Carrie Abernathy, CMP, CEM, CSEP
31, Founder and CEO, CAbernathy Consulting San Diego
“I am a matchmaker in a sense,” says Abernathy. “I put together events that bring together planners and vendors to network and do good for the community.” She studied event management at Victoria University in Melbourne and then jumped into meeting planning after college. She sits on the customer advisory boards for Reno-Sparks CVA, Cleveland CVB, San Jose CVB, Destination Hotels & Resorts and Convention Plan It, and also chairs Green Meeting Industry Council’s Sustainable Meetings Foundation. Abernathy has presented at major industry conferences, including PCMA’s Convening Leaders and IAEE’s Expo! Expo! on personal branding and professional development.