Shaping the Industry
Liz Erikson has elevated women’s leadership in the meetings industry to great heights with her strategic vision and tireless mentorship of young professionals. In 1973, Liz stepped onto the national stage, serving as Director of Sales & Marketing at the first InterContinental Hotel in the US and solidifying the InterContinental brand in America. Liz has held a number of progressive sales positions at Fairmont Hotels, including Director of Sales for the Fairmont Chicago. As Executive Director of Meetings and Incentives, North America for Fairmont, she has overseen and developed marketing and sales strategies for the brand’s 90+ hotels. Throughout her career, Liz has had the opportunity to learn from some of the most notable names in hospitality, but still, she credits her customers as her biggest mentors. This customer-centric attitude has earned Liz an industry-wide reputation for honesty, integrity and fairness. As a founding member of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Education Foundation’s Legacy Society, Liz has already pledged to continue to shape the industry with a planned gift that will go directly toward funding the future of the industry.
Single Most Important Contribution
With decades of experience in the hospitality industry, Liz Erikson has been instrumental in leading the charge of women in leadership in the meetings and convention business. In an industry that was primarily dominated by men, particularly at the senior level, Liz paved the way many of the women who are now steering the course for our community of planners and suppliers.
Liz’s commitment to hospitality excellence extends far beyond Fairmont. She has dedicated more than three decades to mentoring emerging hospitality leaders with the American Society of Association Professionals and the PCMA.
Distinguished Achievements of Lasting Value
Liz’s commitment to fueling the future of the industry has put her in the spotlight numerous times, including being named a Supplier Partner Honoree at the coveted PCMA Education Foundation Professional Achievement Awards celebration in 2010. Additionally, Liz has helped oversee ground breaking, industry-wide research, including a recent in-depth study of the future of trade shows.
Outstanding Service to Industry Organizations
Liz has demonstrated a burning passion for furthering the role that meetings and events play in business and a dedication to nurturing many of the minds that now occupy leadership roles in the industry through her service on the American Society of Association Executives' (ASAE) Meetings & Events Council and Industry Partner Alliance, as chair of the PCMA Board of Trustees and as Secretary/Treasurer of the PCMA Education Foundation. Additionally, Liz has played an integral role in shaping the strategic vision of the PCMA Education Foundation, spearheading the yearlong development of a long-term strategic plan to ensure that the foundation can continue to fund scholarships, research and education. Her work with the education foundation also includes serving as chair of its silent auction. Under her leadership, the auction raised more than $300,000 dollars in three years, money that went directly towards funding 51 individual scholarships and research like the Economic Significance of Meetings to the U.S. Economy survey.
Contributions to Society
While Liz has made significant contributions as a volunteer in the meetings industry, her impact extends well beyond conferences and events. An avid supporter of the arts, Liz regularly donates to the Florida South West Symphony. She also contributes to her local church and the Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, an organization that supports troubled young men and women.