Washington DC

April 12, 2019

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Rebecca Linder — Rebecca Linder — Rebecca Linder — Rebecca Linder — 

Rebecca Linder — Rebecca Linder — Rebecca Linder — Rebecca Linder — 

Rebecca is renowned not only as a leader and innovator, but also as a friend to both clients and vendors. That reputation reflects her professionalism, determination, and keen attention to detail, as well as her personal sensitivity, receptivity, and warmth. “My focus has always been on the goal of providing unmatched customer service,” she says. That, and her commitment to organizational and production excellence, has led Linder Global Events to the top of the event planning business, producing national and international events for many of the world’s largest and most prestigious non-profit institutions, corporations, government agencies, and membership associations. Almost three decades into her career, she is still excited by the opportunity to create experiences and environments that have a profound impact on people’s lives.

Rebecca is especially proud of the large number of clients who have chosen to stay with Linder Global Events over the course of many years, such as the Horatio Alger Association, Smithsonian Institution, Mars, Inc., the Trust for the National Mall and the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Under her leadership, Linder planned and executed high profile and complex events such as the opening of the Reynolds Center and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the USA Science and Engineering Festival (380,000 visitors over 3 days) and IPW2017.

In 2019, Rebecca created an online, event management training and curriculum named Event CEO. It works across various modalities to offer actionable training for those new to the event industry as well as current professionals looking to enhance their skill set. She is a certified High Performance Coach working with other executives and entrepreneurs to refine and attain their personal and professional goals.

She is also very active in philanthropy and is currently President of the Board of Generation Hope. She is a partner to many charities, including the Washington Area Women's Foundation, the 11th Street Bridge Project, and LearnServe.

Rebecca was honored in 2018 as a Women Who Means Business by the Washington Business Journal. Additionally, she is a member of Leadership of Greater Washington and Les Dames d'Escoffier.

Main Hall — 1:35pm

The Pressure To Innovate

An open discussion on how the rising pressure to constantly 'innovate' within organizations (whether venture backed, private, public, or even the non-profit sector) can impact culture and productivity, and what to do about it. The panel discussion (moderated by DJ Saul and featuring Rebecca Linder, Patrick Smith, and Ajay Kori) — will look at how innovation became synonymous with “cool” (and why that’s not necessarily a good thing); and how various 'frameworks' for innovation have clouded the drive toward actionable goals. Lastly, we’ll bring the audience in on a discussion on how to best handle the pressure to innovate to ultimately build something meaningful.
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