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To reach Debi Scholar, contact her at debi@debischolar.com or at 908­-304­-4954.

Debi Scholar has saved millions of dollars for many organizations. From the world’s largest professional services firm to a global peace keeping agency to renowned entertainment venues to respected pharmaceutical companies, she has consulted in many industries, with hundreds of companies, saved these organizations millions of dollars, and guided them through the end-to-end management of travel, meetings, expense management and virtual meetings.

After consulting with many organizations on meetings management, Debi created the industry’s first Strategic Meetings Management Maturity Model and Benchmarking Assessment. Always willing to share her knowledge with the industry, she makes the assessment tool free of charge to anyone who wishes to confidentially benchmark their Strategic Meetings Management Program (“SMMP”) in an independent and confidential environment. The individual data will never be shared with anyone; only aggregate results are available to the public.

The Scholar Consulting Group, LLC is led by Debi Scholar, President. Debi Scholar consults with Fortune 1000 and mid-size companies on supply chain and expense management categories such as travel, meetings and events, airlines, hotels, ground transportation, corporate card programs, suppliers (travel management, meeting management), and entertainment assets such as country club memberships, venue suites, boxes and tickets.

Debi has led numerous projects for global organizations, entertainment venues and government agencies as she was the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) Lead for Travel and Entertainment Expenses (T&E) engagements and worked for the leading consulting firm for 13 years. Debi has a unique advantage as a consultant because she started as a practitioner by leading PwC’s internal group travel and meetings department and has in-depth knowledge of the travel and meetings industry and its suppliers.

An employee with American Express said, “Debi has such breadth of industry knowledge and experience – she is truly a thought leader in Strategic Meetings Management. On top of that, she is an absolute pleasure to work with! Debi recently helped me to develop a project for a client that exceeded their expectations.”

An employee with Honeywell said, “Debi’s approach to any business challenge is always calculated, intentional, and well thought out. She brings an amazing background in training and data analysis that proves invaluable.”

One CEO said, “Debi "wrote the book" on Travel Management for the mutlinational enterprise. From the formative stages of the industry's evolution to the new ground that is being broken today, Debi operates at the state of the art.”

Another CEO said, “Every new category or new industry is created by a small group of visionaries who with zeal and passion build the standards that enable cohesive structure. Debi is clearly one of the leaders who identified that the corporate meeting space could, when organized, generate substantial value to the various stakeholders. The Strategic Meeting Management category has flourished and Debi deserves much credit for her invaluable contributions.”

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Debi has the following designations:
  • Wharton Aresty Executive Education/National Business Travel Association (NBTA) Global Leadership Professional (GLP)
  • Meeting Professionals International Certificate in Meetings Management (CMM)
  • Convention Industry Council Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)
  • NBTA Corporate Travel Expert (CTE)
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Chauncey Certified Technical Trainer (CTT)
Debi was selected as:
  • Meetings Management Mover and Shaker by Corporate and Incentive Travel Magazine (2010)
  • Top 20 Changemaker who influenced the meetings management industry by Corporate Meetings and Incentives (2008)
  • Best Meeting Practitioner by Business Travel News (2007)
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