Co-founder of Event Design Collective
Ruud Janssen is an international speaker, facilitator and designer of high-stakes conferences & events. He is the author of the Event Design Handbook, the EventCanvas™️ and co-founder of Event Design Collective ( http://edco.global ). He helps organizations innovate by thinking differently based on functional, social and technological advancements using business and event model innovation. www.eventcanvas.org
CEO and Co-Founder, MeetingPlay
Joe Schwinger is Co-Founder and CEO of MeetingPlay, an award-winning technology company forging meaningful connections at in-person, virtual, and hybrid events for Fortune 500 companies including Marriott, PepsiCo, Databricks, and many more. With a background in ecommerce, he has extensive experience providing customer facing solutions on a global scale.
Joe was recently named to the 2020 BizBash 500 Must-Know Event Pros in the U.S. (two years running) and the 2018 list of 40 under 40 by Connect Corporate.
Head of Events, SITE Global
Author, Intentional Event Design, Our Professional Opportunity
Tahira is a Special Event Planning and Sustainable Event Management instructor at BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) and is passionate about intentional event design, neuroscience, and the integration of now ubiquitous technology to enhance the human experience at events and design the most relevant incentive, meeting, and event environments.
She has been recognized as a Top 20 Trendsetter by MeetingsToday (2018) and honored as MPI BC Chapter Mentor of the Year. She contributed to the 9th edition of the CIC Manual, which provides the framework for CMP studies around the globe at industry conferences and events.
Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Hopin
Lauren Sommers is the Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Hopin, the leading virtual experiences platform that is redefining how people connect around the globe. At Hopin, Sommers is responsible for Experiential Events, Partner Marketing and Customer Marketing. She has spent the majority of her career in the B2B SaaS industry with her tenure at companies like JDA Software, Marketo, App Annie and Gainsight. Sommers’ passion is building human first connections through scaling large events, customer engagement and curating unique experiences in the field. Her superpower is intuition. Her intuition coupled with deep market insight and obsession with audience experiences have influenced her approach to building incredible brand awareness and engagement through live experiences. When Sommers is not mastering the brand, she has her hands full spending time with her two sons (Jordan 1yrs old and Josh – 3yrs old) and her husband Jason in the Bay Area.
Managing Partner at Experience Designed
A well-known experience designer, consultant, speaker, writer, creator, innovation activist and brand storyteller with a unique combination of strategic, creative, commercial, and international experience. A strong background in strategy and planning, creative design and talent management, Kim is a creative agency leader with a track record of building great teams, winning new business, creating results for clients, and driving agency growth.
Over the last 20 years, Kim has worked with many of the world’s most important brands in nearly every region of the world and has held senior positions at some of the world’s leading marketing agencies.
Recently, Kim with partners launched Experience Designed a strategic advisory and creative ideas consultancy that applies purpose-led design principles to create transformative brand experience strategies. Experience Designed expertise and approach enable creative businesses and marketing organizations to re-imagine branding and experience design strategies to create real opportunities for positive change.
VP - Corporate Marketing, Hubilo
With close to 25 years of knowledge across the complete spectrum of Marketing, Liesl’s core expertise lies in brand building and heading up content, creative, and global communications organizations. Before joining Hubilo, she worked as the Global Head of Corporate Marketing at TTEC, Global Head of Content Marketing at SDL plc, and spent 20 years in international business strategy working for leading translation organizations. She is also an active corporate philanthropist, raising money for causes that promote sustainable economic development and diversity initiatives.
Founder & Chief Event Strategist, EventAnne
Anne Dalgaard is the Founder of EventAnne, a consultancy in Strategic Experience Design and Event Portfolio Management. She helps local and international clients create design and strategy concepts for events that engage, inspire and create value. Anne holds a Danish degree in experience management, a Certificate in Meeting Management (CMM), and draws on more than 20 years of experience in the meetings and events industry. She is a member of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI), Immediate Past President of MPI Scandinavia as well as past member of their European Advisory Board. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, Anne is married to a fellow event professional and #CruiserByHeart.
CEO and Co-Founder of Bevy
Co-founder of futurehain
Felix Rundel is the co-founder of futurehain, a solutions studio at the intersection of science, innovation and society. Combining strategic concepts and creative meeting design, Felix’ work leverages the power of interdisciplinary collaboration to tackle the grand challenges of our time. Based in Berlin, Felix is a consultant to international clients from science and industry, an advisor and ambassador to the XPRIZE Foundation, and former chief curator of the Falling Walls Conference, a world-leading science meeting. – futurehain.com
Co-founder and Chief Experience Office at Haute Dokimazo
Liz is co-founder and CMO of Haute Companies, overseeing marketing for all of the Haute brands, including Haute Dokimazo, Haute Rock Creative, Event Works, Haute Spot Venue, Haute Motorworks, and SwagHub. With a background in corporate marketing, she has led event marketing strategy teams at several Fortune 500 companies. She was nominated for the Event Marketing B2B Dream Team, is the winner of the Smart Women in Events Entrepreneur award, and is a past president of the Corporate Event Marketing Association.
CEO at Mindcurrent
Sourabh has been using digital events for 22 years to help customers and employees connect across six continents. His startup, Mindcurrent, uses performance psychology and data science to help teams perform better. With expert insights delivered directly via Slack and Microsoft Teams, based on each team’s culture and stress factors.
CEO of DAHLIA+Agency
Dahlia is a coffee-fuelled ‘go-to’ source for event tech, virtual and hybrid event design, and branding. She is on a mission to empower your brand, brain, and being. She is breaking the status quo and geared to #getshiftdone!
