina, CEM – IAEE Woman of Achievement Award Recipient!

The IAEE Woman of Achievement Award was presented at this year’s 2019 Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. to Julie Pazina, CEM, National Director of Sales at Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services. IAEE’s Woman of Achievement Award recognizes one woman each year who has exhibited outstanding leadership and has made significant contributions to the industry and her community. IAEE congratulates Julie on this great accomplishment!

Past recipients of the IAEE Woman of Achievement Award:

2018 Woman of Achievement
Jennifer Hoff, CEM

2017 Woman of Achievement
Megan Tanel, CEM


2016 Woman of Achievement
Jackie Russo


2015 Woman of Achievement
Karen Chupka


Congratulations to the 2019 Helen Brett Scholarship Recipients

Stephanie Bias

Stephanie Bias is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Event Management at Iowa State University. Stephanie chose to pursue a career in events because she observed various opportunities for personal and professional growth in this diverse, competitive industry. Stephanie is specifically interested in the design of exhibitions, weddings and food festivals.

Danielle Elliott

Danielle attends Iowa State University pursuing a degree in Event Management with minors in Business and Journalism.

Rita Ellis

Rita Ellis is an Event Management major at Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She has a passion for creating, producing, and managing events and is greatly looking forward to working in the exhibitions and events industry. Her dream is to become an event planner, or planner/manager of conventions, exhibitions and tradeshows.

Lily Sweet King

Lily Sweet King attends the University of Mississippi in Oxford majoring in Hospitality Management and Integrated Marketing Communications, with minors in Business Administration and Digital Design.

Madelyn McGeary

Madelyn (Maddie) McGeary is a senior at the Hart School of Hospitality Management at James Madison University (JMU).

Kimberly Schmerbach

Kimberly attends Iowa State University studying Event Management with a minor in business.

Kateryna Serhiyenko

Kateryna is obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Event Management at the University of Central Florida Rosen College of Hospitality Management.



Congratulations to the 2019 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grant Recipients

bdef-logo_orange-bulb_vertThe mission of the Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund (BDEF) is to support exhibition and event industry education and professional development by providing a challenging and engaging educational experience. The fund is designed for young professionals, professionals new to the exhibitions and events industry, those that are intellectually curious about trends and opportunities, and those that are interested in learning about the global marketplace.


Racquel Codling, CMP
Director of Meetings & Sales
American Moving & Storage Association

“As a 2019 scholarship award recipient of the IAEE Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund, I will be able to quickly acquire my CEM in an effort to obtain the necessary knowledge, foundation and the highest professional standard in exhibitions management. The CEM designation is critically important for my professional development and growth in the exhibitions and events management industry.”

Elizabeth George
Manager, Customer & Audience Solutions
Informa Markets

“I am honored to have been chosen as a recipient of the 2019 Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund. I am grateful for the opportunity to attend the Krakoff Leadership Institute (KLI) in August to focus on my personal and professional development, develop leadership skills and to continue to discover more about our extensive industry. I’d like to thank IAEE and for all those who support the fund in providing this opportunity for me as a young professional member of IAEE.”

Brittany Peck
Training Events Specialist
Shared Hope International

“I’m honored to have received the IAEE Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund Grant to continue my professional education in event management through the Certified in Exhibition Management® (CEM) designation program. I am actively applying what I’ve learned in the CEM courses to my non-profit work every day. With this education, I am strengthening our programming to better support our organization’s cause.”