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April 2019

Billi Little

As the Sr. Manager, Marketing Events at Symantec, Billi Little drives the strategy and management of the global event program. She is lucky to manage a great team of event professionals that help create the largest event experiences for Symantec. Billi is an almost a 26 year veteran in the event world (July 1993 is when she received her first event position) and is still loving the chaos of the event industry. She has spent most of her career working in the software industry and she enjoys the challenge of trying to incorporate give back opportunities at the event she manages.

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March 2019


Brian Mason

Brian Mason is Sr. Manager of Strategic Events and the Global Events Liaison at Salesforce. Brian has spent the last 10 years traveling the globe and producing strategic sales and marketing events in cities from London to Sydney, Sao Paulo to New York and Munich to Tokyo. He has worked both on the event management and keynote production side of events and brings 20 years of experience from a unique background formerly in production management of TV and Film in Los Angeles on various projects like “For Love of the Game,” “Red Dragon,” and “Battle Dome”.

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February 2019

Amy Walter

Amy Walter

As the Manager, Event Strategy & Technology at Atlassian, Amy Walter drives the Event Marketing team’s measurement strategies, technology, and audience acquisition efforts for the global event portfolio including proprietary events and trade shows. She helped build the first-ever Atlassian European user conference in 2017 as the program lead, and now focuses her time partnering with Head of Event Marketing, Angie Smith, on defining the long-term strategies and goals for their programs. She loves event data and using it to help tell the Atlassian event team’s success stories and provide recommendations on the shape of their events in the future.

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January 2019

Deirdre McCready

Dierdre McCready

As Senior Vice President of Sales & Special Events at Live Nation, Deirdre McCready is responsible for driving and managing the overall sales growth and strategy of the Special Events business at Live Nations’ 50+ venues, clubs and theatres. As one of the industry’s top talents for the last 20 years, she uses her creativity, expertise and finesse to ensure her team exceeds expectations.

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December 2018

Le, Samanata

Samanata Le

Growing up in a city like Dubai, the hospitality industry is hard to avoid. I was always intrigued by it, yet embarked on a career in Graphic Design, as the Arts run generations-deep in my family. It was only after working for more than a decade as a designer, that I discovered that being an event manager was an actual career path.

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November 2018

Jessica Larkin Gaylord

Jessica Larkin

Growing up not far from Lake Tahoe in Reno, NV – I naturally love the outdoors and being active. On the weekends you can find me hiking, skiing, trail-running or even just enjoying a glass of wine on my back porch. Something about the simplicity of sunshine and a beautiful view are incredibly relaxing to me, which is why I love Colorado so much.

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October 2018

Hillary Burton

Hillary Burton

As an industry professional I have come to realize that there are organizations that create a community around you, provide personal and professional growth opportunities and then there are those that just provide a lot of noise. CEMA, has been the organization that over my 25 years in the industry, has provided the highest level of education and professional growth that has allowed me to open Burton Solutions Strategies.

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September 2018

Heather Shatz

Being recognized as a CEMA ambassador for my participation and support of the organization is truly an honor.

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August 2018

John Emmaneel

John Emmaneel General Manager, Chicago Invision

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July 2018

Denise Fest Senior Director, Global Corporate Events Visa Inc.

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June 2018

Becky Kavanagh

Becky Kavanagh Senior Manager, Global Events Ellucian

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May 2018

Fern S. Summers

Matt Schrader

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April 2019 Brian-Mason March 2019 Amy Walter February 2019 Deirdre McCready January 2019 Le, Samanata December 2018 Jessica Larkin Gaylord November 2018 Hillary Burton October 2018 September 2018 August 2018 July 2018 June 2018 May 2018

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