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07 Oct 2021

ECEF 2021 Program Looks at Events Industry Disruptions & Challenges

Although the pandemic continues, signs of structural change and growth offer optimism for executives at association and independent organizers. Several points of light will illuminate the stage of the Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF).

For its 20th anniversary on Wednesday, November 3, 2021, ECEF moves just across the Potomac to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City. Totally reconfigured to prioritize both safety and top-to-top networking, ECEF 2021 requires clients to be vaccinated and wear a mask.

Networking activities will be accentuated with these C-level presentations:
  • 5 Key Data Points in 5 Minutes – Sam Lippman, President, Lippman Connects, reveals uncommon insights from Freeman’s Event Research. Lippman Connects produces ECEF.
  • A Conversation with John Hoffman - John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA, will be interviewed by Robert Mesirow, Partner & Leader Connected Solutions/IoT, PwC.
  • HLTH and Money 20/20 Case Studies - Monique Ruff-Bell, Event Director of Money20/20 USA, and Richard Scarfo, President of HLTH, will tell you how they identified and leveraged opportunities for disruption.
  • Venues of the Future – Sought-after convention center architect Robert Svedberg, Principal at TVSDESIGN, takes you behind the scenes to reveal the future of facility design.
  • Envisioning the Event Industry in the Future. How Your Business Will Change - John Cordier, CEO and Co-Founder of Epistemix, evaluates our industry’s response to recent change and risk and how that is shaping your future.
  • Digital Event Reporting: Standards, Data Ownership & Certification - David Adler, Chairman & Founder of BizBash, a Tarsus Company; Robyn Davis, CEO of Exhibitors WINH; and Rhonda Wunderlin, Senior Vice President, Performance Marketing at Questex, will reveal what you need to know and require of your digital event platform provider.
Lippman Connects produces information-sharing and networking experiences for exhibition and convention industry executives, managers, and professionals. The Lippman Connects portfolio includes Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum, Attendee Acquisition Roundtable, Exhibit Sales Roundtable, Large Show Roundtable, and Digital Summit. Learn more at