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until our techsytalk Conference on Sept. 28 & 29, 2021
I’m Liz King Caruso and I’ve been building community & facilitating critical conversations in the events industry for the past 10+ years. The techsytalk brand was created to curate the conversation around the discovery and implementation of avant-garde event “tech” solutions and ideas for event planners who are OBSESSED with delivering the most rewarding event experience.


COVID-19 has hammered the events industry, but it has also expedited innovation and new ways to approach new challenges. Virtual and hybrid events now at the forefront, and having 10+ years of experience in both, long before the pandemic, we’re psyched to re-launch our signature “techsytalk LIVE” event, now techsytalk GLOBAL, a year-round community and conference specifically designed to help our peers navigate this evolving landscape of gatherings.
The Future is So Bright, We Have to Wear Shades



See techsytalk In Action!

Attracting Influencers

From our speakers to our attendees, techsytalk GLOBAL brings together the cream of the crop - event professionals who LOVE what we do and are passionate about reimagining the future for the events industry in a way that is sustainable, inclusive and tech-forward.

Meaningful Connections

Yeah we'll have virtual networking, but we're also all about high-engagement and interactivity. You will make deep connections with our sponsors, attendees and speakers. Your rolodex will be so big after this event, you'll have all the resources you need to be successful!

Unique Digital Ideas

From innovative formats to boundary-pushing content, we're giving you all the skills you need to really move the needle for your event stakeholders. We'll try things that may not work (so you don't have to make those mistakes with clients) and we'll also try some amazing new ideas you can leverage! I'm all about learning together.

While the term “Virtual Event Expert” is getting tossed around quite a bit in the events industry, the truth is that even those of us who have been doing virtual & hybrid for years have a LOT to learn. The landscape is changing quickly because adoption is at an all-time high. And digital-first strategies are not going ANYWHERE. 
techsytalk GLOBAL is for you if you’re… 
  • – Overwhelmed by all the tools and platforms and you’re not sure where to start, 
    – Worried about staying relevant, even with your years of experience in the events industry, 
  • – Confused by new pricing strategies, budgets and engagement ideas

As a global community, we learn AND laugh together.

Take advantage of our members only benefits including:

– Networking profile for you to share your background and connect with other members of our community. 
– Monthly educational events to refine your craft and better serve your clients. 
– Opportunity to earn badges by completing challenges throughout the year to enhance your LinkedIn Profile & Resume!

Our Speakers Are a Vital Part of Our Community!

See last year’s thought leaders below. 2021 lineup to be announced later.

Mahoganey Jones

Corporate Sales Manager for the Halifax Conference Centre | EventPreneur | Virtual & Hybrid Event Planner | Event Strategist | Speaker

Rachel Wimberly

EVP of Business Development of Tarsus Group, US

Tess Vismale

Tess thrives virtually and face-to-face managing events logistics and tech merged with events. She is Chief Event Executioner & Event Technologist for iSocialExecution, Inc., Live Event Associate with ExecOnline, Tech Whisperer with DAHLIA+ AGENCY & Speaker.

Miguel Neves

Miguel is passionate about helping event professionals working online and offline to develop digital communication and content strategies. He is no stranger to the world of business events and he speaks, consults, and trains on topics around communication, content and event technology.

Brandt Kreuger

Technical Producer and Consultant based in Minneapolis, MN, and is the highly acclaimed instructor for the Event Leadership Institute’s Virtual Event and Meeting Management certificate course.

Bill McGlade

Author of Sales'd It!: Outside the Circle an event growth and marketing book to help event professionals drive new revenue.

Nicole Matthews

Author, Speaker and Founder of The Henley Company, LLC., a global event, travel and lifestyle concierge firm. In 2014, Nicole published her first book, Permission – Stop Competing & Start Creating The Life You Want to Live.

Jaclyn Bernstein

President & Partner of Empire Force Events, a true Event Production, Destination Management and Hospitality professional, leader, insider & champion of New York City! ​

Denise Hart

Denise Joy Hart is a veteran speaker, entrepreneur and educator. In her former role as sales coordinator for Motivating the Masses with Lisa Nichols

Ray Franklin

Ray Franklin is a project manager/producer of live events including network television, global corporate video conferences and live events. For over 30 years, Franklin has been a transformative speech coach for corporate clients. Franklin is the author of “On-The-Job Speech Training” a tool kit for live event presenters.

Melva LaJoy

Founder and Lead Event Designer of LaJoy Plans, a DC-based boutique events management firm. Melva LaJoy has authored two event planning guides outlining best practices for pageants, fashion shows, outdoor festivals and youth conferences.

Rachel Stephan

Event marketing strategist, event tech startup founder and industry speaker on topics that cover event marketing and influencer marketing. When meeting planners and association professionals need to get more butts in seats,

Felix Vargas

Branding + Creative Director who creates experiences and events that evoke emotions. Clients include: The Style Marc, Lee Burgos, Punto Space, ARod Corp, and more.

Keith Johnston

Conference Planning and Event Technology Wizard

Ramon Ray

In-demand global keynote speaker, event host, entrepreneur, best-selling author and producer. He's started four small companies and sold two of them and is the founder of Smart Hustle Media. Ramon's third book is "Celebrity CEO" all about building a fan base and community.

Megan Henshall

Global Events Account Manager in Real Estate and Workplace Services (REWS) at Google. Partners with product areas to understand how events drive results and build communities across Google, in order to anticipate future space, product, and service needs.

Paul Duffy

Global entrepreneur and creator of the Digital Human Experience. Co-founder and President of NexTech AR Solutions - Paul is the Creator of the HumaGram™ and inventor of multiple patents for Augmented Reality and Holographic Telepresence.

