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Aaron Wolowiec, the founder and CEO of Event Garde, established the Healthy by Association community for people in stress-riddled association and hospitality industries to connect around a shared lifestyle and inspire each other to invest in their health. He was the guest for episode #49 of the podcast.
Chapter leaders are eager to get back to in-person meetings. But are in-person events a responsible and viable option for the near future? CRPs want to help chapters make the right decisions and provide the support chapters need to host safe events when the time is right. What is the best way to approach this thorny issue? To get the guidance CRPs and chapters are seeking, Billhighway tapped the expertise of Aaron Wolowiec, CAE, CMP, the CEO of Event Garde, a professional development and meetings consulting firm.
A year ago, component relations professionals (CRPs) and chapter leaders turned their focus to virtual chapter meetings. Now, as the vaccine rolls out across the country, the focus is shifting again as the potential for in-person meetings becomes a possibility for chapters in 2021. New questions are arising as CRPs figure out what advice or directives to give to chapters. Should chapters plan on in-person events and meetings this year? Can they provide a safe experience? Will members be ready? Is hybrid a viable option? Like you, Billhighway had more questions than answers so they turned to one of the brightest minds they knew on association and chapter events, Aaron Wolowiec, CAE, CMP (and holder of many other credentials), the CEO of Event Garde, a professional development and meetings consulting firm.
This article by Aaron Wolowiec was featured by the Florida Society of Association Executives (FSAE) in their November/December newsletter.
Producing a virtual event can be difficult, particularly for groups forced to convert an education portfolio heavy on in-person events to digital formats for the first time. Moving forward, associations need to offer high-quality virtual and hybrid meetings that serve changing member needs and preferences. -- This article was featured by Associations Now Daily News and was written by Aaron Wolowiec and Chris Gloede.
Planning and producing a virtual event can be difficult, particularly for associations forced to convert an education portfolio heavy on in-person events to digital formats for the first time. Moving forward, associations must be better prepared to offer high-quality, but efficient virtual and hybrid meetings that serve the changing needs and preferences of members. -- This article was featured by AssociationAdvisor and was written by Aaron Wolowiec and Chris Gloede.
Event Garde team members Lindsay Gross and Kate Pojeta were featured on The Association Advisor Podcast where they explain specific strategies to prepare for and run a successful remote meeting.
For event planners hoping to transition to a post-pandemic in-person experience, a few tips to help ease the transition. Aaron was quoted in this article by Allison Torres Burtka featured by AssociationsNow.
Associations were quick to convert their conferences to virtual events when COVID-19 halted in-person meetings. Looking ahead, associations and their attendees are eager to get back together face to face. But how? Aaron was quoted in this article by Allison Torres Burtka featured by AssociationsNow.
As organizations shift to virtual and hybrid events, we need to convince sponsors and exhibitors that there are still plenty of reasons to participate in this new environment. It is our job to make it as easy as possible for them to justify spending marketing dollars in a very different, and unknown, platform. By creating a "Top 10" list for our exhibitors and sponsors, we can help them clearly see the benefits. Here is an example of a "Top 10 Reasons to Exhibit at a Virtual Event."