FIVE YEARS AGO, WE INTRODUCED OUR 20 CHANGEMAKERS ISSUE. This year’s honorees have created positive change—both in their careers and in their industries. They have elevated their roles beyond logistics to focus on the bigger picture: strategic meetings management, meeting design, outsourcing, technology, ROI. They have also reached beyond their four walls to influence the entire profession as educators, mentors, and leaders.


Jan Aument
Tradeshow & Events Coordiantor
BASF Construction Chemicals

Margaret Briody-Knipper
Associate Director, Meetings Solutions

Kelley Butler
Director, Meeting & Events
McDonald's Corp.

Madlyn Caliri
Director, Global Procurement
Reed Elsevier

Sharon Chapman, CMM, CMP
Manager, Conference Planning
Guardian Life Insurance

Ellen Connolly

Eldon Gale
Director, Meeting and Event Management

Sandro Honigsberg
Senior Purchasing Manager, Meetings & Events
Procter & Gamble

Therese Jardine
Senior Procurement Manager, Events, Marketing Procurement

Jim Lavold
Director of Meetings
Northwestern Mutual

Jeff Leggett
Corporate Meeting Planner
The Co-operators Insurance

Karen Lynch, CMP
Global Category Lead-Meetings and Events
Johnson Controls

Wendy Meade
Senior Manager

Simon Murray
Executive Director
Morgan Stanley

Kimberly O'Connor
Senior Director, Pharmaceutical Operations Meetings

Steph Pfeilsticker, CMP, CMM
Virtual Strategy Manager
Thrivent Financial for Lutherans

Kati Quigley, CMP
Senior Director, World Wide Partner Community Events

Cindy Shumate
Executive Director-Travel and Meeting Services
Estee Lauder

Alexandra Wagner
Group Vice President, Director of Corporate Events Marketing, and Assistant Director of Sponsorships
SunTrust Banks, Inc.

Paul Wakelin
Strategic Sourcing Specialist, Services Bureau Project Manager
IBM United Kingdom

ADVISORY BOARD: Amy Harris, CMP, SMMC, vice president, strategic meetings management, SunTrust Banks; George Odom, global meetings manager, Hewlett-Packard; Carolyn Pund, CMP, CMM, senior global meetings & events manager, Cisco Systems; Shawna Suckow, president, SPIN (The Senior Planners Industry Network); and Todd Zint, CMP, CMM, vice president, meetings and events, NFP