• CIC Lineup for 21st Hall of Leaders Celebration Wowed

    POSTED October 28, 2016

The Convention Industry Council was fully prepared for the 2016 Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards Celebration. The ceremony, which was held on Oct. 18 at Jewel Nightclub in the Aria Resort & Casino, celebrates the 21st class of the industry’s newest inductees.

The event—sponsored by MGM Resorts Events Productions, MGM Resorts International, the IMEX Group and other industry partners—was hosted by Glenn Thayer. Entertainment included cellist duo, Mert Sermet and Jerry Pence and twin tap dancers Sean and John Scott. The Scott twins have previously worked with stars such as Beyonce, Prince, Stevie Wonder and others.

“Each year, we find innovative ways to make the event relevant and enjoyable for our industry audience, while honoring those who have had such an important impact on the industry,” says Karen Kotowski, CMP, CAE, CEO, Convention Industry Council. “The award-winning MGM team is sure to produce another exciting and enjoyable event for the audience and inductees.”

The inductees for the Hall of Leaders include: Richard Aaron, MFA, CSEP Emeritus; Patrick Delaney, CMM, CITE, DMCP; Carol Krugman, CMP, CMM, M.Ed; John Patronski; and Colleen Rickenbacher, CMP, CSEP, CPC, CTA, CPECP. The Pacesetter Award Winners were Aoife Delaney and Mariela McIlwraith, CMP, CMM, MBA.

Remote working has become mainstream with the continued presence of COVID-19. While many people have welcomed the new normal of working from home, others miss the separation of spaces, as many corporate offices have remained closed since March. Without the daily obligation to go into the office, professionals have the ability to travel more freely. Hotels across the country are creating “work from hotel” deals–a play on “work from home”–so people can explore new places while still fitting in their 9 to 5.  


Choosing a career in the event industry is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it: Event planning is stressful. The last-minute changes, demands from clients and surmounting urgency of a quickly approaching event can make it difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

As a new mother, I’m right there with you and need just as much help developing a healthy work-life balance. In my experiences working in events, I’ve found the following to be helpful ways to care for my mental health, despite being in a stressful profession:


In light of COVID-19, a survey commissioned by the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) discovered that 44 percent of Americans are planning leisure trips or overnight travel before the end of 2020.