kowana
ragland, cmp

Senior Director of Meetings

Really good at: Remaining calm in emergency situations

Known for: My love of the color purple (not the movie but the actual color

Loves: My mommy, of course! That’s why I moved back to NC…to be closer to her.

Guilty as charged: Watching reality TV!

About Kowana

As senior director of meetings, Kowana Ragland, CMP, works within the meeting planning business unit to manage client engagements and provide strategic direction. Since joining Meeting Expectations in November 2000, she has done extensive work within both the meeting planning and association management sectors. She was named a “Meeting Professional to Watch” by ConventionSouth magazine in 2009 and had the honor of having her photo on the cover.

Prior to joining Meeting Expectations, Kowana worked at the International Society of Automation (ISA), an organization serving instrumentation, systems and automation professionals.

She served on the 2009–2010 board of directors of Meeting Professionals International – Georgia Chapter as vice president of education. She is currently a member and served as VP of Communications for the Atlanta Branch of the Senior Planners Industry Network (SPiN) and a member of PCMA (SE Chapter).

Kowana holds the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and a Bachelor of Science in business administration from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University.