2016 40 Under 40: Bethany Spencer, CMP

By Connect Staff, March 16, 2016

bethany spencerBethany Spencer, CMP
36, Meeting Planner and Center Administrator
American Association for the Advancement of Science/Center of Science, Policy, and Society Programs, Washington, D.C.

What I do: “I am responsible for more than50 meetings and events, ranging from public lectures and science policy conferences to Capitol Hill briefings and seminary retreats.”

What I really do: “I’m a matchmaker of people and science, encouraging meeting participants (judges, the general public, seminarians, policy wonks and others) to add more science to their lives. This encouragement usually involves food.”

Next-level F&B: “All the talk of food allergies and intolerances can be overwhelming, and I previously ridiculed it. Then I was diagnosed with several allergies. I decided to embrace food issues, and now I’ve challenged chefs to create passed items such as
a vegan, gluten-free potpie—it was the first item gone at a recent event. Then people lined up for a lemon-rosemary spritzer and mobbed our hot chocolate bar, complete with soy milk for the cocoa.”

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