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by Matt Alderton | April 22, 2015
A new association has formed for women in the meetings and events industry. Called the Association of Women in Events (AWE), the group was founded by five women -- Carrie Abernathy, Tamela Blalock, Mas Tadesse Harris, Mary Higham, and Kiki Janssens -- in order to serve as a collaborative community for women to "share innovative ideas, build powerful professional relationships, and advance careers."

"This organization fills a need," Abernathy said in a statement. "There are a lot of resources out there, but it's difficult to find anything specifically geared towards women. AWE empowers a thirsty community; a community that should feel like home."

Based in Washington, DC, AWE will welcome both men and women, including both planners and suppliers.

"Whether you are male, female, supplier, vendor, organizer, young professional, or seasoned veteran, we need you," Higham said. "The Association of Women in Events' mission and purpose is to serve the entire events industry and we need your valuable input in order to make this a success."

AWE plans to launch its inaugural board of directors -- which will lead membership, scholarships, events, and education decisions for the association -- in July. Applications to serve on the board are currently being accepted at the association's website: www.womeninevents.org.