Women in Exhibitions Network Announces Executive Director Industry Veteran Tapped

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Published on 1 November 2022

Women in Exhibitions Network (WIEN) Founder, Oana Cipca, today announced that the first Executive Director of the global women’s group has been announced. Joining the organization effective November 1st is Sonia Thomas.

Thomas has been deeply involved in the management of global associations for over twenty years, most recently as the COO of UFI. With sponsorship support from several industry organizations, including MAD Event Management LLC, Messe Düsseldorf North America, and Visit Detroit, the newly created position will allow WIEN to expand and evolve.

Cipca says: “The next chapter of Women in Exhibitions Network will be about building from our strengths and centering our voices to re-invent our impact in a changing industry. As Women in Exhibitions Network faces the challenges and opportunities ahead, we are happy to have our new Executive Director Sonia Thomas officially represent this community.  I always admired Sonia for her collaborative leadership style, commitment to women in our industry and her proven record. We are proud that she is taking this role and working with us on bringing the Women in Exhibitions Network forward.

Thomas says: “I am delighted to assume this new role as Executive Director. I have deep admiration for Oana and the other women involved, and everything they have achieved so far. I aim to build on that strong foundation, and my priorities will be to grow and enhance the network. I truly believe that the exhibition industry has a precious and sometimes untapped resource in the talented women that are part of it. Some progress has been made, but there is still work to be done. And of course, men have a role to play here too in increasing female representation and in fostering diversity and inclusion”.

Women in Exhibitions Network was officially launched in 2018 with the aim of supporting the continued professional development of women working in exhibitions and providing opportunities for them to meet and network. There are currently six international chapters operating, with new ones expected to form in 2023.

About the Sponsors

MAD Event Management LLC

Messe Düsseldorf North America

Visit Detroit

For additional details, and for media inquiries, please contact:

Martha Donato, President, MAD Event Management – martha@madeventmanagement.com

Oana Cipca, Founder, Women in Exhibitions Network – info@womeninexhibitions.com

Sonia Thomas, Executive Director, Women in Exhibitions Network – sonia.thomas@womeninexhibitions.com

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