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October 7, 2015

Americas: The Sense of Security Risk Management and Meeting Design

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Meeting roomI am the proud daughter of a NYPD detective who worked in crime prevention and safety for his entire career. My father, Larry, dedicated his life to educating people in the East New York section of Brooklyn on crime prevention and, as a result, we were influenced at home on precaution and the value of anticipating what could go wrong to address it ahead of time. What I didn’t realize at the time was how this training would affect my career in meetings and events.  
Years later, on a site visit for a prestigious board of directors meeting, I was accompanied by the corporate director of security. He commented at the time that the questions I asked were questions that he would ask. He also told me that he was impressed, and that his understanding of the role of an event planner was expanded when he realized how deep the planner delves into safety and security before addressing any logistics or design. It’s learning what not to do that guides decisions to any successful meeting or event.

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