Moderator: Desirée Knight
Desirée Knight, CAE, CMP joined the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association in July 2000. She is responsible for utilizing her leadership skills in executing a portfolio of events which includes the AREMA Annual Conference & Exposition and Rail Interchange. She is a member of PCMA, ASAE, LRW and IEEE. She received her Certified Meeting Professional designation in 2006 and in 2017, named PCMA Visionary Award Meeting Professionals of the Year Finalists. In 2018, she earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation and is an ASAE Diversity Executive Leadership Program (DELP) Scholar (2016-2018 Class). Desirée was named the 2019 Event Industry Council, Pacesetter – D&I Social Responsibility, a 2017 and 2019 Meetings Today Magazine, Meeting Trendsetter as well as a 40 over 40 Award Winner with the Senior Professionals Industry Network (SPIN). She is a sought-after speaker focusing on D&I and social awareness. She has also been active on several industry customer advisory boards, a PCMA Board Member and on the newly formed PCMA Governance Committee.