Defining the New Normal: Post-Coronavirus Events and Conferences

Many industries may buckle under the weight of COVID-19, but event organizers the world over continue to rally.

We see a swift and profound shift happening among corporate conferences, association meetings, and in-person events: pivoting to digital environments is the next best thing to face-to-face.

Featuring five subject matter experts from diverse seats at the proverbial table, this 90-minute session will explore what a post-crisis future looks like for the event industry.

During this 90-minute webinar panel you will get:

  • Practical perspective on how the global events industry could evolve in a post-crisis market from experts in distance learning technology and education, event planning and management, and human resources.

  • Insights from an association learning management professional will help demonstrate the power of a virtual or hybrid event when costs and other resources are prohibitive or the risk of hosting a live event is too great for your business. Hear success stories about others who have been doing this for years - take the learning back to your own events.

  • Recommendations for how to approach crisis and change management communications within your organization. You’ll get clear and actionable suggestions for keeping up morale among staff and leadership, as well as how to defuse fear and maintain calm (and productivity!) in the wake of unforeseen storms.

About the Panelists

Corbin Ball CSP, CMP, DES, MS is an international speaker, consultant and writer helping clients worldwide use technology to save time and improve productivity. Corbin is a 2018 inductee into the Event Industry Council's Hall of Leaders, the most prestigious honor in the meetings, conventions, exhibitions and events industry. He has been named as one of "The 25 Most Influential People in the Meetings Industry" five times by Successful Meetings/MeetingNews magazines.

Lance A. Simon, CVEP is Sr. Director of Business Development at Blue Sky eLearn. Lance has 17 years of experience selling, implementing, and using eLearning solutions. He has spent his entire career working with technology, beginning in 1982 as a PC computer salesperson. Lance has focused on serving association/nonprofit clients since 2001.

Jennifer C. Loftus, MBA, SPHR, PHRca, GPHR, SHRM-SCP, CCP, CBP, GRP, is a Founding Partner of and National Director for Astron Solutions. With 24 years’ experience, her expertise lies in total rewards, customized market surveys, employee surveys, and technology-based HR solutions.

James Ellsmoor is the Director of Island Innovation, a communications and consulting agency focused on solutions for sustainable development in remote and rural locations. Last year Island Innovation hosted the inaugural Virtual Island Summit, which brought together 4,000 participants from Saint Lucia to Scotland to Samoa to share stories about their islands. James has always used technology to advance his mission, allowing him to live and work anywhere as a "digital nomad" and manage a team spread over 4 continents. He was awarded Forbes magazine's 30 Under 30 award for young entrepreneurs.