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Episode #1
Inside Events Podcast Launch with Nick Borelli & Julius Solaris

In our first half our host Megan Powers, from Powers of Marketing, discussed news with Nick Borelli. He gave his opinions on the latest developments in the event industry. In our second half we brought in a star guest Julius Solaris. He joined talking about ongoing projects and the prospects of the industry.

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Hosted by Megan Powers

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Episode #2
How Data is Changing Events with Simon Foster, CEO of Comexposium & Baptiste Boulard, CEO of Swapcard

In our first half Baptiste and Megan discussed a couple of developments within the event industry with regard to exhibitor satisfaction and data theft. In the second half, our guest Simon Foster joined Megan and Baptiste in talking about marketing and sales, and the use of data in the industry.

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Episode #3
The State of the Meetings & Events Industrie with Key Leaders Annette Gregg & Christy Lamagna

 In our first half we discussed news with Christy Lamagna. In the second half we met our guest Annette Gregg,  who has many years of experience designing events, and educating event professionals.

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Episode #4
Changing Leadership & Futurecasting the Industry with Michael Dominguez & Shannon DeSouza

 In our first half, we discussed the news with event technology industry colleague Shannon DeSouza about how climate change is actually an opportunity for making money.  We also discussed how “highjacking” our attendees' phones in the sessions is a way to get them more engaged.

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Episode #5
Understanding Sustainability in the Industry with Ben Weilgus & Elizabeth Glau

In the first half, we discussed news with Elizabeth Glau. We also talked about an article from Skift in which the airline industry was called out for not being as eco-friendly as they purport.  We then jumped to sustainability in the second half of the show with Ben Wielgus. He worked in sustainability for a dozen years before working in events.

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Episode #6
The Present & Future of Event Technology with Adam Parry & Brian Fanzo

In the first half of this show our host Megan Powers, from Powers of Marketing, discussed news with millennial pager-wearing keynote speaker and tech evangelist Brian Fanzo of iSocialFanz.  We discussed with Adam Parry the evolution of the Event Tech Awards and Event Tech Live… and how innovation in technology has slowed - what Megan refers to the “elephant in the room.”

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Episode #7
Using AI to Personnalize Events with Stephan Forseilles & Vincent Kurta

In the first half of this show our host, Megan Powers, from Powers of Marketing, discussed meeting and event industry news with Vincent Kurta. With Stephan Forseilles, we discuss the many aspects of AI and how technology is being used to personalize events. We are at a sort of turning point with apps and there is a difference between B2B and B2C shows.

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Episode #8
Intentional Event Design with Tahira Endean & Matthew Donegan-Ryan

We were blessed to have one of the industry’s TOP thought leaders in experience design with us!
In this episode, we discuss “intentional event design” with Tahira, and what goes into designing a transformative experience. We also discuss the state of event technology and innovation. 

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Stephan Forseilles 
Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, EasyFairs

Vincent Kurta
Lead Data Scientist, Swapcard

Tahira Endean, CMP, DES, CED
Head of Events at SITE global (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence).

Matthew Donegan-Ryan
US General Manager, Swapcard

Julius Solaris
Founder & Editor in Chief, Event Manager Blog

Nick Borrelli
Marketing Consultant, Borelli Strategies

Brian Fanzo
Digital Futurist & Founder, iSocialFanz

Adam Parry
Co-Founder & Editor, Event Industry News

Elizabeth Glau
Director of Strategy, EGCX Group

Ben Wielgus
Head of Sustainability, Informa

Shannon DeSouza
Sales & Marketing Strategist, Founder of DeSouza on Demand

Michael Dominguez 
President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Annette Gregg
Senior Vice President of Experience, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

Christy Lamagna
CEO and Master Strategist, Strategic Meetings & Events

Simon Foster
CEO, Comexposium

Baptiste Boulard
CEO, Swapcard


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Hosted by Megan Powers

A Podcast for the Event Industry by the Event Industry

Episode #8
Intentional Event Design with Tahira Endean & Matthew Donegan-Ryan

Matthew Donegan-Ryan
General Manager, Swapcard

Tahira Endean, CMP, DES, CED
Head of Events at SITE global (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence).

