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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 + Events) 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. WILMI 2020 will be held in the nation's capital Washington, D.C.

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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 showcasing the nation's capital Washington, D.C.

Lisa Tanzer

Lisa Tanzer

Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good, started her journey to become president of the $100 million lifestyle brand, Life is Good, in 1990 when she joined the board of “Project Joy,” a small play therapy program. Today, that has evolved into the Life is Good Foundation, which positively impacts more than 1 million kids each year.   Prior to becoming president of Life is Good in 2016, Lisa served as the company’s head of marketing. She has held executive positions in the entertainment, ecommerce and education sectors, and earlier in her career worked in strategy and marketing at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hasbro, Staples and The Gillette Company. Lisa received her BA from Tufts University and MBA from Harvard Business School.   Her mission is to continue growing the Life is Good business to deliver a simple yet powerful message of optimism.

Nadya Okamoto

Nadya Okamoto

At 21, Nadya Okamoto already has an impressive list of accomplishments to her credit. At age 16 she founded and became executive director of Period (period.org), an organization now considered the largest youth-run NGO devoted to women’s health. Since 2014 the organization has addressed over 500,000 periods and registered over 300 campus chapters. In 2017, Nadya ran for a seat on the Cambridge, Mass., city council. While she did not win, her campaign made headlines for the way it mobilized young people on the ground and at the polls. Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement (Simon & Schuster), which made Kirkus Reviews’ list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Most recently, Nadya has become the chief brand officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in New York City. A Harvard student on a leave of absence, Nadya proudly holds a spot on InStyle Magazine’s The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World list, along with Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Martha Sheridan

Martha Sheridan

Martha Sheridan is the President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Formerly President & CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention Bureau, Sheridan has over a quarter-century of destination marketing experience.  She has served as Chairman of the Destination Marketing Association International and is on the board of the US Travel Association. Recently she was appointed to the Destinations International Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, which aims to elevate diversity within destination organizations and, more broadly, within the tourism industry.  Sheridan’s tenure at the PWCVB has had many highlights, including the creation of the Rhode Island Sports Commission (RISC) as a division of the PWCVB, the development of a robust media relations program in Providence and the creation of a comprehensive electronic guide to 15 eclectic and vibrant neighborhoods in Providence.

Laura Yates

Laura Yates

Laura Reed Yates, principal of Dovetail Event Partners, is a 30-year veteran of the incentive, meeting and corporate event industry. Prior to forming Dovetail in 2007, she held key positions at Carlson Marketing, Navigant Performance Group, Cornerstone, Incentive Strategies, DMI and S&H Motivation. Her multifaceted background includes operations, project management, program planning, purchasing/procurement, marketing, corporate communications, account management and sales. Over the years, Laura has successfully supported numerous clients in the automotive, high-tech, manufacturing, distribution, direct selling, insurance and finance industries.

Judi McLaughlin

Judi McLaughlin

Judi McLaughlin, CMP, serves as managing director for HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meeting procurement and site-selection services for corporations and associations. She provides strategic direction and support of new business development, client retention, business planning and associate recruitment efforts in the Northeast market while offering leadership and support to over 50 HelmsBriscoe associates.   Her career includes a variety of leadership roles in the meetings and incentive industry, including management positions with Maritz Travel, McGettigan Partners and Talley Management. She has held a variety of association meeting planner and hospitality sales and service positions with organizations such as the American Institute of CPAs, Sheraton and Marriott. 

Jennifer Keltner

Jennifer Keltner

Jennifer Keltner is the principle owner of Rescue.Party.Give, but she prefers her title of Executive Director of Freedom. A former manager of corporate meetings and travel for Toyota, in 2011 she began volunteer work for the International Justice Mission and has spent the ensuing years helping to bring awareness of human trafficking to the hospitality industry. Keltner has created events such as movie screenings, live art demonstrations and music to combat and fight this dire global problem. Her goal is to raise billions of dollars to help victims and end modern-day slavery by hosting (and teaching others how to host) special events with an aim to fighting human trafficking, creating tools that will help planners take quick action and helping clients purchase responsible gifts to help the cause. Her ultimate philosophy is simple: Love Thy Neighbor!


Wednesday, March 18

2:30pm – 4:30pm
4:30pm 5:45pm

6:30pm 9:00pm
Welcome Reception

Thursday, March 19

7:00am – 8:00am
8:00am – 9:00am

9:15am – 12:00pm
One-on-One Appointments
12:15pm – 2:00pm
Lunch and Education

2:15pm – 4:30pm
One-on-One Appointments
4:45pm – 6:30pm
Happy Hour



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:

  • A day and a half of networking with leading female meetings and incentive suppliers
  • Unique experiential networking activities showcasing Washington, D.C.
  • Motivating and insightful educational sessions from leading industry women experts

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


Individual Package


  • Beautifully furnished display table for pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & hotel) 


Enterprise Package


  • Beautifully furnished display table for pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • Full-page print ad
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & hotel) 



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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2019 Exhibitors

  • 360 Destination Group
  • Associated Luxury Hotels International
  • Branson CVB
  • British Virgin Islands Tourist Board
  • Casa De Campo Resort & Villas
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Discover Newport, Rhode Island
  • Discover the Palm Beaches
  • Dominican Republic Tourism Board
  • Eco Destination Management Services Aruba/Curacao
  • Goodman Speakers
  • Jumeirah Hotel Group
  • Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
  • Leading Hotels of the World / The Knickerbocker
  • Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board
  • Maui Jim Inc
  • MGM Grand
  • Mohegan Sun
  • Monaco Government Tourist Office
  • Monte Carlo SBM
  • PRA
  • Prague Convention Bureau
  • PSAV
  • Revere Hotel Boston Common
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
  • Silversea Cruises
  • SLS Baha Mar
  • The Sagamore Resort
  • Tourism Ireland
  • Vacation & Tour Consultants (St. Kitts) Ltd. DBA Kantours
  • Velas Resorts
  • Visit Baltimore
  • Visit Raleigh
  • Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge
  • Westgate Resorts

Click below to see the 2018 list

Hotel Information Coming Soon!


Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: You will receive information as the event approaches to book your accommodations.


Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

  • CBS International
  • Corporate Booking Services 
  • EHRS 
  • Exhibition Housing Services 
  • Global Housing Corporation 
  • World Wide Travel

Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group.


"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:

Andrea Hennings

Meeting Planner

[email protected]