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October 2019

Valerie Strehle

As the Director of Marketing Events at Workiva (NYSE:WK), Valerie Strehle is responsible for the vision, strategy, and execution of the Workiva event portfolio, including workshops, sponsorships, and field marketing experiential events to align with operational goals and objectives. She leads the annual user conference, Workiva Amplify, now in its ninth year and drawing more than 2,200 attendees. Being involved with Amplify since its beginning, she loves focusing on the changing attendee journey year over year and creating a positive, memorable experience for attendees.

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August 2019

Mae Whiting

Mae Whiting

As a Sr. Events Program Manager at AWS, Mae’s focus are the Americas Summits, driving the customer experience and the overall operational execution. With 15+ years of experience, it’s the dynamic environment and people that she’s met along the way that keeps her going.

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July 2019

Michelle Olmstead

Michelle Olmstead

As a Global Event Marketing Manager at Ivanti, Michelle Olmstead is one of the driving forces behind a portfolio of successful global events.  With 16 years of diverse experience, she has been thriving in the frenzied world of marketing and events, loving the challenges and excitement each day brings.

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June 2019

Patricia Beaudoux

Patricia is a long-time industry veteran, with 30 plus years of experience in the Hospitality Business. She has worked in The Alpine Resort Industry, which presented opportunities to work on events such as the Men’s World Cup Finals. During her tenure with Southwest Airlines, Patricia was fortunate enough to be a part of an amazing Marketing and Events Team. In Global Hotel Industry sales, Patricia focused her expertise on leisure, consortia, transient, and M&E. Currently Patricia is the Director, of International Sales for the Las Vegas Sands Corporation Asian Hotel Portfolio. Patricia works with The Marina Bay Sands, Singapore and Sands Resorts, Macao, and covers all of North America. Raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Patricia is always a southern girl at heart, and for the last 30 years has been lucky enough to call Northern California her home. Patricia is passionate about the outdoors, finding time to go mountain biking, skiing, and hiking whenever she can. She is even a certified Master Composter and Gardener! Patricia and her husband just celebrated their 29th wedding anniversary, and they have a beautiful son, who is studying in Washington DC. Her goal is to travel to all of earth’s continents, having only Africa and Antarctica left to on the list! Patricia feels honored by her ten-year involvement with CEMA and serves on the Content Committee. The caliber of professionalism, people, and camaraderie have made this journey joyful and intellectually rewarding.

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May 2019

Polly Kruz

Polly Kruse

Polly has over 15 years of experience dedicated to various aspects of customer programs and event management. Her experience covers the management of corporate events—internal and external, customer user events, executive briefing centers, customer councils, customer advisory boards, and customer communications. She has spent time working for organizations based in India, Japan, Australia and managing global teams in those regions and Europe.  Polly recently started a role at Citrix as VP of Executive Programs where her team is responsible for all C-Level events and experiences as well as the Global Briefing Centers and Global Reference Program.  Polly first joined CEMA back in 2004 and credits a lot of the success she has had in her events to the partnerships she has formed from being a CEMA member.

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April 2019

Billi Little

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

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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October 2019 Mae Whiting August 2019 Michelle Olmstead July 2019 June 2019 Polly Kruz May 2019 Billi Little 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