The Return to Live
Discover what planners found when they recently produced live meetings, and how properties and suppliers adapted to the changing conditions based on COVID guidelines.
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Network with colleagues, peers and friends before the virtual session begins
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Senior Director, Conferences
Mariana Gallo is an industry expert with a reputation built on strong client relationships through exceptional customer service and proactive communication. Her philosophy of sales and service is founded on a bedrock belief in a fair and equitable delivery of services that exceeds stakeholder expectations.
Mariana started her career exploring all aspects of the hotel market place, working in guestroom operations, sales, catering and conference services.
Mariana’s career path has included time with leaders in the market such as Experient, Inc, ConferenceDirect and IMN Solutions. She honed her skill for working with association and corporate accounts building relationships, developing strategic plans and negotiating to drive results from understanding needs and providing solutions. Overall, she was challenged with placing events topping 30,000 attendees, negotiating with hotels, convention centers, arenas and ancillary event services.
Mariana transitioned from event/meeting consulting to being the Senior Director, Conferences at the Fertilizer Institute, taking her association consulting skills to the meeting and conference planning arena.
Mariana holds a BA in Business and Marketing from St. Bonaventure University. She earned her Certified Meeting Planners (expired), Digital Event Strategist, and Pandemic Compliance Advisor Certificate; she is active with the Capital Chapter of PCMA. When not taking over the world Mariana is vested in animal welfare and volunteers with the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, DC.