Former White House Official Laura Schwartz to Emcee Annual Convention Industry Council Celebration

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Hosts 2015 Hall of Leaders and Pacesetter Awards Celebration in Las Vegas

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This week is the pinnacle of professionalism and networking in the industry, and the eight inductees we will be commemorating this year perfectly represent what the CIC is all about!

As a part of IMEX America Week, the country’s worldwide exhibition for travel, meetings and events, former White House Director of Events Laura Schwartz has been announced as emcee for the Convention Industry Council (CIC) Hall of Leaders Celebration at the MGM Grand. The recognitions conferred on the 20th annual awards night (Tuesday, October 13) are considered the events and meetings industry’s top honors, also saluting emerging leaders in the modern marketplace with the Pacesetter Awards.

This year’s gala is marked as a pivotal turn in the history of the Convention Industry Council as Laura Schwartz kicks off an electric and stylish celebration, breaking away from the buttoned-down formats of years past. In MGM’s Marquee Ballroom, Laura will lead the audience in honoring the 2015 Hall of Leaders class: Patricia Farías Barlow (Puerto Vallarta Convention Center), Larry Luteran (Hilton Worldwide), Jane E. Schuldt (World Marketing Group, Ltd.), Craig Smith (Freeman Audio Visual) and Amy Spatrisano (MeetGreen). Pacesetter Awards winners Rafael Hernández, Kate Patay and Kinga Soćko will also be recognized.

“It is an incredible honor and privilege to be invited to emcee this landmark 20th celebration with the support of CEO Karen Kotowski and the brilliant team behind the Convention Industry Council,” remarks Laura. “This week is the pinnacle of professionalism and networking in the industry, and the eight inductees we will be commemorating this year perfectly represent what the CIC is all about!”

Named one of the Top 7 Speakers by Successful Meetings Magazine, Laura Schwartz has an established history in the events world following her service in the Clinton Administration. Her high-energy custom tailored leadership, networking and business strategy keynotes have energized entrepreneurs, sales executives, philanthropists and Fortune 500 CEOs around the world. Also a regular conference emcee and moderator, Laura inspires her audiences to Eat, Drink & Succeed as she draws themes from her best-selling book of the same title.

Laura Schwartz looks forward to returning to Las Vegas for IMEX America Week, October 11-16, 2015. The CIC Awards night raises its curtains Tuesday, October 13 at 6:00pm at MGM Grand’s Marquee Ballroom. To learn more about the evening and its MC, check out the MeetingsNet news article or visit the Convention Industry Council website—event tickets are still available.

For more information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Ashley Brooks at ashley(at)lauraschwartzlive(dot)com or 312-523-6220

About Laura Schwartz
As the White House Director of Events during the Clinton Administration, Laura created events that represented a nation and inspired the world. At just 19, she arrived at the White House with no political connections and volunteered answering phones in the press office, quickly climbing her way up the ranks as a staff assistant, the Midwest Press Secretary, the Director of Television and ultimately the White House Director of Events.

Today, as a professional speaker, respected television commentator, founder of Laura Schwartz Live and author of Eat, Drink & Succeed, Laura shares the networking secrets that skyrocketed her onto the world stage along with personal anecdotes from her life and White House years as she empowers, motivates and inspires each audience she encounters.

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