Lauren BauerIn 2009 the Young Professionals Committee made great strides. We took the forward momentum from the previous year and  kept the ball rolling. We turned our goals into accomplishments. One check off our “to do” list was to more clearly define what it is be a “YP”. We wanted to know what the industry is looking for in the younger, up-and coming-generations. So, we used surveys, blogged, and social network-ed our way into building our group. Now here we are in year 3 and we’re ready to take on new challenges.

To all of you who have read our blog, participated in YP activities, asked questions and provided feedback….thank you. And to those of you are just getting involved, we welcome you and your creative energy.

2010 has started us off with a burst of activities. For our first initiative we reviewed the IAEE charge for the YP Committee. We understand our goal is to reach out to those at the start of their career paths. In the New Year we will focus on developing valuable programs as well as social and professional support networks for the YP segment of IAEE members. We will also be a voice for this group, while acting as a resource for others looking for the YP perspective.

We look forward to more networking opportunities and have plans for great YP involvement opportunities at Expo! Expo! 2010.  This year we will form sub-committees to help us keep up with the goals we’ve set and get more individuals involved.

The Young Professionals Committee and IAEE welcome your questions and feedback. We seek to engage as many new young professionals as possible and focus on building our industry from an early age with outreach to student high school and collegiate groups. If you have information you would like to share, join us here and blog your thoughts. Help us contribute to the exhibition and events industry as we continue the momentum for future years.

I look forward to hearing from you and wish everyone a successful 2010. 

Lauren E. Bauer  -  2010 IAEE Young Professionals Committee Chair
National Sales Manager
Shepard Exposition Services


norajohnson  In 2009, we move into the second year of the IAEE Young Professionals Committee and the Young Professionals Web-Lounge. 

To all of you who participated, or tapped into the thoughts and discussions shared this past year, thank you.  We hope you continue to find this web-lounge to be a great resource and forum for your own thoughts and ideas.

Undoubtedly, 2009 brings with it challenges and opportunities we’ve not been exposed to in the past.   As professionals across the world are moved to the beginning of the career/job curve, young professionals are finding themselves shoulder to shoulder with seasoned professionals in terms of focus and developmental and opportunity needs. 

This year, our committee will continue to work toward identifying young professionals in the industry and toward recommending educational, networking and other programs that will contribute to professional development.

As mentioned earlier, 2009 will bring new opportunities.  This is the time to shine.  It is the time to find opportunities to learn and grow as a professional, to show your capability and value on both small and large projects, and to think strategically in everything you do so that you work efficiently and effectively.  Now is the time that while we acknowledge the value and gift of the individual, we must focus on the stability and strength of the organization – and of the industry as a whole. 

We wish you well in the year to come and we invite you to share your observations, experiences and thoughts in this web-lounge.

 All the best,

Nora Johnson

Chair, Young Professionals Committee
International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE)


headshot071.jpgAs the Chair of the newly formed 2008 Young Professionals Committee I want to welcome you to the Young Professionals Web-Lounge -

The needs of young professionals are much different than are those of experienced veterans. In many associations the bias favors those who have achieved a level of career path development often at the expense of young professionals.

The objectives of IAEE’s Young Professionals Committee are to provide focus on the needs of those who are at the beginning of their career paths. And, to develop programs and benefits that are especially valuable to those in career ascendancy and to provide a social and professional support network for this important segment of IAEE members.

We entreat you to participate as much as possible, you can make a substantial difference to our industry as a Young Professional. Please contact me with any ideas you may have or if you need assistance in your Career endeavors.

Have a great day!

Jeanavive Marie Janssen (Gen X/Y Cusper)

YP IAEE Chai, Vice Chair IAEE NCC

Event Productions Inc (GSC)
Director of Sales
phone: 415-254-0732

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