In the first half of this show our host, Megan Powers, from Powers of Marketing, discussed meeting and event industry news with Vincent Kurta. With Stephan Forseilles, we discuss the many aspects of AI and how technology is being used to personalize events. We are at a sort of turning point with apps and there is a difference between B2B and B2C shows.

Episode #7
Using AI to Personnalize Events with Stephan Forseilles & Vincent Kurta

Vincent Kurta
Lead Data Scientist, Swapcard

Stephan Forseilles 
Head of Technology and Digital Transformation, EasyFairs

In the first half of this show our host Megan Powers, from Powers of Marketing, discussed news with millennial pager-wearing keynote speaker and tech evangelist Brian Fanzo of iSocialFanz.  We discussed with Adam Parry the evolution of the Event Tech Awards and Event Tech Live… and how innovation in technology has slowed - what Megan refers to the “elephant in the room.”

Episode #6
The Present & Future of Event Technology with Adam Parry & Brian Fanzo

Brian Fanzo
Digital Futurist & Founder, iSocialFanz

Adam Parry
Cofounder & Editor, Event Industry News

Episode #5
Understanding Sustainability in the Industry with Ben Weilgus & Elizabeth Glau

In the first half, we discussed news with Elizabeth Glau. We also talked about an article from Skift in which the airline industry was called out for not being as eco-friendly as they purport.  We then jumped to sustainability in the second half of the show with Ben Wielgus. He worked in sustainability for a dozen years before working in events.

Ben Wielgus
Head of Sustainability, Informa 

Elizabeth Glau
Director of Strategy, EGCX Group

Episode #4
Changing Leadership & Futurecasting the Industry with Michael Dominguez & Shannon DeSouza

 In our first half, we discussed the news with event technology industry colleague Shannon DeSouza about how climate change is actually an opportunity for making money.  We also discussed how “highjacking” our attendees' phones in the sessions is a way to get them more engaged.

Shannon DeSouza
Sales & Marketing Strategist, Founder of DeSouza on Demand

Michael Dominguez 
President & CEO, Associated Luxury Hotels International (ALHI)

Episode #3
The State of the Meetings & Events Industrie with Key Leaders Annette Gregg & Christy Lamagna

Christy Lamagna
CEO and Master Strategist, Strategic Meetings & Events

Annette Gregg
Senior VP of Experience, Meeting Professionals International (MPI)

Episode #2
How Data is Changing Events with Simon Foster, CEO of Comexposium & Baptiste Boulard, CEO of Swapcard

Baptiste Boulard
CEO, Swapcard

Simon Foster
CEO, Comexposium

Episode #1
Inside Events Podcast Launch with Nick Borelli & Julius Solaris

Nick Borrelli
Marketing Consultant, Borelli Strategies

Julius Solaris
Founder & Editor in Chief, Event Manager Blog

Episode #9
An Emerging Virtual Event World with Kiki L’Italian and Godefroy des Francs

We recorded this episode on Global Meetings Industry Day (#GMID20), where poignant data emerged from more than 7,000 survey responses during the online meetings. Megan discusses this data with guests Kiki L’Italien of  Association Chat and Godefroy de Francs of Swapcard. They also talk about the impact of the global health situation on the Association market and how technology can help the industry become more sustainable in the future.

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Kiki L'Italien
Communications & Marketing | Association Chat Media | Trust Speaker | Sr. Consultant Tecker Int'l | Brand Consulting 

Godefroy des Francs
CPO & Co-Founder, Swapcard

Matthew Donegan-Ryan
General Manager, Swapcard

Tahira Endean, CMP, DES, CED
Head of Events at SITE global (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence).

