Building bridges, breaking ceilings

2nd Women in Exhibitions World Summit?

Following the resounding success of its inaugural edition in Maastricht, Women in Exhibitions is proud to announce the eagerly awaited second edition, set to take place on 18 – 19 November in Milan, Italy. The summit, dedicated to empowering and advancing women professionals in the exhibitions and events industry, promises to build upon the success of the previous edition and deliver an even greater impact.

The first edition of the Women in Exhibitions World Summit, held at the MECC in Maastricht in June 2023, garnered widespread acclaim for its insightful discussions, networking opportunities, and commitment to fostering gender diversity and inclusivity within the sector.

Attendees from around the globe praised the summit for its thought-provoking sessions, dynamic speakers, and great atmosphere: “What a great event: such a positive vibe! It gave me so much energy. I was touched by the generosity of the speakers in sharing their personal experiences. The 2nd edition is a “not-to-be-missed”!

Milan, a global hub of fashion and design, is increasingly embracing diversity and inclusivity. With its vibrant culture and diverse population, the city celebrates differences and fosters a sense of belonging for all residents and visitors.

Milan: a perfect city for our community to meet and make friends in the industry.

Programme 2024

11:00 am – 5:30 pm

1st Day Women in Exhibitions World Summit

Building on this momentum, the second edition of the Women in Exhibitions World Summit aims to further elevate the conversation surrounding gender equality and leadership in the exhibitions industry. The theme is: “Building bridges, breaking ceilings”, and will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights, share experiences, and connect with fellow professionals passionate about driving positive, sustainable change. There are also a few surprises in store!

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

Inspirational Keynote: Women of Today & Tomorrow

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Build Your Own Brand – how to become a good networker?

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Networking Refreshments

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Workshops in breakout rooms

Delegates will have the chance to choose between different themes such as: – Speaking in public/confidence building – Embracing cultural differences – Workplace harrassment & unwanted attention – Period pains & menopause – How to have difficult conversations – How to ensure psychological safety in the workplace

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wine Tasting & Networking Dinner

9:00 am – 2:30 pm

2nd Day Women in Exhibitions World Summit

Building on this momentum, the second edition of the Women in Exhibitions World Summit aims to further elevate the conversation surrounding gender equality and leadership in the exhibitions industry. The theme is: “Building bridges, breaking ceilings”, and will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, and interactive workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to gain valuable insights, share experiences, and connect with fellow professionals passionate about driving positive, sustainable change. There are also a few surprises in store!

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Welcome Refreshments

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Inspirational Session: WIE Women of the Year Awards

10:00 am – 10:30 am

The Five Dimensions of Well-being

10:30 am – 11:00 am

Networking Refreshments

11:00 am – 11:30 am

Keynote: Be Inspirational, Be You

11:30 am – 12:15 am

Panel discussion: Stronger Together: How Women & Men Move Mountains Together

12:30 am – 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

With a little olive oil surprise or two.

Who should attend the 2nd WiE World Summit?

This summit is open to all exhibition industry professionals, regardless of gender. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or just starting your career, if you’re passionate about empowering women and driving positive change in the industry, this event is for you. Be part of a movement that is reshaping the exhibition industry. Register now to secure your spot at the Women in Exhibitions Network World Summit and be inspired to build bridges and break ceilings.

Together, let’s create a more inclusive and equitable future for all in the exhibition industry.

Women in Exhibitions

The Women in Exhibitions Network was set up in 2018 to fulfill the mission of empowering women in the industry whilst helping to nurture the next generation of female leaders.

This community is the result of a joint effort of inspirational female leaders from our industry who are our founding members and ambassadors.

The Women in Exhibitions Network welcomes as members professionals representing exhibition organisers, venues and suppliers in the event industry whose business is related to the organisation and facilitation of exhibitions or trade fairs

With chapters in UK, The Netherlands, North America and DACH region, the community is a growing voice in promoting diversity and inclusion in an innovative industry.

Tip of the Day

Are you also attending the UFI Global Congress in Cologne?

There are many flights between Milan Linate airport and Frankfurt airport. From Frankfurt airport, you can take a high-speed train to Cologne city centre or Koelnmesse. https://int.bahn.de/en