First meeting Women in Exhibitions Network during TEFAF Maastricht

On Friday, March 16, the first meeting of the recently introduced 'Women in Exhibitions Network' took place in MECC Maastricht. Women from 5 different countries and all working in the exhibitions industry met during the world famous art fair TEFAF Maastricht. Women in Exhibitions Network is an initiative of Oana Cipca of MECC Maastricht and aims to enlarge the visibility of the impact that women bring in this industry and to give them a voice. The network focuses on the personal development of women in the exhibitions industry.

Manon van de Beuken Head of Fair Operations TEFAF, Mariska Dreschler and Annette Bos from RAI Amsterdam and the highly sought international empowerment speaker Lucinda Douglas gave inspiring presentations. After an interactive session and a visit to TEFAF Maastricht, the day ended with an informal dinner.

Initiator Oana Cipca: 'I am very pleased with the many enthusiastic responses to our first meeting and I hope that we have made a start with a network where women working in the exhibitions industry can meet, learn, inspire and strengthen each other. Looking forward to our next get together in Verona in May.”

Women in Exhibitions Network

The focus of Women in Exhibitions Network includes educational and leadership programs, best practices stories, knowledge sharing and easy access to a professional international network that helps one another. Topics will include future market trends, examples of successful women, challenges women face in the work place, issues facing female leaders, inspirational stories and insights in what is happening in our markets. Interested in joining Women in Exhibitions Network? Please send an email to Oana Cipca,

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