Collaboration SIG: Event Planners: The Ultimate Collaborators



  • Monthly Meeting of the Collaboration SIG


    Presentation Overview:

    Event Planners: The Ultimate Collaborators

    What does it take to get people to collaborate and work together? What are the techniques, skills, and tools that effect a smooth and seamless coordination and collaboration of talent to ensure a successful end result?

    We considered the notion and decided to ask the experts whose job it is to coordinate and produce an end result. They regularly cause collaboration to happen with an ever changing and broad variety of participants, locations, vendors, suppliers, equipment, materials, attendees and audiences. They are event planners.

    The people dynamics of collaboration is often overlooked in the quest for the next cool technical tool to use to expedite and improve communications and the transfer of knowledge among cooperating groups and people.

    However, it’s the aspect of interpersonal collaboration and cooperation that engenders the most problems in the process of getting things done as a flotilla of management consultants will readily testify.

    Come and join in on a conversation about what works and what doesn’t in the collaboration process between and among individuals and groups. Explore the requisite soft skills needed for effective collaboration. Find out what to do when all else fails or Murphy’s Law takes hold.

    Our panelists successfully plan, organize and implement weddings, corporate events, business networking groups, and social gatherings. They are collaboration experts.


    About the Panel:

    Kay Finocchiaro Lawton, Sr. Strategic Events Manager Candence Design Systems, Inc.

    Linda Wong Holroyd, Founder and CEO, FountainBlue

    Kaycee McKenzie, CMD, Founder and CEO, Kaycee McKenzie Events

    Gwen Helbush, Owner, Where To Start, Wedding & Event Management, Co-Founder, The Bay Area Wedding Network



    CHARLES WELSH, BC SIG Co-Chair and Founder,
    PATTI WILSON, Career and Organizational Coach,
    SCOTT MCMULLAN, Director of Developer Relations,

    To reference the SDForum Collaboration SIG Blog: SDForum Collaboration SIG


    Event Logistics


    Pillsbury Winthrop Office Silicon Valley
    2475 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1114


    6:15 - 7:00 p.m. Registration/Networking
    7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Presentation


    $15 at the door for non-SDForum members
    No charge for SDForum members
    No registration required