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Gardian of the Month: Shannon Lockwood

Our Gardian of the Month is Shannon Lockwood, Founder & CEO for Lockwood Collaborative and Event Manager for Event Garde.

Learn: What's your favorite part about learning something new?

I love puzzles, so for me, the best part of learning something new is the challenge of figuring it out and determining the best way for me to implement it. Whether it’s developing and utilizing my personal leadership skills, expanding my knowledge of an industry or a new technical tool, or testing a new recipe, I’m always interested in developing and refining the process. Once I’ve learned something new, continuing to improve upon past attempts is what keeps me most engaged in my work.

Network: Some people are wallflowers while others are natural networkers. Which are you (or are you in the middle)?

While the last two years have put me a little out of practice, I’d say I’m a natural networker. I’m genuinely interested in finding out more about others, their work, and their passions. There are incredible individuals on this planet and I’m honored to meet and learn from many of them throughout the course of my work and travel within the events industry.

Transfer: Tell us about an experience in which you learned something new and then applied it to your personal or professional life.

I am currently in the midst of learning several new things! I’m just 3 months in to starting my own business, so there’s a ton of new things there! And recently, a client asked me to support their work within eLearning. While it’s not my primary skill set, the process to design an eLearning course – assessment, design, development, implementation, and evaluation – is very complimentary of the one we use to design events. Embracing both of these new endeavors simultaneously reminds me about the power of being curious and the excitement that can come from connecting the dots for that eventual ah-ha! moment. This curiosity mindset continues to open doors for new and exciting opportunities, and I couldn’t be more excited for what’s next!

Resource: Please share with us a resource and why you can’t live without it.

I just finished “The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters” by Priya Parker. Parker presents a compelling case for going beyond an event designer’s common refrain of “design with the end in mind” and insists that we go deeper, in the pursuit of truly personal connections and meaningful interactions that have the power to change the world. It is a must-read for anyone hoping to deliver events with impact.

Just for Fun: Which three adjectives best describe you?

Energetic. Passionate. Dedicated.

Great Events Equals Better Member Engagement for Association Chapters

The mainstay of association chapters has been their chapter events, polls show that the preference for virtual options has risen to nearly 50%, a stat that has a compound effect on member engagement. Where does this all leave chapters? In a precarious position. The good news is that chapters who throw out yesterday’s playbook will find themselves on more solid footing. Here are three strategies worth helping chapters to embrace. 

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Gardian of the Month: Tracy King

Tracy King is our Gardian of the Month! Learn about a subject she'd like to learn more about, her preference for networking styles, and read about a recent experience that she considered profoundly impactful. 

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From Gadgets to Growth:The Influence of Technology Innovation on Social Transformation

The decision to mandate antiracism or diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) training should be made carefully. While antiracism training can be valuable and effective when implemented thoughtfully, it is most effective when participants are engaged, willing, and open to the learning process. Mandating it for individuals who are not receptive may lead to a superficial compliance without genuine understanding or behavior change. It can also derail the experience for those who are receptive and came to learn. Models of innovation primarily used in business, marketing, and technology, may provide some insight.

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By: Kate Pojeta | Sep, 1 2023
Meetings

The Real Estate of the Conference Namebadge (Part II: The Extras)

Kate covered the basics for the front of your name badge not too long ago, now it's time to consider the extras you may or may not want to include.

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By: Kara Nacarato | Aug, 25 2023
Meetings

Tackling your Event Management Staffing Struggles with an Outside Solution

Today, more than ever, organizations are challenged with staffing issues. Whether the challenge lies in finding the right staff member, or budget constraints keep you from hiring a full-time employee, securing an outside contractor may be the perfect solution. Here are just a few of the benefits that come along when you bring in an external partner to plan and manage your meetings and events.

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Gardian of the Month: John Bacon

John Bacon is our Gardian of the Month! Find out his strategy for helping someone learn a difficult topic, he share his favorite network and why it's special, how he thinks mentorship aids in knowledge transfer, the book he can't live without, and what the title of a book about his life would be called. 

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