Yesterday I was honored and humbled to be named one of the Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry by Meetings & Conventions magazine. Wow!

In its special report released on July 1, 2015, the magazine stated “the meetings industry is powered by a number of extraordinary people — many of them women.”  The inaugural list of “high achievers, advocates and innovators…have helped shape and strengthen our business.”

Several woman on the list, I am happy to say are my friends — Shawna Suckow, founder of the Senior Planners Industry Network (SPIN) and The Hive Network, Nancy Zavada, CMP, founder of MeetGreen and the Green Meetings Industry Council, Liz King, Liz King Events, and Jessica Levin of Seven Degrees Communications — and am proud and in awe of their accomplishments.

The others, I have either met, want to meet and/or learn from. Their expertise, impact and determination inspire me to continue in my quest to have dietary needs included safely and deliciously in all event food & beverage functions.

I’d like to thank Meetings & Conventions magazine for recognizing each of us for the passion and drive we have to make the meetings industry the best it can be.

To read more about each honoree, check out “In Their Own Words,” which highlights the professional achievement we are most proud of and how we would like to further make our marks on the industry.