MICKEY SCHAEFER, CAE, began her career in the seventies when “women wore suits and bow ties to show that we were in management,” and meeting professionals were thought of as nothing more than party planners. Now, almost 30 years later, she and other women have achieved leadership roles in the meeting industry — and the industry itself is regarded with much more respect. Schaefer has been instrumental in creating those changes. Starting her career with a 10-year stint as executive director ...

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