A true industry waymaker, Deborah Sexton served as PCMA president & CEO for 13 years. Deborah leaves behind a lasting PCMA legacy impacting the entire business event industry.

Those who know Deborah have witnessed her visionary influence: fostering collaborative relationships, mentoring the next generation of industry leaders and advocating for our profession.

Help us honor Deborah’s extraordinary impact through the Deborah Sexton Education Scholarship. The application for the Deborah Sexton Education Scholarship is open now, deadline August 24.

Please join us on August 17 at the Deborah Sexton Education Scholarship Fund Reception!


Thank you to the corporate and individual donors that have supported the Deborah Sexton Education Scholarship Fund

$10,000 – $19,999

Society of Independent Show Organizers (SISO)

$5,000 – $9,999

ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership
Destinations International (DI)
IMEX Group
Carrie & Steven Parsons
San Diego Convention Center & San Diego Tourism Authority
Grace Schuster
Explore St. Louis
Topitzes Foundation

$2,500 – $4,999

Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)
Bloomington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
Maritz Global Events, Inc.
Tourisme Montreal
Jack and Jennifer Patronski
Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Kitty Ratcliffe
Bill Reed, FASAE, CMP
Washington Convention and Sports Authority

$1,000 – $2,499

Arlington Convention and Visitors Bureau
Association Forum of Chicagoland
Baltimore Convention Center
Visit Baltimore
Calgary Stampede
Carol Wallace & Associates
CTI Meeting Technology
Destination DC
Paul Dykstra
Liz Erikson
Freeman Audio Visual Canada
Fusion Productions
PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter
The Heftman Family
IAEE | International Association of Exhibitions and Events
Jim Kelley
Ray and Kris Kopcinski
Brad Lewis
Sam Lippman
Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau
McCormick Place
Marriott International
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
National Restaurant Association
NYC & Company
Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau
Showcare Event Solutions
Tourism Toronto
Vetted Solutions
David & Julie Williams

$1 – $999

Sam Bhandarkar, CMP, CASE
Visit Charlotte
Bob Donovan
Ben Goedegebuure
Richard Green
Hilton Worldwide
Keppler Speakers
Ronald King
Kristin Mirabal, CMP
David Olender
Stuart Ruff-Lyon
Meredith Rollins
Mickey Schaefer and Associates LLC
Gary Schirmacher
Christie Tarantino-Dean
Cynthia L. Vannucci, PhD, CHME, CHSP, CMP
Nina Winston
Johnnie White


Send check payment to:
PCMA Education Foundation
Re: Deborah Sexton Scholarship
38407 Eagle Way
Chicago, IL 60678-1352

We thank you for your consideration in honoring Deborah Sexton for her contributions to PCMA and the industry at large.

Please contact foundation@pcma.org with any questions.

Rebecca SchingelDeborah Sexton Education Scholarship