FastFive – October 2017
Betsy Bondurant, CMM, CTE
Bondurant Consulting

1. What story in our industry impacted you the most in 2017 and why?
Hurricanes Irma devastating the Virgin Islands. I have done a few meetings and “bare boat” trips in both the US and British Virgin Islands. The people are so kind and generous and the culture is so rich (and fun!) it is heartbreaking to see so many of our favorite places literally destroyed. Knowing that the islands are uniquely dependent on tourism, the short and long term outlook is very depressing. This is where I will putting my relief efforts.

2. What advice would you give your younger self?

Start traveling internationally in my early 20’s, not in my late 30’s

3. What’s your guilty pleasure?
Playing Sudoku (when I should probably be doing something more productive).

4. What does your current “just get it done” playlist look like?
Smooth jazz so I can stay focused (Richard Elliot, Grover Washington Jr., Earl Klugh)

5. What’s your favorite city and why?
Any cruise ship I am on, because I get to visit multiple cities and cultures on one trip!

About Betsy
Betsy Bondurant, CMM, CTE offers a unique 360o perspective with over 30 years industry expertise in hotel sales, meeting & trade show management, including 12 years of direct involvement in the discipline of Strategic Meetings Management.  This diverse background positions Betsy uniquely for the successful development and delivery of projects in the indirect category of meetings, events, and trade shows.

Betsy began her career in restaurants in 1977, transitioned into hotel sales and ultimately found her passion in meeting and trade show management.  During her 15 year tenure at the world’s largest biotech company, Betsy developed and implemented a pioneering corporate-wide strategic meeting management program.  This experience also provided her deep insight into the regulations affecting the Life Sciences industry.  In 2007, she moved from the corporate meeting world to consulting, much of which has been within procurement organizations. In addition to her current work with Fortune 500 companies, Betsy is considered a Subject Matter Expert in the area of Strategic Meetings Management Programs and as such, has authored many articles, developed educational content, and presented to audiences in North America, Europe and Asia.

Betsy holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She has been an active member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI) since 1994; having served on many of international committees, as a member of the International Board of Directors and is currently the chair of the Knowledge Advisory Council.  Betsy believes in giving back, and as a result has participated in a number of industry advisory boards, panels, and forums. In 2009, Betsy was one of the first to achieve MPI’s Accredited Trainer designation. Betsy has been recognized as one of Business Travel News “Best Practitioners” and has been honored as one of Meeting News “25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry, and recently was awarded the 2010 MPI “Chairwoman’s Award”.