Barb Taylor Carpender served as the founding Managing Director of HSMAI University. This relationship signaled the launch of one of the most comprehensive educational initiatives ever undertaken by HSMAI providing a broad range of course offerings and learning experiences in public venue, private label and online formats.
In March of 2006, the Meetings Industry Council of Colorado bestowed their annual Meetings Industry Council of Colorado Leadership Award on Barb. In July of 2006 she was named MPI's International Supplier of the Year which recognized her for her outstanding association and industry contributions, leadership and professionalism. Additionally, she was the Colorado Meetings & Events 2013 Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.