IMEX supported International Women’s Day on 8 March by celebrating the role women play across the international meetings and events industry and throughout the forthcoming show, IMEX in Frankfurt, taking place 16 – 18 May.
Women play a fundamental role in the industry and as participants at IMEX shows; they account for nearly half of all attendees at IMEX in Frankfurt. Many inspiring female speakers are part of the education programme in Frankfurt this year, which includes latest research into the changing roles of women in the global events industry. Senior female planners from Wells Fargo, Mac Cosmetics, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Lego Group and Estée Lauder are among the experts speaking at Exclusively Corporate at IMEX, the dedicated event for in-house event and travel planners.
In addition, Tremaine du Preez, certified executive coach and lecturer in critical thinking and emotional intelligence is the confirmed speaker at PCMA Business School, which takes place on IMEX’s EduMonday, 15 May, at the Congress Centre, Messe Frankfurt. du Preez works with women leaders across the globe and finds them an inspiration as she explains: "Women who manage family and household commitments and can still give 100 per cent of themselves at work are a true inspiration to me. They are the unsung heroes. I regularly come across many women from every walk of live juggling busy personal and professional lives and they’re able to take everything in their stride."
Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, sums up: "There are extraordinary women in all sectors of the meetings industry – and around the globe. It’s right for us to celebrate their achievements and acknowledge their skills and contributions. As a business where three quarters of our staff - and 70 per cent of our directors - are female, IMEX is well placed to say we understand what it’s like, and we know what you’re up against. We’re here to help and inspire you and to support your business ambitions, whether you’re a rising star or a highly experienced female leader. International Women’s Day is the perfect chance to say, ‘We’re on your side’."