Aaron Wolowiec

Launched four successful brands – Event Garde (coincidentally reprising his early fascination with purple), Healthy by Association, Review My Speaker and FacilitateMI – Aaron’s equal parts practitioner and theorist.

Shannon DeSouza

A previous successful entrepreneur, founded and ran her own events company for ten years and was acquired in 2015. Today she leads the DeSouza on Demand team as a Sales & Marketing Strategist to provide clients with a modern digital approach to power boost their pipelines.

Howard Givner

Founder and CEO of the Event Leadership Institute, frequent industry speaker, educator and consultant on business growth, event strategy, innovation, event R.O.I. and other topics.

Donvil Collins

President & CEO of VeeKast. 20 years production experience with some of the most well-known commercial brands and nonprofit organizations.

Aryn Chapman

Accomplished event designer and producer. She combines imaginative concepts, innovative themes and an ability to create unforgettable events locally, globally and virtually concept to clean-up.

Elizabeth Glau

18 years in hospitality and experience design, 10 years in technology and innovation, and 9 years in business ownership and corporate board experience.

Alon Alroy

Co-Founder of Bizzabo. Named one of the meetings industry's "40 under 40 young leaders", as well as one of the top 10 Israeli CMOs by Geektime Magazine.

Sean Patrick McGillicuddy

From red carpets to conference stages, corporate parties to convention floors you can find Sean Patrick entertaining thousands all across the country at both Live and Virtual Events!

Heather Hansen O’Neill

International speaker, author, adventurer, and entrepreneur. Expertise in virtual, hybrid, and live events. Helps break through fears, judgments, and blocks to reach sales and leadership success.

Josh Beckerman

The Foodie Magician. Professional entertainer who intertwines magic, mentalism, and comedy around the world. TV appearances on the Today Show, the Cooking Channel, and Late Night With Seth Meyers.

James Frankis

Director of Physical Product at Convene. Currently focused on developing the Hybrid Meetings experience for Convene.

Joe DeGise II

Performer and writer for sketch comedy groups Unexpected Company, Bitter Harmless People and Rent This Space. Featured at comedy festivals. Heard and seen in radio and TV commercials. Teacher of improvisation.

Matthew Donegan-Ryan

Pioneering entrepreneur in the events industry. Helped lead two previous companies to successful acquisition. Advisor, consultant, or investor in several event technology companies. Speaker at numerous industry events.

Paul Zuckerman

Founding cast member of Chicago City Limits. Director, performer, producer. Conducts idea generation sessions, training programs and focus groups for a number of Fortune 500 companies.

Linda Gelman

Performer and founding member of Chicago City Limits. Improvisor, actress, singer, and dancer in plays, musicals, cabaret shows, and on TV. Teaches corporate workshops as well as university classes.

Daniela Grafman

Certified Special Events Professional. Named "Top 25 Young Event Professionals” by Special Events Magazine. Chief Amazement Officer & Partner Vision Event Co.

Cara Kleinhaut

Founder & CEO of AGENC, An Experiential & Digital Marketing Agency. Named as one of the top 100 agencies by Event Marketer Magazine. Named to the 2020 #Bizbash500 list of most influential event professionals for the 3rd consecutive year.

Nancy J. Zavada

Founder and President at MeetGreen

Sharla Warren

Vice President of Conference Services, EventPower

Dana Pake

Designer of human connections. Creator of engaging and inspiring programs. Independent Event Strategist + Executive Producer.

Jessica Levin

President and Chief Connector at Seven Degrees, LLC. Passionate about connecting people and creating experiences. Consultant. Author. Speaker.

Sandy Hammer

Co-founder and CMO of Allseated, an award-winning event technology platform with the goal to revolutionize and digitize the event planning process

Michael Ivan Navarro

Award-winning actor, singer, dancer, choreographer and emcee. Creative Director at Pelonkey. Directs and produces high-end corporate production shows.

DJ Neekola

D.C.’s most sought-after and in-demand DJ who has performed in the world of high-end international events since 2007.

Joanna Pineda

CEO and Chief Troublemaker of Matrix Group International, Inc. She recently developed a virtual meeting platform, BeSpeake, which offers live and on-demand streaming, attendee search and networking, virtual tradeshow, personalized schedules, private meetings rooms and amazing event analytics.

Caroline Hicks

Portfolio Director for the Informa Tech Automotive Group. 10+ years experience as an events industry professional, managing content and strategy for events in multiple different markets.

Damien Grimm

Production Manager at eventPower. Manages logistics, on-site AV, and virtual platform broadcast production.

Frank Powell


Marnie Herren

Director, Speaker Management Services & Virtual Platform Manager at eventPower.

Maggie Seidel-Laws

Established live event and concert producer and promoter. Creator of a brand-new LIVEstream company called VYE.



Cadence is the all-in-one events platform for live, virtual, and hybrid events. We are evolving the way people host, experience, and remember events. Loved by companies and events of all sizes in over 150 countries around the world.

Sponsor the Event

Reach our audience of 1,500+ attendees at this year’s GLOBAL event. 
Why Sponsor
When you join our stage and share your expertise, you position your brand alongside 1,000+ thought-leaders throughout the events industry.

Join networking opportunities, participate in content, grow your network.
This virtual event will bring together event producers, marketers, and decision-makers from around the globe.
This event is truly boundary-pushing and participating, even as an attendee, it will bring fresh ideas to share with your clients, and create new inspiration for your products and services.

CONTACT DIANA CANNELIS: diana@techsytalk.com