MPI Announces 2022 RISE Awards Recipients at Global Meetings Industry Day

MPI Announces 2022 RISE Awards Recipients at Global Meetings Industry Day

Dallas, TX — Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide, recently announced the recipients of this year’s RISE (Recognizing Industry Success and Excellence) Awards during the Global Meetings Industry Day (GMID) broadcast, that took place Thursday, April 7, 2022. The recipients were selected for exceptional achievements in the meeting and event industry.

“I continue to be amazed by the commitment, dedication, and leadership that these recipients have demonstrated in their volunteer roles with their MPI Chapters,” said Bonnie Carlson International Board of Directors 2022 Chair. “Their excellent work will have a lasting impact in the meeting industry and will be an inspiration for future leaders.”

This year, the RISE Awards feature six awards in two categories: individual achievement and community achievement.

The 2022 RISE Award recipients are:

Award Category


Member of the Year

Pawntra Shadab, CTA, CIS, CITP

Member of the Year

Shannon Jones, CMP

Meeting Industry Leadership

Valeria Serrano Suzan, PCS

Innovative Educational Programming

MPI Italia Chapter

Industry Advocate

MPI Kansas City Chapter

Membership Achievement

MPI Oregon Chapter

Marketplace Excellence

MPI Caribe Mexicano Chapter


“This year has been another year that has been unprecedented in our industry as a whole and with MPI turning 50 so, it makes sense to see that the RISE Awards will also follow this same suit,” said Cassie Poss, 2022 RISE Award Chair. “Some incredible work is being done in the chapter, national and global scale by some truly remarkable individuals. Because of this, and the incredible candidates for this year’s award, the RISE Award Committee chose to award two members of the year.”

Recipients are recognized for innovation, global transferability, impact and influence within the industry and will join the MPI Community of Honorees, a group composed of past MPI award winners and distinguished leaders.

“We are incredibly proud of our 2022 RISE Awards recipients,” said Paul Van Deventer, president, and CEO of MPI. “This year has proven to be a true testament to the resilience, courage and innovativeness within our community. We are thrilled to be able to showcase the extraordinary stories and accomplishments of our members, as they continue to lead our industry through the pandemic and beyond. Congratulations to the 2022 RISE Award recipients.” 

Award recipients will be recognized at MPI’s annual World Education Congress, taking place June 21-23, 2022 in San Francisco, CA.

For more details on the MPI RISE Awards and this year’s recipients, visit



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Meeting Professionals International (MPI) is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. The organization provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges, and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals including nearly 13,000 engaged members. It has It has nearly 70 chapters, clubs and members in more than 75 countries worldwide. "When we meet, we change the world."



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