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An Update on St. Louis with Explore St. Louis!

  • Tuesday, March 08, 2022
  • 11:15 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Forest Park Golf Course Clubhouse, 6141 Lagoon Drive, St. Louis, MO 63112


  • Special price for members

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

11:15 AM - 1:00 PM

Join SLSAE to explore what's new, what's coming and trends in St. Louis conventions and meetings industry with Kitty Ratcliffe, President, Explore St. Louis!  

This presentation will update the St. Louis Society of Association Executives (SLSAE) members and guests on the status of America's Center and share insight on how the St. Louis meeting and convention scene is transforming with exciting new developments and product enhancements.  



      Kitty Ratcliffe
      Explore St. Louis

    Kitty is the President of Explore St. Louis, responsible for the sales and marketing of St. Louis as a destination for visitors and the operations of both the Convention Center and The Dome at America's Center. She is the only woman in the country running the operations of all three entities and has been doing so for more than a dozen years.

    Kitty is a past international Chairwoman of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest global association of meeting professionals, and is a recipient of their International Supplier of the Year Award. She serves on the board of the Professional Convention Management Association and has co-chaired PCMA's annual convention, Convening Leaders, the annual gathering focused on education for the business events industry. She has received the Destinations International's Leadership in Environmentally Responsible Tourism award and in 2019 was inducted into their Hall of Fame for significant contributions to tourism and shaping the future of destination marketing.

    In 2018 she received the Apex Award from Black Meetings & Tourism, and has been named as one of the Most Influential Businesswomen in St. Louis by the St. Louis Business Journal, as well as a Leader of Distinction by the YWCA of Metro St. Louis, a Regional Leadership Award from the St. Louis Community Empowerment Foundation and an Athena Award from the Hellenic Spirit Foundation.

    Dedicated to growing and strengthening the economy of the St. Louis region through tourism development, she believes that St. Louis is a community on the rise.


    11:15 - 11:45 - In-Person Check In and Networking
    11:45 - 12:00 - In-Person Lunch begins 
    11:55 - 12:00 - Zoom Line Open to Check In
    12:00 - 12:05 - Welcome and Announcements
    12:05 - 12:55 - Presentation 
    12:55 - 1:00 - Program Conclusion, Reminders and Adjourn

    CAE Credit:  1.0 Hours
    Administration 6F - Business Planning
    Programs, Products, and Services 4C - Meetings and Events

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