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Pawntra Shadab, CTA, CIS, CITPVP & Event StrategistElite Productions International

Pawntra Shadab CTA, CIS, CITP is Vice President at the award-winning, multi-generational, digital, and live event experience agency, Elite Productions International. With the company now for over fifteen years, Pawntra has a hand in designing and producing events for Fortune 400 brands including LinkedIn and Google, high-profile social and celebrity cliental as well as televised productions like The Academy Awards, Grammys, and Golden Globes. Pawntra is passionate about developing quality experiences while cultivating a sense of inclusiveness for all. She is a speaker, has been featured on podcasts, contributes on various publications and is an enthusiastic leader committed to mentoring the next generation and empowering professionals to drive meaningful change. Pawntra recently served as President for MPI Orange County and is currently serving as the Director of Inclusion for SITE SoCal, an Ambassador for the Meetings Mean Business (MMB) initiative, Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee Member with MPI Global and on the Advisory Board for the School of Entertainment & Hospitality Management at California State University, Fullerton. She has been recognized by her peers, being named "Meeting Planner of the Year" & "Outstanding Chapter Leadership" by MPIOC, "Industry Leader" by Smart Meetings Magazine, "Most Influential Event Professionals" by BizBash, "40 Under 40" by Connect Corporate and "Young Event Professionals to Watch" by Special Events Magazine. Most recently Pawntra's work with the MPI Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Committee earned them the MPI "Chairman's Award"