METSTRADE 2023: Women in the Marine Industry event approaching capacity

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The second Women in the Marine Industry International event at METSTRADE 2023 — supported by Marine Industry News — is approaching capacity, with potential attendees urged to register their interest in the free session as soon as possible.

Building on the achievements of last year’s inaugural edition, British Marine, METSTRADE, Marine Industry News and Soundings Trade Only are excited to present the 2023 Women in the Marine Industry International event.

The event takes place on Thursday 16 November, from 8:30am to 10:30am at the METSTRADE theatre, at the 35th anniversary METSTRADE show at the RAI in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

This event will feature an exceptional panel of female leaders from around the world who will share their insights, experiences, skills, and vision for the industry’s future. Panelists include:

  • Gemma Gonzalez, yachting business unit director, Gruppo Boero.
  • Laurie Louvier, vice president marketing, Dometic.
  • Michelle Hildyard, vice president product management & business development, Raymarine.
  • Nicky Vaux, partner, business development manager, Empire Marinas Group, host of The Boat Princess podcast.
  • Rachel Bridges, director and general manager, Cummins, Global Marine.
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“At METSTRADE last year, we pioneered an event focusing on women working in the marine industry. All the host partners recognized the importance of building a supportive community and providing education to empower women,” says Michele J. Goldsmith, vice president and general manager of the Soundings Trade Only Group, who moderated the panel.  

“We firmly believe that diversity fuels innovation. The remarkable panellists candidly shared their successes, challenges, and valuable advice with the attendees. What truly underscored the event’s impact was the thoughtful questions, comments and discussion that followed the panel, leaving a lasting impression on our audience.”

Goldsmith adds: “This November, we are eagerly anticipating the next edition, which will feature outstanding panelists, and we encourage individuals of all genders to join us to learn from these dynamic and insightful leaders.

The event will include a continental breakfast and networking opportunities, starting at 8:30am and concluding at 10:30am. Doors open at 8:15am for registered attendees with a METSTRADE badge, and access should be made through entrance C.

The event is open to all METSTRADE attendees and exhibitors. To register, please send an email enquiry.

Women in the Marine Industry International is a free event, and all genders are welcome to attend.

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METSTRADE, Marine Industry News, Soundings Trade Only and British Marine have also recently joined forces to create a LinkedIn group focused on female professionals working in the recreational marine industry, the ‘Women in the Marine Industry International’ LinkedIn group, which went live in August 2023.

Marine Industry News magazine heading to METSTRADE

The Invention and Design issue of Marine Industry News (MIN) magazine will be launched at METSTRADE in November 2023 and will feature exclusive interviews with leading leisure marine businesses, market analysis and the latest product news.

Members of the team will be at the show, so do get in contact for meetings and networking. Visitors keen to meet the editorial team can email

The magazine will be distributed to all exhibitors at METSTRADE plus visitors to the Marine Industry News stand 01.582.

Advertising space is filling up fast but to learn more about online and print advertising opportunities with Marine Industry News, contact Lyndsay McClay.

In addition to distribution at the show, the magazine is sent to our international database and a digital version to our 12,500+ daily news database.

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