The International Association of Venue Managers and the International Association of Exhibitions and Events have announced an alliance to cross-market educational programs and networking events and other products developed for their memberships. The alliance will allow for cross-participation at live programs and access to digital resources from both associations. Additionally, both organizations will endorse the certifications offered to their memberships: IAVM offers a Certified Facilities Executive designation (CFE) and IAEE offers a Certified in Exhibition Management (CEM) designation.

IAVM supports more than 4,000 worldwide venue professionals from arenas, stadiums, convention centers, performing arts halls, and university complexes, as well as allied members that support venues with services and products.

IAEE serves 1,300 member organizations representing more than 8,000 individual members. More than half of IAEE’s members are directly involved in the planning, management, and production of exhibitions and buyer-seller events.

Significantly, the two associations will partner to support women in leadership roles in the exhibition, event, and venue industries. This May, IAVM will promote IAEE’s Women's Leadership Forum at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington, D.C., and IAVM members will be able to register at the IAEE member rate for the event. The program will feature Hattie Hill as the leadership facilitator. Hill will moderate a panel of women chief executives who will share insights on how they reached the top, how they balance their work life and personal life, and how they overcame the challenges of reaching the top. Panel members include Mary Dolaher, CEO of IDG World Expo, and Christine Duffy, president & CEO, Cruise Lines International Association. Betsy Myers, a senior official in the Clinton Administration, will be the featured speaker for the program.

As part of IAVM’s efforts to recognize women in leadership roles, IAVM will present an educational session focused on the development of female leaders at its annual VenueConnect   conference July 27–30 in New Orleans.