We just wrapped up another highly successful and sold out IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum on Tuesday, 26 April. “This year’s attendance reflects the overwhelming interest in programming addressing topics specific to female professionals,” said 2016 IAEE Chairperson Julie Smith, CEM, CTA. “We have received very positive feedback about the forum and look forward to creating another outstanding program for next year.” Women at all stages of their career were in attendance to be a part of educational sessions specifically catered to women in the exhibitions and events industry! This year our speakers focused on the five Vs of leadership: Veneer, Value, Views, Vantage and Voice.

During the opening segment we took a moment to recognize Jacqueline Russo, Vice President of Kuehne + Nagel, Inc., as the 2016 Woman of Achievement Award recipient.


Our leadership facilitator for 2016 was Sue Hershkowitz-Coore, CSP. Sue is an internationally recognized communications researcher and sales trainer and she addressed how to create a professional VENEER that exudes confidence, authentic leadership and communication..


Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, Inc. and creator of the Women’s Leadership Coaching® system, discussed tools to help show one’s importance, worth and VALUE.

Christine Hassler, former Hollywood agent and achievement addict turned best-selling author, speaker, retreat facilitator and consultant, spoke to attendees about understanding particular ways of considering or regarding attitudes and VIEWS.

The program ended with an insightful interview by 2016 IAEE Chairperson Julie Smith, CEM, CTA with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who shared stories that motivated and inspired the group to find their advocate VOICE in all they do.

Some of our favorite tweets from the day:

This year the IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum Task Force selected Dress for Success as their designated charity of choice and the focus of the forum’s social giving. Thank you to everyone who participated!

And a big shout-out and thank you to our amazing sponsors. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Want more? You can also watch IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum Must See Moments.

See you next year!

Want to learn more about IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum? Visit www.iaee.com/wlf.

Posted by Elizabeth McQuade

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