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Gardian of the Month: Julie Metty Bennett

Our Gardian of the Month is Julie Metty Bennett, Chief Executive Officer for Public Sector Consultants.

Learn: What’s one subject you’d like to learn more about?

Being a strong white ally in the fight against racism. I've been educating myself on this for the past year or so, but there is always more to learn and do.

Network: How do you help a wallflower, who’s not comfortable networking at a professional event, loosen up?

I always tell people the easiest way to network is to ask people questions about themselves. People love to talk about themselves. That way, you get to know someone and don't have to do a lot of talking yourself if you are nervous. 

Transfer: Mentorship – How do you think mentorship aids in knowledge transfer?

Knowledge transfer can happen by reading, attending a class or seminar, or watching a webinar, but there is nothing like being able to have a one-on-one conversation with someone, asking them questions, and even watching them in action/shadowing them. Learning in a context you can relate to, targeting the information you are getting to your circumstance/need, and having a dialogue with someone who possesses the skills and attribute you aspire to have is so much more of a rich and impactful learning environment than those I mentioned previously. 

Please share with us a resource you can’t live without it.

We just started using to manage the implementation of our company's strategic plan. I like it because it helps our entire leadership team collaborate, stay on track with our tasks, and hold each other accountable. It also reminds me by email when I have a deadline looming. 

Just for Fun: If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose and why?

As the CEO of a woman-owned business and supporter of women in leadership, I would want to meet as many historical figures as possible that played a role in lifting up woman as leaders. While gender discrimination is still alive and well, great progress has been made and I stand on the shoulders of people like Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Eleanor Roosevelt. I would want to tap into their courage and wisdom and ask for advice on what I can do to further their work in support of woman empowerment.

By: Kate Pojeta, CMP | Sep, 25 2020

Supporting Attendees for a Successful Virtual Event

To help our attendees have positive virtual experiences, let’s set them up for success! Here are Kate Pojeta’s tips to do just that!

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Maximize Your Revenue through Smart Pricing Strategies

Associations shortchange their pricing models far too often. As a result, they either leave money on the table or worse, lose market share. In this article, we provide associations with a primer on core pricing strategies.

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Pre-Recording for Virtual Presentations

You’ve made the decision to pre-record your presentation for an upcoming event. Or someone else made that decision for you. Either way, you know you have to pre-record. Now what? Here are Kate Pojeta’s tip for a successful pre-recorded session.

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By: Kate Pojeta, CMP | Sep, 18 2020

Graphic Design and Creative Tools for the Rest of Us

Whether you are forced to be a graphic designer at times or simply want to jazz up some documents and presentations with something other than text, there are a variety of tools out there that can help you along the way. Here are some favoritesthat might help you up your game for your next presentation, honey-do list, calendar of chaos, or whatever design needs you have!

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6 Strategy Questions to Ask Your Event Team

Countless organizations have had to pivot their education strategy from in-person to digital or hybrid experiences as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The most successful organizations have convened a leadership team to rethink their strategy and scenario plan in alignment with organization mission. We invite you to complete a wellness check on the virtual and hybrid meetings and events comprising your current education portfolio. Whether at the board, staff or committee level, or some combination of the three, following are the six strategy questions the Event Garde team thinks you should be asking right now.

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Tips for a Successful Virtual Presentation

Kate Pojeta provides considerations, some tools, and several tips for presenters to utilize not only in advance but also during the live presentation to ensure it is successful.

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