Event News

22 Feb 2023

CloserStill Media's Laura Shapiro to lead Women in Exhibitions UK as new President

CloserStill Media's Laura Shapiro to lead Women in Exhibitions UK as new President
London, 22nd February 2023: CloserStill Media, a world-leading producer of market-leading events, today celebrated the appointment of Laura Shapiro as the new President of Women in Exhibitions UK, the UK chapter of a global network formed of women working in exhibitions.

Shapiro, the Portfolio Director at CloserStill Media, took over the position from Montgomery Group’s Philippa Christer. She will lead the network in its mission to empower women in the exhibition industry and nurture the next generation of female leaders.

“I am delighted to be taking over the reins of Women in Exhibitions UK along with senior board members Emma Barrett from Broadway Events and Rachel Swann, the COO of DMG. I want to be able to help steer, promote, and develop the next generation of women in this industry,” said Shapiro.

Shapiro is also a member of the Association of Event Organisers (AEO) Development Board and UK Organisers Working Groups, with more than a decade of experience in the exhibition industry.

She will lead Women in Exhibitions UK in the next stage of the chapter’s evolution through continued networking events throughout the year, training, and a year-round education programme for members. Shapiro is also a mentor in the chapter’s mentorship programme, which inspires and empowers women in the industry to support their growth and career development.

Women in Exhibitions UK launched in February 2020. Its current corporate membership includes Clarion Events, Montgomery Group, CloserStill Media, FESPA, Mark Allen Group, DMG Events, GES, Messe Frankfurt, ExCeL London, the NEC and more, in addition to individual members.

To find out more about Women in Exhibitions UK, including details on how to become a corporate or individual member, visit womeninexhibitions.co.uk.  

About CloserStill Media

CloserStill Media specialises in high-value, content-driven events and the nurturing of B2B or professional communities. The company operates events across a wide range of vertical sectors in the U.S., Europe and Asia, with operations in the U.K., New York, California, Germany, Spain and Singapore. Our portfolio includes some of the fastest-growing and multi award-winning events, including DevLearn, London Vet Show, Data Centre World, Tech Show London, eCommerce Expo, E-Show Madrid, New York Vet, The Pharmacy Show, Learning Technologies, and The Dentistry Show.

CloserStill is the fastest-growing exhibition organiser in international markets according to the eighth annual Sunday Times International Track 200. In addition, the Financial Times FT1000 Index named CloserStill the fastest growing exhibition organiser in Europe. CloserStill's ranking is the highest of any exhibition organizer since the Sunday Times Fast Track series inception.