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Smart Meetings Announces 3rd Annual Smart Woman Summit

SAUSALITO, California — Smart Meetings, the most trusted resource for meeting professionals, is proud to announce its third annual conference for women in meetings. Smart Meetings Presents the Smart Woman Summit will take place on April 19, 2018 at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront.

The Smart Woman Summit has come to serve as a celebrated conference for its introduction of critical tools and resources. Attendees will discover effective business strategies, tools and techniques to advance their professional growth, share poignant stories of personal success and explore how women can overcome their own set of unique challenges in the workplace.

With education, leadership and camaraderie at the forefront of its agenda, the Smart Woman Summit is designed to advance the careers of women in meetings, cultivate an empowered community of female meeting ambassadors and foster growth. Now in its 3rd year, the signature conference will feature opportunities for professional development, dynamic speaking presentations and multiple networking sessions.

The meetings and events industry is a staggering 77.4% female, and yet, many critical leadership roles are filled by men. Led by a passionate, self-made female CEO, Smart Meetings is proud to be a women’s champion and support such a vital industry group.

“I am delighted to host this event for our incredible community of women in meetings.” said Smart Meetings founder and CEO, Marin Bright. “As a woman who has faced many challenges on my own entrepreneurial path, I’m heartened and humbled to share this opportunity with my fellow meetings peers. The Summit promises to educate, empower and inspire, and reaffirm our place in the meetings industry as an informed, passionate, united community.”

Smart Meetings is honored to partner with Fort Worth Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, a premier travel destination that shares in the spirit of this influential and timely initiative.

“We are proud to sponsor the third annual Smart Woman Summit,” said John Cychol, vice president of meeting sales for the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Fort Worth is home to many strong women leaders including our mayor, Betsy Price, the trail boss for the Fort Worth Herd, Kristin Jaworksi and Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson. We are excited to showcase some of the women who lead in creativity and entrepreneurship at the Smart Woman Summit.”

The Smart Woman Summit will also feature an awards ceremony and dinner to honor winners of the 2018 Smart Women in Meetings Awards, an awards platform that recognizes top-performing women in the meetings industry. The 2018 categories include Visionaries, Innovators, Industry Leaders, Entrepreneurs, Trail Blazers and Rising Stars.

2018 Smart Women in Meetings Awards Winners

The conference will immediately follow Smart Meeting Midwest, a hosted-buyer event that connects high-quality meeting planners with premier hotels and destinations on April 18, also hosted at the Wyndham Grand Chicago Riverfront.

About Smart Meetings:
Smart Meetings is the premier partner for connecting quality meeting professionals with hotels and destinations. We cultivate powerful business relationships through robust, business-driven programs and services to ensure that planners and suppliers, alike, reach their goals. Providing best-in-class service, Smart Meetings publishes cutting-edge meetings content in print and digital magazines, offers world-class hosted-buyer networking events, CEU-accredited webinars, as well as myriad digital solutions.

Smart Meetings Media Contact:
Jennifer Harrington
Director of Marketing
jennifer@smartmeetings.com
415-339-9355

Fort Worth Media Contact:
Jessica Christopherson
Director of Marketing & Film Commissioner
Fort Worth CVB/Fort Worth Film Commission
817-698-7842 cell: 817-709-7601

 

2017 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Announces Gayle Klein as Global Director of Meetings and Events

Smart Meetings Announces 2017 American Global Travel Award Nomination

Smart Meetings Announces 2017 Platinum Choice Awards Winners

Smart Meetings Announces Eddie & Ozzie Win for Site-Sourcing Division, Smart Meetings 360

Smart Meetings Founder Marin Bright Featured in USA Today

Smart Meetings Announces Winners of 2017 Smart Stars Awards

Smart Meetings Announces Nichee Awards Win

Smart Meetings Announces Second Annual Smart Woman Summit

Smart Meetings Announces 2017 Smart Women in Meetings Award Winners

2016 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Announces 2016 Platinum Choice Awards Winners

Smart Meetings Announces 2016 Smart Stars Award Winners

Smart Meetings Announces Eddie & Ozzie Win for Site-Sourcing Division, Smart Meetings 360

Smart Meetings Announces Inaugural Smart Woman Summit

Smart Meetings Hires Vivian Shaw as Director of Global Sourcing

Smart Meetings Hires John DeCesare as Vice President/Group Publisher

2015 Press Releases

Smart Meetings Announces 2015 Smart Stars Award Winners

Marin Bright Selected as Honoree in 2015 Folio Top Women in Media Awards

Get Smarter: Introducing the NEW SmartMeetings.com

2014 Press Releases

Smart Meetings TV Special Features the Winners of the 2014 Smart Stars Awards

2014 Platinum Choice Award Winners Chosen

Marin Bright Selected as an Honoree in 2014 Folio Top Women in Media Awards

Smart Meetings Announces 2014 Smart Stars Award Winners

Smart Meetings Partners with eSpeakers

Smart Meetings 2014 Events Scheduled

Smart Meetings elsewhere on the Web:
– Hundreds of media outlets and journalists viewed the winner’s release and clips from the TV special “Smart Destinations: The Best of 2013.” Major media outlets such as Yahoo, Boston Globe and The Street, along many local television stations and business journals relayed the news across the web.
– “Wyndham Offers Meeting Planners Chance at One Million Rewards Points,” hotel-industry.co.uk, July 7, 2012.
– Meeting planners visit to hear Hawaii’s pitch,” Honolulu Star Advertiser, March 21, 2012.
– “Hawaii woos meeting planners with Smart Meetings event,” Pacific Business News, March 16, 2012.
– “‘Smart Event’ to Sell Hawaii Meetings and Incentives, March 18
– 20,” Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, March 16, 2012.
– “Make it Work : The Zen of Event Planning,” forbes.com, Oct. 27, 2011.
– “Smart Meetings Convenes 25% Growth,” minonline.com, Jan. 12, 2009.