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2019 Changemakers

Wisdom from meetings industry innovators, instigators, educators, and rabble-rousers.

The meeting professionals on MeetingsNet’s annual Changemakers list have a common denominator: They don’t sit still. They’re the people you turn to when you want to get something done—or, more likely, they’re the ones who brought the new ideas forward in the first place. They’re making change in our industry and their organizations in unique and positive ways. 

The meeting professionals we’re recognizing this year are working to improve cultural understanding, design a mentorship program, institute green policies, create an industry designation, build collaboration among industry groups, grow the size and clout of a meeting department, and much more. 

Read on and be inspired by these outstanding Changemakers.


Carrie Abernathy CMP, CEM, CSEP
Lead Meeting Planner, Altria Group Distribution Co., Altria (starting June 10, 2019)
Executive Consulting Officer, Association for Women in Events


Reggie Aggarwal
Founder and CEO, Cvent


Shimon Avish
Principal/Meetings Management Practice Lead, Acquis Consulting Group 


Rhonda Brewer, CITP
Vice President, North American Sales, BCD Meetings & Events


Pamela Dallstream, CMP, CMM
Director of Education, Society of Critical Care Medicine


Robyn Davis
Trade Show Strategy Specialist, Exhibitor Education by WINH 


Kelsey Dixon
Co-Founder & President, davies + dixon


Jasmine Eldeen
Director, Global Accounts, HelmsBriscoe


Kara Ferguson, CMP
Meeting Planner, American Society of Anesthesiologists


Jennifer Glynn, CIS, CITP
Managing Partner, Meeting Encore and Intuitive Conferences + Events


Matt Gruhn
President, Marine Retailers Association


Seema Jain
Director, Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International


Andrew Leitch
Executive Director, Marketing & Member Experience, Greater Public


Polina Moskvina, CMP
Special Projects Planner, C.D. Howe Institute


Gary Murakami, GTP, GLP, CMP, CMM
Director of Global Sales, MGM Resorts International


Jane Scaletta, CIS, DMCP
President, Dolfin Destinations, Dolfin Destinations
Sustainability Ambassador, SITE Sustainability Committee 


Angela Smith
Head of Global Field and Event Marketing, Atlassian 


Sarah Soliman Daudin
President & CEO, Soliman Productions
Owner & Partner, SarahxCourtney


Courtney Stanley
Motivational Speaker & Writer, CS Consulting
Owner & Partner, SarahxCourtney


Jennifer Squeglia
Independent Planning Professional, RLC Events


Heather Wakefield
Senior Manager, Education & Events, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society 


Lindsay Currie
Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Regulatory Affairs Professionals Society 


 

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