Event Planning

TEDxGrandviewAve

Challenge: 

TED, a global non-profit media brand that allows for independent events to be organized in various cities, was without an active presence in the city of Pittsburgh. Our goal was to build a brand new yearly conference under the TEDx license so that residents could experience the unique power and influence of community discussions.

Solution & Results:

Pairing with a dedicated team of 7-8 individuals, the TEDxGrandviewAve team was able to create and establish a quality event all the while adhering to certain licensing restrictions brought about by the TED brand. In my role, I assisted the director with financial / budgeting decisions, negotiating & securing corporate partnerships, ticketing distribution, and various other supporting roles. Over a two year span, the team was able to secure more than $55,000+ in operating coverage and 500+ attendees. This event is still going on under the brand
name TEDxPittsburgh.

 
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Entrepreneurship 101 (University of Pittsburgh)

Challenge: 

Entrepreneurship, in itself, is one of the toughest jobs a professional will ever have. However, with startups on the rise in the city, the University of Pittsburgh wanted to create an event that encouraged undergraduate students to learn the basic ins and outs of being an entrepreneur. 

Solution & Results:

While partnering with the University of Pittsburgh's Career Development Office, we worked in putting a 2 hour program together that included a panel discussion, open networking, and resources that the students could learn more with. My primary responsibilities in this project stemmed from creating the program content, finding / vetting the panelists, and being the panel moderator for the event. 

 
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Pittsburgh Geek Breakfast

Challenge: 

With a unique absence of low cost morning technology events, I set out to bring a new branded event from Nashville to Pittsburgh in hopes of creating a unique community of software developers, graphic designers, startup employees, and general technology enthusiasts. Each month attendees congregate over bacon, eggs and plenty of coffee to discuss various topics.   

Solution & Results:

Using a mix of event websites and social media outreach, I was able to create a consistent casual event that brought friendly and social technologists together. These series of breakfasts lasted around 2 years bringing together an average of 8-12 people in attendance each month.