Joanna U. Engstrom has over 18 years of experience managing and coordinating events and conferences in the association field. Her experience and proficiency working with not-for-profit organizations, government and military institutions, think-tanks, in both international and domestic settings has contributed to her expertise and knowledge in managing complex conferences. Joanna started with a plan to become a psychologist after completing her BA in psychology from George Washington University but ended up with working for the American Psychological Association for the next several years as the meeting planner in the Public Interest department. That started her love for this profession and throughout her career, she worked for the Center for Biosecurity where she spent most of the time at Capitol Hill; she also worked as a consultant for various not-for-profit associations, including the Hirschhorn Museum and the American Psychiatric Association; and also worked on the annual conference at the AACC that attracts over 20,000 attendees. Joanna is originally from Sweden, and has lived in England, Germany, Austria and Poland and speaks 4 languages. She and her engineer husband reside in Washington, DC and have called DC their home since the mid the 90’s.