The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) highlighted the contributions of women to the meetings industry at its 57th Congress in Dubai, with 10 women from across the association’s global community honoured with an Inspirational ICCA Women award.
The award was presented by outgoing ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius, the second female ICCA President, who asked colleagues in the ICCA leadership for their nominations of women they consider to the “unsung heroes”, leaders, innovators, pioneers and advocates of business events.
The list of 10 Inspirational ICCA Women is:
- Alice Au, Business Events Toronto, Canada
- Anne Wallin Rodven, Honorary Member, Norway
- Bettina Reventlow-Mourier, Wonderful Copenhagen, Denmark
- Carina Bauer, IMEX Group, UK
- Joyce Wittelaar, Rotterdam Partners-Convention Bureau, The Netherlands
- Kitty Wong, K&A International Co., Ltd, Chinese Taipei
- Maria José Alves, Cascais Convention Bureau, Portugal
- Nonnie Kubeka, Gauteng Convention Bureau, South Africa
- Roslyn McLeod, Arimex Pty Ltd (INCON Group), Australia
- Ulrike von Arnold, Vienna Convention Bureau, Austria
ICCA Interim CEO Dennis Speet said: “We all know women amongst our industry colleagues who go above and beyond to share their time, expertise and energy in supporting ICCA’s many initiatives and member opportunities. Without them, we would not be able to provide such a nurturing, welcoming environment for our global membership.
“Too often the achievements of women in our international and diverse industry go unmentioned; I am proud today to represent our association as we honour these ten fantastic women for their monumental support and work to further our association’s values. Congratulations to our Inspirational ICCA Women – to them we owe a large part of our continued success!”
Nina-Freysen Pretorius added: “Through my role as ICCA president, I have continuously sought to champion and encourage the achievements of women in business events. Gender equality in the workplace globally remains a challenge with unequal opportunities and remuneration packages a reality. Without female role models and champions seen as leaders, presidents and activists as examples, women will not be able to take their rightful place in society at different levels.”
The 2018 ICCA Congress continues until 14 November 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is the largest edition of event held outside of Europe and has attracted 1,156 delegates from 79 countries.