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PCMA Announces “20 in Their Twenties” Class of 2020

(Pictured: PCMA 20 in Their Twenties Class of 2020. Top row, from left to right: Alexandra Larach, Derica Clarke, Diana Frederiksen, Hannah Poyo, Jaclyn Rosenberg, Jillian Cardinal and Joy McIntyre. Center row: Julia Hachenthal, Kelly Thomas, Kimberly Hoffman, Krista Whaley, Lauren Washburn, Lindsay Miller and Lisa Jeller. Bottom row: Marie-Claire Caldwell, Meagan E. Prescott, Rebecca Doser, Rebecca Lino, Robert Lutz and Shanae McFadden. Photo illustration by PCMA.)

PCMA has identified 20 of the brightest and most talented global professionals from the next generation of business events leaders for its annual “20 in Their Twenties” class.

The class of 2020 represents strategists, suppliers and destinations from the Asia Pacific region, North America and Europe. “This group represents our industry’s future and the PCMA Foundation is dedicated to recognizing the efforts and achievements of those who want to help demonstrate the influence business events have on global economic and social transformation,” says  Meredith Rollins, PCMA’s chief community officer and executive director of the PCMA Foundation. “We continue to be impressed every year by the caliber of business events professionals we see in this generation.”

The “20 in Their Twenties” class of 2020, supported by PCMA Foundation and Experience Columbus, will be honored at the PCMA Convening Leaders conference Jan. 5-8 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Class members are selected by a committee of veteran industry professionals and “20 in Their Twenties” alumni. Applicants were required to be full-time employees in the business events industry and no older than 29 on Jan. 8, 2020. They were also required to provide examples of industry leadership, a video statement and professional references.

In addition to receiving a scholarship to attend Convening Leaders, PCMA’s annual signature event, “20 in Their Twenties” members also receive complimentary registration to PCMA’s EduCon event, PCMA membership and access to PCMA educational products. The 2020 “20 in their Twenties” class will also be featured in PCMA’s Convene magazine, other PCMA communications and invited to participate in a PCMA focus group to provide emerging-leader insights.

Here is the PCMA’s “20 in their Twenties” class for 2020:

Marie-Claire Caldwell, sales and marketing manager, ICC Belfast, United Kingdom
Jillian Cardinal, sales manager, JPdL, Canada
Derica Clarke, headquarters meetings & online education specialist, American Colleges of Nurse-Midwives, U.S.
Rebecca Doser, media relations manager, trade, Destination DC, U.S.
Diana Frederiksen, sales manager, Congresses & Guest Events, Stockholmsmassan Congress & Exhibition Centre, Sweden
Julia Hachenthal, marketing & events manager, GCB German Convention Bureau e.V., Germany
Kimberly Hoffman, CMP, DCMP, director, event services, Accent Indy, a DMC Network Company, U.S.
Lisa Jeller, marketing & event manager, EventMobi, Germany
Alexandra Larach, events manager, Associations Forum, Australia
Rebecca Lino, senior technology manager, Cadence Travel, Meetings + Incentives, U.S.
Robert Lutz, account executive, CSI DMC, U.S.
Shane McFadden, CMP, manager, meetings, Consumer Healthcare Products Association, U.S.
Joy McIntyre, CMP, event manager, SPIRE Events DC, U.S.
Lindsay Miller, communications manager, Visit Anaheim, U.S.
Hannah Poyo, MBA, tradeshow & event planner, Q2, U.S.
Meagan E. Prescott, CMP, assistant vice president, conferences & events, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), U.S.
Jaclyn Rosenberg, manager, conferences & events, The Humane Society of the U.S., U.S.
Kelly Thomas, senior sales manager, Visit Austin, U.S.
Lauren Washburn, conference services manager, Sodexo, U.S.
Krista Whaley, meetings and events associate, Americans for the Arts, U.S.

PCMA believes that business events can economically and socially transform communities, enterprises and individuals. As the world’s largest platform for business events strategists and their business partners, PCMA’s success is driven by a commitment to providing provocative executive level education, face-to-face networking and business intelligence to its global audience of 7,000 professionals and students. Through its Ascent leadership initiative to promote inclusion and diversity across the business events industry and beyond, PCMA seeks to empower those challenged by gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity or disabilities to find success. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico with members in more than 40 countries and regional offices in Switzerland and Singapore. For more info, visit pcma.org

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