About me

Conference planner just sounds so…routine.

I curate rich, provocative content, stage it in remarkable events, and wrap it in meaningful, memorable experiences. I help groups find, and create gatherings around, that essential something at the core of your business—the irreducible element that gives your work meaning and purpose.

For nearly twenty years I’ve designed conferences infused with art, drama, emotion and entertainment. Because, to paraphrase Maya Angelou, within a short time people won’t remember specifically what you told them—but years later they’ll recall with perfect clarity how you made them feel.

I’m the creator and curator of Matter, an annual gathering of people who make places.

From 2006 to 2016, I designed and led The Vine, a network of creatives exploring the nature and future of community.

Overlapping that, I served as head of content development for the Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC), where I directed the programming for one of the largest and fastest-growing events in North America.

In 2016, Builder Magazine named me one of 100 innovators who are shaping the future of housing. (The first and likely only time I’ll share a platform with Elon Musk.)

I’m also a writer and communicator of ideas and messages that move people.

If you’re an organization that wants to influence its industry, a growing business that wants to stake a claim in a particular field of expertise, or an internal team looking to stimulate richer thinking and deeper engagement, let’s talk about how to get you there.

See my projects for examples of people and companies with whom I’ve collaborated and co-created.

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