EEAA calls for more women on the board

(L-R) Georgie Chapman-Burgess, Joyce DiMascio, Jo-Anne Kelleway and Helen Mantellato.

The Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia’s (EEAA) 2019 International Women’s Day Breakfast celebrated the diverse pathways women take to succeed and called on all women not to hold back when opportunities are presented.

A panel at the breakfast included Dr Clara Chow, (Sydney Medical School, Westmead); Bruce Baird (Business Events Sydney); Supriya Shakya (Reed Exhibitions Australia); Lynell Peck (ICC Sydney); and Georgie Chapman-Burgess (Exhibitions & Trade Fairs).

EEAA chief executive Joyce DiMascio said it was important to put the spotlight on women in the business events industry and discuss different roads to success and the challenges faced.

“We heard from an inspiring and diverse panel of all ages and areas,” DiMascio said. “Each had a unique story which was personal and inspiring.”

The theme for International Women’s Day 2019 was #BalanceForBetter, with EEAA president Spiro Anemogiannis calling for more women to join the EEAA board.

“Diversity brings better decision-making and better outcomes for all,” Anemogiannis said. “I am proud that we have three women on our Board of Directors – and a woman CEO – but I urge more women to consider standing for the EEAA Board. Three out of 13 is not enough. There are many capable women ready to step-up and I encourage you to do so at our Annual General Meeting in June.”