The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) is pleased to announce the creation of an association alliance between IAVM and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE). The International Association of Venue Managers is one of the world’s largest professional associations dedicated to supporting over 4000 venue professionals from arenas, stadiums, convention centers, 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 (organizations) and over 8,000 member representatives (individuals). Over 50 percent of IAEE's members are directly involved in the planning, management, and production of exhibitions and buyer-seller events.
Cathy Breden, CAE, CMP, Chief Operating Officer at the International Association of Exhibitions and Events commented on the partnership, “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 organizations 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!”
As part of the alliance, the two organizations will cross-market educational programs and networking events and other products developed for their memberships. The alliance will allow for cross-participation at live programs and access to digital resources from both associations. Additionally, both organizations 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.
Additionally, the two associations 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 at the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC, and IAVM members will be able to register at the IAEE member rate for the event. The program 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.”™ Hattie’s client list includes many Fortune 500 companies in the U.S., and she has facilitated training in more than 40 countries.
Hattie Hill will facilitate a panel of chief-executive females who will provide their insights on how they reached the top, how they balance their work life and personal life, and how they overcame the challenges of reaching the top. Panel members 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 program.
As part of IAVM’s efforts to recognize women in leadership roles, IAVM will present an educational session at their annual VenueConnect conference, July 27-30, 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 spoke on behalf of her organization, “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 organization’s memberships.”