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AWE Meet & Greets and Co-Hosted Events

Twitter Chat

Our Twitter Chats will take place every Thursday* at 2-2:30pm EST. Simply use the hashtag "AWEchat" to participate. We invite all event professionals, members and non-members, to join the conversation!

*There will not be a Twitter Chat on the LAST Thursday of the month because that is when we have our Webinar. 


AWE is scheduling more Meet & Greets in the coming months. Stay tuned for more details.

If you'd like to host a Meet & Greet in your city, please email us at

Non-members who join at one of these events will be given a special discount code for $15 off registration.

AWE Member Webinar Series

As a member benefit, AWE members have access to our monthly webinar series featuring influential women discussing and interacting with attendees on topics such as financial planning, negotiation, skill development, starting a business and more. If there's a topic you'd like to see featured, please email us!

Save the date for the following upcoming member webinars:

February 22, 2018 at 2:00pm EST Webinar featuring Dr. Donna Elam, President/CEO of ELI, Elam Leadership Institute: "Courageous Conversations: Building Culturally Competent Leadership"

Join AWE for a candid conversation with Dr. Donna Elam about making meaningful gains in diversity and inclusion within the workplace. Dr. Elam is President/CEO of ELI, Elam Leadership Institute, a national network of leadership development experts for educational institutions working with diverse populations to address achievement and connectedness of all stakeholders. Dr. Elam will provide a proven framework for launching discussions around workplace equity and diversity, because true progress goes far beyond adding a policy to an organization’s employee handbook. The discussion will offer a practical roadmap for organizational leaders to increase their cultural competency and affect real, meaningful change from within.

Here are a few key items you’ll learn from this webinar:

  • ELI’s framework for affecting change on the issues of diversity and inclusion
  • Definitions of key terms across diversity discussions
  • The ELI-5 set of principles to guide leaders from policy to practice
  • Qualities and actions that make a leader culturally competent
  • Steps leaders can take to increase their own comfort and skillset in this area
  • The impact these issues have on the events industry, specifically
  • How AWE and other types of empowerment organizations can be part of the solution

Dr. Donna Elam is a nationally recognized authority in diversity and cultural competence research and training for educational, business, governmental and community agencies. In addition to being President/CEO of ELI, Elam Leadership Institute, she has received the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director’s Award for her work as a member of the Attorney General’s Hate Crime’s Working Committee; has been recognized by the United States Department of Education for her work in Youth Development and Student Achievement; and is a recipient of the Florida Education Fund/Florida College Access Network’s Lifelong Service Award. Dr. Elam sits on the executive boards of Magnet Schools of America, the U.S. Attorney’s Office Civil Rights Work Group, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Non-violence.

While we will primarily focus on how leaders can affect change and make their workplaces more diverse, equitable and inclusive, the conversation will be equally valuable to junior-level individuals looking to take the lead on these issues within their own organizations. Creating a more diverse and inclusive environment inside the events industry is a core tenant of AWE’s mission and a focus for our 2018 education and events series. Dr. Elam’s webinar will serve as a catalyst for enriching these discussions across the events industry!

March 29, 2018 at 2:00pm EST Webinar featuring Cheryl Hunter, best-selling author and speaker worldwide, on Resiliency

April 26, 2018 at 2:00pm EST Webinar featuring Kay Bransford, Creator of MemoryBanc, on Balancing Work, Life and Caregiving for a Sick or Declining Parent

May 31, 2018 at 2:00pm EST Webinar featuring Tracy Murray, hospitality sales veteran, on Sexual Harassment and Abuse in the Events Industry

June 26, 2017 at 2:00pm EST Webinar featuring Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Co-Founder and Past-President of AWE and Vice President, Thought Leadership & Strategy of the Convenience Distribution Association – Topic TBD


The AWE August 2016 Webinar, CEO Cheat Sheet, Assembling Your Kitchen Cabinet with Vicki Johnson of Vicki Johnson & Associates is available for members and non-members to view. You can access the webinar here and see the high caliber of education we present each month. 

Members have access to recorded webinars in the "Member Resources" section of the Member Zone.



AWE Past Events

AWE Meet & Greets

Past Meet & Greets have been held in Las Vegas, Denver, San Diego, Orlando, Alexandria, Washington, D.C., Miami and more. Meet & Greets are open to women and men, members and non-members

AWE Member Webinar(s)

Recordings of these webinars are available under the Member Resources tab in the Member Zone. Here's a lineup of some of our past webinar speakers:

  • Kiki J. Fox, Co-Founder & President of AWE
  • Carina Bauer, CEO of IMEX Group
  • Lara McCulloch, Chief Shift Disturber at
  • Karin Krogh, Speaker Coach, Facilitator and Meeting Expert of Karin Krogh
  • Mayor Teresa Jacobs
  • Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP, Co-Founder & President of AWE
  • Kelsey Dixon, Managing Partner of davies + dixon
  • Carolyn Nunez, CFP, MBA, Founder & Principal of Ithaka Financial Planning, LLC
  • Kelli Bielema, Boss Lady, Shindig Events
  • Rachael Monroe Melot, President of CKH & Company
  • Sarah Soliman, President & CEO of Soliman Productions, Inc.
  • Chris Chan, Founder and CEO of 3C Strategies
  • Joe Colangelo & Marissa Maybee of Bear Analytics
  • Ida Kroell, Founder of EventLand
  • Vicki Johnson, Founder of Vicki Johnson & Associates
  • Faith Holmes, Founder of Love 'n Faith Cafe
  • Shellie Neuman and Kimberly Willis of Think Neu Events
  • Tamela Blalock, MTA, CMP, Past President of AWE 

AWE opened our August 2016 webinar to non-members as a member benefit preview. The full webinar can be viewed and shared here:

April 6, 2017: Global Meetings Industry Day & AWE New Zealand Launch with ShowGizmo in Wellington, New Zealand

March 31, 2017: Women's Hospitality Leadership Forum with UCF Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, Florida

March 13-15, 2017: EXHIBITORLIVE in Las Vegas, Nevada

November 15, 2016: AWE at BizBash Live Expo New York City

October 18-20, 2016: AWE at IMEX America Las Vegas

June 24-26, 2016: Smart Woman Summit Hosted by Smart Meetings

March 16, 2016: EventIcons Webinar

January 20, 2016: AWE Membership Launch Party in DC