Beyond Bias: Breaking Business Barriers

13 – 14 JUNE 2023, MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands

Open to all exhibition industry professionals.

About the Summit

The Women in Exhibitions International is proud to announce that the first ever global summit will take place at the MECC Maastricht on the

13 – 14 June 2023.

We are all guilty of bias and stereotyping, and this summit is specifically designed to identify and overcome these biases; to take back our power and seize our full potential as professionals and industry leaders.

The summit will precede the UFI European Conference that will take place from 14 – 16 June 2023.

Who will attend?

Women and men in exhibitions representing organizers, service providers, venue operators at all different levels (junior, middle and senior) from different countries.

Participants will have the opportunity to listen, learn, exchange and provide support for one another. This event is open to all, irrespective of gender, creed, age etc.


Women in Exhibitions

Women in Exhibitions Network was set up in 2018 to fulfil the mission of empowering women in the industry whilst helping to nurture the next generation of female leaders.

This community is the result of a joint effort of inspirational female leaders from our industry who are our founding members and ambassadors.

Women in Exhibitions Network welcomes as members professionals representing exhibition organisers, venues and suppliers in the event industry whose business is related to the organisation and facilitation of exhibitions or trade fairs.

With chapters in UK, The Netherlands, North America and DACH region, the community is a growing voice in promoting diversity and inclussion in an innovative industry.



13 June 2023

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Finger buffet (light lunch)

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Panel Discussion: Route to leadership: navigating the roadblocks

2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Presentation: DEI trends in the exhibition industry

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Networking refreshments

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
Panel Discussion: Intergenerational Exchange

4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Networking Dinner – Restaurant De Pastory

14 June 2023

8:30 am – 9:00 am
Welcome refreshments

9:00 am – 9:45 am
Success is an adventure: surprise guest

9:45 am – 10:15 am
What is the next generation looking for: attracting, retaining and facilitating talent.

10:15 am – 10:45 am
Networking refreshments

10:45 am – 11:30 am
Panel discussion: Sometimes things don’t go according to plan

11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Learning from one another

12:15 am – 12:30 am
Wrap up by the moderator: Thanks to the speakers and participants

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch

Our International Sponsors

The Women in Exhibitions (WIE) sponsorship programme offers organisations a great opportunity to support the WIE network, and hence make a difference!


Venue and Travel

Located in the south of the Netherlands, the city of Maastricht is at the Heart of Europe. Because of its central location, Maastricht is easily accessible by plane, car or train.