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So, you (still) want to work in event planning?

Tuesday, October 6

One day this pandemic will be a distant memory and people will again gather. When that happens, the events industry will need people ready to create amazing experiences and moments worth remembering. From concerts to conferences and fundraising extravaganzas to sporting events, these experts have done it all and weathered many storms along the way. With collectively more than 75 years of experience, this panel will provide you with behind-the-scenes insights and advice that will help prepare you for the #NewNormal. This session is in partnership with WVU PRSSA


  • Candace Montgomery

    Vice President, Experiential, Essence Communication

    Candace Montgomery is a 20+ year experiential (live and now digital) and marketing veteran. Utilizing strategy, her understanding of people and creativity she has been able to launch and deliver some of your favorite events inclusive of the Essence Festival of Culture, Black Women in Hollywood and Street Style.

  • Heidi Riffle-Nizowitz

    Director of Convention Services, Mandalay Bay

    Heidi Riffle-Nizowitz has over 15 years of experience working for one of the largest convention centers in North America. In her role she helps bring to life client visions for groups ranging from 300 to 25,000. She regularly coordinates conferences and trade shows for clients in sectors as diverse as sports, technology and retail.

  • Doreen Sullivan

    Owner, Post No Bills

    Doreen Sullivan is a visionary in creative strategy and CEO of award-winning agency Post No Bills, who teaches companies around the world that the commercial value of creativity is everywhere. She lives by her proclamation, “for every problem there is a creative solution, and for every project there is a creative execution.”

  • Chris Williams

    Operations Director, Colonial Life Arena

    From out west to down south, Chris Williams has worked in and managed a wide array of civic center, arenas and amphitheaters. Across this experience he has managed budgets in excess of 1.2 million, staffed facilities for major events and implemented all logistics for the maintenance, housekeeping and conversion of the buildings he manages for events ranging from concerts to sporting events to festivals and more.