April 26-27, 2019
Boston, Massachusetts

Women In Leadership Meetings + Incentives (WILMI)
A Conference for Women, by Women

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Hosted by Northstar Meetings Group, WILMI (Women In Leadership Meetings + Events)  is an exclusive conference for executive-level women in the industry – by women, for women. At WILMI, leading female meetings and incentives buyers and suppliers will join together to network, engage in dialogue on present and future challenges and opportunities, and plan and do business together.


WILMI 2019 will be held in the heart of Boston at the Revere Hotel Boston Common. The stylishly sophisticated property – located in Boston’s picturesque Back Bay – blends the historic with the non-traditional and embodies the rebellious spirit of Paul Revere.

HERE are the FACTS:

  • Nearly 65% of the workforce in hospitality overall in the United States are women
  • Over 77% of meeting planners are women
  • Over 72% of travel agents are women
  • Women make over 70% of all travel-buying decisions


Learn from, and be inspired by the leading women in the meetings and events industry.


Connect during the one-on-one business appointments and unique experiential activities.


Network during the unique experiential planned activities showcasing the historic city of Boston.


Lisa Tanzer

Lisa Tanzer, President of Life is Good, started her journey to become president of the $100 million lifestyle brand, Life is Good, in 1990 when she joined the board of “Project Joy,” a small play therapy program. Today, that has evolved into the Life is Good Foundation, which positively impacts more than 1 million kids each year.   Prior to becoming president of Life is Good in 2016, Lisa served as the company’s head of marketing. She has held executive positions in the entertainment, ecommerce and education sectors, and earlier in her career worked in strategy and marketing at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Hasbro, Staples and The Gillette Company. Lisa received her BA from Tufts University and MBA from Harvard Business School.   Her mission is to continue growing the Life is Good business to deliver a simple yet powerful message of optimism.

Nadya Okamoto

At 21, Nadya Okamoto already has an impressive list of accomplishments to her credit. At age 16 she founded and became executive director of Period (period.org), an organization now considered the largest youth-run NGO devoted to women’s health. Since 2014 the organization has addressed over 500,000 periods and registered over 300 campus chapters. In 2017, Nadya ran for a seat on the Cambridge, Mass., city council. While she did not win, her campaign made headlines for the way it mobilized young people on the ground and at the polls. Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement (Simon & Schuster), which made Kirkus Reviews’ list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Most recently, Nadya has become the chief brand officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in New York City. A Harvard student on a leave of absence, Nadya proudly holds a spot on InStyle Magazine’s The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World list, along with Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.

Martha Sheridan

Martha Sheridan is the President & CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. Formerly President & CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention Bureau, Sheridan has over a quarter-century of destination marketing experience.  She has served as Chairman of the Destination Marketing Association International and is on the board of the US Travel Association. Recently she was appointed to the Destinations International Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, which aims to elevate diversity within destination organizations and, more broadly, within the tourism industry.  Sheridan’s tenure at the PWCVB has had many highlights, including the creation of the Rhode Island Sports Commission (RISC) as a division of the PWCVB, the development of a robust media relations program in Providence and the creation of a comprehensive electronic guide to 15 eclectic and vibrant neighborhoods in Providence.

Laura Yates

Laura Reed Yates, principal of Dovetail Event Partners, is a 30-year veteran of the incentive, meeting and corporate event industry. Prior to forming Dovetail in 2007, she held key positions at Carlson Marketing, Navigant Performance Group, Cornerstone, Incentive Strategies, DMI and S&H Motivation. Her multifaceted background includes operations, project management, program planning, purchasing/procurement, marketing, corporate communications, account management and sales. Over the years, Laura has successfully supported numerous clients in the automotive, high-tech, manufacturing, distribution, direct selling, insurance and finance industries.