Episode #9
An Emerging Virtual Event World 
with Kiki L’Italian and Godefroy des Francs

Kiki L'Italien
Communications & Marketing | Association Chat Media | Trust Speaker | Sr. Consultant Tecker Int'l | Brand Consulting 

Godefroy des Francs
CPO & Co-founder, Swapcard

Episode #10
Bringing Strategy & Creativity to Online & Hybrid Events with Michelle Bruno and Dahlia El Gazzar

The industry has been talking so much about tools, tools, tools through this transition of taking our events online, but not much has been discussed about the strategy and creativity involved. Michelle and Dahlia give us the straight talk… This is a MUST-hear episode for our industry.

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Episode #9
An Emerging Virtual Event World 
with Kiki L’Italian and Godefroy des Francs

Michelle Bruno
President of Bruno Group Signature Services, and Publisher of Event Tech Brief

Dahlia El Gazzar
Founder of Dahlia+Agency

Matthew Donegan-Ryan
General Manager, Swapcard

Tahira Endean, CMP, DES, CED
Head of Events at SITE global (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence).

Kiki L'Italien
Communications & Marketing | Association Chat Media | Trust Speaker | Sr. Consultant Tecker Int'l | Brand Consulting 

Godefroy des Francs
CPO & Co-founder, Swapcard

Episode #10
Bringing Strategy & Creativity to Online & Hybrid Events with Michelle Bruno and Dahlia El Gazzar

BONUS Episode #11
The Role of Marketing & Communication in Pivoting to Virtual with Kimberly Hardcastle and Jan Alessie

In this bonus episode, which was recorded and filmed during Swapcard’s first virtual event: Evolve, Megan chats to Jan Alessie and Kimberly Hardcastle about the role of marketing and communication in the emerging and fast-developing world of virtual and hybrid events. The trio discusses the ultimate marketing methods to ensure a successful, valuable and unforgettable virtual event. They dive into how to pick the goals for your event and how to deliver specific value propositions to key groups within your audience.
And it doesn’t stop there!

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Episode #9
An Emerging Virtual Event World 
with Kiki L’Italian and Godefroy des Francs

Kimberly Hardcastle
Chief Marketing Strategist, MDG

Jan Alessie
Director, World Football Summit

Matthew Donegan-Ryan
General Manager, Swapcard

Tahira Endean, CMP, DES, CED
Head of Events at SITE global (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence).

Kiki L'Italien
Communications & Marketing | Association Chat Media | Trust Speaker | Sr. Consultant Tecker Int'l | Brand Consulting 

Godefroy des Francs
CPO & Co-founder, Swapcard

BONUS Episode #11
The Role of Marketing & Communication in Pivoting to Virtual with Kimberly Hardcastle and Jan Alessie

Episode #12
How to Plan a Virtual Conference - the Evolve Case Study with Damien Courbon and Isaïe Simonnet

Having never planned an event before, the Swapcard team decided they were going to hold an online conference experience for the meetings and events industry. As the coronavirus pandemic hit the world, it hit our industry particularly hard… And it quickly became obvious we have to EVOLVE. And so, the Evolve Conference was born! We’ve all experienced many online meetings, webinars, and conferences through this time period, and one thing is certain - the need for GOOD online conferences is not going away. When done well, they are a very FULL and enriching experience, complete with education and networking.

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Episode #9
An Emerging Virtual Event World 
with Kiki L’Italian and Godefroy des Francs

BONUS Episode #11
The Role of Marketing & Communication in Pivoting to Virtual with Kimberly Hardcastle and Jan Alessie

Damien Courbon
Co-Founder & COO, Swapcard

Isaïe Simonnet
Co-Founder & CTO, ePeak Studio

Matthew Donegan-Ryan
General Manager, Swapcard

Tahira Endean, CMP, DES, CED
Head of Events at SITE global (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence).

