Book a Demo
Start Free Trial

Planner Spotlight Series- Christopher Kirbabas, Society of Architectural Historians

co-calendar
October 4, 2021
reading-time
Reading time: 1 min

This post is part of the HopSkip Planner Spotlight Series where HopSkip spotlight's planners across the industry to bring awareness of how they adapted to COVID-19, communicating and lessons learned and sharing how they are viewing the meetings and events industry in a post-pandemic world. 


 

Name: Cristopher Kirbabas

Company Name: Society of Architectural Historians

Job Title: Director of Programs

Years of Experience: 24 

How were you able to adapt during COVID-19 when the meeting and events industry got disrupted?
 
With only 7 weeks of planning we transitioned from an in-person conference to a virtual conference with an "all hands on deck" approach. Between a dedicated 6 person staff to a team of leadership volunteers we researched, reviewed and rehearsed for 7 weeks. We were a cohesive, dedicated team determined to provide our audience with the best virtual experience that delivered the same high-quality conference experience they would have received had we meet in-person.
 
As a planner, what was the number one thing you learned over the past year?
 
The number one thing was planning for a virtual experience. And making sure that experience is a meaningful one. Anyone who says that a virtual conference is easier to plan and execute than an in-person conference has never produced a virtual conference.
 
Is there anything you are changing in your planning process moving forward as a result of the pandemic?
 
With our overwhelming virtual audience participation we are planning virtual programming year round. And we are shifting some historically in-person conference programs to a virtual format so members and non-members who had been unable to attend in-person before for one reason or another can have a voice and be active participants without having to travel.
 
This post is part of the HopSkip Planner Spotlight Series where HopSkip spotlight's planners across the industry to bring awareness of how they adapted to COVID-19, communicating and lessons learned and sharing how they are viewing the meetings and events industry in a post-pandemic world. 
Like the post?  Sign up for our newsletter to stay informed on the latest news and trends in the meetings and events world.
Sign up

You may be interested