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20 in their Twenties is designed to engage the best and brightest in the Meetings, Conventions and Business Events industry in the world. These individuals will have a PCMA platform to showcase their talents and how they will shape the meetings industry of the future. Click here to download a PDF of this year’s application.

The 2019 Class of 20 in their Twenties has been announced. For more information about the program, please contact Stacey Shafer at sshafer@pcma.org or 312.423.7215.

Meet the Class of 2019

Top row, from left to right: Raul Cavazos-Binder, Femke Morelisse, Andrea Lane, Greg Morris, Olivia Pelzer
Second row, from left to right: Gita Pun, Jared Chambers, Kara Hsu, Edward Bagsic, Kevin J. Thompson
Third row, from left to right: Janelle Lewis, Laura Neufeld, Chad Manhertz, Lindsay Williams, Veronika Ivanova
Bottom row, from left to right: Emily Dietrich, Erin Simcox, Giulia Ineke Sarri, Khadijah Nimrod, Molly Holt

Photo illustration by Martha Smith, PCMA

Award Information

  • Submit your application to PCMA to complete the application process.
    • Complete application including the following components:
    • Resume.
    • Applicant headshot.
    • Two-minute application video.
    • Endorsement from two (2) supporters or advocates. One must be from an industry professional. The other may be from someone outside the industry.
  • PCMA membership is not required.
  • Must be 29 years or younger on Jan. 6, 2019.
  • Employed full time in the Meetings, Conventions and Business Events industry.
  • Demonstration of leadership. Application must address three of the following areas:
    • Creative thinking and problem solving.
    • Challenging the status quo.
    • Leading a team or project to achieve a common goal.
    • Elevating an industry network into business relationships.
    • Effective communication.
    • A positive role model.
    • Leadership in organizations (inside or outside the industry).
  • Complimentary registration, three (3) nights of housing and round-trip airfare for Convening Leaders, Jan. 6-9, 2019, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Other incidental expenses are not included.
    • On-stage recognition at one General Session or Luncheon.
    • Invitation to Chairmen’s Reception.
    • Discounted registration to attend Convening Leaders for the two years following your award (2020 and 2021).
  • Complimentary registration for the 2019 Education Conference. Travel and incidental expenses not included.
  • Complimentary PCMA membership in 2019. New memberships will begin in January 2019. Those who are already members will be automatically renewed. All honorees will receive discounted PCMA membership for the two years following your award (2020 and 2021).
  • Networking opportunities with PCMA Leadership, PCMA Partners and previous classes of the 20 in their Twenties program.
  • Recognition in a Convene magazine feature article and through a PCMA-issued press release to other industry publications.
  • Recognition as part of PCMA’s Class of 2019 on PCMA’s website.
    Mentorship opportunities with a PCMA leader.
  • Crystal award to display.
  • Exclusive opportunities to participate in PCMA programs.
  • Applications will be reviewed and candidates selected by a diverse PCMA member task force, including 20 in their Twenties program alumni and other PCMA volunteers.
  • A maximum of 20 applicants will be selected each year.
  • Individuals selected for the Class of 2019 will be notified with a phone call from a member of the selection committee no later than Sept. 24, 2018.
  • Applicants not selected will be notified via email no later than Sept. 24, 2018.
  • Candidates will be selected based on the following:
    • Content and quality of video (30%).
    • Quality of overall written application (20%).
    • Innovative Ideas (15%).
    • Demonstration of leadership (15%).
    • Career goal (10%).
    • References (10%).

Recipients

  • Edward Bagsic, CMP, DES
  • Raul Cavazos-Binder
  • Jared Chambers
  • Emily Dietrich
  • Molly Holt, CMP
  • Kara Hsu
  • Veronika Ivanova
  • Andrea Lane, MTA
  • Janelle Lewis
  • Chad Manhertz, MTA
  • Femke Morelisse
  • Greg Morris, CMP
  • Laura Neufeld
  • Khadijah Nimrod
  • Olivia Pelzer
  • Gita Pun
  • Giulia Ineke Sarri
  • Erin Simcox
  • Kevin J. Thompson
  • Lindsay Williams
  • Alexandra Adsit, CMP, CEM
  • Chloe Armstrong
  • Sina Bünte, DES
  • Erica Critzer, CMP
  • Patrick Crosson, CMP
  • Carmen Ferrari, CMP
  • Idil Findikoğlu
  • Karin Hagemann
  • Caitlin Hume, CMP
  • Chloe Lai
  • Annamarie Luccarelli
  • Samantha Mele
  • Cahal Mowery, MBA, CMP, CTA
  • Brittany Saylor, CMP
  • Barrie Schwartz
  • Allison Shebek
  • Kyle Smith, DES
  • Sara Stehle, CMP
  • Andrew Sykes
  • Rasheena Wilson, CMP
  • Derek Anderson
  • Vanessa E. Bass, CMP, HMCC
  • Alexandra Deering
  • Matthew B. Fox
  • Christine Frye, CTA
  • Tessa Kalfell
  • Eric Kincaid
  • Holly Lammert
  • Amanda Marochko, DES, TQ
  • Megan Martin, CMP
  • Johnny Martinez
  • Kaitlyn Palatucci
  • Allison Perrelli, CMP
  • Morgan Prewitt, CMP
  • Katherine Sinnen, CMP
  • Nichole Steele
  • Naida S. Struyk, CMP
  • Weini Tan
  • Lindsey Walker
  • Andrias White, MBA, CMP, CSEP
  • Kalee E. Barnhardt
  • Jamie Bruce
  • Edward Byers
  • Shannon DeSouza, MBET
  • Michael Doane
  • Bianca E. Ferrer
  • Jessica Fitting, CMP
  • Sarah Gould-Stotts
  • Juraj Holub
  • Irena Jelenova  MA, Msc.
  • Noreen E. Leahy
  • Victoria  Lee
  • Alexander David Plaxen, MTA
  • Claire Repass, CMP
  • Lauren M. Santarone
  • Peter T. Simonelli
  • Jenny C. Stanfield, BA, ICM Certification
  • Havovie  Suraliwalla, BTM
  • Erin Elizabeth Sweeney
  • Julia Yong
  • Ashley H. Akright, CMP
  • Magdalina A. Atanassova
  • Madeleine Bart
  • Michael W. Cubbage, CGMP
  • Katrina L. Dunn
  • Danielle E. Foster, MBA
  • Katharine L. Gausmann
  • Kacie Hackett
  • Kristine Koonts
  • Jennifer Kuchenbecker, CMP
  • Alana K. Mallory, CWP
  • Leucepe Martinez
  • Madeja M. Metcalf
  • Samantha L. Moore
  • Janet Partlow, CMP
  • Cara Pratt, DMCP
  • Lindsay K. Pund
  • Kristina Simkins
  • Jessica L. Smith, MTA, CMP
  • Jennifer Vaseleck
  • Ryan Barth, CMP
  • Jascha Bergman
  • Casey Carignan
  • Shawn Cheng
  • Katie Dolan
  • Vivian Fleet
  • Rosa Garriga Mora
  • Mindy E. Halpert
  • Rick Hyland
  • Alexis Kereluk
  • Sam NcNeill
  • Elisa Sandoval
  • Astrid E. Schrier, CMP
  • Kathleen A. Smith
  • Megan Tate
  • Marcela V. Torres Vargas
  • David Wagner
  • Rachel E. Walsh, CMP
  • Alleeshia Williams
  • Leslie Wong

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