James Spellos
President, Meeting U.
Specialties: Meetings technology; speaker, author and blogger

One of the most in-demand speakers on the meetings circuit, Spellos delivers some 150 courses and seminars annually, and has also been adjunct faculty in the hospitality program at New York University for more than 25 years. His latest claim to fame is being the co-creator of the Whole Earth Calculator app for anti-hunger think tank Rock and Wrap It Up, which helps organizations identify the number of meals donated from leftover food and the carbon footprint reduced from food, paper and plastic recovered from meetings and events.


Corbin Ball
President, Corbin Ball Associates
Specialties: Meetings technology; author, blogger and speaker

A former meeting planner, Ball speaks, consults and writes about using technology to improve meetings and tradeshows. Sometimes called the “godfather of events technology,” he has an informative website and an enviable track record of tech predictions.


Dr. Swathi Ravichandran
Specialties: Hospitality school professor; F&B; lodging management

An associate professor and coordinator of the Hospitality Management program at Kent State University, Ravichandran was awarded PCMA’s 2014 Distinguished Educator of the Year Award at its Convening Leaders conference in Chicago last January. Educating and sending out the next generation of meeting professionals into the world, Ravichandran is a tireless advocate for her students as they begin their careers.


Krzysztof Celuch
Specialties: Educator; industry advocate; speaker; CVB leader

Much like that somewhat rare breed of “supplanner” (a cross between supplier and planner), Celuch wears both the hats of supplier and educator, for his work promoting the meetings industry in Poland and as vice-rector at the Warsaw School of Tourism & Hospitality Management, head of the Poland Convention Bureau and as adjunct professor at San Diego State University and University of Warsaw. He has won MPI’s RISE Award and the CIC’s Pacesetter, and was named a future leader by DMAI’s 30 Under 30 program.


Janine Driver
President & Lead Instructor, The Body Language Institute
Specialties: Business consulting; keynote speaker

The Washington Post dubbed Janine Driver “A part of a thriving industry of consultants helping people to climb their career ladder.” As a New York Times best-selling author and the body language expert for NBC’s TODAY Show and HLN’s Dr. Drew Show, former ATF agent Driver is known as “the human lie detector” and is currently taking her myriad talents to the stage as a keynote speaker at meetings and conventions.


Bonnie Wallsh
Chief Strategist, Bonnie Wallsh Associates
Specialties: Industry educator and advocate

Wallsh has worked in the meetings industry for more than 30 years and served as an instructor at seven universities. Other accolades include being a contributing author of the Financial Management section for the 9th edition of the Convention Industry Council Manual and frequent speaking and webinar appearances. This year, she fulfilled her dream of volunteering on an Israel Defense Forces base.


Kristen McCosh
Disability Commissioner, City of Boston
Specialties: ADA compliance; advocate for disabled

As the Disability Commissioner for the City of Boston, McCosh helps ensure all public buildings, streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces are accessible, with a lot of effort dedicated to the local meetings industry. She also gives speeches about her experience in disability advocacy, empowerment and civil rights for people with disabilities. An advocate for more than 30 years, she served as Ms. Wheelchair Massachusetts 2007 and Ms. Wheelchair America 2008, as well as taking national advocacy roles for empowerment and inclusion.