Women in Exhibitions World Summit Readies For Second Edition in Milan

May 13, 2024

Following the success of its inaugural edition in The Netherlands last June, Women in Exhibitions (WIE) announced its second Women in Exhibitions World Summit, taking place Nov. 18-19 at I Chiostri di San Barnaba in Milan, Italy.

Big picture: Dedicated to empowering and advancing women professionals in the global exhibitions and events industry, the summit will build upon the previous edition’s success by further elevating conversations surrounding gender equality and leadership in the exhibitions industry, according to WIE officials.

Why it matters: With the theme of “Building bridges, breaking ceilings,” the event will include keynote presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to gain insights, share experiences and network with fellow professionals committed to driving positive, sustainable change, according to WIE officials.

Oana Cipca, senior business development manager international exhibitions, MECC Maastricht, who is WIE founder

What they're saying: “We are thrilled to announce the upcoming second edition of the Women in Exhibitions World Summit,” said Oana Cipca, senior business development manager international exhibitions, MECC Maastricht, who is WIE founder. “Following the overwhelming success of our inaugural event, we remain committed to empowering women professionals and championing diversity within our industry. We look forward to welcoming participants from across the globe as we continue our collective journey towards a more inclusive and equitable future.”

What's next: Fondazione Fiera Milano and Fiera Milano are providing support for this summit, which will mark the creation of the Italian Chapter of Women in Exhibitions.

Backstory: Launched in 2018 to support the continued professional development of women working in exhibitions and provide opportunities for them to meet and network, Women in Exhibitions currently has six international chapters operating and new chapters are being launched progressively. Informa Connect’s VP of Group Content for Meetings, Sports and Travel Danica Tormohlen serves on the executive committee of the North American Chapter of WIE.

Looking ahead: The two-day program will offer a variety of sessions, ranging from Build your own brand: How to become a good network to Stronger Together: How Women & Men Move Mountains Together. Speakers include Informa Markets, Creative Content Copywriter Pharma Joseph Kearney and Informa Global Brand & Event Specialist and Leader Silvia Forroova. Further speakers and sessions will be announced soon. View the agenda and register for the event here.

The Women in Exhibitions World Summit, will take place Nov. 18-19 at I Chiostri di San Barnaba (pictured) in Milan, Italy.

Main image: Milan at night

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