Judi McLaughlin

Judi McLaughlin, CMP, serves as managing director for HelmsBriscoe, the global leader in meeting procurement and site-selection services for corporations and associations. She provides strategic direction and support of new business development, client retention, business planning and associate recruitment efforts in the Northeast market while offering leadership and support to over 50 HelmsBriscoe associates.   Her career includes a variety of leadership roles in the meetings and incentive industry, including management positions with Maritz Travel, McGettigan Partners and Talley Management. She has held a variety of association meeting planner and hospitality sales and service positions with organizations such as the American Institute of CPAs, Sheraton and Marriott. 

Jennifer Keltner

Jennifer Keltner is the Owner of Keltner Travel Consulting. Jennifer is a longtime supporter and fundraiser for the International Justice Mission, Keltner also has served on the advisory committee for ECPAT-USA, a group of travel industry veterans who lend their expertise and skills to developing and implementing policies and programs that protect children from exploitation (ECPAT stands for End Child Prostitution and Trafficking). Keltner has taken this issue on the road, speaking on the topic of travel and trafficking at events for a number of groups such as the Association of Corporate Travel Executives and GBTA. She was formerly manager of Toyota North America's travel and meetings program. 


Please check back for the updated speakers list


Friday, April 26
2:30pm – 4:30pm
Gallery Foyer
4:30pm - 5:45pm

Education (More Details)  

6:30pm - 9:00pm
Welcome Reception
Smith & Wollensky
Saturday, April 27
7:00am – 8:00am
8:00am – 9:00am

Education (More Details)  

9:15am – 12:00pm

One-on-One Appointments

12:15pm – 2:00pm

Lunch and Education (More Details)  

2:15pm – 4:30pm
One-on-One Appointments
4:45pm – 6:30pm
Closing Happy Hour
Rebels Guild Private Dining Room

Hosted Buyers



Those who are selected to attend will participate in:
  • A day and a half of networking with leading female meetings and incentive suppliers
  • Unique experiential networking activities showcasing Boston
  • Motivating and insightful educational sessions from leading industry women experts

To learn more, please contact Cindy Binder at cbinder@ntmllc.com.

Supplier Info/Exhibitors

Become a sponsor

Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Event Only Package

  • Beautifully furnished display table for pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & hotel) 


Limited Availability

(fee for additional suppliers)

Limited Availability

  • Beautifully furnished display table for pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments
  • Experiential networking activities, off-site functions and meals
  • Full-page print ad
  • All supplier expenses covered (excluding airfare & hotel) 

Exhibitor Package Rates & Premium Sponsorship Opportunities

For exhibitor package rates and premium sponsorship opportunities, please contact your business development director or: Angie Kimmel at akimmel@ntmllc.com



360 Destination Group

Associated Luxury Hotels International

Branson CVB

British Virgin Islands Tourist Board

Casa De Campo Resort & Villas

Delta Air Lines

Discover Newport, Rhode Island

Discover the Palm Beaches

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Eco Destination Management Services Aruba/Curacao

Goodman Speakers

Jumeirah Hotel Group

Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

Leading Hotels of the World / The Knickerbocker

Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board

Maui Jim Inc

MGM Grand

Mohegan Sun

Monaco Government Tourist Office

Monte Carlo SBM


Prague Convention Bureau


Revere Hotel Boston Common

Royal Caribbean International

Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina

Silversea Cruises

SLS Baha Mar

The Sagamore Resort

Tourism Ireland

Vacation & Tour Consultants (St. Kitts) Ltd. DBA Kantours

Velas Resorts

Visit Baltimore

Visit Raleigh

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Westgate Resorts

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Visit Park City

Las Vegas CVA

South San Francisco Conference Center

Visit Virginia's Blue Ridge

Visit Fort Worth

Fredericksburg CVB

Host Global (TX, LV)

Boise Centre

Visit Oakland

Daytona CVB

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Visit Alexandria

Visit San Antonio

St. Augustine & Ponte Vedra Beach

Sonoma County Tourism

Wigwam Resort

2018 IPEC Exhibitors


Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Awesome Alpharetta CVB

Beaver Run Resort & Conference Center

Boise Centre

Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Caesars Entertainment

Charleston CVB

Daytona Beach Area CVB

Discover Newport RI

Dominican Republic Tourism Board

Eldorado Resorts (Silver Legacy)

