THE EDUCATORS 

Kiki L’Italien

 

Kiki L’Italien
CEO & Founder // Amplified Growth
Specialties: Speaking, SEO, association engagement

The subject of a Profile in our April issue, Kiki is perhaps best known as the moderator of the Association Chat Twitter community-#assnchat for short. This weekly video chat tackles the pressing issues shaping the association world. Most recently, she held the stage at ASAE’s inaugural Xperience Design Project (XDP) as a co-educator in the Lab Marketing Zone at the innovative new conference. When she’s not speaking or facilitating association chats, Kiki heads up Amplified Growth, a company specializing in SEO and social media optimization.

Lee Papa

 

Lee Papa
Speaker, Trainer, Author
Specialties: Mindfulness, meditation, leadership

Ever calm, collected and focused, Lee is on a mission to cultivate her signature well-being experiences at conferences around the world. This wellness trendsetter, profiled in our February issue, is known for her popular mindfulness lounge and keynote, “How to Live and Lead Mindfully,” as well as for assisting individuals and groups break through limiting patterns and fears. Check out her Be Well Lounge at IMEX America in Las Vegas this October.

Dr. Cynthia Vannucci

 

Dr. Cynthia Vannucci
Professor // Metropolitan State University of Denver
Specialties: Education

An enthusiastic supporter of the hospitality, meetings and events industry and a true crusader for students to secure internships to bridge their education with work experience as a career launch, Cynthia has a passion to see her students succeed in an industry that demands experience beyond a degree. She has been affectionately dubbed the “Internship Crusader” and has provided numerous presentations and magazine interviews, conducted research on the subject, and served as the internship coordinator for her department for more than five years.

Jessie States

 

Jessie States
Manager of Professional Development // MPI
Specialties: Live education, continuing education

The manager of professional development for MPI, Jessie designs the interactive 1:1 and one-on-few experiences at MPI’s live events, showcasing unique learning experiences and personalized education that help people engage. She also works with team members on certificate programs and with MPI partners and sponsors to create industry-leading case studies and educational courses, sharing best practices from companies across the globe.

Mary Watson-Delauder

 

Mary Watson-Delauder
Chief Wine Officer
// The National Conference Center, West Belmont Place
Specialties: Conference center food and beverage

After a long career instructing on all things F&B, Mary landed at The National three years ago following a 15-year stint at nearby Lansdowne Resort and a five-year run as corporate sommelier for Benchmark Hospitality. At The National, she creates a variety of wine programs and seminars for clients, works directly with chef Chris Ferrier to pair wines with cuisine at monthly Chef’s Tables and is the herb gardener for the Black Olive Bar & Grill.

Erica Ryan Shonkwiler

 

Erica Ryan Shonkwiler
Lecturer // Indiana University­–Purdue University Indianapolis School of Physical Education and Tourism Management
Specialties: Hospitality industry education

Selected following a recommendation by a past educator Trendsetter, Erica excels in getting students involved in real-world meetings activities and is also the faculty advisor to the PCMA Association Student Chapter and the MPI Student Chapter. She was the recipient of the 2015 Linda Brothers Teaching Award.