Young Professionals Committee 

IAEE Midwestern Chapter YP Expo! Expo! Scholarship Opportunity

Applications due Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Scholarship will include:

  • Expo! Expo! IAEE's Annual Meeting & Exhibition 2020 Registration fee
  • Complimentary two-night hotel stay
  • The individual will cover airfare and the remaining hotel stay.


  • Applicants must be under 35 years old as of December 1, 2020.
  • Applicants must be in the exhibitions industry and must live in the IAEE Midwestern Chapter region.
  • Applicants must complete application questions via the online survey.
  • The scholarship recipient will be required to attend Young Professional activities at Expo! Expo! including visiting the YP Pavilion in the exhibit hall, going to the Young Professionals networking event, and any other activities which are designated specifically for Young Professionals.
  • The scholarship recipient will have to write a summary of their experience (500 words or less) following the event, which will be included on the IAEE Midwestern Chapter YP Facebook page and in the IAEE Midwestern Chapter quarterly email immediately following Expo! Expo! 2020.

Application Review Process:

  • The application process is now open!
  • The deadline for applications will be Thursday, October 1, 2020.
  • IAEE Midwestern Chapter Board members will review all applications, and one scholarship recipient will be selected.
  • The scholarship recipient will be notified by October 15.
  • The previous year's scholarship recipient will be included in the application review process the following year.
Submit an Application


IAEE Midwestern Chapter Connect Program

With so many bright, talented individuals that make up our chapter, the YP Committee has developed a this new program specifically for the IAEE Midwestern Chapter to better connect, engage, educate, and inspire our members.

It will provide all chapter member participants the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and network with different members each month. Each month you will be matched with a different IAEE Midwestern Chapter member to connect with. The chapter will provide suggested topics to help break the ice and to get the conversation flowing.

We will have a kick-off on Tuesday, September 1st, from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm CST to WELCOME everyone to the program and establish expectations, key dates, and how to utilize this opportunity best. We hope that this program allows people to connect, share, learn, and grow their industry network. Interested in joining? Click the link below and complete the survey!

Join the IAEEMWC Connect Program


About the IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals:

The objective of IAEE's Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals Committee is to provide focus on the needs of those who are at the beginning of their career paths.

The goals of the Young Professionals Committee shall include but are not limited to:
  1. Continue to identify young professionals within IAEE’s Midwestern Chapter membership, determine their special needs and expectations and develop initiatives specifically designed to meet their needs.
  2. Recommend educational, networking and other programs and initiatives to IAEE with the needs of young professionals in mind.
  3. Develop new initiatives designed to attract, engage and retain individuals of diverse backgrounds and interests.
  4. Contribute to and support IAEE’s student outreach efforts aimed at raising awareness of the value of IAEE membership and recruiting student members.
  5. Provide a social and professional support network for this important segment of IAEE Midwestern Chapter members.

Estimated Time Commitment:

Members of the IAEE Midwestern Chapter Young Professionals Committee will be expected to meet 6 times each year via teleconference.  Conference calls will generally last 60 minutes each.  In addition, members are encouraged to attend all IAEE Midwestern Chapter events and other networking activities.

Teams within the committee may be established to address specific tasks.  In this event, members of the task-specific team may be required to participate in additional teleconferences.  

Midwestern Chapter Goal:

The goal of the Midwestern Chapter is to enrich the members' experience on a local level and encourage networking, education and collaboration.

IAEE’s Mission:

IAEE promotes the unique value of exhibitions and other events that bring buyers and sellers together such as road shows, conferences with an exhibition component, and proprietary corporate exhibitions. IAEE is the principal resource for those who plan, produce and service the industry.

To be a part of the Midwestern Chapter's Young Professionals Committee, visit our Join a Committee webpage.

If you need assistance justifying your attendance at IAEE Midwestern Chapter programs, use the form found here.  You can populate the items marked in red to relate to each program you're interested in attending.  

Expo! Expo! YP Scholarship Experience ~ Stephanie DeMarco

As this year’s Midwestern Chapter Young Professional Scholarship winner, I had the opportunity to experience Expo! Expo! as an attendee. I had previously attended as an exhibitor only, so I was excited to be a full-time registrant and experience the educational side of this conference. I left Las Vegas feeling energized, educated, and confident in the future of my career.

I kicked off Tuesday morning in the IAEE Hangout that was a new take on a networking environment. I grabbed some coffee while browsing through the Art of the Show Winners gallery, checked out the innovative ZenSpace meeting pods, and connected with a group that I had met at this year’s IAEE Krakoff Leadership Forum. There was something new around each corner! In this same space was the GES Mainstage where I attended the Women’s Leadership Experience which was a session on Impactful Communication. Betsey Allen-Manning led us through how to build trust, captivate listeners, and reduce conflict when we are working with different personalities and other barriers. This session was a motivating start to the week for me.

I attended the Opening General Session and watched as IAEE honored its first CEM Advance Professionals class. As someone who has been in the industry for only a few years, to see the growth and career journey I can take to the next level through IAEE was enlightening and something to strive for!

The educational sessions that I attended were informative and compelling. Two sessions that stood out were “How Sponsorships Drive Value for Attendees: A Quantitative and Qualitative Approach” and the Young Professional Buzz Session. The sponsorship session was focused on the value that sponsorship has to exhibitors and the impact it has on attendee behavior outside of brand equity, but rather engagement. They spoke to creative ways you can approach a sale incrementally, focus on experiential offerings, and showing measurability and ROI. This was thought-provoking for myself since I don’t live in the sponsorship world day-to-day, but can take this knowledge back to my clients and events.  The Young Professional Buzz Session asked us - “What Keeps You Up at Night? (in one word). The results were Money, Success, and Workload. We talked through each subject, and it was interesting to hear everyone’s thoughts on each topic and to know that being a YP, these stressors won’t necessarily go away, but we can learn how to manage them, use them to grow, and take that with us into the future.

The exhibit was vibrant and packed! I enjoyed walking through the show as an attendee and experiencing each exhibitor. From the Tech Pavilion, to the International Pavilion, and everything in between, I am excited to take back new ideas from the market and share them with my clients.

I cannot thank the IAEE Midwestern Chapter enough for the opportunity to attend Expo! Expo! as the Young Professional scholarship recipient. The opportunities I was given through attending were so valuable. If you are a Young Professional, I highly recommend applying for this scholarship in the future.

I look forward to seeing you all in upcoming chapter events!

Stephanie DeMarco