Women in Exhibitions (WIE) has announced that it has appointed Lori Hoinkes (pictured), MD of Montgomery Events, as the next president of its UK chapter. Hoinkes will take over the role from the group’s founding president, Soraya Gadelrab, next month.
As a founding partner, Hoinkes helped to launch the network in the UK last year, alongside its global founder Oana Cipca.
Hoinkes said: “I’m very excited to be chosen to lead the UK Chapter of Women in Exhibitions. The exhibition industry is a diverse, dynamic, and inclusive industry, that is full of opportunity. I look forward to playing a part in ensuring WIE makes its impact felt throughout our industry by providing the training, support, encouragement, advice and guidance that current and future leaders need to thrive and achieve their personal best.”
Outgoing president, Soraya Gadelrab, director of Reventalize, added: “I am incredibly proud of how much traction we have gained so quickly, raising awareness of our network, and demonstrating the dedication we have as a group to developing the next generation of women in our industry.
“I’m excited to welcome Hoinkes as the next president and I know she’ll continue to drive this initiative forward to the next level it deserves with the dedication she has shown from the beginning.”
Founder Oana Cipca said: “Having a UK chapter of WIE was actually Hoinkes´ idea, back when we met at a UFI Congress. And, when she puts her mind to something, things happen. Together with Montgomery Group, Hoinkes has taken an active role in supporting our community: by enrolling her colleagues in the Layered Development Programme, being the first corporate company to become a member, and encouraging her group MD Damion Angus to join our Mentoring Programme.
“In the background, Hoinkes has been a wonderful mentor to me, always with a smile and so much faith in what we’re doing. As founder of this initiative, I feel so proud to work with women like Hoinkes. It’s women like her who make sure you grow as you go.”
WIE has chapters in Germany, the UK, and the Middle East. Membership is open to all women working in exhibitions and events, including venues, organisers, suppliers, freelancers and the recently unemployed.
Members are also being invited to put themselves forward to serve on Women in Exhibition’s new board. To volunteer on the board, or help WIE in another way, please contact Lori Hoinkes on email@example.com.