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Global Project Manager, ConferenceDirect
Cookie Walner, CMP, CMM, CAE, CEM, HMCC is the Global Project Manager at ConferenceDirect. Her professional career includes association and corporate experience orchestrating meetings, events and international tradeshows of 10 with up to 16,000 attendees. She strategizes with her clients for success and designs the programs to achieve their goals.
Cookie has over 20 years of experience in the industry. Presented with the opportunity to plan and execute tradeshows after a long career focused on meetings and events, she knew that IAEE and the CEM certification was the path to learning best practices. She received her CEM designation in 2013 and became a CEM faculty member in 2014.
You can find her teaching online, in-person and virtually for courses internationally and in the US. A lifetime learner, Cookie shares her knowledge, experience and curiosity to teach and learn with and from the CEM candidates.
Active in the meeting industry, she has served IAEE on multiple national committees. Cookie chaired the CEM Commission in 2018 and was recognized by IAEE as the 2018 Volunteer of the Year.