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Women in Leadership Meetings + Incentives

A Conference for Women, by Women


Hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, WILMI (Women In Leadership Meetings + Incentives) is an exclusive conference for executive-level women in the industry – by women, for women. At WILMI, leading female meetings and incentives buyers and suppliers will join together to network, engage in dialogue on present and future challenges and opportunities, and plan and do business together. 

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  • Nearly 65% of the workforce in hospitality overall in the United States are women
  • Over 77% of meeting planners are women
  • Over 72% of travel agents are women
  • Women make over 70% of all travel-buying decisions



Learn from, and be inspired by the leading women in the meetings and events industry.



Connect during the one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.



Network during the unique experiential planned activities

Beth Surmont

Beth Surmont

As an event planner for more than 19 years, it is Beth’s job to be a project manager, experience designer, content curator, storyteller, motivator, leader, behind-the-scenes cheerleader, logistics director, contract negotiator, researcher, trend analyzer, innovator, visionary, partner, builder, thinker, problem-solver, entrepreneur, and customer service specialist, sometimes all within the space of a single day. She has been a Certified Meeting Planner since 2008, a Certified Association Executive since 2016, and served as chair of the ASAE Meeting & Exposition Council from 2016 to 2018. In 2019 Beth writes a blog full of event planning tips called Otter Talk. And she currently lives in New Jersey with her wife, stepchildren, and two dogs.

Elise Keith

Elise Keith

J. Elise Keith is the founder and CEO of Lucid Meetings, the author of Where the Action Is: The Meetings That Make or Break Your Organization, and regular contributor for Inc. and other publications. Lucid Meetings conducts original research into effective meeting practice and provides meeting culture diagnostics, meeting education, software and resources that help thousands of organizations worldwide implement a system of successful meetings.

Deirdre Van Nest

Deirdre Van Nest

Deirdre Van Nest is the go-to expert on the topic of speaking to groups. She is the creator of the "Crazy Good Talks Blueprint," a system that teaches financial advisors, leaders and sales pros how to bring in business faster and impact more lives through the power of speaking. Deirdre is an international speaker and trainer, the host of Crazy Good Talks TV, a certified speaking coach, a contributing author of the Amazon bestseller World Class Speaking in Action and author of Fire Your Fear.




Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • Virtual networking with leading female meetings and incentive suppliers
  • Motivating and insightful educational sessions from leading industry women experts

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To learn more, please contact Cindy Binder at [email protected].


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Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Angie Kimmel at [email protected].

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2020 Exhibitors

  • Aruba Convention Bureau
  • AM Resorts
  • British Virgin Islands Tourist Board
  • Caribe Hilton
  • Casa de Campo
  • Cashel Travel
  • Chattanooga Tourism Co.
  • Colombia
  • Convene
  • Destination Concepts Inc
  • Discover Newport, Rhode Island
  • Dominican Republic
  • Goodman Speakers, Inc.
  • Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun
  • Kantours/St. Kitts
  • MC&A
  • Melia
  • Mexico Planners
  • PRA Washington, D.C.
  • Resorts World NYC & Catskills
  • Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
  • Shepard Exposition Services
  • Silversea Cruises
  • Visit St. Petersburg Clearwater
  • Visit Raleigh
  • Willard InterContinental
  • Windstar Cruises

Click below to see the 2019 list



"Thank you for all of your hard work that went into making the Women in Leadership weekend a huge success! I had a wonderful time and feel it was well worth the investment."

- Amanda Lewin, Bellagio Las Vegas

"It was a privilege to spend a forty-eight hour journey with you. It was a pure joy to reconnect with past life friends and connect with new during our time together. "

- Dorothea Calabrese, Maritz Travel

"Thank you for a brilliant program! Your careful attention to all the details, your welcoming attitude and the amazing speakers and the ability to network with women exceeded my expectations. The speakers were inspiring; I think we all left with a desire to get off our own X and create groups and workplace environments that encourage inclusivity through inspiire creativity!"

- Lisa Fredette, RTTI




Buyers Contact:

Cindy Binder

Director of Buyer Development

[email protected]

Suppliers Contact:

Angie Kimmel

Senior Director of Global Event Sales 636-273-5816

[email protected]

Event Logistics Contact:

Heather Griffin

Event Director

[email protected]