Successful Meetings magazine has presented its annual list of 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry. These luminaries are chosen because they have made major contributions to the business of meetings, made it easier for meeting professionals to do their jobs, helped raise awareness of the industry, or had other significant impacts on it. And two of this year’s 25 Most Influential are from Missouri. Here’s a look at their accomplishments:
Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, founder of the International Medical Meeting Professionals Association, and CEO of Meeting I.Q. Pat Schaumann saw that the big meeting associations weren’t paying enough attention to the issues facing medical meeting planners, so she started the International Medical Meeting Professionals Association (IMMPA) to support these planners. In a world where few people get a significant second act, Schaumann is working on her third. In addition to heading up IMMPA, she’s also the president of Meeting I.Q., and managing director of China Connect within the U.S. If that weren’t enough, she recently authored Breaking the Code to Healthcare Compliance and the Guide to Successful Destination Management, and is a contributing editor to the Convention Industry Council Manual.
Mary Beth McEuen, division vice president and executive director of the Maritz Institute.
Through her work at the Maritz Institute, McEuen has been reaching out to the neuroscience community to find practical meeting industry applications for brain-mapping research. She’s taken raw data from this research and distilled it into the three “People Principles” that Maritz has been using to inform and guide its meeting and event designs. McEuen’s job is to take what we’re learning from the sciences and translate it into a total meeting experience that maps out the entire experience an attendee will have before, during, and after the meeting. READ MORE