In celebration of International Women’s Day, we honour the trailblazing women in the events industry. Business is booming and women are at the forefront of innovative teams, hard at work developing solutions that deliver the best live experiences. Women are shining from within start-ups and big players in the game, creating a ripple effect that has a positive impact on the events world.

EVENTBRITE is an established ticketing and event management social commerce platform with a mission to bring the world together through live experiences. Julia Hartz, co-founder and CEO, is responsible for the vision, strategy and growth of Eventbrite. Her leadership has created the world’s largest event technology platform that processes more than 2 million event tickets per month in 187 countries. Eventbrite has received many international accolades praising workplace culture and performance including Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work for Women. Julia has been honoured as one of Fortune’s 40 under 40 Business Leaders 2015, Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014 and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013.

CVENT, a leading cloud-based event management company that offers software solutions to event planners, proudly has Cynthia Russo as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She has more than 25 years of experience in financial and operations management with global growth technology companies and is sure to have played her part in the recent growth and acquisition activities involving Cvent. Having helped companies grow their revenue from R100 million to well over R1 billion in the past means she is a force to be reckoned with in the business world.

Kristin Banta is the Creative Director of KRISTIN BANTA EVENTS, INC., a renowned US based event organization boutique company that can make any event dream come true. Kristin and her team take great pride in creating the most unique and spectacular celebrations and have received many accolades recognizing their exceptional talents. Winner of the “Event Planner of the Year” Award (2014 and 2015) and most recently the “Best Event Produced for a Private Individual” Award for creating an exclusive Carnival Freakshow Halloween event in 2016.

Named as one of the five event tech companies that are changing the industry by EventMB, BROJURE is a platform that engages, inspires and informs audiences through visual storytelling. Lead by founder and CEO, Penny Wing, and President, Fay Beauchine, this technology service is offering an innovative solution that creates memorable messages. Penny has created three successful group travel businesses from scratch and sold them, at a great profit, when the time was right. The most recent reached a sale price of $15 million, showing this CEO has the experience and skill to take her new venture to great heights.

More and more powerful women are finding their purpose as Founders, CEOs and Presidents of the biggest and most successful companies in the world. The events industry is leading the way in celebrating the strength of pioneering women worldwide who bring a certain finesse to the business of events.

These women are merely a few examples of the brilliant female minds in the events industry;  you can find plenty more at Eventerprise.