Speaker: Shannon Watson
Shannon has worked in in meetings & expositions for more than 20 years. She worked for the Association of Fundraising Professionals from 1998-2007, and the Solar Energy Industries Association from 2007-2015 as its Director of Meetings & Education. She joined the staff of Rotary International in March 2015, and is responsible for all conception, strategy, planning and implementation of Rotary International’s events. She served as membership co-chair of the Association of Meeting Professionals in 2003-2004 and served as chair of the Meetings and Expositions Council for the American Society of Association Executives from 2006-2007.
Education and Certifications: B.A. in English and Speech Communications from the University of Richmond, Richmond, VA. Graduated with Highest Honors from the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY. Certified Meeting Professional since 2000, Certified Association Executive since 2010
Fun Fact: Shannon’s professional background includes paying gigs as: pastry chef, poker tournament director, costume designer, and actor.