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With August being recognised as Women’s Month, Meetings magazine – SA Conference’s sister publication – started a nationwide search for the Top 40 Women in the MICE industry, in order to pay tribute to them.

Having so many outstanding women who are doing amazing things for this industry, we should be proud of them and celebrate their achievements.

This list is not just about event practitioners – it covers everyone in the industry, from motivational speakers and exhibition organisers to venue personnel. For you to make the list, we consider everything from your ability to motivate those you work with and the influence you have over clients and peers, to the amount of money you generate or simply the passion you have for this industry.

It was not an easy task finding the final 40 because of the calibre of talent and dedicated professionals in our industry. Based on readers’ proposals and follow-up research, the following 40 women are the top in their respective fields.

We may have missed some phenomenal women and you may not agree with all those that made the list. If that is the case, let us know, as we want to grow this initiative.

When looking at those women who have made the list, one cannot help but be reminded of what Julia Child once said, ‘Find something you’re passionate about and stay tremendously interested in it.’

From Monday (28 July) we will be profiling the woman who made the list.

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