When DeeDee Irby moved from California to Texas 10 years ago, she had no plans to work in the meetings industry. She began working at Pier 1 Imports as a sales manager and was moving toward a career in visual merchandising. Since Pier 1's corporate offices are based in Fort Worth, she believed that she was in a good position to move up the corporate ladder. Little did she know that another career path would emerge. “I was in a Bible study, and one of the girls was working with Women of ...

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