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IAEE Delivers Young Professional Experience at Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2020

Dec 20, 2020

The International Association of Exhibitions and Events® (IAEE) presented a full program comprised of content specifically designed for young professionals at its virtual Expo! Expo! IAEE’s Annual Meeting & Exhibition, which was held 8-10 December 2020. The Young Professionals (YP) Track, brought to you by GES, focused specifically on content to help develop leadership, management and business acumen skills relevant to critical thinking, sales and negotiation, resume and interview skills building, job advancement, and building connections and communities.

“IAEE’s YP community has proven itself to be intensely motivated to learn and succeed, so it was important to us to provide them with an Expo! Expo! experience that will serve them throughout the coming year,” said IAEE President & CEO David DuBois, CMP, CAE, FASAE, CTA. “Our YP Committee was instrumental in providing content to create a strong YP-focused program for Expo! Expo!.”

Sessions from the YP Experience included the following:

  • YP Leadership: Redefining Charisma for the 21st Century
  • Pitch Perfect: Getting Past The NO!
  • Effective Digital Networking for Young Professionals
  • Elevating Your “B” Players to “A” Players
  • Be Your Own Superhero
  • First Impressions
  • 6 Steps to Create a Virtual Prospectus
  • Managing Direct Reports as a Young Professional
  • Momentum Communications: Boosting Your Confidence to Have Difficult Conversations
  • Expo Financials 101 for Young Professionals
  • Developing Your Personal Brand: A Journey to Expand Your Circle of Influence
  • BUZZ Sessions, facilitated by industry YP leaders, to serve as an open forum for YP attendees

In addition to the YP Track at Expo! Expo!, IAEE Chairperson Robert (Bob) McLean, CPA, CAE, CEM, Executive Vice President of the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) took the opportunity to recognize and thank YP IAEE members for their dedication throughout the year.

“The YP community is exceptionally strong and engaged in every aspect of IAEE,” noted McLean. “They work hard throughout the year to maintain the utmost involvement on national and local levels, and we are incredibly proud of our YP representation.”

The Young Professional of the Year Award was also announced at Expo! Expo!. This award recognizes excellent professional performance by IAEE members 35 years of age or younger who have committed their time to advancing the standing of young professionals in our industry. This year’s award recipient is Molly Hamill, CMP, CEM, Manager, Exhibition Sales, International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions (IAAPA).

All Expo! Expo! full meeting attendees can now access on-demand content from Expo! Expo!. For those who were unable to attend, IAEE is making full meeting registrations available through 31 January 2021, with access to all on-demand content immediately available upon purchase and login to the Swapcard event platform. Organizers may purchase full meeting registrations at


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