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December 7, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

| Free

Creating connection is at the core of what makes our community so special. And while we still aren’t able to gather, there are countless ways to reimagine San Luis Obispo’s signature events and continue to bring people together.

We are bringing together some of the best event leaders in the industry to share how they have pivoted during this challenging time and found the ability to not only survive, but thrive. With nearly 80 years of experience planning and executing events between them, our speakers’ resumes include hosting private events for Hollywood’s A-list and pulling off virtual political conventions.

Join us on Monday, December 7 for an afternoon of inspiration, education and tangible takeaways for reinventing events and engaging your audience in profoundly new ways.

Zoom – *link & instructions to join will be sent upon registration

Megan Henshall | Google 

think differently eventsMegan Henshall joined Google in April 2019, as the Global Events Account Manager in Real Estate and Workplace Services. She works closely with product areas to understand how events drive business and build communities across Google. Prior to taking her current role, she spent more than 12 years designing, planning and executing corporate marketing, recruiting, learning, development and incentive events. Megan is a strategist, experience enthusiast, helper/fixer, podcast and documentary lover, and mom to 2 year old Otis.

Troy Williams | SImply Troy

think differently eventsAfter Troy Williams’ rewarding 14-year tenure at Warner Bros., he successfully launched Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events, creating incredibly personalized events and branding experiences for celebrity, corporate, charity  and social clients. He’s been named multiple times as one of the “Most Influential Event Professionals in the U.S.” by BizBash, a “Best Wedding Planner in the World” by Harper’s Bazaar and a “Best Wedding Planner in the U.S.” by BRIDES magazine. His strong background in Public Relations, Marketing and Brand Partnerships are a unique bonus to his tasteful and thoughtful event designer skills. He’s currently incorporating multiple lifestyle design projects into his brand like his Hallmark Signature Greeting Card line, curating custom gift boxes for virtual event experiences around the country and set decorating for filmed entertainment projects like “The Disney Holiday Singalong” on ABC.

Mark Perry | Freestyle Event Services

think differently eventsMark Perry is the co-founder and President of Freestyle Entertainment & Event Services. Mark has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications with an emphasis on Public Relations and a minor in Marketing. What started out as a small DJ company through college has grown over the past 20 years to become a leading and influential force in the event production industry. With offices in Bakersfield, San Luis Obispo and Los Angeles, FES’s reach has extended throughout the nation, Mexico & Canada. More recently, FES has helped pioneer and shape event production in the growing virtual space. Notable clients include the White House, Nike and Loreal as well as celebrity clients including Chelsea Handler, Snoop Dog and Eva Longoria.

Josh Rodman | Harbinger

think differently eventsJosh Rodman is the Executive Director at Harbinger, an event management agency based in Washington, DC. Harbinger’s base in Washington, DC has built a strong reputation amongst political organizations, from the White House to international diplomatic missions, as well as with corporations, nonprofits and international brands. Josh’s background in finance and accounting has provided him with an advantage in the events industry. As an accountant, Josh’s expertise as the “numbers guy” is an asset on site given Harbinger’s specialty of creating political events with extremely short timelines and strict budgets. Josh has a BS in Finance and Accounting from American University and lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Virginia and their English Bulldog, Tomford.

Amber Karson | Karson Butler Events 

Amber Karson’s 20 year career in event planning has taken her across the U.S. and around the globe. She offers a unique perspective to event planning, having started her career as an in-house corporate event planner, and now as an entrepreneur and independent event planner. Together with her twin sister, she launched Karson Butler Events in 2008, serving a distinguished clientele in the social, corporate, incentive travel and agri-tourism sectors. Amber has appeared on The Today Show and in publications such as The Washington Post, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot, Inside Weddings and more. Amber earned her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credentials in 2007, one of the highest honors in the meetings & special events industry.

This event is brought to you by a partnership between the SLO Chamber & the City of SLO’s Promotional Coordinating Committee. The PCC will be awarding up to 40 nonprofits $2,500 grants this year. To learn more and apply for a grant, click here.


December 7, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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