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Dare to Interrupt

Dare to Interrupt

By Meetings Today

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 facing women today, from imposter syndrome to sexual harassment to negotiating pay and the list goes on.

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Live Out Loud: Owning Who You Are, as Defined by You
Live Out Loud: Owning Who You Are, as Defined by You
Season 3, Episode 10 Guest: Zoe Moore, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant and Founder of Moore Consulting Agency How, as women, can we learn to consistently--and confidently--embrace who we are? Zoe Moore, diversity, equity and inclusion consultant and founder of Moore Consulting Agency, shares how she has given herself permission to amplify her strengths, redefine her own standard of beauty and show up as her authentic self.
46:45
October 29, 2022
You Can Do Hard Things: If You're Not Uncomfortable, You're Not Growing
You Can Do Hard Things: If You're Not Uncomfortable, You're Not Growing
Season 3, Episode 9 Guest: Amanda Armstrong, Senior Vice President, Brand and Community Engagement, Encore How can you continue to evolve and grow as an impactful leader? Amanda Armstrong, senior vice president of brand and community engagement at Encore, shares her perspective on leading vulnerably, making tough decisions and surrounding yourself with a strong support network.
41:24
September 22, 2022
Being a Buffalo: Walking through the Storm of Loss
Being a Buffalo: Walking through the Storm of Loss
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 mission she is on to change the way we navigate grief.
26:46
August 25, 2022
Roe v. Wade, Brave Spaces, and Controversial Conversations
Roe v. Wade, Brave Spaces, and Controversial Conversations
Season 3, Episode 7 Guests:  Shelley Williams, Director of Global Sales - Meeting and Events, Hard Rock International Devin Lewis, VP Business Development, ACJ Meetings & Events Mei Powers, Chief Development Officer, Miriam's Kitchen The mission of Dare to Interrupt is to discuss the most critical, relevant challenges that women in business face in an effort to provide support, strategies and solutions that empower individuals. In this special live recording of the podcast, powerhouse leaders Devin Lewis, Mei Powers and Shelley Williams address a handful of today's most pressing topics, including how the overturn of Roe v. Wade will affect the meetings industry, the importance of building brave spaces, and how to represent oneself in a way that's authentic, strategic, and impactful.
54:56
July 25, 2022
Taking Risks, Getting Noticed, and Designing Your Playbook
Taking Risks, Getting Noticed, and Designing Your Playbook
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 visibility and building your individual roadmap for success.
42:13
June 21, 2022
Career vs. Family, Critical Thinking and Asking for More
Career vs. Family, Critical Thinking and Asking for More
Season 3, Episode 5 Guest: Anh Nguyen, Head of Customer Success, twine; Principal & Founder, Spark Event Collective How many topics can we cover in one podcast, you ask? Anh Nguyen, head of customer success at twine and principal and founder of Spark Event Collective, discusses the lost art of critical thinking, redesigning the business model for career women who are caretakers, and the importance of community support to advance and succeed.
41:36
May 22, 2022
Owning the Skin You're In
Owning the Skin You're In
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 Tree-Fan Events, speaks candidly about her experience as a woman in the male-dominated field of AV and event production.
42:04
April 24, 2022
F-IT! We're Talking About Menopause, Period.
F-IT! We're Talking About Menopause, Period.
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, building confidence to take risks, advocating for your needs and understanding the business value of addressing a wellness challenge that impacts 50% of the world's population. 
25:58
March 17, 2022
New Level, New Devil: Breaking Up with Burnout Culture
New Level, New Devil: Breaking Up with Burnout Culture
Season 3, Episode 2 Featured Guests: Kim Montoya, Founder of Twenty156 // Juliet Tripp, Group Strategy Director, Make Events Ltd and events industry coach and speaker Why do we wait until the sh*t hits the fan to take care of our mental, physical and emotional wellbeing? This vulnerable, blunt conversation between some of the event industry's leading hustlers sheds light on managing stress and anxiety, thriving under pressure and breaking up with burnout culture.
34:13
February 17, 2022
Hard Decisions, Leadership Lessons and the Road Ahead
Hard Decisions, Leadership Lessons and the Road Ahead
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 look like? Michael Massari, Chief Sales Officer at Caesars Entertainment and co-chair of the Meetings Mean Business Coalition, shares his own leadership lessons as well as his predictions for events in 2022.
22:18
January 20, 2022
Return on Emotion: Creating a Vibe that Drives Business
Return on Emotion: Creating a Vibe that Drives Business
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 Haute, gives us a peek behind the curtain at Haute's groundbreaking study on emotion and the innovative experiences that have blown audiences away.
