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Dare to Interrupt

44 EpisodesProduced by Meetings TodayWebsite

This Meetings Today podcast gives event professionals the chance to overhear raw, unfiltered conversations between the event industry’s most influential women.Hosted by speaker and writer Courtney Stanley, Dare to Interrupt brings together industry professionals who shed light on important topics fa… read more

44 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

Color Worlds, Neurodiversity and the Future of Experience Design

September 25th, 2023


Season 4, Episode 9

Guest: Kate Walsh, VP of Team Member Experience, Hello! Destination Management

How can we design more thoughtful, inclusive …

Being Present, Planning for Pleasure, and Using Your Intuition

August 24th, 2023


Season 4, Episode 8

Guest: Christine Renaud, CEO, Braindate by e180

How do we focus more on being, rather than doing? Christine Renaud, CEO of Braindate by e180, shares her perspective on the elements she leverages to …

Leading Today: Navigating Imposter Syndrome, Gen Z and Post-Pandemic Career Advancement

July 24th, 2023


This special edition of Dare to Interrupt was recorded in front of a live audience at the Grand Ole Opry at Meetings Today LIVE! South in Nashville and features Dee Patel, from The Hermitage Hotel; Jessie States, vice …

That's a Red Flag: Building and Managing Trust in Relationships.

June 26th, 2023


Season 4, Episode 6

Featured guest: Connie Cay-Santos, Senior Director, Growth and Engagement, Quest Audio Visual

What defines trust? In this Dare to Interrupt podcast, Connie Cay-Santos, senior director of growth and …

Stop Box-Checking: High Achievers, People-Pleasing and Rediscovering Your Authentic Goals

May 19th, 2023


Season 4, Episode 5

Featured guest: Devon Montgomery Pasha, Director, North America for Event Design Collective and Founder of DMP Creative, LLC

Who …

Walking the Walk: Leading by Example, Practicing Gratitude and Building Resilience

April 22nd, 2023


Season 4, Episode 4

Featured guest: Sonia Fong, Senior Vice President of Convention Development, Louisville Tourism

When faced with adversity, what mindset do you deploy? Sonia Fong, senior vice president of convention …

You Can Sit With Us: Standing Up to Mean Girls, Sitting in Discomfort and Honoring Your Boundaries

March 24th, 2023


Season 4, Episode 3

Featured guest: Lisa Messina, Chief Sales Officer, Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority

Do you stand up for yourself when the moment calls for it? Lisa Messina, Chief Sales Officer at the …

I Define Who I Am: Ageism is a Cultural Issue, Not a Personal Problem

February 24th, 2023


What impact does ageism have on women in business? Dr. Lalia Rach, executive managing director at ALHI, and Donna Kastner, founder of Retirepreneur, …

Visibility Eclipses Ability: Articulating Your Value with Confidence

February 7th, 2023


Season 4, Episode 1

Guest: Quinn Conyers, Event Emcee & Professional Speaker, Speak to Society, LLC

It's one thing to know who you are; it's …

Bridging Generations, Practicing Vulnerability and Leading with Empathy

December 17th, 2022


How can we work better together while honoring our differences? Joe Marcy, Business Development Executive at the Monterey County CVB, discusses his …

Stop Trying to Be the Hero(ine): The Complexities of Having It All

November 28th, 2022


As we're trying to keep up with the comeback of the events industry, are we setting ourselves up to fail? Kelley Douglass, director of client services at Agenda: USA, discusses setting boundaries to prevent burnout, her …

Live Out Loud: Owning Who You Are, as Defined by You

October 29th, 2022


Season 3, Episode 10

Guest: Zoe Moore, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant and Founder of Moore Consulting Agency

How, as women, can we learn …

You Can Do Hard Things: If You're Not Uncomfortable, You're Not Growing

September 22nd, 2022


Season 3, Episode 9

Guest: Amanda Armstrong, Senior Vice President, Brand and Community Engagement, Encore

