New Association for Women in Events Launches

May 4, 2015

A new association for women who are in the events industry, aptly called the Association of Women in Events, recently launched to connect and empower women in the meetings and events industry.

Founded by Carrie Abernathy, Tamela Blalock, Mas Tadesse Harris, Mary Higham and Kiki Janssens, AWE is a national association based in Washington, D.C., and officially launched March 30.  

“This organization fills a need," said Carrie Abernathy, AWE Co-Founder. “There are a lot of resources out there, but it's difficult to find anything specifically geared towards women. AWE empowers a thirsty community; a community that should feel like home.”

The association serves as a collaborative community for women to share innovative ideas, build powerful professional relationships and advance careers. The organization is for seasoned industry leaders, as well as tomorrow's leaders, according to the association founders.

AWE looks to integrate, support and engage with existing industry organizations and build long-term collaborative relationships.

Both men and women can join the social network forum. AWE wants men to be a part of these conversations to support women in the workplace and beyond.

“Whether you are male, female, supplier, vendor, organizer, young professional, or seasoned veteran, we need you!,” said Mary Higham, AWE co-founder.

She added, “The Association of Women in Events mission and purpose is to serve the entire events industry and we need your valuable input in order to make this a success.”

In July 2015, AWE plans to launch the inaugural Board of Directors, who will direct membership, scholarships, events and education decisions for the association. Applications for Board of Directors are immediately being accepted at http://www.womeninevents.org/.

“What a wonderful opportunity to be the change we want to see in the world, than to stand on the sidelines and just wish for it," said  Tamela Blalock, AWE co-founder.

For membership information and resources, go to www.womeninevents.org/membership.html

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