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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.

Gardian of the Month: Pam Donahoo

Pam Donahoo, Chief Executive Officer for USFN, is our Gardian of the Month.

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Gardian of the Month: Julie Metty Bennett

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

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Gardian of the Month: Kara Nacarato

Kara Nacarato, Event Garde’s Director of Development & Special Initiatives, is our Gardian of the Month.

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The Show Can Still Go On

​The association industry has seen many events canceled or postponed in the past three months, but, thanks to virtual learning, the show can still go on. Follow these steps to get your virtual show on the road.

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Virtual and Hybrid Conference Presentations - Where Time and Space are No Longer Finite

​Time and space become less finite in a virtual event. Let’s use it to our advantage, not as a fall-back. Let’s take the time to produce content that our attendees want to consume and engage with. Let’s seek out the best presenters from our diverse world. Let’s invite those that could never afford to attend to join in. Let’s learn more than we could before - and dive in deeper than we ever have. As event planners, as we wished for less confinement in space and time before, we should embrace the virtual and hybrid options as they give us exactly that. Embrace the infinite possibilities!

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Designing impactful instructor-led learning experiences with the millennial in mind

When it comes to offering face-to-face learning experiences, such as a day-long interactive workshop or a 75-minute breakout session at a conference, associations must carefully consider the millennial learner’s needs and expectations.

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