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Gregg H. TalleyEric SchmidtIti Rawat
  • Gregg H. Talley (President & CEO of Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG))

    Gregg H. Talley

    President & CEO of Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG)

    Gregg H. Talley, FASAE, CAE, President & CEO, has a broad range of experience from several perspectives and over 30 years within the Association/Event Management Industry. Prior to founding Talley Management Group, Inc. (TMG), Gregg worked with a destination marketing organization and for a hotel development company. In 1987 he founded Talley Management Group, Inc. with his business partner and father, Robert K. Talley.

    With a degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in international relations, Gregg has utilized those skills to plan national and international events and manage national and international organizations and boards in an array of industries including healthcare, education, technology and finance. Gregg gained his Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1999 and his Fellow of the American Society for Association Executives (FASAE) designation in 2008.

    Gregg’s experience in association management provides a 360-degree view of the stakeholders and pressures facing organizations when planning major international events. He also understands board perspectives on site selection, finance and local partnerships and support.

    Gregg has personally managed literally hundreds of events globally for associations, societies, corporations and religious organizations including one of the largest convention events in North America, the 50,000+ attendee International Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous for over thirty years. TMG also managed the World Meeting of Families as part of the Papal Visit to Philadelphia in 2015. In addition, Gregg consults with nations and local destinations on developing business events strategies and destination management organizations.

    A recognized professional in the field, Gregg consults, speaks and writes regularly on issues within association management, event management and business event strategy for organizations and destinations. Gregg was past National Chair of the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) and its Education Foundation. He currently sits on the International Section Council of the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) and is a Board Member for the Meetings Management Sector at the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA).

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  • Eric Schmidt (CEO of EventBank)

    Eric Schmidt

    CEO of EventBank

    Co-Founder and CEO of EventBank, a cloud-based engagement management software company.
    Founder of China Entrepreneurs, a network of more than 20,000 business professionals.

    As CEO of EventBank, Eric Schmidt is focused on delivering cloud solutions that transform the way professional communities enable and enrich relationships. Over the last 15 years, Eric has founded and incubated several companies from the ground up. He maintains substantial experience with venture capital and private equity investments.

    Eric is an elected member of AmCham China's Board of Governors (2017) and is recognized as an authority on digital technologies and business in Asia. He has been featured in media such as The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Baron’s, BBC, CCTV, China Daily, and numerous other outlets.

    Eric once traced Marco Polo’s route from Beijing, China to Venice, Italy by bicycle – he was appreciatively sponsored by Nike and Phillips.

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  • Iti Rawat (Founder of Women Entrepreneurs For Transformation)

    Iti Rawat

    Founder of Women Entrepreneurs For Transformation

    Iti Rawat, is an ex- Apple and ex- Nike employee, a motivational speaker, an entrepreneur and a Retail Experience Enhancer - have worked with several international and national firms on various projects for them in the Retail industry. Her company Thinkhall Training and Consultancy has recently been awarded as the TOP5 Startup for Diversity by divHersity Awards 2020 for the second year in a row.

    She also run a Foundation firm called WEFT Women Entrepreneurs Foundation, which is helping bridge the diversity in landscape of start up eco system. WEFT promotes more women to take up entrepreneurship and help those who are already running a business. She have been a mentor to many start up organisation and have also seen an exit in a well funded start up called Makerpreneur India Pvt Ltd.

    She has been a keynote speaker in many international conferences, a writer for expert opinion and consultations for relevant industries.

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