The members of the 2024 programs class are emerging leaders who have demonstrated strong leadership qualities. They bring a wealth of innovative ideas to the business industry and represent business event strategists, suppliers, and destinations from all PCMA regions, including APAC, Canada, EMEA, LATAM, and the United States.
“I am honored to be a recipient of this year’s class of 20 in their Twenties, I couldn’t have done it without the support of all departments at the ACC mentoring me along the way,” said Lily Harris, Event Coordinator at the Austin Convention Center.
Supported by the PCMA Foundation and Experience Columbus, the class of 2024 will be introduced at Convening Leaders 2024 (CL24) on January 7-10 in San Diego, California. Members of the class of 2024 receive scholarships to participate in CL24, registration to EduCon 2024 in Detroit, and a one-year PCMA membership along with a feature story in PCMA’s Convene magazine.
Since August 2022, Harris has been an integral part of the Austin Convention Center team. Beginning as a temporary Event Coordinator and Guest Services Representative, she has advanced to the position of full-time Event Coordinator.
In her current role, Harris is responsible for preparing, producing, and coordinating event timelines and production schedules. This also encompasses managing communications for audiovisuals, security, catering, décor, invoices, and internal and external room set drawings. Additionally, Harris is the Event Coordinator for some of the convention center’s largest shows including SXSW and Keller Williams.
Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Austin College, in Sherman, Texas, and is pursuing a master’s degree from Texas Tech University. She is an Austin, Texas native and a graduate of Austin High School.
PCMA is the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists with more than 7,000 members. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico with members in more than 59 countries. More information about PCMA can be found at pcma.org.
The Austin Convention Center and the Palmer Events Center are LEED® Gold-certified and GBAC STAR™-accredited facilities. The Austin Convention Center is located at 500 East Cesar Chavez, in the heart of downtown. The Palmer Events Center is a multipurpose venue, nestled next to Butler Park, Auditorium Shores, and Lady Bird Lake, at 900 Barton Springs Road. The Austin Convention Center Department is comprised of 301 full-time staff positions and is an enterprise department for the City of Austin. As an enterprise department, ACCD is not funded by property taxes, sales taxes, or transfers from the electric and water utilities.