How I Got Here: Ushma Suvarnakar

Ushma Suvarnakar Associations Now January/February 2019 Issue

Ushma Suvarnakar, director of meetings and events at the National Automatic Merchandising Association, shares a look at her career journey so far.

Ushma Suvarnakar
Director, Meetings and Events
National Automatic Merchandising Association
Arlington, Virginia

Ushma Suvarnakar has always had a passion for the events industry. With almost 13 years of experience planning association conferences, she knows it’s all about working to create a memorable experience for attendees while also thinking about what’s next. A few stops in her career journey:

2005 – 2009: Associate, Meeting Planner, at American Institute of Architects

2010 – 2012: National Biotechnology Conference Meeting Manager at American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences

2012 – 2014: Annual Meetings Manager at American Association of Pharmaceutical Sciences

2015 – 2018: Director, Meetings and Conferences, at American Anthropological Association

2018 – Present: Director, Meetings and Events, at National Automatic Merchandising Association