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 now closed.


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
Discover the Palm Beaches
Paul Dykstra
Liz Erikson
Susan Euritt
Freeman Audio Visual Canada
Fusion Productions
PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter
The Heftman Family
IAEE | International Association of Exhibitions and Events
Jim Kelley

$1,000 – $2,499 continued…

Ray and Kris Kopcinski
Brad Lewis
Sam Lippman
Tony Lorenz
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
Jim Rooney
Tammy Routh
Showcare Event Solutions
Tourism Toronto
Vetted Solutions
David & Julie Williams


Marc Anderson
Maria Andriola
Phyllis Azama
Doug Bennett
Kevin Boland
David Causton
Visit Charlotte
Carolyn Clark
Barbara Connell
Bob Donovan
Jennifer Erney
Karin Soyster Fitzgerald
Mary Gallagher
Mike Gamble
Katie Callahan Giobbi
Ben Goedegebuure
Karen Gonzales
Richard Green
Bill & Lois Grusich
Peggy Murray Hagaman
Anne Heller
Hilton Worldwide
Joe Hirsch

Laura Jelinek
Teri Jordan
Susan Katz
Keppler Speakers
Ronald King
Laurie Knapp
Robert Kozub
Lauren Kramer
Roberta Kravitz
Brian Landers
Lisa Lopez
John Loveless
Michelle Mason
Carol McGury
Andy Mikschl
Kristin Mirabal, CMP
David Olender
Gladys O’Mahoney
Norris Orms
Francine Pepitone

Angie Ranalli
Natasha Richards
Meredith Rollins
Stuart Ruff-Lyon
Mickey Schaefer and Associates LLC
Gary Schirmacher
Neil Schriever
Dave Scypinski
Erin Shamus
Christine Shimasaki
Claire Smith
Charles Starks
Dan Steenstrup
Lois Stratemeier
Michaelene Sullivan
Valerie Sumner
Christie Tarantino-Dean
Danielle Urbina
Cynthia L. Vannucci, PhD, CHME, CHSP, CMP
Belinda Waldo
Chris Wehking
Heidi Welker
Laura Welsh
Don Welsh
Johnnie White
Nina Winston


Send check payment to:
PCMA 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 [email protected] with any questions.

Rebecca SchingelDeborah Sexton Education Scholarship