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The Woman Behind Chicago’s Most Creative Event Space

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How does a vibrant, whimsical event space celebrate 14 years of successful meetings? How else than with an equally unique anniversary party? On November 14, Catalyst Ranch, Chicago’s most creative meeting and event space, will be celebrating “A Most Interesting Affair,” a perfectly fitting Invited are clients of various past meetings and special events as well…

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Entrepreneur Extraordinaire: Sheila C. Johnson of Salamander

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Salamander Resort & Spa, Middleburg, Virginia (Photo by Drew Xeron) CEO Sheila C. Johnson’s latest endeavor is expanding luxury hotel collection • Born: Jan. 25,1949, in McKeesport, Pennsylvania • Education: University of Illinois, bachelor’s degree in music performance and education • Family Life: Married to the Honorable William T. Newman Jr.; two grown children, Paige…

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Inaugural Smart Woman Summit Promotes Strong Female Leaders

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Friday, June 24, kicked off the inaugural Smart Woman Summit at Trump National Doral Miami, with a glamorous welcome reception that set the tone for what would be a weekend chock-full of empowerment and lessons to apply in and out of the office. The following morning, motivational speaker and best-selling author Christine Hassler began the…

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Q&A with Alice Constandina “Dina” Titus

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Congresswoman representing Nevada’s First District; professor emeritus at University of Nevada, Las Vegas How have you been influenced by your family’s involvement in Georgia politics? Growing up in a politically active family instilled in me a respect for public service, a desire to give back to my community and sensitivity for those less fortunate than…

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Promotion at Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), one of the top destination management organizations in the United states, is off to a running start in the new year with Julie Coker Graham at the helm. Coker Graham assumed her new position in January, succeeding former President and CEO Jack Ferguson. “Julie Coker Graham is a talented,…

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IAEE Welcomes 2016 Chairperson

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Julia Smith, CEM, CTA was named 2016 Chairperson of International Association of Exhibitions and Events (IAEE) at the organization’s annual meeting, networking luncheon and awards presentation in Baltimore. She is the successor to 2015 Chairperson Megan Tanel, CEM. “I look forward to building on IAEE’s successful advocacy initiatives, and to promoting program development to attract…

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Smart Talk: Q&A With Fiona Pelham

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Entrepreneur and sustainability advocate Fiona Pelham will become international chair for Meeting Professionals International (MPI) in January, 2016 How did you become involved in the industry? I have always been involved in events. I was the one who arranged the school fashion show, and was a Girl Scout leader for a long time—we did a…

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Uncompromising: Ivanka Trump Was Born to Succeed

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As the daughter of a wealthy real estate mogul and a beautiful model, the world was Ivanka Trump’s oyster. Stylish, sharp and ambitious, Ivanka incorporates the best attributes from both sides of her gene pool. A former model and television personality who exhibits poise and confidence in the limelight, the 34-year-old is more than just…

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How Smart Meetings Helped Renee Cash Get Into Grad School

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Renee Cash, an avid reader of Smart Meetings, credits the magazine with helping her get into grad school for hospitality and event management. When writing application essays and prepping for her interviews, the director of protocol & senior special events manager for the Department of the Navy’s Commander Navy Installations Command says she sought inspiration…

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