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Lily Harris of the Austin Convention Center Chosen for PCMA's 20 In Their Twenties Convening Leaders Program

December 12, 2023

AUSTIN, Texas – Lily Harris, a vibrant 23-year-old professional currently fulfilling the role of Event Coordinator at the Austin Convention Center, has been chosen as one of the emerging leaders for the class of 2024 to participate in the “20 in Their Twenties” program, presented by the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

The members of the 2024 programs class are emerging leaders who have demonstrated strong leadership qualities. They bring a wealth of innovative ideas to the business industry and represent business event strategists, suppliers, and destinations from all PCMA regions, including APAC, Canada, EMEA, LATAM, and the United States.

“I am honored to be a recipient of this year’s class of 20 in their Twenties, I couldn’t have done it without the support of all departments at the ACC mentoring me along the way,” said Lily Harris, Event Coordinator at the Austin Convention Center.

Supported by the PCMA Foundation and Experience Columbus, the class of 2024 will be introduced at Convening Leaders 2024 (CL24) on January 7-10 in San Diego, California. Members of the class of 2024 receive scholarships to participate in CL24, registration to EduCon 2024 in Detroit, and a one-year PCMA membership along with a feature story in PCMA’s Convene magazine.

Since August 2022, Harris has been an integral part of the Austin Convention Center team. Beginning as a temporary Event Coordinator and Guest Services Representative, she has advanced to the position of full-time Event Coordinator.

In her current role, Harris is responsible for preparing, producing, and coordinating event timelines and production schedules. This also encompasses managing communications for audiovisuals, security, catering, décor, invoices, and internal and external room set drawings. Additionally, Harris is the Event Coordinator for some of the convention center’s largest shows including SXSW and Keller Williams.

Harris earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Austin College, in Sherman, Texas, and is pursuing a master’s degree from Texas Tech University. She is an Austin, Texas native and a graduate of Austin High School.

PCMA is the world’s largest community for Business Events Strategists with more than 7,000 members. Headquartered in Chicago, PCMA has 17 chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Mexico with members in more than 59 countries. More information about PCMA can be found at

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