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About Event Garde

Who We Are

Event Garde is not your average consulting firm. The success of our more than 100 clients is a direct result of the diverse and reputable thought leaders we employ, our commitment to growing the knowledge and confidence of your people, and the collaborative partnership we create from problem statement through solution design, development, and implementation. Our clients manage leading trade associations, individual membership societies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies across the United States.

What We Stand For

Our cause. Event Garde helps clients address a range of unique and challenging needs through customized services and expert guidance informed by research, trend analysis, best practices, prior experiences, and intuition.

Our value proposition. Event Garde convenes a dream team of consultants and partners specific to each client – balanced in both skill and personality – to assist in the attainment of goals, objectives, and key performance indicators. 

Our promise. Event Garde is committed to delivering engaging learning experiences, intentional networking environments, and the transfer of new information through meaningful rehearsal and retrieval exercises that is then applied on the job.

Our guarantee. Event Garde strives to provide the highest-quality services at competitive rates. But we’re not happy if you’re not happy. Our flexible and adaptable team values feedback and will work with you to ensure your expectations are met.

What We Do

Event Garde is a trendsetting consulting firm that pushes the boundaries of what’s normal and expected. We not only deploy innovative strategy and operations for clients, but we dream up trailblazing topics for publications and presentations, as well as create niche resources for the benefit of our community.

Healthy by Association is a progressive health and wellness movement for people to connect around a shared lifestyle, to set goals and overcome obstacles, to both prioritize and practice self-care, and to inspire each other to not only invest in their health, but to actually enjoy the journey along the way. LEARN MORE >

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Facilit8me offers a relaxed and supportive community of practice ideal for learning and networking with fellow facilitators. Through bimonthly meetings and a vibrant online community, participants of all experience levels are empowered with new resources and greater self-confidence. LEARN MORE > 

Core Values

Just as Event Garde is committed to helping our clients identify and carry out their core values, our team worked to develop consensus around shared Event Garde core values. The team participated in a facilitated discussion to help brainstorm and develop alignment on the core values we want to hold as a high-performing, virtual team. We utilize these shared values as our foundation for how we work with one another, our partners, and our clients.

          

          

Facilit8me Grapes & Games

02/16/21

Online, 5-530 PM ET, Register here!

The premise is two-fold: Grab your favorite grape (in wine form, of course) or cocktail/mocktail of your choice and spend 30 minutes with us as we talk digital games. We’ve asked and you’ve shared with us some of the games you’re using to stay connected with colleagues, friends and family during this period of social distancing. Prior to each session, you’ll vote on the game you want to try out and we’ll play it together. We’ll discuss what we like, what we don’t, possible modifications and share in a laugh or two along the way. So, join us for a low-key evening of grapes and games to learn, network and decompress.

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Lunch and Learn: Facilitation Soft Skills

03/18/21

Online, 1-130 PM ET - Register here!

Join us for another enlightening lunch and learn discussion! Each session we’ll focus on a different facilitation core competency: from developing collaborative stakeholder relationships and creating a participatory environment to supporting implementation through quality documentation and everything in between. The format is simple: Read the featured article or blog post, watch the short video, or reflect on a certain element of your facilitation practice prior to attending. And in just 30 minutes, we’ll host a fast-paced, though-provoking focused conversation sure to leave each of us with new insights and takeaways we can immediately apply to our facilitation work.

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Facilit8me Community of Practice

04/15/21

Online, 1-130 PM ET - Register here!

Join us for our open community of practice dialogue in a new, 30-minute express format! We ask participants to bring with them any facilitation challenges (past, present or future) they’d like to discuss as a group for supportive feedback, debrief and evaluation. No challenge is too big or small. We leverage the collective wisdom and experience of the group to brainstorm possible solutions, advice and recommendations in a safe and growth-minded environment.

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Facilit8me Grapes & Apps

05/11/21

Online, 5-530 PM ET - Register here!

