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Los Angeles

Tuesday

February 6, 2018

SKIRBALL

CULTURAL CENTER

WeddingWire World is an impactful experience complete with empowering education, interactive workshops, networking opportunities, and so much more!

Thank you for joining us in Los Angeles for the latest business tips and advice from top wedding industry experts to inspire you and help you reach your business goals.

What to Expect

Networking Breakfast

Start the day off right by fueling up with a cup of coffee and breakfast while mingling and networking.

Educational Presentations

Enjoy six general sessions plus three breakout sessions on topics including marketing, sales, pricing, trends, social media, and more!

Interactive Success Workshops

Get hands-on coaching from Customer Success Managers. Bring your laptop to take recommendations in real-time!

1:1 Account Sessions

Want to get more out of your WeddingWire membership? Meet 1:1 with a Customer Success Manager for personalized tips.

Power Lunch

Make the most of the lunch hour with our table arrangements set up for building connections and collaborative learning.

Breakout Sessions

With a variety of breakout sessions available in the afternoon, create the educational track that’s best for you.

Complimentary Headshots

Ready, set, smile! Get a free professional headshot for your website, social media accounts, or marketing materials.

Photo Opps & Giveaways

What’s a wedding industry event without photo opps for your social feed? We promise other fun surprises along the way too.

Cocktail Reception

Wind down after a successful day with cocktails, delicious appetizers, and great company!

Speakers

Tim Chi

WeddingWire

Tim Chi

CEO

WeddingWire

Timothy founded WeddingWire after planning his wedding. As a groom, he experienced first hand how difficult it was to execute on the wedding plans. As a technologist, he couldn't find an online resource that would help him plan more efficiently. Together with his cofounders, Jeff, Lee, and Sonny, they threw 4 desks into his empty living room in Chevy Chase, Maryland and WeddingWire was born. They set out to utilize their collective experience in technology to build a technology company that would revolutionize the wedding and event industry.

Previously, Timothy co-founded Blackboard Inc. in 1998. While at Blackboard, Timothy pioneered many of Blackboard's product and strategic initiatives, helping the company grow to over 600 employees and a valuation of over $750 Million.

Sonny Ganguly

WeddingWire

Sonny Ganguly

CMO

WeddingWire

Sonny leads WeddingWire's B2C/B2B marketing strategy, customer acquisition, and community development. Today, WeddingWire is the leading marketplace connecting consumers with event merchants, with an audience of over 40 million visitors each month across its network. In addition, Sonny is a widely acclaimed speaker, giving over 50 presentations across the globe each year on technology, marketing and strategy. Prior to joining WeddingWire, Sonny was in a management program at Wal-Mart where he led marketing, sales, and retail strategy development. Before this experience, Sonny spent four years at Kraft Foods where he managed numerous consumer brands, including the JELL-O business with P&L responsibility for over $800 Million.

Sonny holds a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Management and Marketing from The University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School, where he served as President of the Marketing Club. Sonny is a founding member of NextGen Angels and an active member of the CMO Club, where he was awarded as a CMO Rising Star.

Alan Berg

Certified Speaking Professional®

Alan Berg

WeddingWire Education Expert

Certified Speaking Professional®

With more than 20 years in wedding related sales, sales management and marketing, Alan is considered to be the Leading International Speaker and Expert on the Business of Weddings & Events. Alan is the author of the books If Your Website Was An Employee, Would You Fire It?, Your Attitude for Success, and Shut Up and Sell More Weddings & Events, which are also available in Spanish. Alan speaks to thousands of local business professionals every year through webinars and live presentations, domestically and internationally. He is an in-demand professional speaker and one of only 800 Certified Speaking Professionals® worldwide.

Jacqueline Nwobu

Munaluchi Bride Magazine

Jacqueline Nwobu

CEO & Editor-in-Chief

Munaluchi Bride Magazine

Jacqueline Nwobu is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Munaluchi Bride Magazine, the leading nationally distributed wedding magazine and online wedding marketplace serving the $200 billion international wedding and events industry. Since the launch of Munaluchi in 2010, Jacqueline has grown the brand into an industry leader with a robust multi-cultural marketplace and social media influence of over 600,000 followers worldwide. With a strong and focused vision to champion diversity, Jacqueline has successfully disrupted the industry to influence positive change and inclusiveness. Her TEDx talk on "Reshaping an Industry, One Like at a Time" has received rave reviews.

Prior to launching Munaluchi Bride, Jacqueline obtained her B.S. degree in Medical Technology and worked for major pharmaceutical and diagnostic companies, including Johnson and Johnson. The rapid success of her magazine has landed her interviews on NBC, ABC and WPIX NY. Jacqueline resides in New Jersey with her husband and three children. Learn more about Munaluchi at www.munaluchibridal.com

Meghan Ely

OFD Consulting

Meghan Ely

WeddingWire Education Expert

OFD Consulting

WeddingWire Education Expert and OFD Consulting owner, Meghan Ely, combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR to empower her clients to take their businesses to new heights. She is a WeddingWire Education Expert as well as a regular contributor to Wedding Planner Magazine, Wedding Business Magazine, Catersource and SpecialEvents.com.