33:38
December 16, 2021
Unapologetic Advocacy: Using Your Voice to Create Change
Unapologetic Advocacy: Using Your Voice to Create Change
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 Beauvois, senior vice president, membership and industry relations, at the U.S. Travel Association, shares what goes on behind the scenes when advocating for the future of the meetings industry, speaking to the importance of using one's voice. This special episode of Dare to Interrupt was recorded during IMEX America 2021 at the Delano Las Vegas. Thanks to the generosity and support of MGM Resorts International!
30:53
November 17, 2021
Fate Favors the Bold: Entrepreneurship and the Future of Events
Fate Favors the Bold: Entrepreneurship and the Future of Events
Season 2, Episode 10 Featured Guest: Tracy Leparulo, founder and CEO, Untraceable Events What does it take to make the leap into entrepreneurship? Tracy Leparulo, founder and CEO of Untraceable Events, shares how she built her company and reputation as an innovator, futurist and leader in the male-dominated fields of financial technology and cryptocurrency.
32:17
October 20, 2021
Self-Awareness, Authentic Interactions, and Increasing Influence
Self-Awareness, Authentic Interactions, and Increasing Influence
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 self-awareness and consistent, authentic interactions are key strategies to increase your influence and impact.
29:11
September 15, 2021
Living Fearlessly, Embracing Change and Celebrating Life
Living Fearlessly, Embracing Change and Celebrating Life
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 Strategist at Powers of Marketing, shares her story of uniting the events community to celebrate and honor the legacy of industry leader and friend, Elizabeth Glau.
23:37
August 19, 2021
Girl Code, Outspokenness and Awkward Moments
Girl Code, Outspokenness and Awkward Moments
Season 2, Episode 7 Guest: Kate Patay, Chief Strategist, Patay Consulting How does our behavior either strengthen or undermine our credibility?  Kate Patay, Chief Strategist, Patay Consulting, shares how outspokenness, awkward moments, and really fantastic women have shaped who she is— and where she is—as a successful entrepreneur in the events industry today.
31:02
July 15, 2021
Leaning In to Vulnerability, Tough Topics and Bold Leadership
Leaning In to Vulnerability, Tough Topics and Bold Leadership
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, Sustainability, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Caesars Entertainment Melissa Majors, Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Majors Consulting Last year, there were more women than men in the workforce for the first time in a decade. Fast forward to a year later, and we are facing a “she-cession,” due to the COVID-19 crisis disproportionately affecting working women. With four times more women than men leaving the workforce as of last fall, the clock has clearly been turned back.  Now, more than ever, effective leadership is needed to support the needs and professional advancement of women. Tune into a special live audience recording at Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club in Las Vegas as host Courtney Stanley interviews influential leaders on the most pressing topics facing women in the industry, including mental health, diversity, equity and inclusion, office politics and more.
50:01
June 22, 2021
Toxic Bosses, Workplace Trauma and Choosing Yourself
Toxic Bosses, Workplace Trauma and Choosing Yourself
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 Thornton, Events Producer at Meetings & Events by Michelle, shares her experience of working for a destructive leader and how it affected her overall wellbeing, as well as the lessons she learned along the way.
41:37
May 20, 2021
Progress, Not Perfection: Becoming a Wellness Warrior
Progress, Not Perfection: Becoming a Wellness Warrior
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 in check? When faced with a stress-induced thyroid disorder, Dr. Kim Bercovitz, Ph.D, Health Behavior Scientist and Chief Wellness Officer at Byte-Size Wellness, leaned on her expertise and took action, creating a formula to rebalance her mind and body. Her secret strategy to get on the road to recovery? Pause, ponder, patience, progress, and pivot.
35:48
April 14, 2021
Eat, Pray, Love: Traveling the World and Making an Impact
Eat, Pray, Love: Traveling the World and Making an Impact
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 Business Partnerships at Achieve Incentives & Meetings, is spending a year traveling to the world's top incentive destinations to report back to meeting planners how - and where - they can safely host in-person events. With community impact at the heart of her work, Ashley shares how she has been able to change lives while executing events, including raising funds for a hotel employee's son to receive a life-saving surgery.
52:43
March 18, 2021
We Can Carry the World on Our Shoulders (most of the time)
We Can Carry the World on Our Shoulders (most of the time)
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 Dickerson, President & Lead Planner at tbg Events, discusses how being your own biggest cheerleader, putting people first, and taking care of yourself are all important actions to implement when catalyzing professional momentum, especially during COVID-19.
34:39
February 25, 2021
When You Get a Seat at the Table, Pull Up Another Chair
When You Get a Seat at the Table, Pull Up Another Chair
Season 2, Episode 1 How can we transform society’s limiting scarcity mindset into a culture that values abundance and collaboration over competition?  Megan Henshall, Global Events Account Manager at Google, discusses the importance of trusting your instincts and taking action, doing self-work first to catalyze societal change, and how communal success leads to empowerment and greater progress for all women.
