ICS Connects: Anh Nguyen, CMP, Founder + Principal of Spark Event Management, Co-Founder of #EventProfsBreakShit (Episode 14)
Are you wondering what the future of exchange will look like?
ICS Connects reveals unscripted insights, forming genuine conversations with global meeting experts. Join Mathias Posch, the Host of ICS Connects, and President of International Conference Services, for trending topics and 360 meeting views. Bridging the connection between associations, convention centers, tourism bureaus, destination marketing organizations, and thought leaders in the MICE industry. Explore emerging ideas, challenges and strategies as we navigate this transformative meeting landscape and continue to move forward in our pursuit to connect people and facilitate change.
#EventProfsBreakShit - A Global Community Testing Virtual Platforms
Yes, you read that right. In Episode 14 of ICS Connects, Anh Nguyen dives into telling our host, Mathias Posch, about a grassroots, global movement of event professionals trying out virtual platforms. Yes, this movement is called #EventProfsBreakShit. Looking at virtual offerings from a planner's perspective is crucial, and frankly, overlooked in this day and age. What we really need to see and experience is technology geared towards human design, with the end user's needs at the top of mind. Hear all about #EventProfsBreakShit and how to participate in their next event in this episode, as well as Anh's thoughts on the future of global events, connecting people, and facilitating change.
Anh Nguyen is the founder and principal of Spark Event Management, an award-winning, full-service event management firm in Calgary, Alberta. Anh is a seasoned business event professional who possesses over fifteen years of event design, production, and management experience. She has managed a vast array of events including intimate corporate functions, awards and fundraising galas, large conference, conventions and tradeshows, and international hospitality events and is known for her keen eye for detail while being able to lead, inspire and manage large, global teams. Anh discovered her passion and enthusiasm for the industry early on while she was completing her Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Alberta and since then, has held senior event management roles at a number of event management agencies before creating Spark Event Management in 2011.
Anh received her event management certificate and her Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) designation in 2011. She has served as the President of the Meeting Professional International – Greater Calgary Chapter (MPI GCC) and currently serves as the Director of Membership for the Canada West chapter of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA). During the Covid-19 pandemic, she is best known for creating the GMID Goes Virtual event, which brought together over 12,000 event professionals, all from a single tweet. She is also the co-founder of #EventProfsBreakShit, a community of event professionals testing event technology. In 2020, she was one of two Canadians named one of Meetings Today Trendsetters.