Dare to Interrupt

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

How can you continue to evolve and grow as an impactful leader? In this episode of the Dare to Interrupt podcast, 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.

Being a Buffalo: Walking Through the Storm of Loss

Why is death a taboo topic? In this Dare to Interrupt podcast, 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.

Roe v. Wade, Brave Spaces, and Controversial Conversations

In this special roundtable-format recording of the Dare to Interrupt 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.


Podcast sponsored by Monterey County CVB. 

Career vs. Family, Critical Thinking and Asking for More

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.

Owning the Skin You're In

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 A/V and event production.

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

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. 

New Level, New Devil: Breaking Up with Burnout Culture

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.

Hard Decisions, Leadership Lessons and the Road Ahead

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.