The premise is two-fold: Grab your favorite grape (in wine form, of course) or cocktail/mocktail of your choice and spend 30 minutes with us as we talk about your favorite must-have apps for your phone or tablet! In addition to sharing the apps we can’t get enough of, we’ll invite you to bring your favorites (either personal or professional), share with us a brief overview of each and answer any questions that may arise from fellow participants. You’re bound to leave with a handful of new apps you’ve never heard of before — and have an enjoyable evening doing it!

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Lunch and Learn: Managing our Implicit Bias as Facilitators

06/17/21

Online, 1-130 PM ET - Register here!

Join us for another enlightening lunch and learn discussion! Each session we’ll focus on a different facilitation core competency: from developing collaborative stakeholder relationships and creating a participatory environment to supporting implementation through quality documentation and everything in between. The format is simple: Read the featured article or blog post, watch the short video, or reflect on a certain element of your facilitation practice prior to attending. And in just 30 minutes, we’ll host a fast-paced, though-provoking focused conversation sure to leave each of us with new insights and takeaways we can immediately apply to our facilitation work.

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Facilit8me Community of Practice

7/21/21

Online, 1-130 PM ET, Register here!

Join us for our open community of practice dialogue in a new, 30-minute express format! We ask participants to bring with them any facilitation challenges (past, present or future) they’d like to discuss as a group for supportive feedback, debrief and evaluation. No challenge is too big or small. We leverage the collective wisdom and experience of the group to brainstorm possible solutions, advice and recommendations in a safe and growth-minded environment.

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Facilit8me Grapes & Graphics

08/19/21

Online, 5-530 PM ET - Register here!

The premise is two-fold: Grab your favorite grape (in wine form, of course) or cocktail/mocktail of your choice and spend 30 minutes with us as we talk about facilitation graphics. We’ll share with you the importance of graphics in your facilitation work, as well as some of our graphics tips and tricks. We’ll then invite you to grab a notepad and marker (or tablet and stylus!) to get some hands-on practice. For those new to graphics, not to worry! This is a great place to start. For those a bit more advanced, this is a great opportunity to refine your practice.

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Lunch and Learn: Creating Effective Ground Rules

09/15/21

Online, 1-130 PM ET, Register here!

Join us for another enlightening lunch and learn discussion! Each session we’ll focus on a different facilitation core competency: from developing collaborative stakeholder relationships and creating a participatory environment to supporting implementation through quality documentation and everything in between. The format is simple: Read the featured article or blog post, watch the short video, or reflect on a certain element of your facilitation practice prior to attending. And in just 30 minutes, we’ll host a fast-paced, though-provoking focused conversation sure to leave each of us with new insights and takeaways we can immediately apply to our facilitation work.

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Facilit8me Community of Practice

10/21/21

Online, 1-130 PM ET - Register here!

Join us for our open community of practice dialogue in a new, 30-minute express format! We ask participants to bring with them any facilitation challenges (past, present or future) they’d like to discuss as a group for supportive feedback, debrief and evaluation. No challenge is too big or small. We leverage the collective wisdom and experience of the group to brainstorm possible solutions, advice and recommendations in a safe and growth-minded environment.

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Facilit8me Grapes & Groups

11/16/21

Online, 5-530 PM ET - Register here!

The premise is two-fold: Grab your favorite grape (in wine form, of course) or cocktail/mocktail of your choice and spend 30 minutes with us as we focus on team building. We’ll be sharing some activities to boost team building and ask participants to bring their best team building activities to the session as well!

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Lunch and Learn: Breaking Through Barriers: Facilitating Successful Solutions

12/09/21

Online 1-130 PM ET, Register here!

Join us for another enlightening lunch and learn discussion! Each session we’ll focus on a different facilitation core competency: from developing collaborative stakeholder relationships and creating a participatory environment to supporting implementation through quality documentation and everything in between. The format is simple: Read the featured article or blog post, watch the short video, or reflect on a certain element of your facilitation practice prior to attending. And in just 30 minutes, we’ll host a fast-paced, though-provoking focused conversation sure to leave each of us with new insights and takeaways we can immediately apply to our facilitation work.

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