ICCA honours 10 'inspirational' women

The International Congress and Convention Association has rewarded outstanding contributions to the meetings and events industry.

Ten women from across the association’s global community were personally honoured with an Inspirational ICCA Women award by ICCA President Nina Freysen-Pretorius. 

Colleagues in the ICCA leadership were asked to nominate women they consider to the ‘unsung heroes’ – leaders, innovators, pioneers and advocates of business events.

Each woman was chosen for their dedication to the ICCA community and meetings industry, and because they exhibit the values and actions that the association encourages and upholds.

Freysen-Pretorius presented the awards on stage during her President’s Choice session at the 57th ICCA Congress in Dubai.

The Inspirational ICCA Women are:

  • 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 among 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!"

ICCA president Nina-Freysen Pretorius said: "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."

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