How can you continue to evolve and grow as …

Being a Buffalo: Walking through the Storm of Loss

August 25th, 2022


Season 3, Episode 8

Guest: Mariska Kesteloo, Founder, Word of MICE

Why is death a taboo topic? Mariska Kesteloo, founder of Word of MICE, shares her story of losing four loved ones over the span of five months—and the …

Roe v. Wade, Brave Spaces, and Controversial Conversations

July 25th, 2022


Season 3, Episode 7


Shelley Williams, Director of Global Sales - Meeting and Events, Hard Rock International

Devin Lewis, VP Business Development, ACJ Meetings & Events

Mei Powers, Chief Development …

Taking Risks, Getting Noticed, and Designing Your Playbook

June 21st, 2022


Season 3, Episode 6

Guest: Monique Ruff-Bell, Head of Conferences, TED

How can we strategically advance in our careers? Monique Ruff-Bell, head of conferences at TED, discusses the value of sponsorship, creating …

Career vs. Family, Critical Thinking and Asking for More

May 22nd, 2022


Season 3, Episode 5

Guest: Anh Nguyen, Head of Customer Success, twine; Principal & Founder, Spark Event Collective

How many topics can we cover …

Owning the Skin You're In

April 24th, 2022


Season 3, Episode 4

Anca Trifan, Founder, Creator and CEO, Tree-Fan Events

How can women in business navigate and challenge stereotypes associated with their outward appearance? Anca Trifan, founder, creator and CEO of …

F-IT! We're Talking About Menopause, Period.

March 17th, 2022


Featured Guest: Carleeka Basnight-Menendez, Founder, INSO INC INSIDE-OUT

Yes, we're talking about menopause, people. Carleeka Basnight-Menendez, the No. 1 Black voice for women in menopause, discusses her F-IT Method, …

New Level, New Devil: Breaking Up with Burnout Culture

February 17th, 2022


Season 3, Episode 2

Featured Guests: Kim Montoya, Founder of Twenty156 // Juliet Tripp, Group Strategy Director, Make Events Ltd and events industry …

Hard Decisions, Leadership Lessons and the Road Ahead

January 20th, 2022


Season 3, Episode 1

Featured Guest: Michael Massari, Chief Sales Officer, Caesars Entertainment

What are some of the greatest challenges leaders in the meetings industry have faced and what does our community's future …

Return on Emotion: Creating a Vibe that Drives Business

December 16th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 12

Featured Guest: Liz Lathan

What is "Return on Emotion" and how can you curate experiences that provoke happiness, which in turn, lead to greater profitability? Liz Lathan, chief marketing officer at …

Unapologetic Advocacy: Using Your Voice to Create Change

November 17th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 11

Featured Guest: Nan Marchand Beauvois, senior vice president, membership and industry relations, U.S. Travel Association

How can you best advocate for yourself and your community? Nan Marchand …

Fate Favors the Bold: Entrepreneurship and the Future of Events

October 20th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 10

Featured Guest: Tracy Leparulo, founder and CEO, Untraceable Events

What does it take to make the leap into entrepreneurship? …

Self-Awareness, Authentic Interactions, and Increasing Influence

September 15th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 9

Featured Guest: Stacey Hanke, founder of Stacey Hanke Inc.

Are you as influential as you think you are? Stacey Hanke, founder of Stacey Hanke Inc. and expert communicator, shares how intentional …

Living Fearlessly, Embracing Change and Celebrating Life

August 19th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 8

Featured Guest: Megan Powers, Chief Strategist, Powers of Marketing

How often do we pause to appreciate the life we have, and are we really experiencing the best life we can? 

Megan Powers, Chief …

Girl Code, Outspokenness and Awkward Moments

July 15th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 7

Guest: Kate Patay, Chief Strategist, Patay Consulting

How does our behavior either strengthen or undermine our credibility? 

Kate …

Leaning In to Vulnerability, Tough Topics and Bold Leadership

June 22nd, 2021


Season 2, Episode 6

Special on-location podcast in Las Vegas!

