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Return to LIVE EVENTS (Safely!) ft. Heather Seasholtz at DIA

To kick off Season 7 of Meeting Minds we welcome the Heather Seasholtz, the Director of Americas Operations at DIA (Drug Information Association)! We talk about how to return to live events safely, navigating new health protocols, and she walks us through the certification she helped build, ‘Pandemic Compliance Advisor’, for meetings and event planners....

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Creating a Destination ft. Christopher Jaskiewicz, President and CEO of ICON Park

This week we speak with the President and CEO of ICON Park, Christopher Jaskiewicz! This Orlando destination is more than an amusement park, offering a variety of restaurants, attractions, and a 400 foot tall Ferris Wheel. We talk about building a memorable experience, how ICON Parks navigated the pandemic, and Chris’s secrets to success. You...

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A Rainbow Explosion in Times Square! ft.Marissa Piper

This week on Meeting Minds with speak with the Director of Events at Outside Interactive, Inc, Marissa Piper. We talk about what it was like to work for Tony Robbins, how to stay calm when organizing a huge event, and what it was like to produce WorldPride in NYC. Make sure you listen to this...

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Building an Event ‘Culture of Care’ ft. Megan Henshall at Google

This week on Meeting Minds we are joined by Megan Henshall, the Global Events Account Manager at Google! We talk about building a culture of care, and ways to ensure that your next event is thoughtful, meaningful, and sustainable for your audiences. Plus, we discuss ways to build connection and engagement between virtual and hybrid...

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Treat Yo’ Self! (And Your Audience) ft. Erica Maurer

Erica Maurer, partner at EMRG Media, joins the podcast this week to talk about building connection in a virtual world. As a leader of this full-service marketing company, Erica knows the ins and outs of events, and how to create a space that builds trust, empathy, and collaboration. We dive into the virtual world and...

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Umm, Someone Has to Tell President Trump…ft Karen Groppe at HIMSS

Karen Groppe, the Senior Director of Strategic Communication at HIMSS joins the show this week for a great episode of Meeting Minds! Can you imagine planning an event for the President of the United States? And, even crazier, you imagine cancelling it? This week, Karen tells us what it felt like to coordinate an event...

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How to Make Magic ft. Lee Cockerell, former Exec. VP of Disney

We sit down with the legendary Lee Cockerell, the former Executive VP of Walt Disney World, to discuss his business methodologies, discipline, and a tattooed Cinderella! Lee has held management positions with Hilton for 8 years, Marriott for 17 years, and the Walt Disney Company for 16 years. He is the author of four books:...

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Adaptability: Evolving to Succeed in the ‘New Normal’ ft. Gina DeVito at Indeed

This week on Meeting Minds we welcome the Head of Global Event Operations at Indeed, Gina Devito! We talk about how their events team navigated the pandemic, what’s changed, and reflect on what we’ve learned in the past year. Tell us about your career and background. I figured out when I was young what I...

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Mojitos, Mules, and Making an Experience ft. Pam Dzierzanowski

Do you love a good cocktail? This week we welcome the former VP of Event Marketing at Patron to the show, Pam Dzierzanowski. We talk about creating memorable experiences, prosecco in a can, and adapting brand activations to the virtual space. Make sure you check out this weeks episode of Meeting Minds!

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Picture This! Event Activations to Increase Engagement ft. Zach Schiffman

This week we welcome founder and CEO of Studio Z Photo Booths, Zach Schiffman! Are you wondering how to increase attendee engagement and provide entertainment? Then this is the episode for you! We cover brand activations, QR codes, and bringing value to a hybrid event!

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