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There Is No Work/Life Balance, There Is Just Life
April 14, 2017
There Is No Work/Life Balance, There Is Just Life
Marie-Claire Andrews
A friend once said to me, “Why don’t you have any hobbies, Marie-Claire? You really should do something else other than work." And, well, I felt bad. I looked around at my social circle and thought, wow, I’m a bit weird. I have no actual hobbies. And then I thought,...
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5 Minutes With… Mary Manier, Experience Grand Rapids
April 14, 2017
5 Minutes With… Mary Manier, Experience Grand Rapids
Kelsey Ogletree
"5 Minutes With..." is a new series on AWE, in partnership with Connect Meetings , designed to highlight AWE's outstanding members. Interested in being featured? Please email Jenn Waters with a brief bio and how you got involved with AWE.

Mary Manier is passionate about her role as...
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Finding Adventure, Camaraderie and Self-Confidence in Unexpected Places
November 01, 2016
Finding Adventure, Camaraderie and Self-Confidence in Unexpected Places
Jenn Waters
Fifteen years ago, I had no idea what the meetings industry was, or what it could offer. I only knew I had landed what I considered a "cool job" - being paid to travel while producing daily newspapers. (It took my dad a few years - and coming to see...
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The Importance of Designing Health and Wellness Into your Events
August 17, 2016
The Importance of Designing Health and Wellness Into your Events
Richelle Wilkins, CMP
There is no doubt that event planners have one of the most stressful jobs and every day there is a new trend that we need to learn about! One popular topic that has come up is the topic of health and wellness at events. Unfortunately, this is not a trend...
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The ABA ethics rule against sexist language applies to more than just the court
August 12, 2016
The ABA ethics rule against sexist language applies to more than just the court
Kiki Janssens Fox
“ Goodbye to ‘Honeys’ ‘ in Court, by vote of the American Bar Association ” is the title of the NYT article that popped up in my inbox this week. Being called ‘honey’ or ‘sweetie’ is one of my biggest pet peeves, so I was excited to read it. The...
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Remembering the UnSung Firsts: Claudette Colvin & the WASPs
July 07, 2016
Remembering the UnSung Firsts: Claudette Colvin & the WASPs
To be a young-ish woman in 2016, it is amazing that there are still so many “firsts” for either women of color or white women to achieve.
To be a young-ish woman in 2016, it is amazing that there are still so many “firsts” for either women of color or white women to achieve. The list includes: (a) U.S. Presidency (any woman at all), (b) CEO of many Fortune 500 companies (any woman at all, (c) Host...
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Why did you join AWE?
June 30, 2016
Why did you join AWE?
Carrie Abernathy
We are creating a movement for women in our industry: We’re changing how they are treated, how they advance in their careers, how they mentor one another and how they become equal to their male counterparts. AWE is the conglomeration of our industry professionals joining together to take a stand...
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TSE’s Fastest 50 Educational Nuggets
June 15, 2016
TSE’s Fastest 50 Educational Nuggets
Stephanie Selesnick, CEM
I’m one of those people who regularly attends exhibition industry events, because there’s always, always something new to learn and new people to meet. Even if your organization doesn’t pay for professional education, go to association chapter offerings. Usually they are more affordable, and it’s good to meet colleagues in...
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Challenges in the Male-Dominated Tradeshow Industry (as featured on Tradeshow and Exhibit Thoughtleaders Journal)
May 18, 2016
Challenges in the Male-Dominated Tradeshow Industry (as featured on Tradeshow and Exhibit Thoughtleaders Journal)
Mary Higham, CEM
AWE founder and Treasurer, Mary Higham, CEM was featured in the Tradeshow and Exhibit Thoughtleaders Journal this month. Mary discusses the challenges of being a female show organizer in a male dominated industry. Mary is the Manager of Exhibits and Sponsorship at ASIS International, the Security Association.

"I...
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How to Survive Event Planning ...
March 29, 2016
How to Survive Event Planning ...
Dr. Steve Taubman
Raise your hand if any of these apply to you. You're a professional with great skills, experience, and knowledge about how to plan an amazing event, yet you find yourself having to justify your expertise to upper management who often treat you like an administrator.

You've been given...
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Entering the next part of the journey… BLUE SKIES & SUNSHINE
March 22, 2016
Entering the next part of the journey… BLUE SKIES & SUNSHINE
Dionne Husley
2015 marked a few milestones for me …

The two that personally affected me the most included the high school graduation and subsequent move to college of our youngest son which was shortly followed by the turning of the BIG 5-0 for me. Turning 21 was exciting, 30...
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Work/Life Balance of a “Working Mom/Woman”
March 15, 2016
Work/Life Balance of a “Working Mom/Woman”
Josie Zámolyi Caldwell
How many of you knew what you “wanted to be when you grew up”? A working mom? Single career woman with no children or with children? Did you wonder how you were going to do it all?


Reality is that women in the workforce still take care...
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We are all Kaylas
March 11, 2016
We are all Kaylas
Dana Freker Doody
You're funny, Kayla. That joke you told coming around the bend by the lion's den was perfectly timed and on-tone. You've been working as a skipper on the Jungle Cruise at Disney World's Magic Kingdom just long enough to have mastered the joke timing without any mundane misery driving into...
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The Beauty of Being a Better Buyer
March 08, 2016
The Beauty of Being a Better Buyer
Ted McGregor
Foreword from Carrie Abernathy CMP, CEM, CSEP, President—AWE
When Ted pitched me this blog I thought it was an excellent opportunity for women in business to learn from our suppliers and partners. For me, it was a moment where we can look at business from our intuitive, emotionally intelligent side....
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Work/Life Balance Isn’t Real
January 19, 2016
Work/Life Balance Isn’t Real
Kelsey Dixon
Whoever put the notion in our heads that we should have perfect balance is a liar. As if we all wake up every morning in perfect harmonious glory, in a pristine house, with a beautifully laid schedule and a career that never required after-hour work or thoughts...I’m not sure what...
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A Great Mentor Is …
January 15, 2016
A Great Mentor Is …
Andrea Peterson
I have not always been a Professor. In fact, it took me 25+ years of “wandering” in my work life to arrive at the teaching career I always dreamed about achieving. However, if it wasn’t for a great Mentor who cared about me and took the time in helping me...
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I Wish You a Dianne
January 07, 2016
I Wish You a Dianne
Dana Freker Doody
There is a special lady I have worked alongside for almost 15 years. Her name is Dianne Bailey.

Dianne will be very embarrassed to read this if it makes it onto the new AWE website. But when I think about the Association for Women in Events, when I...
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