In 2015, the Association for Women in Events [AWE] started a movement, built by and for our inaugural members and the board of directors. Since inception, our mission has received global support, spanning four continents. AWE aims to be a community and resource aggregator, an organization that is inclusive and welcoming, collaborative and all-encompassing. We created the Women in Events Hall of Fame and co-developed the Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force. AWE is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

An inclusive community that empowers, elevates and advocates for all those who identify as women in the events industry, within which they flourish at all levels and in all roles.

Membership of AWE is essential for anyone identifying as a woman to achieve professional success within the events industry.

The organization is led in 2020 by President, Marie-Claire Andrews, manager at Wairarapa Economic Development Strategy and founder, 3mile.nz



April 2015—AWE launched as the first-ever organization of its kind
July 2015—A new board of 25 leaders was tasked to develop and guide the execution of AWE’s mission



January 2016—AWE opened membership and hosted a launch event in Washington, D.C.
September 2016—AWE earned Collaboration Artist Award from BizBash
October 2016—AWE announced official partnership with IMEX



February 2017—AWE welcomed first international board member
February 2017—AWE announced Freeman as Platinum Partner
March 2017—Founding President, Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP earned Smart Woman of the Year from Smart Meetings Magazine
March 2017—AWE launched the Women in Events Hall of Fame, an awards program that recognizes women in the events industry for a lifetime



January 2018—AWE earned PCMA Visionary Award for Excellence
May 2018 - AWE brought the #MeToo movement to the events industry spotlight by co-developing the Events Industry Sexual Harassment Task Force with other leading industry organizers.

About AWE

AWE is dedicated to the professional advancement of women in all facets of the events industry.

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