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Engaging Virtually – Delivering a Compelling Virtual Experience

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Engaging Virtually – Delivering a Compelling Virtual Experience


Let’s not just ask how to take your event online. Let’s ask how to make it virtual in a way that is going to deliver high value, create an engaging experience, and preserve the outcomes you were seeking to achieve with your in-person plans. Join us for a panel discussion, led by virtual event planning experts, that will provide you the tools you need to make a successful event transition.


Arianna Rehak
CEO and Co-Founder
Matchbox Virtual Media

Beth Surmont
Event Planner
360 Live Media


Presenter Bios

Arianna Rehak is the CEO and Co-Founder of Matchbox Virtual Media. Her humble entrepreneurial spirit blossomed in 1999 when she earned $1.15 USD (adjusting for inflation is $1.74) renting out art supplies to her underwhelmed neighbors. Fast forward a decade, and she simultaneously worked for a bar and a stock brokerage firm while completing a degree in International Development from McGill University. Having no idea where to direct her limitless energy and religiously competitive edge, she moved to New Orleans where she was introduced to the association industry. After time spent as a community manager expanding association’s digital strategies with a marketing and community management agency, her critical and creative mind could not be contained. As director of an innovative platform for association professionals to thrive, she was inspired and developed a purpose, a personal legend; to bring people together to problem solve in never before seen ways! She will eternally be a student of human nature, and if Steven Pinker is reading this, she’d like to say hi.

As an event planner for more than 19 years, Beth Surmont’s innovative approach and out-of-the-box thinking began turning heads, generating buzz, and building audiences from the outset of her career. She learned early on that she’s at her best when faced with daunting problems in need of fixing. Comfortable with intelligent risk, she jumps at the chance to explore new challenges and the opportunity to try out creative new ideas.

Beth has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She understands how to work within and across an organization—how to set a target, motivate a team, and get everyone across the finish line together.

It’s her job to be a project manager, experience designer, content curator, storyteller, motivator, leader, behind-the-scenes cheerleader, logistics director, contract negotiator, researcher, trend analyzer, innovator, visionary, partner, builder, thinker, problem-solver, entrepreneur, and customer service specialist, sometimes all within the space of a single day.

She’s been a Certified Meeting Planner since 2008. A Certified Association Executive since 2016. And served as chair of the ASAE Meeting & Exposition Council from 2016 – 2018. In 2019 she was named one of BizBash’s 1000 Most Influential People in Events. She authors a blog full of event planning tips called Otter Talk. And she currently lives in New Jersey with her wife, stepchildren, and two dogs.


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