Florida Keys & Key West

Fredericksburg CVB

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Goodman Speakers Bureau

Grand Sierra Resort

Grandover Resort

Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB

Greater Palm Springs CVB

Greater Portland Maine

Hard Rock Hotel Daytona Beach

Inns of Aurora

KLC Ireland

Las Vegas CVA

Louisville CVB

M Resort

Marriott Hawaii

Meadowlands Liberty CVB

Meet Atlantic City

MEET Hawaii

Melia Hotels International / Paradisus Los Cabos

Memphis CVB

MGM National Harbor

Mohegan Sun

Myrtle Beach Convention Center

Naples Grande

Naples, Marco Island, Everglades CVB

Ocean Center

Ocean Properties

Palms Casino Resort

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

Plaza Hotel & Casino

Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Reno Tahoe

Resorts Casino Hotel - Atlantic City

Salamander Hotels & Resorts

San Diego Tourism Authority

San Mateo County CVB

Savannah Convention Center

Seagate Hotel & Spa

South Point Hotel & Casino

South San Francisco Conference Center

St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

The Iroquois NY

The Modern Honolulu

The National Conference Center / Visit Loudoun

Travel Juneau

Tropicana Las Vegas - A DoubleTree by Hilton

Vail Resorts

Velas resorts

Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club

Visit Alexandria

Visit Berkeley

Visit Denver

Visit Houston

Visit Oakland

Visit Raleigh

Visit Savannah

Visit St. Petersburg/Clearwater

Visit Vail Valley

Westgate Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

Click below to see the 2018 list


A Legendary Hotel Reborn

Shaped by the local culture, yet reveling in the non-traditional, Revere Hotel Boston Common celebrates Boston's innovative and rebellious spirit. With a rebirth inspired by the legendary Paul Revere, the iconic hotel boasts a fully remodeled lobby area, rooftop pool, guest rooms and suites, and 42,000 square feet of private event space. Steps from Boston's Theater District, Newbury Street, and Copley Square, Revere offers a multi-layered guest experience, equal parts social, intelligent, edgy, and engaging.

Find yourself at the Revere Hotel Boston Common, where every experience is meticulously crafted, yet never scripted.

Revere Hotel Boston Common
200 Stuart Street
Boston, MA 02116

Hotel Website

Buyers: We will make your reservations for you.

Suppliers: You will receive information as the event approaches to book your accommodations.


Advisory Notice Regarding Outside Solicitations

Please be advised that numerous companies have been emailing and calling our attendees attempting to book them into hotels for Northstar events.

Here are the companies and their representatives that we have been made aware of:

  • CBS International
  • Corporate Booking Services 
  • EHRS 
  • Exhibition Housing Services 
  • Global Housing Corporation 
  • World Wide Travel 


Be advised that these companies and individuals have no relationship with our events. Our attendees are encouraged to disregard any communication received from these companies or any others that are not affiliated with Northstar Meetings Group. 


"Thank you for a brilliant program! Your careful attention to all the details, your welcoming attitude and the amazing speakers and the ability to network with women exceeded my expectations. The speakers were inspiring; I think we all left with a desire to get off our own X and create groups and workplace environments that encourage inclusivity through inspiire creativity!"

—Lisa Fredette, RTTI

"Thank you for all of your hard work that went into making the Women in Leadership weekend a huge success! I had a wonderful time and feel it was well worth the investment."

—Amanda Lewin, Bellagio Las Vegas

"It was a privilege to spend a forty-eight hour journey with you. It was a pure joy to reconnect with past life friends and connect with new during our time together. "

—Dorothea Calabrese, Maritz Travel

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Buyers Contact:

Cindy Binder
Director of Buyer Development


Suppliers Contact:

Angie Kimmel
Senior Director of Global Event Sales

Event Logistics Contact:

Andrea Hennings
Meeting Planner

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