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Webinar: The Return to Face-to-Face: What Will You Do?

October 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm3:00 pm CDT

The Return to Face-to-Face: What Will You Do?

In the history of event planning, 2020 will be the year that brought the most cataclysmic changes. Until 2021! Events are going to look vastly different next year when we are all able to return to face-to-face. From seating arrangements to group dining, personal greetings to bathroom breaks, from speaker mics to sharing materials — and let’s acknowledge that virtual components complementing in-person activities are here to stay – nothing will be the same. How does a busy, stressed out planner know which options to choose?

World-renown conference speakers, Heather Mason and Ed Salvato have had active roles in the events industry for years, participating and speaking at face-to-face meetings in the past as well as attending and presenting in the current online modality. The dynamic duo will present hypothetical scenarios for the audience to reflect upon, debate and decide the best course of action.

Better yet? You play an active part! The audience will choose among options via online polls followed by a facilitated discussion. Roll up your sleeves and get ready to join a lively, interactive discussion among peers.

Learner Outcomes:

  • Recognize current industry challenges
  • Examine crowd-source best practices for approaching COVID-era meeting planning
  • Learn how to critically evaluate what options are best for your meeting
  • Understand when you’re increasing your risk rather than reducing it

Brought to you by:

Orange County Convention Center

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Presenter: Heather Mason
Heather is the CEO of Caspian Agency founded in 2005, to create and produce conferences for the innovative and social good business space. Caspian’s globally renknowned clients include the Skoll Foundation, the Omidyar Network, Code for America, Endeavor Global, New America Foundation. She serves as a consultant for the Rockefeller Foundation advising partners on convening strategy, design and formats both in-person and virtual. She is also an instructor in the Masters in Meetings & Events program at San Diego State University.

Presenter: Ed Salvato
LGBTQ Tourism & Hospitality Marketing Expert
Ed Salvato (pronouns he/him) offers LGBTQ marketing consulting and inclusive hospitality training to the meeting, travel, tourism and hospitality industries around the globe. He’s also an engaging public speaker and skilled moderator. Ed founded and runs the LGBTQ Travel Pavilion at the NY Times Travel Show, which grew over 500% from 2018 to 2019. He’s co-author of the Handbook of LGBT Tourism & Hospitality Marketing: A Guide for Business Practice by Columbia University Press. Ed is also an instructor in marketing at NYU’s Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality in New York City. Reach him at [email protected].


October 29, 2020
2:00 pm– 3:00 pm
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