Meghan represents clients globally and has earned them coverage with the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Brides, Bridal Guide, the Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Travel Channel, HGTV, Brit & Co and Refinery 29, among others. Meghan is the national Vice-President for the Wedding International Professionals Association and the 2017 chair of the NACE conference education committee. She is also an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication department at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Public Relations. Most recently, Special Events honored her as one of the top 25 young professionals in the event industry.

Kyle Mihalcoe

WeddingWire

Kyle Mihalcoe

Associate Director of Customer Success

WeddingWire

Kyle Mihalcoe is the Associate Director for WeddingWire’s Venue Customer Success Team. In 2010, he brought his experience in event and conference planning from Semester at Sea to WeddingWire. He now works with Premium members to provide them with onboarding and instruction on how to successfully utilize WeddingWire's advertising offerings. In addition to his daily routine, he travels the country to share his marketing and client management expertise at networking nights, national conferences, and regional meetings.

John Lincoln

Ignite Visibility

John Lincoln

CEO

Ignite Visibility

John Lincoln is CEO of Ignite Visibility, one of the top digital marketing agencies in the nation and the number 698 fastest growing company in the USA in the 2017 Inc. 5000. As a digital marketing expert and in-demand public speaker, Lincoln is consistently named one of the top influencers in the industry. In 2017, he was the recipient of the Search Engine Land "Search Marketer of the Year" award. Ignite Visibility crafts custom digital marketing strategies for clients, including services in SEO, social media, paid media, email marketing, Amazon and more.

Jeffra Trumpower

WeddingWire

Jeffra Trumpower

Associate Director of Content + Creative Services

WeddingWire

Jeffra Trumpower is the Associate Director of Creative Services at WeddingWire. Jeffra joined the WeddingWire team back in 2009, bringing an expertise in digital content and social strategy. She now runs the Editorial, Video Production, and Design teams, driving success through content marketing efforts. After almost a decade in the wedding industry and reviewing thousands of real weddings over the years, Jeffra is a go-to for the latest in wedding trends.

Kathryn Hamm

WeddingWire

Kathryn Hamm

Education Expert

WeddingWire

Wedding innovator, Kathryn Hamm, is an Education Expert and Diversity and Inclusion Specialist for WeddingWire. She is also co-author of the book, The New Art of Capturing Love: The Essential Guide to Lesbian & Gay Wedding Photography. A natural educator, Kathryn writes, speaks and consults with wedding professionals about same-sex wedding trends, best practices when serving today’s couples, and how to think ‘outside the box’ when considering the modern market. Kathryn has a Masters in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and an Undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women’s Studies from Princeton University.

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Schedule

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Registration & Info Desk

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Networking Breakfast

9:30 AM - 9:50 AM

Welcome

Welcome to WeddingWire World LA

Tim Chi, Chief Executive Officer, WeddingWire

9:50 AM - 10:30 AM

General Session

Marketing Innovations to Grow Your Business

Sonny Ganguly, Chief Marketing Officer, WeddingWire

10:30 AM - 11:10 AM

GENERAL SESSION

Pricing with Purpose: Your Questions Answered

Alan Berg, Certified Speaking Professional® and WeddingWire Education Expert

11:10 AM - 11:50 AM

GENERAL SESSION

Social Media and GenZ: Are You Ready for the Next Generation of Customers?

Jacqueline Nwobu, CEO & Editor-In-Chief, Munaluchi Bride Magazine

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

POWER LUNCH

12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

CUSTOMER SUCCESS STATIONS

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

COMPLIMENTARY HEADSHOTS

1:30 PM - 2:10 PM

BREAKOUT 1

A - Harnessing Analytics To Drive Your SEO and Marketing Decisions

John Lincoln, CEO, Ignite Visibility

B - Success Workshop: Get Noticed With a Winning Storefront

Customer Success Team, WeddingWire

2:20 PM - 3:00 PM

BREAKOUT 2

A - Dazzle With the Art of Surprise and Delight

Meghan Ely, Principal, OFD Consulting and WeddingWire Education Expert

B - Success Workshop: The Power of Reviews

Customer Success Team, WeddingWire

3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

Breakout 3

A - 2018 Wedding Trends: Insights from Today’s Couples

Jeffra Trumpower, Associate Director of Content + Creative Services, WeddingWire

B - Open For Business: The Value of Speaking to a Broader Audience

Kathryn Hamm, WeddingWire Education Expert, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM

General Session

Making the Sale: Your Questions Answered

Alan Berg, Certified Speaking Professional® and WeddingWire Education Expert

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

General Session

Best in Tech: Mastering Our Digital World

Sonny Ganguly, Chief Marketing Officer, WeddingWire

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

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Location

Skirball Cultural Center

2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd

Los Angeles, CA 90049

On-site parking is available free of charge.

Please visit the Skirball website for directions and parking information.

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