Engage: A Special Three-Hour Event on Virtual Engagement


Event professionals are faced with the enormous challenge of keeping their audience engaged online during their virtual events.

Despite the proliferation of online events in response to the coronavirus crisis, attention spans are at an all-time low as people attend from the comfort of home.

EventMB has been at the forefront of digital engagement since 2009. With Engage, we will connect the audience to the top event engagement experts worldwide in an innovative way.

Expect new session formats, networking, practical tips, and a framework for making your events memorable.

The event will be recorded and available on-demand.


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  • keyboard_arrow_right Wednesday, June 10, 2020
  • keyboard_arrow_right 11am EDT/ 8am PDT/ 5pm CEST
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Sessions and Speakers


Opening Remarks

  • Julius Solaris

    Editor in Chief, EventMB








  • David Meerman Scott

    Entrepreneur, Advisor, Keynote Speaker and WSJ Best Selling Author

    David Meerman Scott spotted the real-time marketing revolution in its infancy and wrote five books about it, including The New Rules of Marketing and PR, which sold more than 400,000 copies.

    Targeting superficial online communications, Scott advocates developing a “Fanocracy” by adopting the mindset that relationships with customers are more important than the products they sell to them.

    His other interests include live music, the Apollo lunar program, and surfing (but he isn't very good at it).


How to Power Digital Experience to Make Incremental Change

  • Erika Brulé, CMP

    Executive Producer, Experiential Marketing & Events

    Erika is an executive producer with more than 15 years of experience in leading experiential events for top companies including Airbnb and Apple. Ranging from global product launches to exclusive film festival premieres, her high-touch, high-visibility productions have been featured in Apartment Therapy, Black Enterprise, CNET, Conde Nast Traveler, Digital Trends, and Fortune among others. Erika’s innovative B2B and B2C productions have surprised and delighted more than 2.5 million people — online and in-person.



An innovative virtual event format. You decide the topic our speakers will discuss. Finally, the power is back to the audience.


You decide: The Power of Community or Engaging Sponsorship Activations 

  • Corey McCarthy

    Chief Marketing Officer, Socio

    Corey McCarthy has more than twenty years’ experience in media and tech. As Socio’s Chief Marketing Officer, Corey and her team bring event organizers impactful tech and thought leadership that truly delivers success. In her former life, Corey ran a portfolio brand for Penton Media, and has extensive insights into all facets of the event, digital media, and publishing businesses.



You decide: Battling Short Attention Spans or How to Build Rapport Online

  • Jonathan Bradshaw

    Behavioral Researcher, Meetology®

    Jonathan Bradshaw researches, presents and writes on the behavioral science powering face-to-face human interaction. He has spoken to audiences in over 30 countries on the psychology behind how to connect, interact and communicate more effectively and is an award-winning columnist and blogger.


You decide: Designing Engaging Experiences or Your Engagement Strategy

  • Anne Dalgaard

    Founder, EventAnne

    Anne Dalgaard, known in the industry as EventAnne, is an event industry educator, coach and public speaker. She uses strategic experience design to create effective MICE events that engage, inspire, and stand out from the next. 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. Based in Copenhagen, Denmark, she is a member of Meeting Professionals International’s (MPI) European Advisory Board as well as the immediate past president of MPI Scandinavia.


You decide: Using Social Media for Virtual Engagement or The Rules of Virtual Event Marketing

  • Miguel Neves, CMP, DES

    Chief Digital Strategist, miguelseven.com

    Miguel is an experienced event professional and passionate social media advocate who regularly speaks, consults, and trains teams on online community management, digital strategy and event technology.

    Miguel managed the IMEX Group’s social media strategy from 2011 to 2017. He also sits on MPI’s International Board of Directors and is the past-chair of the Events Industry Council’s Industry Insights Committee.



Back by popular demand, EventMB's Bullet Point Session. 4 speakers with 3 minutes each deliver 3 actionable tips.


  • Keneisha Williams

    Event Planning Professional

    Keneisha Williams is an event planning professional with nearly 10 years of experience in both the corporate and not-for-profit events. Her repertoire includes conferences, roadshows, festivals, workshops, hack-a-thons, seminars, meetings, trade shows, town halls, pop-ups, fundraisers, fashion shows, and virtual meetings.Williams founded and managed SHESOFAB, a company that empowered women through events and online content from 2010 to 2015, and this year, she is working on a marketing events hub to socially strengthen through wellness and personal development initiatives.



  • Melanie Bradshaw

    Vice President, Global Events, SeneGence

    Melanie Bradshaw has spent her entire professional career in event organization, production, and management. Working across a wide variety of industries and with extensive experience in both the association and private sectors, Melanie has led teams who have organized business events for up to 35,000 people in over 25 countries. In her current role, she has recently taken 3 of her company's largest international live events to virtual broadcasts to 6 countries, and she looks forward to sharing the learnings from her experiences.


  • Elena Clowes

    Creative Events Producer

    With 8+ years experience, Elena is a Creative Event Producer currently based in London. She works on projects across the world from creative pitch stage through to final delivery with a variety of clients - including global tech and beauty brands.

