Risky Business: Risk Assessment in the Event Industry.

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Double Tree Hotel Cleveland

Tuesday, March 20th

Risky Business

In our fast paced industry we are all known for “putting out fires” and handling the unexpected mishaps that are bound to happen when executing any special event.

But if a real emergency were to arise would you have any idea what to do? Would you have a plan of action to protect yourself and your clients?

If your answer is “No”, “I don’t know”, or even “Of course I do!” then join us as we tackle the topics of Risk Assessment, Event Safety, and Crisis Management. Will we hear from our Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Claire Scott, CSEP and Past President of the ILEA NY Metro chapter as she gives us her expertise and insight!

It’s a Risky Business — Risk assessment, avoidance and management is a way of thinking about the production of an event that starts at the very beginning of the planning process and is incorporated into the thought processes and implementation at each step. The objective is to protect yourself, your company, your colleagues, your clients, and your guests from the consequences of things gone wrong. Done properly, risk management is far more than just a checklist.  

Come and grab a few nuggets that you can start implementing right away for an enhanced and more prepared experience with your very next client!

It’s “safe” to say this is an event you won’t want to miss!

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Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Claire Scott

Jennifer Claire Scott has been the Senior Production Manager at ACCESS NY Metro (formerly Empire Force Events) since 2007.  She is by chance and circumstance an expert of sorts in Risk Management for the Special Events Industry. Most specifically her experiences as Event Manager at both Top of the World at the World Trade Center and Grand Central Terminal formed the foundation for her Risk Management expertise. Her more than two decades of Event Industry experience encompasses not-for-profit museums, hospitality/tourism, sports/entertainment, and experiential marketing.

At Access NYM, Jennifer Claire serves as a lead Producer for a wide variety of corporate events including product launches, media events and destination experiences for companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Morgan Stanley, JM Family, Chrysler LLC, Sony Electronics, Cambria Suites, Breguet, and Turner Networks. 

An active member of ILEA since 2001, Jennifer Claire has served in multiple leadership positions, including: NY Metro Chapter President, 2006 – 2007; International Marketing / Communications Committee 2006 – 2008; 2009 Northeast Regional Education Conference Chair. She also spent three years (2010-2012) working on the Eventworld conference committee, serving as the International Conference Chair for the 25th anniversary celebration, and then went on to produce the main stage of the inaugural ILEA Live in the Bahamas.  Jennifer Claire received her CSEP designation in 2014, and in line with her strong commitment to continuing education, served as ILEA Education Council Chair 2014-2016.  Most recently she served as a consultant for the NY Metro chapter while also serving on the International Membership Committee.  

About the Keynote Presentation

We unfortunately now live in a world where we must take into consideration the worst case scenario when working on an event.  Shootings and Acts of Terror, Natural Disasters, Political Protest and Unrest, Financial Crises, Disease and Epidemics…  How can you possibly avoid it all?  The truth is that you cannot.  But what you can do is start to change the way you think and plan so that you are properly prepared to react and best protect yourself and your guests when facing a disastrous event scenario.  We’re going to begin a discussion about how to start thinking about these situations sooner in your planning process.  And we’re going to talk about how it’s not just up to the “planner” to take risk into consideration — the entire team needs to be mindful, plan ahead and communicate with each other!

What makes me a risk management expert? Nothing more than a series of unfortunate life experiences combined with 20+ years in the event industry. So I’m not going to lecture. I’m going to share with you a lot of what I’ve learned over the years, and we’re going to start an important conversation about planning ahead. 

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