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Event Garde — Your professional development consultant

Our team is dedicated to lifelong learning

Event Garde is a professional development consulting firm committed to lifelong learning—for ourselves, our community and those who attend the meetings we facilitate—believing in its ability to create well-connected leaders and to foster performance improvement.

Our work and relationships are guided by seven 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.

          

          

FacilitateMI: Demystifying the National Charrette Institute

06/12/2019

9:00-10:30 AM EST

Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/696544595

Description: Holly will provide an overview of the National Charrette Institute (NCI) Charrette System approach, a tool newly associated with MSU and MSUE. This tool is most used to break down barriers in complicated and heated community settings. This method uses collaborative design-thinking to activate the creative potential of all stakeholders by embedding them in the design process to co-create a transformative plan or policy. This unique public engagement approach is highly adaptable to many public situations involving large diverse groups and is suitable for all ages.

Facilitator: Holly Madill is the director of the National Charrette Institute at Michigan State University. Over the course of the last 20 years, Madill has developed a diverse set of skills, while coordinating and leading projects around a wide range of topics for the private, nonprofit, institutional and public sectors. She specializes in community engagement, placemaking, transportation and walkability, as well as development of trainings, surveys and analysis. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Alabama and a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning from Michigan State University.

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FSAE19: Ignite Your Inspiration

07/10/2019 - 07/12/2019

​Jacksonville, FL

Organization: Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE)

https://www.fsae.org/

The FSAE 2019 Annual Conference is designed to ensure association executives are prepared to move their organizations forward through education, interactive discussions and attendee engagement. It’s crucial that all levels of association management are primed for success in the next decade. Keep yourself and your organization relevant in this fast-changing world with professional growth and functional development, no matter your career stage or experience. Aaron will be presenting. Alina is attending.

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OSAE Annual Conference

07/16/2019

​Lawton, OK

Organization: Oklahoma Society of Association Executives

https://www.ok-osae.org/

Aaron is presenting the General Session: Health & Wellness for Busy Professionals

Few skills affect the value members place on an Association Executive as their personal productivity. From leading your team, to serving your members, to your own stress level and fulfillment…success often comes down to a person’s ability to get things done efficiently. Personal Productivity entails several different disciplines: time management, organization, prioritization, systemizing, and the ability to get others to work with you (or work together) most effectively are all a part of this overarching skill-set. Very few people, however, are naturally good at all these various aspects. We develop “systems and tricks” to avoid wasting time, and constantly look for tools and strategies to accomplish more in less time. This presentation offers participants a new way of looking at time and the way they spend it. You’ll learn how to plan your day, reduce interruptions, gain control over the flood of communication we all battle, and understand how to prioritize your many responsibilities for maximum efficiency. Overall, you’ll hear more than 20 practical, applicable ideas to help you increase your personal productivity…and all of them can be implemented immediately.

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MSAE ORGPRO

07/17/2019 - 07/19/2019

Thompsonville, MI

Organization: Michigan Society of Association Executives

https://www.msae.org/

ORGPRO is Michigan’s premier education and networking convention for professionals in the not-for-profit industry. The conference features high-energy and motivational keynotes and education focusing on Member Advancement, Member Engagement, Member Services and Association Support and exceptional networking opportunities.

With two full days of educational programming and networking opportunities targeted to the needs of association professionals, ORGPRO will help you advance in your professional journey. Breakout sessions center on the educational needs of staff positions, making it easier to mix and match your sessions based on your interests.

Aaron will be presenting Tradeshow (R)evolution: Attendance, Engagement & Revenue Growth Strategies.

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FacilitateMI: Diversity & Inclusion Monitoring Tool

08/14/2019

9:00-10:30 AM EST

MSAE Office - East Lansing, MI

Description: Krista Rowe and Aaron Wolowiec set out to crate a diversity and inclusion monitoring tool that would allow facilitators to: set goals to improve likelihood and quality of participation; tally the manner and frequency of participation among various social identities and marginalized groups; identify the successes and opportunities for improvement; and inform future design and implementation. During this session, they’ll unveil the current draft of their work, explore uses within your work with groups and solicit feedback for further refinement.

