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Trade Show Talk Podcast

Mar 10, 2022

We are an industry filled with remarkable, strong, passionate, driven, and creative WOMEN. This month we celebrate women’s history, which was motivation for having some conversations with women who are making a difference in the industry at-large and on individuals personally.

On this uplifting episode we chat with two women entrepreneurs who happened into the beginnings of their businesses (years ago now) AND discovered opportunities to change and grow their businesses in inspiring ways.

With all of the difficulties of the past two years, it’s important to hear the GOOD. To hear the SUCCESS. And these two amazing women deliver.

We talk about how their successes came to be, what the last two years have brought them, the difficulties and opportunities of the hiring process, and more.

Our Guests

Erin Scholes, CMP, CSEP, CMM, DES

Erin is President and Founder of SD Meetings & Events, a third-party meeting management business specializing in hotel sourcing, full-service meeting planning, and event operations staffing. She has over 20 years in meeting and event management experience planning hundreds of meetings and events. Erin and the team at SD Meetings have successfully converted their years of managing in-person events and are now sought after digital event experts. They have been helping clients find the right technology, tools, and tricks to produce events in the virtual and hybrid world.

Erin has been a dedicated member of the San Diego Chapter of Meeting Professionals since 2000 including serving as Chapter President. She is also a faculty member for San Diego State University’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program. During her tenure in the business, Erin has been recognized with numerous industry awards including the coveted MPI Chair Award, Smart Women in Meetings winner, and MPISD's Nancy Morrell-Swanson Visionary Award. She has also earned the respected professional designations Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), Certified Special Event Professional (CSEP), Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM), and most recently Digital Event Strategist (DES). 

Jessica Shea 

Having always been inspired by the transformative power of creativity and style, Jessica has made a personal passion her profession, launching J Shea in 2012, and most recently, Cheers in a Box in 2020. It is with her meticulous attention to detail and enthusiasm for extraordinary experiences that has allowed Jessica to conceptualize, style and produce full- service, one-of-a-kind, custom events for corporations, associations, and individuals.

Today, as the Founder & CEO of J Shea, Jessica has executed hundreds of corporate and association events including galas, sales events, fundraisers, conferences, tradeshows, golf tournaments and social gatherings.  

Jessica has been featured in Connect Magazine for their 2020 40 Under 40 Awards, was selected as one of BizBash’s Top 500 influential event professionals in 2021, and her events have been featured in publications including BizBash, The Washingtonian, and Meetings & Conventions Magazine.



The "Trade Show Talk" podcast is publishing two episodes per month, focusing on a different theme each month. If you'd like to be a guest or you have a topic to suggest that we cover, please let us know by emailing