Women in Exhibitions Network expands to the Netherlands

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Published on 21 July 2022

After the successful launch of the Women in Exhibitions Chapters in UK, North America and Germany, the community expands with the Netherlands chapter.  

The Dutch board of the chapter is formed by Natasja O’Connor (Head of Event and Exhibitor Success at Jaarbeurs), Cornelien Baijens (Head of Event Business / CCO at Easyfairs Netherlands), Marieke van Eijndhoven (Business Development Manager at Libéma), Silvia Forroova (Director Commercial Product Manager at Informa Markets) and Oana Cipca (Business Development Manager MECC Maastricht and Founder of the Women in Exhibitions Network).

Post Covid, our industry is facing a tremendous challenge when it comes to attracting skilled staff. The Netherlands Exhibitions Industry does not suffer with the challenge of attracting  women in C-level in positions but does have a challenge in attracting the right level of skilled staff that can take our industry into the next generation.

The WIE group invites women and men from the Dutch exhibition industry to join forces, share knowledge and focus on creating awareness about our industry among schools and SMEs. “We want to help our HR departments promote the industry, give guest lectures in education Institutions. We need to invest in promoting our industry as it is one of the most dynamic & exciting industries to work in” said Natasja O’Connor, President of the Netherlands chapter.

The chapter wants to facilitate networking opportunities, introduce educational programmes, and launch together with Women in Exhibition International the first WIE International Summit in 2023. “Launching an international event is something we want to do for some time now and preparations are in full swing.” Oana Cipca founder of WIE International said.

The launch of the Dutch chapter will embrace the mission of WIE International as an organisation. A mission of empowering women in our industry whilst helping to find the next generation of female leaders through mentoring, networking and sometimes, simply having fun! To celebrate the launch a Dutch BBQ is planned for September 13th. To join this check here.

About Women in Exhibitions Network

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.

Women in Exhibitions Network has been set up to fulfil 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.

More information and how to become a member please read here

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