Class of 2024 to be Celebrated at Convening Leaders 2024 in San Diego, California; More than 30 Alumni to Attend for 10-Year Anniversary of Program

CHICAGO, IL – (November 16, 2023) — PCMA has selected 20 emerging leaders from the next generation of global business event professionals for its annual “20 in Their Twenties” program. The class of 2024 represents business event strategists, suppliers, and destinations from all PCMA regions, including APAC, Canada, EMEA, LATAM and the United States.

Supported by the PCMA Foundation and Experience Columbus, the class of 2024 will be introduced at Convening Leaders 2024 (CL24) January 7-10 in San Diego, California. To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the program, more than 30 alumni from the previous 10 classes will gather at CL24.

“We are thrilled to recognize the class of 2024 as they have collectively demonstrated success, enthusiasm, and professionalism setting a solid path forward for a promising future within the global business events industry,” said Meredith Rollins, PCMA Chief Community Officer, and Executive Director, PCMA Foundation. “The class of 2024 culminates 10 years of this impactful program, and we look forward to celebrating them, as well as our alumni at Convening Leaders 2024.”

The PCMA “20 in Their Twenties” class of 2024 includes:

Shayna Asgill, DES
Director of Events
Redstone Agency

Sarah Banks
Regional Director of Event Technology
Encore Event Technologies

Arielle Barlage, CMP
Conference Services Manager
Rosewood Miramar Beach

Cierra Belin
Client Operations Manager
Blavity Inc

Rachel Bruce
Meeting Programs Manager
American Fisheries Society

Chase Brunson, CMP
Event Manager
Project Management Institute

Alexis Dick
Event Planner

Katie Eike
Conference and Events Coordinator
Freeman Company

Sulena Gómez
Coordinator of Government and Industry Relations

Lily Harris
Event Coordinator
Austin Convention Center

Matthew Johnson,
Manager, Event Planning
CMP Medscape

Sophia Koutsandreas
Sales Manager, US Corporate
Vancouver Convention Centre

Lindsay Krehbiel
Sales Coordinator

Laura Matley
Manager, Business Events
Ottawa Tourism

Meagan Miller
Meeting Planner
California School Boards Association

Rachael Molyneux
International Conference Bidding Manager
Liverpool Convention Bureau

Sofia Niebles
Tourism Cluster Professional
Chamber of Commerce Barranquilla, Colombia

Shamera Stewart, MBA, CMP, DES
Sr. Consultant, Events and Operations

Alison Melvin
Conference & Convention Account Executive
The Classic Center

Jenna Wiese
National Account Director
Destination DC

The class of 2024 receives a variety of benefits, including a scholarship to participate in CL24, complimentary registration for EduCon 2024 in Detroit, one-year complimentary PCMA membership and a feature story in PCMA’s Convene magazine.

For media queries from the Americas, APAC, EMEA, and requests for interviews with Sherrif Karamat, please contact: Meghan Risch, PCMA Chief of Staff, Vice President, Corporate Communications

About PCMA

PCMA, PCMA Foundation and CEMA educate, inspire, and listen, creating meaningful experiences where passion, purpose and commerce come together. We are the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists, providing senior-level education, networking, and market intelligence for the global business events industry. Our mission is to drive social and economic progress through business events. Headquartered in Chicago, IL PCMA has 17 North American Chapters, regional communities in APAC, EMEA and LATAM, and members in 59 countries. The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA), a PCMA subsidiary, advances strategic event marketing and marketing communications for senior-level event marketers and industry professionals. Visit us at pcma.org.

About PCMA Foundation

The role of the Foundation of PCMA is to support the mission of PCMA through fundraising and grant-giving focused on scholarships, education and research that will advance the business events industry. Annually the Foundation funds over $700K in impact, and since 1985 has funded over 2,500 scholarships, 100 research studies and education programs, and $2.7M in charitable giving.

About CEMA

The Corporate Event Marketing Association (CEMA) is the eminent community for senior event executives, association peers and industry partners and is an integral component of the Professional Convention Management Association’s (PCMA) brand collective. CEMA promotes professional networking opportunities, facilitates peer-to-peer knowledge sharing and drives industry standards. Through strong relationships with strategic partners, CEMA fosters both finding innovative solutions to business issues and continuous focus on members’ career growth. For more information, please visit http://www.cemaonline.com.

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