Melissa Van Dyke, Coulter associate vice president and the Incentive Research Foundation (IRF)’s president, was selected by Meetings & Conventions as one of its “Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry.” The honor is presented to achievers, advocates and innovators who have helped strengthen the meetings industry.
“It’s truly an honor to be recognized as an M&C ‘Top 25 Women in the Meetings Industry’ recipient,” said Van Dyke. “As meetings continue to evolve, I hope to see a unified industry that collaborates and shares for maximum impact, universal research and education resources that are embraced by businesses everywhere, and university support that allows us to train and build the incentive event professionals of the future. I will do everything I can to see this vision come to life.”
The M&C “Top 25” list recognizes Van Dyke’s success in the incentive industry and her strategic leadership as the IRF’s president; in the past five years, she has tripled the organization's research and education footprint. Serving as the IRF’s president since 2009, Van Dyke leads the organization in producing some of the most prolific and influential studies and education for the incentive industry. She has been a strong advocate and ambassador for this important meetings segment by speaking at industry events, authoring blogs and creating a robust LinkedIn community.
“Melissa’s leadership and strategic skills have contributed greatly to the substantial growth and overall success of the IRF,” said Erin M. Fuller, FASAE, CAE, Coulter president. “We are proud of Melissa for her accomplishments and pleased that her work is recognized by the meetings industry.”
Van Dyke came to the IRF and Coulter from her position as Managing Consultant of the Employee Engagement Practice at Maritz. Prior to this, Van Dyke held leadership positions in Solution Management, Product Development and Business Technology Solution Management at Maritz. Van Dyke was selected as Incentive magazine’s 2007 “Rising Star in the Incentive Industry” and co-authored the chapter on “Nonmonetary Awards: Experiential, Tangible, and Cash Equivalent Awards” in the fifth edition of the “Compensation Handbook.”
Van Dyke’s full profile on M&C Online can be found here