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NEW YORK, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28 2014, JACOB K. JAVITS CENTER

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Anna Sekula
Anna Sekula

editor in chief, BizBash

Sekula leads a team of editors and reporters who cover events and meetings, watching for news, trends, and innovation in the industry and producing content for BizBash.com, BizBash magazine, and its social media platforms. Raised and educated between Hong Kong, New Zealand, and England, she moved to the U.S. after studying social economics and politics at the London School of Economics, and joined the BizBash team in 2004. In addition to covering major events—including New York Fashion Week, the Olympics, and election night—she has also produced feature stories, such as the 15 Most Innovative Meetings, and spoken at industry conferences.

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Howard Givner
Howard Givner

founder and executive director, Event Leadership Institute

With more than 20 years of industry experience, Howard Givner is a widely recognized speaker, thought leader, and business consultant in the field of special events. He is the founder and executive director of the Event Leadership Institute, which provides best-in-class training and education for event professionals. Givner is also the creator of the award-winning mobile app Super Planner. Previously, he founded event company Paint the Town Red Inc. and served as C.E.O. of North America for Global Events Group. During his tenure the company won more than 30 industry awards. Givner, a frequent speaker at industry conferences, has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and many other media outlets.

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Dan Griffis
Dan Griffis

vice president of experiential marketing and alliances, Target Corporation

As vice president of experiential marketing and alliances for Target Corporation, Dan Griffis’s primary responsibility is to elevate the Target brand through innovative experiences that engage and inspire Target guests. For projects such as Target Field and the Twins, New York Fashion Week, and the Oscars, Griffis’s team is on the front lines of guest engagement and brand love. Previously, he spent nearly a decade at Chip Ganassi Racing Inc. as the vice president of marketing and business development. Griffis was also formerly a manager at KPMG Consulting and worked in marketing at Amazon.com.

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Ryan Begelman
Ryan Begelman

C.E.O., Bisnow Media

Ryan Begelman is C.E.O. at Bisnow Media, North America's largest platform for news, information, and events in the $11 trillion commercial real estate industry. It produces 32 e-newsletters and 250 annual conferences, attracting more than 60,000 attendees. Begelman is also a co-founder of Summit, called the Davos for Generation Y by Forbes, an events company, hospitality brand, ski resort operator, and angel investor with investments in firms such as Uber and Warby Parker. Previously, Begelman worked as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and as an acquisitions specialist for the Carlyle Group.

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