32:16
January 27, 2021
Shifting the System: Reshaping the DNA of Leadership
Shifting the System: Reshaping the DNA of Leadership
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 strategy to diversify positions of power, how he wishes leaders had handled the COVID-19 global pandemic, and continuing to make progress and create change in the future.
45:25
December 31, 2020
Give Yourself Permission to Take a Leap of Faith
Give Yourself Permission to Take a Leap of Faith
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 massive buying power but don’t always get credit for their behind-the-scenes work, Daphne Hoppenot, CEO & Founder of The Vendry, launched a brand new network and marketplace with empowering women in events built into the foundation of her company’s mission. Daphne encourages the audience to take leaps of faith and start new ventures, stay the course when things get tough, and give yourself permission to practice self-care in ways that are effective for you.
42:21
November 19, 2020
A Leader Worth Following: Burnout, Boundaries, and COVID-19
A Leader Worth Following: Burnout, Boundaries, and COVID-19
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 boundaries, and incorporating self-respect into your leadership approach are a few key strategies to successfully prioritizing your needs and supporting your team during times of crisis.
42:54
October 22, 2020
Women in the White House
Women in the White House
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 Situation Room and former White House Director of Press Advance for President Barack Obama, discusses how bringing people together who don’t agree, getting involved at the local level, and not backing down from tough conversations are the keys to creating a more connected, inclusive community.
50:45
September 17, 2020
Speaking Up, Office Politics, and Unapologetic Ambition
Speaking Up, Office Politics, and Unapologetic Ambition
Episode 7: Featured guests: Annette Gregg, Sr. Vice President, Experience at Meeting Professionals International and Jenn Artura, Senior Director, Global Events & Incentive Programs at Veritas Technologies LLC. What winning strategies have two of the industry's most accomplished women applied to their career journeys? Annette Gregg, Senior Vice President, Experience at Meeting Professionals International and Jenn Artura, Senior Director, Global Events & Incentive Programs at Veritas Technologies LLC., discuss how leaning into office politics, engaging sponsors with intention, and boldly creating self-visibility have been key to their professional advancement.
37:41
August 19, 2020
Communicating Like a Boss
Communicating Like a Boss
Featured guest: Elisabeth Diana, Vice President, Communications at Instagram How do our communication techniques play a role in the trajectory of our success?  At every turn, we’re given opportunities to amplify others, speak our truth, and provide honest feedback. Elisabeth Diana, Vice President of Communications at Instagram, shares how practicing “real talk”, being concise, and owning moments of redemption pave the way for a more rewarding professional journey.
35:20
July 23, 2020
Inclusion is the Driver of Innovation
Inclusion is the Driver of Innovation
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 microaggressions, we dive deeper into the murky waters of asking ourselves—and others—honest questions, identifying and embracing opportunities to be an ally, and acknowledging the potential consequences of speaking your truth.  Melissa Majors, CEO of Melissa Majors Consulting, shares how exposing yourself to difference and promoting inclusion leads to greater levels of innovation and success.
27:28
June 18, 2020
It’s All About the Comeback: Catalysing Adversity to Build Something Bigger
It’s All About the Comeback: Catalysing Adversity to Build Something Bigger
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 Daudin, President & CEO of Soliman Productions and Carrie Abernathy, Founder and Executive Director of the Association for Women in Events, share how they practiced tenacity in the face of hardship to build something bigger. *Read the transcript and learn more about Sarah, Carrie and Courtney here.
38:11
May 20, 2020
Courage, Commitment and Character: Choosing a Warrior Mentality and the Will to Win
Courage, Commitment and Character: Choosing a Warrior Mentality and the Will to Win
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 Expense Management at The Walt Disney Company, shares her incredible story and explains how determination, courage and paying it forward creates the foundation for success, impact and legacy. *Read the transcript and learn more about Anne and Courtney here.
28:01
April 16, 2020
Fill Up Your Tank and Keep Your Foot on the Gas
Fill Up Your Tank and Keep Your Foot on the Gas
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 entrepreneurs Dahlia El Gazzar of DAHLIA+Agency and Shannon DeSouza of DeSouza on Demand. They discuss the importance of practicing gratitude, servanthood and self-care while balancing family life and running their own growing businesses. *Read the transcript and learn more about Dahlia, Shannon and Courtney here.
38:52
March 19, 2020
Embracing Fear and Bossing Up
Embracing Fear and Bossing Up
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 actually the one thing that will push us to be our best, most successful self?  In this episode of Dare to Interrupt, Judi Holler, author of the best-selling book Fear is my Homeboy and CEO of Holla Productions, shares how leaning in to fear can bring you to levels of achievement that you only dream of. *Read the transcript and learn more about Judi and Courtney here.
33:20
January 22, 2020