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    September Program - Connecting with Virtual Audiences

    September 15, 2020
    1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
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    Almost overnight the recent public health crisis has caused the AEC industry to rethink how it works, meets, and collaborates. Without a doubt, in-person meetings, interviews, and events will remain prohibited or significantly restricted over the next 12-18 months. Companies and organizations are increasingly turning to virtual or online formats to fill the gap, but there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach.

    During this interactive session, Evan Carroll of Attended Events will help us explore the new world of connecting with audiences virtually. He’ll be joined by Stephanie Scotti of Professionally Speaking, Trish LaPaglia of Pendo, and Kelley Simons of S&ME.

    Specifically, we will cover:

    1. How to best prepare for virtual meetings and interviews
    2. Technology considerations to look and sound your best
    3. How to engage audiences, even when presenting remotely

    While today is anything but business as usual, our panelists will help us learn how to conduct business effectively, despite these unusual circumstances.



    Evan Carroll
    President, CEO, Attended Events

    Evan is the President and CEO of Attended Events, a Raleigh-based event planning, and production firm. Evan has created and managed numerous conference-based events and is an experienced event production director. 

    In addition to his work at Attended, Evan is a professional keynote speaker and author, who helps companies innovate with the right blend of tech-driven and human-to-human interactions.

    He has spoken at a wide range of events ranging from the trend-setting South by Southwest conference to a national forum at the Library of Congress. As the author of three books, Evan has appeared in major news outlets including The New York Times, CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s Fresh Air, The Atlantic, and Popular Science

    Evan holds MS and BS degrees in Information Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. He is a past president of AMA Triangle, where his board earned Chapter of the Year honors and is a member of the National Speakers Association and Meeting Professionals International. Recognizing his dedication to the field, the AMA named Evan its National Volunteer of the Year in 2017. You can connect with him on LinkedIn at



    Trish LaPaglia
    Director of Culture and Employee Experience,

    Trish LaPaglia currently curates culture and employee experience at, an award-winning global technology start-up based in Raleigh, NC. As one of Pendo’s original marketing hires, she built the company’s field marketing program and co-created Pendo’s two flagship conferences Pendomonium and ProductCraft. 

    After three years of creating and managing successful events for customers and prospects, Trish turned her focus to creating outstanding experiences for Pendo’s global employees including the annual company kickoff conference. With over a decade of experience in theatre and museum design, Trish is passionate about bringing on-brand, dramatically curated experiences to her software colleagues. 

    Trish has been the recipient of multiple culture awards both at Pendo and previous technology companies and continues to study and speak on the nature of culture, leadership, and organizational development. You can connect with her on LinkedIn at


    Stephanie Scottie
    Executive Director, Professionally Speaking Consulting, LLC

    Stephanie is a professional speaker coach. Her mission is to empower her clients, from the c-suite to the sales force, to achieve a relaxed self-confidence with the knowledge they are ready for prime time.  

    Her methodology is based on more than 30 years of experience working with everyone from executives to the president’s cabinet.  

    Today she is a trusted consultant and speaker coach for companies ranging from early-stage start-up to Fortune 100. Highly regarded for her warm and insightful style, Stephanie provides solid principles and personalized feedback, transforming even the most reluctant speakers into compelling communicators at companies like Mindtree, Vans, and International Paper. She has also developed a strong following at elite institutions such as the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Duke University, and UNC-Chapel Hill as well as serving as a TEDx speaker coach.

    Stephanie’s passion is helping each client identify and maximize his or her personal presentation style, believing the best speakers are steeped in authenticity.

    Her first book, Talk on Water: Attaining the Mindset for Powerhouse Presentations, was a #1 Hot New Release in Business Communications on Amazon in 2018. You can connect with her on LinkedIn at


    Kelley Simons
    Communications Manager, S&ME

    Kelley Simons is the Corporate Communications Manager for S&ME, a national engineering firm headquartered in Raleigh, serving clients in the industrial, government, commercial, healthcare, water, power, and transportation industries. 

    In her role, she leads the internal and external communications strategy. Kelley also manages the company brand, most recently focusing on new, engaging approaches to increase brand awareness.

    Her background in architecture and graphic design keep creative details top of mind in each strategic pursuit.

    Outside of S&ME, Kelley has been actively involved in SMPS for the past ten years, serving as 2019-2020 President, and multiple terms as Director of Communications.

    When asked for career advice, Kelley challenges others to push themselves out of their comfort zone, get involved with community organizations, and continuously look for opportunities to learn more. You can connect with her on LinkedIn at

    Please submit your questions in advance to [email protected]

    Items of Note:

    **Zoom webinar link will be provided the day before the event!**

    *Meeting links are intended for paid registrants only. Please do not share meeting links with unregistered guests.*

    *Online registration will end on the day before the event at 8:00 am.

    If you have any questions about this event, please contact Hali Whittington at [email protected]

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    September Program Sponsored by Attended Events