Five individuals in the meetings industry are being recognized for their commitment to "blazing the trail for women, diversity and inclusion." On July 30, the Association for Women in Events announced its 2019 inductees to the Women in Events Hall of Fame, a platform aimed at recognizing individual contributions to the advancement of women in the travel industry.
The awards are given in five categories: The Trailblazer award recognizes an influential hero assisting the mobility of women in events. The Coach award recognizes an individual sharing knowledge with and seeking opportunities to mentor and sponsor women. The Woman of Influence award recognizes a female deemed an example to her peers. The Emerging Leader title recognizes a successful individual who embodies the values, skills and behaviors others might emulate to succeed. The Organizational Leadership award recognizes an individual/organization offering support for women via specific and measurable program(s).
The 2019 AWE inductees include:
- Trailblazer: Brad Weaber, principal, Brad Weaber Consulting Group
- Coach: Sharon Bonner, founder, CEO, Bright Ideas Events Ltd.
- Woman of Influence: Marin Bright, founder, CEO, Smart Meetings
- Emerging Leader: Stacey Thorp, executive director, conferences and events, Freeman
- Organizational Leadership: KiKi L'Italien, CEO of amplified growth, chief growth officer, host, Association Chat
Each inductee will enjoy lifetime AWE membership and serve as a presenter and advisor at future AWE events. Each recognized individual also will be provided flights and accommodations to attend IMEX America 2019 in Las Vegas this September.
Founded in 2015, AWE dedicates itself to the professional advancement of women in all facets of the events industry. Each year, it recognizes and inducts into its hall of fame both members and non-members, male and female, who embody its overall mission across the MICE, hospitality and tourism industries.