Facilitator: Our facilitator will be Krista Rowe. Krista is a Health Equity Consultant for the Center for Health Equity Practice (CHEP) at Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI). She is experienced in developing, implementing and facilitating dialogue with community based organizations and public health professionals. Her area of focus is the application of Health Equity and Social Justice. She co-facilitates workshops, provides technical assistance and consultation on this content area. Krista holds her degree in Community Advocacy and Governance from Michigan State University (MSU). She is a certified Technology of Participation (ToP) facilitator through the Institute for Cultural affairs (ICA) in Chicago.

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TSAE Lab: Diving Deep Into the Theory & Practice of Design Thinking

08/22/2019

​Rockwall, TX

Organization: Texas Society of Association Executives (TSAE)

https://www.tsae.org/

In an association world of ever-increasing competition, of customers who seem to have less time and read fewer communications, of generational and societal shifts that are quickly impacting organizational structure, our associations have to stand out in order to grow. In fact, our associations have to produce the right solutions for the right members in the right format, all while generating experiences and interactions that are easy, positive and, where possible, fun. And we can’t rely on the long-standing premise that what we create will be an evergreen solution - instead, we must continually experiment, prototype, learn and grow.

So, how can we keep up?

Design thinking may provide the answer. In this deep dive, you will come to understand the basic tenants of the design thinking approach. Each participant will bring their own member-focused experience that they are looking to workshop. Through a facilitated series of exercises, you will re-define and refine your approach, placing the customer and their experience at the core of what you create. You will walk away with tangible next steps in hand - with your own efforts and focus determining the path those steps take. Aaron is presenting with Lowell Applebaum.

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IHS 68th Annual Convention & Expo

09/19/2019 - 09/21/2019

Nashville, TN

Organization: International Hearing Society

www.ihsinfo.org

The International Hearing Society (IHS) is a membership association that represents hearing healthcare professionals worldwide. IHS members are engaged in the practice of testing human hearing and selecting, fitting and dispensing hearing instruments and counseling patients.

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FacilitateMI Digital Meeting

10/09/2019

9:00-10:30 AM EST

Join via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/696544595

The mission of FacilitateMI is to create a relaxed and supportive community of practice ideal for learning and networking with fellow Michigan facilitators. Through monthly meetings and a vibrant online community, participants of all experience levels will feel empowered with new resources and greater self-confidence.

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2019 AORE AEE Joint National Conference

11/13/2019 - 11/15/2019

Spokane, WA

Organization: Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education

http://www.aore.org

The AORE Annual Conference has been delivering exceptional education, sparking innovation, and creating unique learning and quality networking opportunities for over three decades. With their collaboration with the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) this year, they aim to raise the bar yet again!

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FacilitateMI: ACTion CARDS (Action Created Together)

12/11/2019

9:00-10:30 AM EST

MSAE Office - East Lansing, MI

Descripton: Imagine this: Yet another meeting or conference call is convened to discuss the same topics that have been on the table for months with no decisions and no actionable next steps. This time can be different. About a year ago, Lindsay and Aaron developed a colorful deck of ACTion CARDS. Following the simple instructions, and leveraging the focused conversation approach, lead just about any discussion using the pre-populated questions. What results is: recognition of and participation by all group members; increased diversity of thought; a safe space for all to share their unique perspectives; engagement of untapped team expertise; and fruitful conversation, as well as identification of actionable next steps.

Facilitator: Lindsay Gross s an experienced meeting facilitator with over a decade of experience working with multidisciplinary groups, assisting them with goal setting/action planning, and creating an engaging environment that allows for consensus building. She has worked with professionals from both the public and private sector to help them work towards gaining common vision and achieve their goals. Lindsay is known for working with challenging groups to conduct needs assessments, system’s analysis and work together to co-create actionable recommendations for improvement. Lindsay is also an experienced public speaker and trainer, presenting at national conferences on a variety of topics related to overall system change and how to engage with communities.

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