Kiki L'Italien
Communications & Marketing | Association Chat Media | Trust Speaker | Sr. Consultant Tecker Int'l | Brand Consulting 

Godefroy des Francs
CPO & Co-founder, Swapcard

Episode #12
How to Plan a Virtual Conference - the Evolve Case Study with Damien Courbon and Isaïe Simonnet

Episode #13
Amplifying Black Voices in Tourism and Meetings & Events  with Alana Dillette & Tess Vismale

On the heels of the Covid-19 pandemic, the civil revolution that has emerged in the United States has sparked an initiative to amplify Black voices. This isn’t something only needed in the U.S., but throughout the world, and in the meetings & events and tourism industries. Host Megan Powers and Swapcard consider themselves allies. They wanted to start Season 2 with a conversation about how our industry can - and should - do better by our Black colleagues.

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Episode #9
An Emerging Virtual Event World 
with Kiki L’Italian and Godefroy des Francs

BONUS Episode #11
The Role of Marketing & Communication in Pivoting to Virtual with Kimberly Hardcastle and Jan Alessie

Episode #12
How to Plan a Virtual Conference - the Evolve Case Study with Damien Courbon and Isaïe Simonnet

Alana Dillette
Assistant Professor, San State University

Tess Vismale
Chief Event Executioner & Event Technologist, iSocialExecution

Matthew Donegan-Ryan
General Manager, Swapcard

Tahira Endean, CMP, DES, CED
Head of Events at SITE global (Society for Incentive Travel Excellence).

Kiki L'Italien
Communications & Marketing | Association Chat Media | Trust Speaker | Sr. Consultant Tecker Int'l | Brand Consulting 

Godefroy des Francs
CPO & Co-founder, Swapcard

Episode #13
Amplifying Black Voices in Tourism and Meetings & Events  with Alana Dillette & Tess Vismale

BONUS Episode #14
Best Practices for Virtual & Hybrid Events with Brian Fanzo & Preet Singh

Our 3-day online Evolve Conference in May was such a hit, we decided to give the Community what they asked for - more of this great content! This is a bonus episode from Evolve Community Series. In this lively discussion a few things emerged as themes: do not underestimate the power of community and creating year-round engagement, remember the human side to our events, which can also come through strongly online, and it IS possible to bring a big event online and monetize it.

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Episode #9
An Emerging Virtual Event World 
with Kiki L’Italian and Godefroy des Francs

BONUS Episode #11
The Role of Marketing & Communication in Pivoting to Virtual with Kimberly Hardcastle and Jan Alessie

Episode #12
How to Plan a Virtual Conference - the Evolve Case Study with Damien Courbon and Isaïe Simonnet

Episode #13
Amplifying Black Voices in Tourism and Meetings & Events  with Alana Dillette & Tess Vismale

Brian Fanzo
Digital Futurist & Founder, iSocialFanz

Preet Singh
Co-Founder & Editor, Event Industry News

Brian Fanzo
Digital Futurist & Founder, iSocialFanz

BONUS Episode #14
Best Practices for Virtual & Hybrid Events  with Brian Fanzo & Preet Singh

Episode #15
Monetizing Online Events with Liz Caruso and Scott Oser

There are creative ways to monetize online events, and even make them profitable. Collecting money and being profitable are also NOT the same thing, and this episode of Inside Events explores the possibilities. There’s actually no reason for you to be giving these events away, and our guests Liz King Caruso and Scott Oser have both worked with clients to do just that! We recorded this show live during the Age of Conversation Summit, with about 40 participants on-hand.

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Episode #9
An Emerging Virtual Event World 
with Kiki L’Italian and Godefroy des Francs

BONUS Episode #11
The Role of Marketing & Communication in Pivoting to Virtual with Kimberly Hardcastle and Jan Alessie

Episode #12
How to Plan a Virtual Conference - the Evolve Case Study with Damien Courbon and Isaïe Simonnet

Episode #13
Amplifying Black Voices in Tourism and Meetings & Events  with Alana Dillette & Tess Vismale

BONUS Episode #14
Best Practices for Virtual & Hybrid Events  with Brian Fanzo & Preet Singh

Liz Caruso
Event Specialist, Consultant, Speaker & CEO of Liz King Events

Scott Oser
President, Scott Oser Associates

Brian Fanzo
Digital Futurist & Founder, iSocialFanz

Episode #15
Monetizing Online Events with Liz Caruso and Scott Oser