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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 2021 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 Didier, GES
  • Meghan Jackson, CEM, AVIXA
  • Robin Murphy, Maritz Global Events
  • Shauna Peters, CEM, mdg
  • Melissa Peticolas, CMP, CEM, Vista Convention Services
  • Joyce Russell, Visit Indy
  • April Walsh, Freeman
  • Board Liaison: Justine McVaney, National Association of Broadcasters

Honoring our Women in Exhibitions 

The industry has so women doing great things and setting high standards of excellence in their professional roles. Join us in celebrating their accomplishments and success!

Congratulations to Rachel Wimberly, the IAEE 2021 Woman of Achievement Award Recipient

The IAEE Woman of Achievement Award was presented at this year’s 2021 Women’s Leadership Forum to Rachel Wimberly, Executive Vice President of Business Development at Tarsus Group, US.  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 Rachel on this great accomplishment!


Smart Women in Meetings

Congratulations to Cathy Breden, CMP, CAE, CEM, IAEE’s Executive Vice President and COO and Yulita Osuba, CMP, Deputy Director, Orange County Convention Center, amongst many other amazing industry women, for being named as one of the top 100, 2021 Smart Women in Meetings – Women Who Inspired an Industry to Come Back Stronger!

Check out the article – there are so many to celebrate!

IAEE Female Leaders in the News

Congratulations are in order for two of IAEE’s additional staff! Join us in recognizing and celebrating these two women!

Nicole Bowman, MBA, Vice President of Marketing for being named Executive Director of Exhibitions Mean Business.

Karen Gonzales, CMP, Director of Partnership Relations for being named to the EIC Equity Task Force.

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.

There are two review periods each year. All applications, including required attachments, must be received by:

  • Deadline: 1 July. Recipients will be notified by 14 August.
  • Deadline: 1 September. Recipients will be notified by 15 October.

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