Our Passion

CEMA is a thriving community of corporate event marketers. We serve all senior-level event marketers in a corporate environment. The diversity of our corporate membership continues to expand, and our recent acceptance as members of the Events Industry Council (EIC) have enabled us to expand our reach even further. Our differentiator is our non-selling, peer-to-peer environment. Conversations among participants at our events focus on best practice sharing and knowledge sharing. Relationships are first and foremost. Professionals do business with other professionals they trust. CEMA facilitates those connections and lifelong industry friendships. CEMA members engage in person through educational and networking opportunities offered each month around the country. CEMA Study Tours are our most popular professional development opportunity, providing behind-the-scene knowledge sharing about industry events. Members also engage online via Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

Advisory Board of Directors

Amy Walter


Head of Global Event Strategy, Atlassian

Gary Murakami

Vice Chair

Vice President of Sales & Industry Relations, Teneo Hospitality

Richard Steinau


Senior Vice President, Bellwether

Colleen Bisconti

Immediate Past Chair

VP Global Conferences & Events, IBM

Courtney Bales

Board Member at Large

Chief of Staff, Global Events & Oracle Studio, Oracle

Bridgette Birdie

Board Member at Large

Sr. Director of Events, RMS Moody's

Kathleen Castaillac

Board Member at Large

Sr. Director, Global Event Marketing, Splunk

Stefanie Maragna

Board Member at Large

Global Technology Marketing Executive

Ben Nazario

Board Member at Large

President, MC-2

Dan Shuman

Board Member at Large

Global Account Executive, Global Sales Organization, Marriott

Jodi Morrison

Board Member at Large

Vice President of Operations, Lenos Software

Leslie Hasvold

Board Member at Large

Senior Director, Global Event Management & Strategy, Illumio

Sara Straw

Board Member at Large

Director, Strategic Events, Ring Central

Jessica Colmenares

Board Member at Large

Director of Sales, Worldwide Accounts, Hilton

Paula Grayson

Board Member at Large

EVP, Client Services Delivery and Operations, Opus Agency

Heather Schneider

Board Member at Large

Manager, Event Operations, Tyler Technologies, Inc.

Jeremy Youett

Board Member at Large

Senior Director, Corporate Events and Sponsorships, Smartsheet


Brian Mason

VP of Strategy & Operations

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Mariah Cater

Events Manager