Every year, Meetings Today polls its readers, reaches out to sources and contacts past Meetings Trendsetters to compile a list of the planners, educators and suppliers whose efforts and ideas propel our industry. Following is our 2016 list recognizing these agents of change. Congrats to all who made the list!

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We encourage readers to share the good news and make sure to keep an eye out (and vote) for future trendsetters!



Pat Schaumann
Senior Director of Healthcare Compliance
// Maritz Travel, A Global Events Company
Specialties: Medical and pharma meetings education

Until recently director of the Healthcare Sector, MPI MD and the Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate program for MPI, Pat is a virtual library of medical meetings education, helping meeting planners navigate the complicated segment and its myriad rules and regulations. She recently joined major medical meetings third-party planning company Maritz Travel to direct its healthcare compliance effort.


Kristen Brown
Speaker // The Happy Hour Effect
Specialties: Keynote speaker

Kristen helps busy professionals strive to reach their goals even when work and life are stressful, using her compelling personal story­—a staggering loss that led to her shift to speaking after spending 15 years in corporate leadership—to inspire audiences. She lives in Minneapolis with her daughter when not on the road and says she “will do just about anything for bacon or an extra hour of sleep.”


Eric Rozenberg
President // Swantegy
Specialties: Incentive travel and author

Long a fixture on the meetings scene, both running an incentive travel company and as the first European to become chairman of the International Board of MPI, Eric recently penned his first book, Meeting at C-Level: An Executive Guide for Driving Strategy and Helping the Rest of Us Figure Out What the Boss Wants, which aims to get to the “why” instead of the “how” of meeting programs.


Tammi Leader Fuller
CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer) // Campowerment
Specialties: Teambuilding and empowerment

After leaving a senior-level producer career at Warner Brothers/Telepictures, Tammi brought her energy to Campowerment, which brings together women from all walks of life on rustic weekend retreats to further their professional lives. The effort has received recognition from the likes of Oprah, MORE and Parade magazines, the TODAY Show, The Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald and Philadelphia Inquirer.


Dr. Kristin Malek
Assistant Professor
// Department of Hospitality Management, Kansas State University
Specialties: Business consulting; keynote speaker

A former meeting planner in Las Vegas, Kristin is currently an event management educator at Kansas State University. She works with the industry to conduct individualized event research and helps organizations develop strategic plans, increase membership and analyze attendee satisfaction, loyalty and content retention across different meeting platforms, including face-to-face, streaming and webcast. Dr. Malek brings hands-on learning into the classroom and requires students to participate in and plan actual events.