2019 40 Under 40: Pamela Wike Boyd, CMP, The Solid Waste Association of North America

By Connect Staff, July 9, 2019

Pamela Wike Boyd, CMP, 33, works in Silver Spring, Maryland, as senior manager of meetings and events at The Solid Waste Association of North America. As a 2019 40 Under 40 honoree, Boyd discusses her passion for the events industry. 

What I do: I am responsible for all meeting arrangements, including food service, room setup, audiovisual, registration, transportation and a list of other key elements for our three main events. I also manage the pre-show selection process, including contracting, site selection and visitation. I am also the key contact for all partnered vendors.

How I got here: I started with SWANA as a training coordinator for our education department. My interest in meetings and expo grew very quickly. Before I knew it, I was shadowing our meetings manager as I knew I’d be walking into that role one day.

Greatest career accomplishment: That will forever and always be the journey of obtaining my CMP designation.

Impressive stats: Since the implementation of both events in 2016, our Training@HQ program has brought in more than $50,000 per year. Our 5K run has registered between 60 to 100 people per event and raises more than $3,500 that goes toward ISWA Scholarship Fund, a charity that has great meaning to SWANA.

Specific improvement I’ve made: SWANA did not have a 5K run nor a Training@HQ (in-office training) prior to my introducing it to the training manager. I did the foundation layout for both events and we rolled them out during our next meeting.

What I am working on now: I’m gearing up for our annual WASTECON conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Although our events are catered to individuals in the solid waste industry, I am looking at ways to introduce mindfulness to our attendees. On our exhibit hall floor, there will be a mindfulness studio where attendees can test their abilities to meditate with the noise and activity happening with the exhibitors. 

What I do outside of work: My husband and I love to travel and find unique locations to explore. We have more than 100 shot glasses branded with our traveled destinations. I’m also into beauty products and blogs lately.

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