About the Hall of Leaders

Since 1985, the Convention Industry Council has honored the industry's outstanding leaders and innovators with its Hall of Leaders awards. Nominations are submitted either by CIC member organizations or the general industry community. Only those who have substantively contributed to the industry and whose efforts continue to shape it qualify for nomination. The nominee must also prove his or her versatility through a range of actions that have impacted and redefined meetings, conventions and exhibitions.

Outstanding Leaders

The Hall of Leaders award is the premier recognition program in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions, hospitality and travel industry--our industry's "lifetime achievement award."  The award recognizes outstanding leaders who have undoubtedly shaped the industry.  The defining quality among these leaders is that the industry would not be what it is today without their contributions. Members of the Hall of Leaders are: 

  • Pioneers--whose contributions helped to shape the industry and whose work continues to advance it;
  • Influential--leaders whose work has affected the entire industry;
  • Prolific--demonstrating distinguished achievements of lasting value, including significant leader roles, development of original ideas, techniques or innovations in products, training or services for use in the industry;
  • Altruistic--contributing to charitable efforts, their communities and the welfare of others.


One hundred eleven extraordinary leaders have been inducted into the CIC Hall of Leaders representing the industry's brightest talent and outstanding leadership. The presentation of the award is made during a formal Hall of Leaders Gala. In addition, each inductee is honored at the Hall of Leaders Recognition Pavilion, located permanently in the Washington (DC) Convention Center. The pavilion contains a short tribute video to each inductee, highlighting his or her career. A second Hall of Leaders is housed in Chicago’s McCormick Place. The McCormick Place display features bronze plaques which bear the inductees’ likenesses and includes brief statements of their contributions to the industry