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by Loren G. Edelstein | October 1, 2016

Loren G. Edelstein, editor in chief of Meetings & ConventionsThe meetings marketplace is powered by thousands of extraordinary individuals -- many of them women. M&C's second annual list of Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry celebrates true standouts who are elevating the professionalism of our business.

This year's honorees share a common trait: unbridled enthusiasm, and not just for their day jobs. These women are determined to change the world! Some examples:

• Dahlia El Gazzar, a consultant and "tech evangelist," says her mission is "to untether busy professionals from their desktops and offices, and have them be more efficient and productive while working from a beach in Mexico, with an umbrella drink, through their mobile devices, smart solutions and apps." (Three cheers to that!)

• Janiece Sneegas, Ph.D., strives for ever-higher sustainability goals for the Unitarian Universalist Association's meetings, because a tenet of the religion is to demonstrate "respect for the interdependent web of all existence."

• Pat Schaumann of Maritz Travel promises tech advances that will "revolutionize" the medical meetings profession.

• Amy Ledoux of ASAE is set on helping associations create better meetings because "their members, in turn, make the world a better place."

This industry is full of so many extraordinary women beyond the 25 lauded here. Who did we miss? Please add your comments to the story online or send me an email. We'll make sure to have them on our radar for next year.