    Elena is also co-founder of Event First Steps, an initiative designed to help event industry newcomers forge their career path.


  • Sean Specie

    Chief Strategy Officer, Elevate Experiences

    Sean Specie is a host/emcee, aspiring author, and the Chief Strategy Officer of Elevate Experiences based in Metro Atlanta, GA. He has over eight years of experience on a microphone and behind the scenes in corporate events and loves bringing energy and a clear message to a crowd. Sean has helped produce and emcee in-person and virtual events for brands like Coca-Cola, CitizensBank, the Atlanta Falcons, Chick-fil-A, Delta, The Home Depot, and Columbia Sportswear. When he's not on a stage, in front of a camera for a virtual event or behind a screen producing he can be found in the backyard pushing his three-year-old daughter Gemma on the swing with his wife Natalie.



How CoinDesk Engaged 22,000 Attendees

  • Peter Bordes

    Managing Director, Global Events, CoinDesk

    Peter has 15+ years of experience managing meetings and events of all sizes in the commercial real estate, risk and insurance, and cryptocurrency industries. Since joining CoinDesk in 2015, he has expanded CoinDesk’s events business by transforming Consensus from a one-day, single-track conference to a multiple-day, multiple-track global conference and expo.As the blockchain and cryptocurrency landscape rapidly evolves and the business objectives of CoinDesk’s attendees and sponsors continue to change, Peter has led the integration of a virtual component, Consensus: Distributed, rethinking the overall meetings and events opportunity CoinDesk provides to its clients.


You will be the protagonist of this new format, join us to be the first to know how it works.


  • Anh Nguyen, CMP

    Founder and Principal, Spark Event Management

    Anh is a seasoned business event professional with over 15 years of event design, production, and management experience. She has managed a vast array of events and is known for her keen eye for detail, leading, inspiring, and managing large global teams.

    She served as the President of the Meeting Professional International – Greater Calgary Chapter (MPI GCC) and currently serves as the Director of Membership for PCMA’s Canada West chapter. In 2017, Anh was awarded Event Planner Professional of the year by the Calgary Event Awards.


  • Scott Gould

    Author, Speaker, and Advisor in Engagement

    Scott Gould teaches leaders and organisations how to engage people with ideas, things and each other. As a former church pastor and creative director, Scott possesses a unique insight on what leads to soulful engagement in a world where so much is only skin deep.

    He has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and oldest organisations to nurture highly engaged employees, customers, and communities. His book deconstructs and demystifies engagement through a series of shapes, based on a decade of research and practical experience across a diverse range of sectors and scenarios.


  • Jan-Jaap In der Maur

    Founder of Masters in Moderation

    Jan-Jaap In der Maur (JayJay to friends and participants) is a leading expert in the field of meeting moderation and engagement design. As the founder of Masters in Moderation, he is on a quest to make events more participant-centered.

    It is his belief that a carefully chosen moderator will make any meeting more effective, more fun, and definitely more worthwhile. Over the last decade, JayJay and his team have moderated and designed hundreds of meetings, and he has trained close to a 1000 people to become better moderators.

    His view of online meetings is simple: they need to be humanized. Even more than on stage, participants want to be seen, heart, and loved.



  • Juraj Holub

    Chief Meeting Designer, Slido

    Juraj Holub is the Chief Meeting Designer at audience interaction platform Slido, which has helped to make over 500.000 events and meetings more interactive. Over the years, Juraj has worked with some of the industry-leading conferences such as Web Summit or SXSW and has helped many Fortune 500 companies make their meetings more effective. For his work, Juraj received a number of awards in Vancouver (PCMA 20 in their 20s), New York (BizBash Top 500 People in Events) and Bratislava (The National Marketer of the Year).



Digital Live Scribing

  • Chris Shipton

    Scribe and Art Director at Live Illustration Ltd.

    Chris Shipton is a cartoonist and a graphic recorder. He visualises meetings and events across the world for many big brands using a big bit of paper and a pen. His mission is to bring meetings to life through engaging visuals.

    Career highlights include drawing at the COP 21 Climate Conference in Paris, illustrating a meeting on the eve of BREXIT at the European Parliament and drawing for a BBC News Facebook Live during an election (and the torrent of online ‘feedback’ in the comments).

    Chris will be remotely supporting this meeting, creating graphic summaries of the topics discussed throughout.


Music by SongDivision

  • John Lombardo

    Client Executive, SongDivision

    John Lombardo is one of SongDivision’s leading MC’s, loved by corporate audiences across North America.  His band was signed to Elktra Records during the 90’s, and he has toured with the likes of Soundgarden, The Tragically Hip and Nirvana. In countless, crowd-thrilling performances over the last twenty years he's shared the stage with the B-52s, Kid Rock and No Doubt, and members of Cheap Trick and Maroon 5. He has written songs and performed with such artists as Smashing Pumpkins, Gin Blossoms and Toad the Wet Sprocket.  As Client Executive for SongDivision, he brings his incredible talents to designing and delivering custom, interactive musical experiences (both virtual and live) to Fortune 500’s and leading associations.


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