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IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum breaks attendance records

International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) confirmed another successful Women’s Leadership Forum on April 8 at the Washington Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C.

More than 150 attendees sold out this year’s event, which featured education sessions for women at all stages of their career.

“We understood the need for this type of program when we created it in 2013,” said IAEE President & CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “Nonetheless, the feedback we are receiving from attendees is really amazing, and we are very satisfied with the direction this program has taken.”

Highlights from this year’s event include:

  • Leadership Facilitator Valorie Burton, who is a best-selling author, speaker and life coach, addressed resiliency and finding that happy balance and place in life with a morning and afternoon session.
  • Claire Shipman, who is a regular contributor to “Good Morning America” and other national broadcasts for ABC News, spoke to attendees on confidence and what that means in today’s world.
  • During lunch, the 2015 IAEE Woman of Achievement Award was presented to Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). Lunch attendees were treated to an interview facilitated by Karen Gonzales, CMP, senior vice president of membership & operations of DMAI, with Capricia Penavic Marshall, who serves as ambassador-in-residence at the Adrienne Arsht Latin American Center at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.
  • The day ended with a power panel moderated by IAEE EVP & COO Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP and panelists Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group; Casandra Matej, executive director, San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau; and Megan Tanel, CEM, vice president of Exhibitions & Events, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The panel covered several topics including how to achieve a healthy work/life balance, career advice and how to achieve all your goals.

IAEE extends a special thank you to the sponsors of this year’s IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum:

Diamond Sponsor
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Emerald Sponsor
Synchronicities – a three city partnership between Anaheim, Baltimore and San Antonio

Ruby Sponsors
American Airlines
CORT Furniture
Global Experience Specialists (GES)

Industry Alliance Partners
Convention Industry Council
International Association of Venue Managers Inc.
Trade Show Executive
TSNN – Trade Show News Network

Pearl Sponsors
MGM Resorts International

Supporting Sponsors
Audio Visual: CCR Solutions
Floral: Convention Plant Creations, Inc.
Hotel: Marriott Marquis DC
Registration: Streampoint Solutions

Stay tuned to www.iaee.com/WLF for more details for next year’s event.

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