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New Era of Leadership: Celebrating GMC’s First African American President

The PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter is thrilled to announce a groundbreaking milestone with the appointment of the first African American President, Yolanda Simmons Battle, MA, NCC, CMP. This momentous occasion marks a significant step forward in GMC’s commitment to diversity, equality, and progress.

President Simmons Battle brings a wealth of experience, expertise, fresh perspective, exceptional leadership, and an unwavering dedication to driving positive change.

This historic appointment is not just a symbol of progress, but a testament to GMC’s relentless pursuit of inclusivity. It serves as a reminder of the importance of providing equal opportunities for all individuals, regardless of race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, or disability. GMC firmly believes that diversity fuels creativity, innovation, and success, and President Simmons Battle exemplifies this belief.

By embracing diversity in leadership, GMC reinforces the commitment to creating an inclusive environment where every voice is heard, ideas are respected, and talents are nurtured. With the first African American President at the helm, GMC is confident that the organization will continue to thrive and make a positive impact on the global events community.

President Simmons Battle’s appointment serves as an inspiration and encouragement to aspiring leaders from all walks of life, particularly those who have historically faced barriers to advancement.

Throughout 2024 continue to celebrate this momentous occasion as GMC embarks on a new chapter of progress, diversity, and empowerment. Together, the hospitality industry can build a brighter future where every individual can rise to the fullest potential.

Congratulations Yolanda Simmons Battle, MA, NCC, CMP
2024 PCMA Greater Midwest Chapter President

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