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Collaborative alliance for IAVM and IAEE

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The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) have created an association alliance.

When our staffs met to discuss an alliance, several areas were identified where it makes sense for us to partner with one another. IAEE has a philosophy that when two industry organisations can collaborate and it benefits each other’s members, every effort should be made to move forward with the collaboration. We are pleased that this has worked out,

said Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP, Chief Operating Officer at the IAEE.

The two organisations will cross-market educational programmes and networking events and other products developed for their memberships. The alliance will allow for cross-participation at live programmes and access to digital resources from both. Both will endorse the certifications offered to their memberships: IAVM offers a Certified Facilities Executive designation (CFE) and IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation.

The two will partner to co-support women in leadership roles in the exhibition, event and venue industries. This May, IAVM will promote IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum (–education/womens-leadership-forum/) at the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC, and IAVM members will be able to register at the IAEE member rate for the event. The programme will feature Hattie Hill as the leadership facilitator. Hattie will lead conversations throughout the day with her philosophy of “Smart People, Smart Choices, Smart Processes.”

Panel members will include Mary Dolaher, CEO of IDG World Expo and Christine Duffy, President & CEO, Cruise Lines International Association. Betsy Myers, a senior official in the Clinton Administration will be the featured speaker for the programme.

As part of IAVM’s efforts to recognise women in leadership roles, IAVM will present an educational session at their annual VenueConnect conference (, 27-30 July 2013, focused on the development of female leaders. IAVM will also host the Women of Influence reception presented by Venues Today magazine, recognizing top women executives in the venue industry during the conference in New Orleans, La.

IAVM President and CEO, Vicki Hawarden said:

We are very excited to be able to join forces with IAEE’s team and interact with their membership of highly capable and passionate event and exhibition professionals. Many of IAVM’s goals and our basic mission overlap with IAEE’s. The opportunity to encourage their members to participate in our educational and networking events will truly expand the quality of networking and substantially increase the depth and breadth of expertise found within both organisation’s memberships.

Vicki Hawarden

Vicki Hawarden

The IAVM supports over 4,000 venue professionals from arenas, stadiums, convention centres, performing arts halls and university complexes, as well as Allied members that support venues with services and products. IAEE is composed of approximately 1,300 members (organisations) and over 8,000 member representatives (individuals).