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Eduardo Arabu – National Hispanic Corporate Council & Latino DEI Collective

Eduardo Arabu

CEO, National Hispanic Corporate Council & Latino DEI Collective

Chicago, Ill.

Describe your job.

I am responsible for day-to-day operations including the design, implementation, and execution of organizational development strategies at the Washington, D.C.-based National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC) along with its affiliate brands: The Latino DEI …

Naomi Badhwa – Atlanta Botanical Garden

Naomi Badhwa

Special Events Sales Manager, Atlanta Botanical Garden

Atlanta, Ga

Describe your job.

I lead a sales team and do many things, including providing guidance, training, mentorship, setting quotas and goals, creating sales plans, and analyzing data. My role here is a dream job because the Atlanta Botanical …

Mariya Baker – Explore Branson

Mariya Baker

Director of Meeting and Convention Sales, Explore Branson

Branson, Mo.

Describe your job.

As director of meeting and convention sales for Explore Branson, I manage and oversee sales operations with one main goal: to drive and increase the economic impact of meetings and conventions in the Branson …

Carolyn Barrett – Visit Kenner

Carolyn Barrett

Executive Director, Visit Kenner

Kenner, La.

Describe your job.

I promote the City of Kenner, La., in every way possible. From attending tradeshows and conferences to sending out leads for meetings and events, posting on social media, and producing and assisting with events in Kenner such as …

Paola Bowman – Arlington CVB

Paola Bowman

Director of Client Services & Events, Arlington CVB

Arlington, Texas

Describe your job.

I like to say the essence of my job is bridging people and ideas to make great things happen. As director of services for the Arlington CVB, I help planners execute their meetings in …

Haley Follett – Visit Galveston

Haley Follett

Meetings & Events Services Coordinator, Visit Galveston

Galveston, Texas

Describe your job.

Meeting and events services coordinator is my official title, but I like to say, “I’m your gal for all things island.” My daily goal is to assure planners bringing their meetings to our shores have …

Isaiah Griffin – Fayetteville Area CVB

Isaiah Griffin

Convention Sales Manager, Fayetteville Area CVB

Fayetteville, N.C.

Describe your job.

My job is selling the city of Fayetteville and Cumberland County in North Carolina and its attractions to meeting planners far and near. Meetings and events held here have a positive financial effect on our local …

Gretchen Hall – Destinations International

 Gretchen Hall

COO, Destinations International

Little Rock, Ark.

Describe your job.

Destinations International, based in Washington, D.C., is the world’s largest resource for destination organizations, CVBs, and tourism boards. The professional association is a forward-thinking collaborative of more than 7,000 members and partners from more than 650 destinations in …

Julie K. Hewett – JulNet Solutions, LLC

Julie K. Hewett

Founder and CEO, JulNet Solutions, LLC

Huntington, W.Va.

Describe your job.

For the past 25 years, I have worked closely with our clients to plan events that serve a number of different purposes—whether a small committee meeting of 10 or a convention for 1,000 and everything …

Tracy Judge – Soundings

Tracy Judge

Founder and CEO, Soundings

San Diego, Calif.

Describe your job.

I am the founder and CEO of Soundings, an innovative talent platform connecting event and marketing professionals with companies that are in search of the most relevant talent for their organization, either freelance or full-time, in the …


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