Featured Guests:

Annette Gregg, Senior Vice President, Experience at Meeting Professionals International

Gwen Migita, Vice President Social Impact, …

Toxic Bosses, Workplace Trauma and Choosing Yourself

May 20th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 5

Featured Guest: Michelle Thornton, Events Producer for Meetings & Events by Michelle

What are the effects of working for a toxic boss and how do you know when it’s time to walk away? Michelle …

Progress, Not Perfection: Becoming a Wellness Warrior

April 14th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 4

Featured Guest: Dr. Kim Bercovitz, Ph.D, Health Behavior Scientist and Chief Wellness Officer at Byte-Size Wellness

With the global pandemic exacerbating our stress levels, how can we keep our health …

Eat, Pray, Love: Traveling the World and Making an Impact

March 18th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 3

Featured Guest: Ashley Lawson, VP of Business Partnerships, Achieve Incentives & Meetings

Is it safe to host meetings abroad? Third generation incentive travel professional Ashley Lawson, VP of …

We Can Carry the World on Our Shoulders (most of the time)

February 25th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 2

Featured Guest: Tammy Dickerson, CMP, President & Lead Planner, tbg Events

How can we lead with excellence during times of great uncertainty and change? Tenacious powerhouse entrepreneur Tammy …

When You Get a Seat at the Table, Pull Up Another Chair

January 27th, 2021


Season 2, Episode 1

How can we transform society’s limiting scarcity mindset into a culture that values abundance and collaboration over competition? 

Shifting the System: Reshaping the DNA of Leadership

December 31st, 2020


What can we do to ensure that the right voices are included in conversations where decisions are being made? 

Trevor Lui, Principal of The Highbell Group and Co-Founder of Quell Agency, discusses his merit-based …

Give Yourself Permission to Take a Leap of Faith

November 19th, 2020


Episode 10 with guest Daphne Hoppenot

We can plan ahead, but we can’t predict the future. After realizing that women in the events industry hold …

A Leader Worth Following: Burnout, Boundaries, and COVID-19

October 22nd, 2020


How can we ensure that we fill our own cup before attempting to fill another’s?

Angie Ahrens, Vice President of Program & Event Operations at Leadercast, discusses how reevaluating your core values, setting …

Women in the White House

September 17th, 2020


Featured Guest: Johanna Maska, Host, Pod is a Woman & CEO of Global Situation Room

What can we do to unite our country in the midst of ongoing divisiveness? 

Johanna Maska, host of Pod is a Woman, CEO of Global …

Speaking Up, Office Politics, and Unapologetic Ambition

August 19th, 2020


Episode 7:

Featured guests: Annette Gregg, Sr. Vice President, Experience at Meeting Professionals International and Jenn Artura, Senior Director, …

Communicating Like a Boss

July 23rd, 2020


Featured guest: Elisabeth Diana, Vice President, Communications at Instagram

How do our communication techniques play a role in the trajectory of our …

Inclusion is the Driver of Innovation

June 18th, 2020


What role can we play in breaking the cycle of injustice? 

As our world awakens to the reality of bias blindness and the complexity of …

It’s All About the Comeback: Catalysing Adversity to Build Something Bigger

May 20th, 2020


Success is not measured by how many times you have been knocked down, but by how many times you get back up. 

Industry trailblazers Sarah Soliman …

Courage, Commitment and Character: Choosing a Warrior Mentality and the Will to Win

April 16th, 2020


It is not the obstacles we face that define us, it is the way in which we approach life’s challenges that shapes our legacy. 

In this episode of Dare to Interrupt, Anne Hamilton, Vice President of Global Travel and …

Fill Up Your Tank and Keep Your Foot on the Gas

March 19th, 2020


What is the real secret behind “doing it all”? 

In episode 3 of Dare to Interrupt, host Courtney Stanley speaks with event technology and marketing …

Embracing Fear and Bossing Up

January 22nd, 2020


Host: Courtney Stanley

Guest: Judi Holler, CEO of Holla Productions

We are taught that in order to be brave, we must be fearless. But what if fear is …

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