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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.

Sep 11, 2017

Hosts: David Adler, Beth Kormanik
Guest: Catherine Bennett, Laurie DeJong

In this episode of GatherGeeks, David Adler, C.E.O. of BizBash, and Beth Kormanik, editor in chief of BizBash, sit down with Catherine Bennett, the senior vice president and managing director of fashion events for IMG, and Laurie DeJong, the C.E.O. of LDJ Productions, the producers behind New York Fashion Week. The group discusses how Fashion Week has evolved, growing to become New York’s largest media event twice per year. They discuss the logistics required to pull off 500 individual fashion shows each season, and the unique venue and production requirements for hosting a fashion show. Bennett and DeJong also share the importance of fashion-show lighting, the economic impact the week has on New York, how to treat everyone on your team like a V.I.P., and the logistics of crowd safety and venue flow for these events. DeJong also shares details on her nonprofit foundation, which supports sustainable community development projects both locally and in developing nations This episode is a must-listen for anyone who wants to learn from one of the world’s largest—and most logistically challenging—events.

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