Lauren Kramer receives 2019 PCMA Visionary Award

Lauren accepted the PCMA Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Visionary Award on May 7, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.  Twenty other outstanding professionals were honored for their dedication, innovation, and passion.  

The premier annual industry recognition event drew more than 1,000 business events professionals (a record attendance) and nearly 1500 participants on Facebook Live.

“PCMA's 2019 Visionary Awards celebrated many accomplished individuals in the hospitality industry. I was delighted to be included as the Educator Lifetime Achievement Honoree and to share the evening with cherished friends and colleagues. Never will I ever forget May 7, 2019!”

The 2019 event was held in partnership with Visit Austin and the Austin Convention Center. All Visionary Award event proceeds benefit the PCMA Foundation, which empowers professionals and advances innovations in the business events industry.

PCMA Honors Lauren Kramer with 2019 Visionary Award

Meeting Priorities founder is the Educator Honoree.

In the press release, Meredith Rollins, Executive Director of the PCMA Education Foundation said “PCMA is proud to celebrate another outstanding group of individuals whose leadership and influence has positively impacted their peers and the business events industry.”

PCMA sited Lauren's "advocacy for face-to-face events, her passion for mentoring and significant experience with developing educational program formats and global business event management made her an ideal recipient for the Educator award. She is the Founder and Principal of Meeting Priorities, LLC. Meeting Priorities has served clients in many facets of the business events industry from developing unique program delivery methods, onsite management, back end results analysis, future planning and more. An active PCMA member for many years, she has served on the PCMA Board of Directors and as Chair of PCMA Convening Leaders. Kramer is also a founding member of the Legacy Society as well as the Capital Chapter where she served as president."

Congratulations, Lauren!

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Interview with Lauren Kramer featured on PCMA website

Lauren Kramer of Meeting Priorities Follows Her Entrepreneurial Ambitions

Founder and principal of Meeting Priorities LLC offers insights on taking a leap of faith to launch her own business<.p>

Author: David McMillin    
The events industry talks a lot about legacies in terms of the lasting imprint that meetings and conferences leave behind in host destinations. In addition to highlighting those impacts that continue to make a difference for communities around the world, PCMA is proud to celebrate the individuals whose leadership will continue to resonate for future generations. More than 100 meeting professionals and suppliers have joined the PCMA Education Foundation’s Legacy Society, a group with CMPs, CAEs, MBAs, and other distinguished acronyms attached to their names who have planned contributions to the industry’s future in their wills or estate plans.

Those Legacy Society members include the game-changers and ground-breakers who develop new ideas and launch new businesses. Today, Lauren Kramer, CAE, founder and principal of Meeting Priorities LLC, shares her perspectives on taking a leap of faith to strike out on her own, respecting the DIY spirit of an emerging generation of event professionals, and learning how to order wine.

What advice would you give the 25-year-old version of you?

Listen. Observe. Be kind. These are traits that serve everyone well in any situation. One phrase I’ve adopted is “Not my story to tell,” which speaks to keeping confidences. And of course, I would tell myself to learn how to order wine for every occasion. Wine lists have their way of making it to the organizer’s place, and you have to order with confidence!

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