Katharine Gausmann, AFIA’s events and meetings specialist, was honored for her dedication to the field of event planning this past November. Each year, the Professional Convention Management Association—one of the leading professional associations of its kind—selects a class of young professionals for its “20 in their Twenties” program. The program is designed to engage the best and brightest young professionals in the meetings industry by recognizing emerging leaders—and their talents—that help accelerate the industry and carry it into the future.
To be considered for the program, applicants must be employed fulltime in the meetings industry, be under the age of 30 years old and, of course, demonstrate their leadership abilities. Applicants were not required to be a member of PCMA; however, Gausmann has been a member since she was a collegiate at the University of South Carolina.
Those chosen for the 2015 class will be awarded with a discounted registration and membership to multiple conferences while in their twenties, a complementary membership for 2015 and recognition in the association’s magazine and other communications materials.
“I am extremely honored and excited to receive this award. One of the greatest benefits is the opportunity to be paired with a national board member, foundation board trustee or past PCMA leader for mentoring sessions. The ability to ask industry trailblazers questions will allow me to grow professionally and personally. I hope to continue to bring ideas back to AFIA,” said Gausmann.
Gausmann plans to stay active in the Capital Chapter as she currently serves as the Recruitment Sub-Committee Chair and Education Sub-Committee Chair, in addition to serving on the PCMA Headquarters Education Task Force.