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Event Planning During the Current Health Crisis

Event Planning During the Current Health Crisis

August 9, 2020

Deidre West, Director of Special Events and Celebrity Relations at Children's Health Fund

Due to the current global health crisis and concerns around the spread of COVID-19, events, both large and small have been canceled across the United States. Where does the industry go from here? How has event planning changed and adapted? In this podcast, Deidre West, director of special events and celebrity relations at the Children’s Health Fund, will discuss her experience navigating this new reality.

Deidre West

DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL EVENTS AND CELEBRITY RELATIONS FOR CHILDREN’S HEALTH FUND

M.A. (New York University)

Deidre West's experience in event planning includes a wide range from luncheons, dinner and conferences to high-profile events for celebrities and professional athletes, product launches, consumer brands in fashion, food and beverages industries, galas, retail stores, and a hotel grand reopening.

West is a native Ohioan and has always had an interest in conceptualizing an idea and bringing it to life. At Ohio University she created a multidisciplinary Bachelor of Specialized Studies degree in Advertising that included courses from Public Relations, Marketing, Business, Journalism, Telecommunications, and Interpersonal Communications.

West's love of music and understanding the business aspect of identifying talent and marketing artists piqued her interest. After graduating from OU, she went on to study Music Business and Entertainment Professions at New York University, where she received a master’s degree. During graduate school, West had the opportunity to plan events for the NYU community as the Special Events Graduate Assistant in NYU’s Program Office. Her team was responsible for planning “Big Fun Days” around campus for students, faculty and staff. These events included All Hallow’s Eve, Chill Out Day (during finals) and Strawberry Fest.

Working for Sony Music enabled West to gain event experience during her first full-time job out of grad school. As the label representative for The Source magazine’s “Fashion Nation Tour,” she was involved in on-site execution of the tour at college campuses. This lead to her next role at a men’s magazine where she served as marketing/promotion and event manager, conceptualizing, planning and implementing various integrated marketing programs and events. In addition to the events in NYC, West planned events across the country (Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Houston, Chicago, Miami, and Boston) as well as in Puerto Rico.

At Metropolitan Home and ELLE Decor magazines, West wrote integrated marketing proposals for advertisers and planned events in NYC, Los Angeles and Miami. The largest project that she managed was two months of private parties and public walking tours, as well as third-party rentals for the Metropolitan Home and Showtime Networks' Showhouse . The launch event won the Silver Award for "Best First Time Event" at the FOLIO: FAME Awards.

After leaving the publishing industry, West spent more than five years at NYU planning large scale events that included Open House, Junior Day, and CSAW Cybersecurity Conference and Competition - the largest cybersecurity competition and conference in the world – and many other events.

West is currently the Director of Special Events and Celebrity Relations for Children’s Health Fund, a New York City based nonprofit that provides medical, dental and mental health services across the country via state-of-the-art mobile medical clinics. She is responsible for planning fundraising, donor and other special events, and finding ways to engage celebrities for events as well as awareness campaigns.

 

WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Michael Lynch from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel

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Social Media Isn’t a Magic Bullet

Social Media Isn’t a Magic Bullet

July 31, 2020

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Social media is free right? Surely it can solve all my sales and marketing goals. Wrong! Digital Marketing in 2020 requires a strong brand messaging architecture and paid media strategy to supplement an organic social media strategy. In this podcast, we will learn how brands need to evolve their social media thinking and approach in order to stay relevant and achieve KPIs that matter.

About Susan's guest:

During my 15+ year career, I’ve become accustomed to working with big brands and iconic organizations. My journey began in college athletics as a sports information director with stops at SMU, the Missouri Valley Conference, and Conference USA.

While I’ve made a strong impact within college athletics, I’ve also created relationships with professional organizations in the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys and the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks. My experiences are diverse when it comes to branding and advertising, with stints at boutique agencies such as Verge Pipe Media and MM2 PR, as well as working client-side for Associa in Dallas. I began at Aflac in 2017 working with the digital expansion team, helping with agent recruiting lead generation efforts. I am now Associate Brand Manager, leading and driving the company’s social media strategy.

I am a leader worth following. I possess a deep level of self-awareness honed through the 100X Leadership System by Culture Wins and I practice its teachings daily. Its philosophies encourage me to support and challenge myself, as well as the individuals around me, to become the best versions of ourselves. A proud ESFJ and Nurturer, I’m also a challenger of people. I remain deeply concerned about the relational health and harmony of my teams. I am committed to protecting values and principles while understanding how certain actions, behaviors and initiatives affect people. Let's connect on Twitter: @todmeisner


WVU Marketing Communications Today is hosted by Susan Jones from West Virginia University which is a program on the Funnel Radio Channel

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2 Million Miles Later - Tales From a Life-Long Entrepreneur & Market Researcher

2 Million Miles Later - Tales From a Life-Long Entrepreneur & Market Researcher

July 26, 2020

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Rex Repass, a native West Virginian, is President of Research America Inc. In this podcast, Rex will tell us about his life-long interest in the effects of media and marketing on consumer decision making – from the cars they drive to the candidates they support. He has an interesting story to share from his first market research venture in the early 1980s to now leading a Top 50 research firm in the U.S.

 

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Crisis Ahead

Crisis Ahead

July 12, 2020

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Crisis management expert, consultant, and author Edward Segal talks about the publication of his new book on crisis management — Crisis Ahead: 101 Ways to Prepare for and Bounce Back from Disasters, Scandals, and Other Emergencies (Nicholas Brealey).

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You can do more than Survive: Crisis communications in the age of crisis

You can do more than Survive: Crisis communications in the age of crisis

July 3, 2020

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A Crisis is sometimes defined as anything that interrupts normal business operations … something Webster says that brings about a turning point or decisive moment when difficult decisions must be made. Many if not most organizations, companies, and leaders understand the need to put a crisis plan in place before the next crisis hits, no matter how unpredictable the actual event might be.

 

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Creating IMC campaigns amidst COVID-19

Creating IMC campaigns amidst COVID-19

June 26, 2020

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Marketing and communications during a crisis demand flexibility and adaptability. For the West Virginia University Foundation, that was never more apparent than during the height of COVID-19. The Foundation’s IMC team of 4 had to quickly put together two campaigns in less than a month to help raise emergency funding for students hurt by the pandemic.

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