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