Resources and best practices for event organizers navigating the future of events.

Eventbrite hosted the first-ever RECONVENE summit in May 2021, bringing thousands of event producers together to learn, listen, and connect. Now you can watch our expert lineup of speakers share tips on safely returning to in-person events, the future of virtual, and best practices for growing your audience. Read on for summaries and links to these resources, which will help you become a better event organizer. Check back for new RECONVENE RECAPS weekly.

Watch recordings of every RECONVENE session below.
WHY WE GATHER
Priya Parker & Julia Hartz

Acclaimed author and podcast host Priya Parker joined Eventbrite CEO Julia Hartz for a fireside chat exploring how and why we gather — and how the pandemic changed the very nature of events. She shared four tips to make events more meaningful and impactful, advice every organizer should keep in mind before planning their next event.
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SOCIAL EXPERIENCIES, CONNECTING & HUMOR
Katie Couric & Dr. Jennifer Aaker

Acclaimed journalist Katie Couric and Stanford professor Dr. Jennifer Aaker reflected on the importance of bringing people together and how event organizers can leverage the power of humor in their work. The first step? The simple act of planning a gathering.
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MARKETING TOOLS FOR GROWTH
Victoria Luisi, Lincoln Park Zoo

Learn how Eventbrite Boost helped Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo streamline their marketing tools on the way to building an international audience for virtual events. Now the zoo is planning in-person events with virtual components as a way to connect with both its local patrons and the virtual audience it cultivated online.
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LOCAL BUSINESS: GLOBAL AUDIENCE
Brandon Collins, Drunk Black History

When Brandon Collins’ New York-based comedy show Drunk Black History was forced to go virtual, Collins saw an opportunity to build his audience beyond the locals who would pack NYC venues. At a recent virtual event, attendees joined from Australia, London, and Hawaii. Learn how he built a global audience for what was once a local event.
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USE YOUR DATA
Duncan Wold, PianoFight

Duncan Wold uses Eventbrite data to shape decisions at PianoFight, the San Francisco venue where he’s director of operations. Learn how data plays into the club’s strategies for ticket pricing, bar sales, booking talent, and acting on big ideas.
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THE PRICE IS RIGHT
Christina Choi, Eventbrite

Christina Choi, head of Data Science and Analytics at Eventbrite, has gleaned lessons from a year’s worth of data about how creators grew their events business during the pandemic, setting themselves up for a bright future. Learn more about pricing strategies and the power of Eventbrite Boost.
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BUILDING AN INCLUSIVE RECOVERY
Randy Briant, Diversity & Inclusion Strategist

As a diversity and inclusion strategist and speaker, Randi Bryant has worked to create virtual events that are engaging and inclusive, but also tackle difficult subjects. She shared her tips for making your events more inclusive by being authentic, meeting people where they are, and making sure everyone feels welcome.
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KEEPING IT LOCAL: STARTING SMALL & SCALING UP
Faye Orlove, Junior High

Artist Faye Orlove shared the empowering story of how Junior High, her not-for-profit community space and arts venue, scaled up during the pandemic by opening up to their community and focusing on the future. She also stressed that if you practice authenticity and transparency, people will respond in kind.
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A NEW WORLD OF EVENTS: ADAPTING & GROWING POST-COVID
Dayna Frank, NIVA

Learn how Dayna Frank, CEO of First Avenue Productions, spearheaded the founding of the National Independent Venue Association, and rallied her community to fight for aid during a time of uncertainty. Plus: Download NIVA’s reopening checklist.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & THE POWER OF INCLUSION
Danielle Nierenberg, Food Tank

The nonprofit Food Tank has a big goal: to build “a global community for safe, healthy, nourished eaters.” During the pandemic, co-founder Danielle Nierenberg pivoted to virtual events, galvanizing Food Tank’s community and growing its global audience through the power of connection. Learn more about how she did it.
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HEALTH, SAFETY, & BRINGING THE WORLD TOGETHER AGAIN
Dr. Bob Wachter & Hrishikesh Hirway

One of RECONVENE’s keynotes featured Dr. Bob Wachter, chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, in conversation with Hrishikesh Hirway, creator of Netflix’s “Song Exploder.” The two discussed health and safety and why outdoor settings and increasing vaccine rates are key to operating safe events.
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COVID-SAFETY PRACTICES TO HELP YOUR AUDIENCE FEEL READY TO RETURN
Jess Doren, Served Up

In 2020, Jess Doren launched Served Up, an in-person series of outdoor events in New York City designed to bring positivity into the community during an uncertain time. Doren shared how she used clear messaging, a design-first approach, and more to develop effective reopening guidelines that resonated with attendees
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WHAT´S THE PRICE FOR IRL?
Joe Lurgio, The Caverns

Subterranean concert venue The Caverns in rural Tennessee found a creative way to keep live music alive during the pandemic: They brought it outside, building a pod-style outdoor amphitheatre. Partnerships, clear safety guidelines, and engaging marketing materials were key to their strategy.
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HYBRID BUSINESS MODELS FOR EVENTS
Nora Abousteit, Craft Jam

CratJam CEO Nora Abousteit found success with virtual events and will continue livestreams even as in-person crafting events resume, opting for a hybrid business model. Learn more about how CraftJam pivoted and why Abousteit views virtual events as a complementary — not competitive — piece of her business.
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BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: KEEPING THE VIRTUAL ALIVE IN RE-OPENING
Corey William Schneider, New York Adventure Club

New York Adventure Club’s behind-the-scenes tours of the Big Apple were easy to adapt for a virtual medium. Virtual events even helped the company earn more monthly revenue than ever before in 2020, so they’re moving to a hybrid approach of maintaining virtual offerings while resuming in-person events.
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