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IAEE names keynote speaker for 2015 women’s forum

International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) named the best-selling author, speaker and life coach who will facilitate the IAEE Women’s Leadership Forum on April 8, 2015, in Washington, D.C.

Valorie Burton, the event’s keynote speaker, is dedicated to helping people get unstuck and be unstoppable in every area of life. She is the founder of The Coaching and Positive Psychology (CaPP) Institute and has served as a certified personal and executive coach to hundreds of clients in more than 40 states and 10 countries.

For more than a decade, Burton’s books, speaking engagements and coaching resources have helped people:

  • Make major life changes that are exciting and scary at the same time.
  • Be happier and have more fun, even when life seems routine.
  • Become strong leaders, navigate office politics and achieve professional dreams.
  • Navigate setbacks and disappointments in a way that makes life better, not bitter.
  • Speak up with confidence rather than settling for less.
  • Go to sleep at night feeling at peace about decisions.
  • Conquer emotions that cause procrastination, emotional spending and self-sabotage.

The 2015 Speaker Line-up also includes:

Claire Shipman is a regular contributor to “Good Morning America” and other national broadcasts for ABC News. Over the years, she has conducted in-depth interviews with many presidents, celebrities and leaders. She began her career as an intern at CNN. She is the co-author, with Katty Kay, of two New York Times bestsellers, The Confidence Code: The Art and Science of Self-Assurance – and What Women Need to Know and Womenomics: Work Less, Achieve More, Live Better.

Capricia Marshall is the former chief of protocol of the U.S. from 2009-2013. Marshall is a lawyer and first worked on the East Wing staff for Hillary Clinton as special assistant to the First Lady. At the age of 32, she was appointed deputy assistant to the president and White House Social Secretary. Elle Magazine honored Marshall this past March during its annual “Women in Washington Power List.”

Casandra Matej, executive director of the San Antonio Convention & Visitors Bureau, oversees the promotion of San Antonio’s $11 billion visitor industry, with a $19 million budget and more than 80 employees. The SACVB is responsible for convention and group visitor sales, public relations, film location marketing and leisure visitor marketing. Through these efforts, the SACVB helps drive the city’s hospitality industry, which has an $11 billion economic impact, employs approximately 100,000 locally, and welcomes more than 25 million visitors annually.

Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, began her career in retail and catering by setting up and running a family owned chain of coffee shops located throughout the South of England. As managing director, she was in charge of the expansion of the business, which grew to 13 stores in three years, and was sold to a publicly listed company in December 2001. Bauer entered the meetings industry in 2002 as the marketing and operations director for the IMEX exhibition in Frankfurt. As a part of the original launch team for the exhibition, she managed all aspects of the marketing mix.

IAEE’s Women’s Leadership Forum has been designed to focus on topics that are unique to women in the exhibitions and events industry. It is tailored for all women regardless of age, individual situation or current position held within their company. The forum will provide knowledge and strategies for attendees to succeed in their current positions, as well as motivation and inspiration to take their career to the next level. The Forum will provide the tools and resources for success while balancing life along the way.

Details will be posted as they become available at www.iaee.com/WLF, and individuals interested in attending the 2015 event may complete the interest form here.

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