Virtual Events in an IRL World

Virtual Events in an IRL World

Session Type(s): Panel

Starts: Friday, Aug. 19 11:00 AM (Eastern)

Ends: Friday, Aug. 19 12:00 PM (Eastern)

Last cycle, campaigns had to shift in-person events like fundraisers, volunteer trainings, and rallies to virtual settings. As we move back to IRL, the benefits of virtual events are too powerful to ignore, but audiences are Zoomed out. This panel will explore how virtual and hybrid events can raise money live from a national audience, increase inclusivity, boost participation, and create viral moments that deliver the high-energy experience we know campaigns can do in person. We’ll gather the events teams behind Bernie Sanders, the WisDems, and some of the biggest success stories in live streams and virtual events to discuss what has proven to be irreplaceable for virtual and hybrid events moving forward.

Moderator

Jordan Newman

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Jordan (he/him) is the head of sales and partnerships for Hovercast, which makes a platform for interactive live streams and virtual events. He has served as a digital director and consultant for dozens of Democratic campaigns and organizations through #voteprochoice and Leadership for Educational Equity. Jordan lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife, Jeanne, and dog, Carla.


Panelists

Shasti Conrad

Shasti Conrad

Shasti Conrad is a versatile strategist and thought leader with a broad range of political, policy and operations experience within government at all levels and throughout the private and non-profit sectors. She launched her own consulting firm in 2016 to support government, campaign, and business clients looking to better our world.

Shasti served President Barack Obama as a senior staff assistant in the White House, and a briefings manager on the 2012 campaign, leading the preparation of daily briefing materials on all campaign events, meetings, calls and political background for the President, First Lady and Vice President.

She served on the National Advance team for the Senator Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and later as political director on Jim Barksdale’s campaign for US Senate in Georgia. For the 2020 election cycle, Shasti was the National Director of Surrogates for the Bernie Sanders campaign, recruiting and deploying over 250 celebrities, influencers, policy experts, musicians, and activists across the country.

In December 2018, Shasti was elected the Chair of the King County Democrats, making her the first woman of color chair in the org’s history. Previously, Shasti was the State Committeewoman for the 37th Legislative District in Washington State, 1st Vice Chair of the King County Democrats, and Elections Committee Co-Chair for the Washington State Democrats. Shasti received her B.A. in Sociology and International Studies with Honors from Seattle University, and her Master’s in Public Affairs and International Development at Princeton University.

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Chuck Engel

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Chuck Engel [he / him] is a digital practitioner and multimedia specialist with senior-level campaign experience. Chuck has been with Wisconsin Democrats since 2018, where he oversees the org’s email fundraising program, web development initiatives, and multimedia production for social media, digital advertising, traditional fundraising and grassroots livestream events.

PS: WisDems Digital is hiring! >> wisdems.org/careers

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