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Webinar: Volcanoes and Scandals
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Volcanoes and Scandals: What to do When Risk Erupts

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This webinar will be a facilitated panel discussion examining the impact of environmental, social and governance issues on event risk management. We'll examine real event case studies and will learn best practices on risk management for events related to sustainability issues. Key focus areas include:

- Understanding the impact of social, environment and governance (ESG) issues on events

- Examining pro-active risk management strategies for addressing ESG risks

- Analyzing past event scenarios to learn best practices

GMIC Guest Presenter: Joan Eisenstodt, Amy Spatrisano, Will Jennings


Joan Eisenstodt, Eisenstodt Associates
Joan Eisenstodt founded Eisenstodt Associates, a Washington, DC-based meeting and hospitality consulting, training and facilitation company in 1981. She brings 35+ years experience to her work with corporations, associations, hotel companies and DMOs, to facilitate and design meetings, conduct training, perform departmental audits, negotiate contracts and serve as an expert witness.

Active in MPI, PCMA, ASAE, DMAI and other industry and non-industry organizations, Joan's passions for life-long learning, meeting preparation, risk anticipation and contingency planning, ethical and inclusivity practices, and meeting excellence have been well-recognized by MPI, HSMAI, IACC, and NSA; as an inductee into the CIC Hall of Leaders, and by the PCMA Foundation for Lifetime Achievement as an Educator. Joan is a two-time past-president of PMPI and a former Board member of MPI. She is the 2010-11 Vice Chair of the ASAE Ethics Committee and the moderator at

Amy Spatrisano, MeetGreen
Amy Spatrisano is a principal of MeetGreen and has an international reputation in the sustainable meeting and event management field as a leader, visionary and innovator. With over 22 years in the meetings industry her passion for bringing the sustainable conversation and practice to others is evident in the training and speaking she's done both nationally and internationally. Spatrisano has been named one of "The 25 Most Powerful in the Meetings Industry," acknowledged as one of the "Growing Green Leaders" and included in the list of "Eco-Leaders", been award the Meeting Professionals International Oregon Chapter Supplier and Planner award. She is co-founder of the Green Meeting Industry Council and co-author of "Simple Steps to Green Meetings and Events." In addition, she was part of the Live Earth 2007 team and chaired the APEX Green Meetings and Events Practice Panel work in partnership with ASTM to develop green meeting standards for the meetings industry. She is also a member of the working group for the Global Reporting Initiative's Event Organizers Sector Supplement.

Will Jennings, University of Southampton
Will Jennings is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Southampton. Previously he was Hallsworth Research Fellow (2010-2012) and ESRC Research Fellow (2008-2010) at the University of Manchester. He is Co-Director of the UK Policy Agendas Project (, a Research Associate at the Centre for Analysis of Risk and Regulation at the London School of Economics and Political Science and Vice-Convenor of the Executive Politics and Governance Specialist Group of the UK Political Studies Association. Broadly, Jennings undertakes research in the area of executive politics and administration of mega-projects and mega-events, specifically in relation to the governance of risk, at the same time as pursuing interests related to the dynamic nature of politics and public policy at the aggregate level - in particular in relation to opinion-responsiveness of government, the politics of competence, policy agendas and electoral behaviour. His upcoming book, Olympic Risks, is due to be published in June 2012.