Every year, Meetings Today polls its readers, reaches out to sources and contacts past Meetings Trendsetters to compile a list of the planners, educators and suppliers whose efforts and ideas propel our industry. Following is our 2016 list recognizing these agents of change. Congrats to all who made the list!

Looking for previous years' lists? Follow the links below!

We encourage readers to share the good news and make sure to keep an eye out (and vote) for future trendsetters!



Lisa D. Frazier
Director, Conferences, Meetings and Events
// United States Institute of Peace
Specialties: Strategic event and government planning

Recognized by MPI as an Emerging Leader and by the International Live Events Association (formerly ISES) for excellence in event planning, Lisa is a 15-year industry veteran whose impressive resume includes senior planning positions at the Library of Congress, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the National Museum of Women in the Arts.


Terri Woodin
Senior Director of Global Meeting Services // Meeting Sites Resource
Specialties: Speaking, education and site selection

With a career in the hospitality industry stretching some 35 years, Terri counts experience on both the supplier side, in hotel operations and sales, and as a meeting planner. She also delivers workshops and webinars on topics that include negotiation strategies, hotel contracts and strategic meetings management, among others.


Monica Grinage-Prince
Event Program Manager // International Facility Management Association
Specialties: Conference management and design

Singled out as a mentor of younger planning professionals, Monica designs and develops international conferences and program offerings for the IFMA’s events worldwide. She currently serves on the Board of the Houston chapter of MPI and the Education Review Task Force for MPI Global.


Dee Silfies
Owner // D. Silfies & Company
Specialties: Conference and tradeshow design, marketing and education

Following eight years as director of tradeshows at RealWorld Corporation and 10 years in executive management at events and tradeshow publisher EXHIBITOR, where she worked on its Exhibitor Show and developed its Certified Trade Show Marketer program and exhibitoronline.com, Dee now develops curriculum for conferences and online learning at her own firm, D. Silfies & Company.


Karen L. May
Vice President of Sales and Marketing // Venues of North Scottsdale
Specialties: Event design and site selection

Karen serves groups of up to 3,000 participants in all manner of partner sites in Scottsdale, and for the past 25 years has been active in the special event planning, tradeshow management and incentive events sides of the industry. Innovative spaces she has used include small airport hangars and even chef’s service on the tarmac of a runway.


Marc Crosier
Tradeshow Manager // Heidelberg Engineering
Specialties: Exhibitions, tradeshows and events

Marc uses his 20-plus years of tradeshow and events experience to create meaningful face-to-face connections between businesses and their customers. Whether partnering with vendors to develop interactive displays or spearheading volunteer opportunities, he strives to deliver memorable experiences that drive results. As a seven-year member of the ExhibitorLive Advisory Board he has helped shape educational programs as well as presented at national meetings.

Tami Forero
CEO // Forte Events
Specialties: Specialties: Speaking and event planning

A strategic event planner with nearly 25 years of experience, Tami leads Colorado Springs, Colo.’s Forte Events, and creates unique training and leadership development programs that have earned international recognition and industry awards. Event specialties include employee retention and recruitment, profit generation and product launches.