Director of The College of Extraordinary Experiences and Coach at McKinsey & Company
Claus Raasted is a specialist in productivity and innovation and has been pushing the limits of the possible for twenty years. He serves as the Director for The College of Extraordinary Experiences and is a Coach at McKinsey & Company. He is a prolific author, with 34 books to his name, and recently did 100 Innovation Keynotes in 100 Days. Raasted also has a past in reality TV, but these days, who hasn’t?
Independent Creative Director | Live Events Speaker & Lecturer
Freelance creative director concept and content creator – storytelling strategist delivering experiences defined and shaped by culture first – everything else is just infrastructure. Message me for rapid response ideas.
Ideas that duet live, and live-online, product and purpose, behaviour and belonging adding “one new thing” to every event – the only thing anyone will remember.
As live returns on-demand formats will have to deliver extreme accessibility, extreme sustainability, and extreme likeability.
Not everything in events will change, but everything about our attitudes and the way we deliver events, meetings and experiences will. Every event is an experiment, make events audiences love not waste, stock up with new ideas for a new social era of truly binge-worthy events.
Be bold, be brave and prepare to act fast.
Enterprise Vice President Brand, Experience and Innovation Ecosystems at Maritz Global Events
For more than 30 years, Greg Bogue has been dedicated to creating messages and experiences that move people. As Chief Experience Architect for Maritz Global Events, Bogue focuses on improving the guest journey and overall experience in meetings, events and incentive travel programs to create greater impact for both organizations and their guests. The recipient of numerous awards, Bogue most recently was awarded PCMA’s Visionary Awards as Supplier of the Year 2019.
Founder, Speaker, and Event Designer of conferenceemcees.com
Samme Allen is a speaker, event designer and founder of conferenceemcees.com, the first of its kind, global network of professional conference emcees, moderators and facilitators.
Built on the pillars of sustainability, diversity and experience, conferenceemcees.com aims to source your virtual, hybrid or in person professional wherever in the world you might need them.
Samme and the team provide their clients with high energy moderation and facilitation, engaging agenda mapping and a good understanding of the technology that can facilitate those wow experiences that all attendees expect, whether that be in person, virtually or a hybrid event.
With experience in multi-hub, hybrid as well as in-person event design and having studied for a certificate in online meeting design as well as the Certified Event Design (CED) Level 3, Samme supports clients with innovative meeting designs that will support any event objectives. Samme has been working with global audiences for years, as well as designing meetings and coaching speakers and moderators to facilitate greater engagement. A self-confessed design experience nerd, Samme is passionate about sustainability in event design, participation and engagement and would love to see a world where boring meetings are the only things that become extinct.
Founder & Chief Event Einstein of Endless Events
As the founder of Endless Events, Will Curran has been named one of the most influential people in the meeting & events industry, one of the 40 under 40 event industry leaders, 35 entrepreneurs under the age of 35, and Inc Magazine’s Coolest College Start-up all before graduating college. Will has been producing in-person and virtual events since high school when he started his first company and has now worked in the production of large event clients such as Emerald City Comicon, Anheuser-Busch, Warner Brothers, Morton Salt & Uber. His team’s mission is to simplify the event planning process by creating the equation for an event’s perfect solution. They also relentlessly seek to be the name in customer service in the events industry. From event logistics to business development to technical production, Will Curran has a diverse background in growing events and companies to the next level.
Executive Partner / Moderator & Host, LiveOnlineEvents
On a mission to create meaningful content, which really impacts the professional or personal lives of the participant. Spending his days on stage or in front of a camera to help planners and their managers increase the value of their meetings and conferences. As engaging moderator, program designer and host for livestreams and video.
Gerrit Heijkoop is an entrepreneur with a passion for technology, impactful change and public speaking. Building up experience with connecting online and on-site audiences since 2009. A familiar face in the international meetings industry as speaker, moderator and interviewer; both on- and offline. Known for his enthusiasm and always striving to keep matters simple and meaningful.
Gerrit is educated with a master’s degree in Systems Engineering and Policy Analysis at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He was awarded “Best of Class” of his year. Shaped and formed as a management consultant and project manager at Boer & Croon Consultancy firm, Gerrit then followed his passion for the events industry.
He has been the founder of How Can I Be Social (HCIBS), a digital communication agency, all about sharing inspiration. In January 2014 he joined LiveOnlineEvents (LOE), the first European event agency specialised in meaningful and engaging livestreaming and online video.
Senior Director of Design & Business Development at Blueprint Studios
With over 20 years in the event design industry, I have a passion for cultivating relationships and creating unique environments with a tireless work ethic which has earned me a reputation for excellence. I have played an integral role in events such as The U.S. Open, The San Francisco Symphony Gala, Twitter all hands conference and the 2015 Super Bowl. I love complex events and challenging environments. I love what I do, where I have been and I always look forward to where I am going!
After 18 long months of being relegated to virtual events, the event industry is beginning to show signs of recovery with in-person events returning to select regions.
EventMB has a 3-hour lineup of leading experience design experts who are eager to discuss what those events will look like and how we can design event experiences for audiences that have been starved of face-to-face interaction.
What you can expect:VIEW ON DEMAND
EventMB editors Miguel Neves and Dylan Monorchio press the industry’s brightest minds in experience design for insights
Practical tips and concepts grounded in real-world case studies
A data-packed synopsis of where the industry currently stands, and where it’s going
An opportunity to ask your burning questions and get live responses from experts
A good conversation can shift the direction of change forever. Would you leave it to chance?
Dahlia El Gazzar
How do we balance the new needs of attendees?
Embracing the shift from real estate, attendee numbers and logistics to creating value around content, experiences and connections.
Liesl Leary Perez
How to design a strategic experience concept
An exploration of the power of truly one-of-a-kind experiences to inspire change
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