by Loren G. Edelstein | October 01, 2016

The 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."

For more insight on this year's Top 25 Women, here's a brief video interview with M&C editor-in-chief Loren Edelstein: