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Welcome to GatherGeeks, the event industry podcast, where people passionate about the power of live experiences and events come together. Join host David Adler as he discusses the latest news and trends affecting event marketers, meeting strategists, nonprofit organizers, and everyone in between. This podcast by BizBash is the destination for information, innovation, and inspiration for anyone involved in planning events and meetings, from conferences, trade shows, and fund-raising galas to product launches, festivals, award shows, weddings, and birthdays.

Apr 15, 2019

Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik, Alex Carter
Guest: Natalie Jones

In the first edition of GatherGeeks' "Sparking Change" series of episodes recorded at the Meridian International Center in Washington, BizBash C.E.O. David Adler and Zkipster's Alex Carter chat with Natalie Jones, the center's senior vice president for external affairs and the former deputy chief of protocol at the State Department. She shares what it was like planning events and meetings for presidents and foreign governments, discussing why creating a comfortable setting conductive to change-making conversations is crucial. Jones also shares ways to understand each guest's needs and preferences, best practices for gifting and seating charts, and the community-building work she's doing at the Meridian International Center.

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