Webcast: How to Come Back After a Crisis

Career and meetings experts share tips for finding new opportunities now.

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This webcast originally took place Thursday, June 11, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused widespread job loss and disruption in the meetings industry. But as challenging as the landscape may be, now is the time for planners to put their energy into mounting a comeback. In this webcast, experienced meeting planners and career experts will take your questions and share tips on how to come out of the current crisis with your career and business stronger than ever.






Sarah J.F. Braley, managing editor, Northstar Meetings Group


dawn-penfold-smallDawn Penfold

Founder and President

A former meeting professional, Dawn started the Meeting Candidate Network in 1990, which over the years turned into Meetingjobs.com, to fill a need for a professional recruitment company serving this industry. As founder and president of Meetingjobs.com she has helped thousands of candidates and hiring officials to connect successfully, economically and efficiently, placing candidates in either full-time or temporary positions.

Dawn has served as president and executive board member of the Greater New York Chapter of Meeting Professionals International, and she is a past board member for the New York Chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association. She has published articles on the meetings industry for Meeting News, Meetings & Conventions, Successful Meetings and more, offering sound and brutally honest advice in career management and job opportunities in the meetings industry. She has been recognized in the past by Meeting News as one of the 20 most influential people in the industry and by M&C as one of the top keynoters of 2010. Dawn holds a Master’s Degree in tourism and travel administration from the New School for Social Research.

christy-lamagnaChristy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, CTSM

Founder and Master Strategist
Strategic Meetings & Events

Christy is founder and master strategist of Strategic Meetings & Events, an international strategic-planning firm. A lifelong learner and author, she has taught college-level strategic planning for 10 years, which helped inspire her book, The Strategic Planning Guide for Event Professionals. The book outlines Lamagna's Strategic Principles for driving business value no matter what your job title or function. For the last decade, Lamagna's focus has centered on disrupting the meetings industry, and she has been teaching planners to evolve into meeting strategists, who think with curious minds and learn to create meeting environments that shorten sales cycles and influence attendee behavior..