Pandemic Meeting & Event Design
Certificate OD

Pandemic Meeting & Event Design Certificate OD

Course Overview

While risk has always been a part of our events, the novel coronavirus pandemic has tested all assumptions we have made on risk planning as an industry. As events start to come back into live formats, rethinking the on-site event strategy and design is critical to surviving in the short term and creating a sustainable model for the future.

This course will assess the current environment and map new ways to prepare your event strategy, design, execution, and evaluation – no matter what comes next. From risk management to venue protocols, contract clauses to user experience, food and beverage to marketing, we cover the areas most impacted by the pandemic to help you develop and design well-informed, future-forward events.


  • Participants will be able to construct an elevated event strategy that meets the needs of events in a post/pandemic environment.
  • Participants will be able to implement resources for safer event design.
  • Participants will be able to execute research-informed event strategies.
  • Participants will discover event tactics to deploy at their events to assist in risk reduction.
  • Participants can distinguish event sites that meet their risk mitigation needs.

Scroll down to see more details, including the weekly outline.

Event Leadership Institute has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of continuing education on all professional development certificate courses, which qualifies for CMP continuing education credit. Determination of continuing education credit eligibility or Preferred Provider status does not imply EIC’s endorsement or assessment of education quality.

Learn From An Industry Expert

Kevin has been a storyteller his entire life. That love of capturing attention and engaging people brought him to work with global organizations on their marketing and development efforts for nearly a quarter-century.

In 2011 he founded XPL, an award-winning experiential agency that delivers bold, powerful live events that transform audiences worldwide. Clients include institutions such as Harvard Business School, non-profits such as The Special Olympics, governmental units such as the US Department of State, and corporations such as Bugatti. Each brings a diverse set of needs that they entrust Kevin and his team to fulfill.

In addition to serving as an instructor for several Event Leadership Institute professional development courses —including Pandemic Meeting & Event Design and Pandemic On-Site Protocol Training — Kevin has undergone training from the World Health Organization (WHO) on mass gatherings and has also received the Event Safety Access certification from the Event Safety Alliance.

Kevin’s commitment to his industry is demonstrated by his willingness to give back. He has been a professor at New York University and was selected by his peers to serve as the international president of the International Live Events Association (ILEA). He is currently working on his first book on innovation in experiential design and recently launched a series of entrepreneurial-based retreats around the world under the brand The Table.

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Module 1 : Developing A New Event Strategy

  • Assess current pandemic guidance & best practices
  • Approach strategy with intentional purpose
  • Understand methods to change and adapt event strategies to meet evolving needs
  • Know key differences of online and on site outcomes
  • Cultivate a new understanding of multi-faceted event audiences
  • Examine fixed & growth mindset mentalities for event professionals

Module 2 : Project Oversight & Risk Management

  • Develop & monitor an event SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Actions, Results) analysis
  • Navigate new financials & timelines for a COVID supply chain
  • Develop a duty of care philosophy
  • Identify your new risk landscape
  • Implement a risk assessment tool to inform project planning
  • Understand insurance coverage parameters and contractual clauses

Module 3 : Design Formats

  • Explore the human element of experiential design
  • Reset success metrics for event outcomes
  • Cultivate audience engagement and current safety guideline synergy
  • Identify movement patterns to keep crowd flow safe
  • Develop a low risk event schedule
  • Review spatial design options for risk reduction

Module 4 : Site Selection & Evaluation

  • Establish guidelines for location and venue selection
  • Evaluate venues for suitability & protocol guidelines
  • Conduct safe & thorough site inspections
  • Develop an updated site selection checklist
  • Review indoor vs. outdoor venue options for feasibility & risk reduction

Module 5 : Attendee Experience & Safety

  • Develop, execute & monitor an attendee duty of care plan
  • Explore risk-reduced engagement formats including contactless and distanced experiences
  • Prepare event teams & vendors to manage guest expectations
  • Develop a robust event communications plan

Module 6 : Onsite Event Standards & Response Plans

  • Establish guidelines and enforcement protocols for various event elements
  • Training on-site event teams & vendors to mitigate event risk
  • Create operating procedures for non-compliant attendees

Assessments & Grading

  • Weekly quizzes (80% pass required for each. You can take each quiz up to three times)
  • Final Exam (with minimum pass at 75%)

Minimum course passing grade: 75%

What students say about ELI certificate courses

  • "“This class is a must-do for anyone involved in planning, supporting, or executing online/digital events. Even if you are an expert in your field, you will discover areas where you can grow and bring value to your future events.”"

    Lisa Armstrong
  • "“This extensive course explained every question I had, gave loads of great ideas to implement, and given me real life tools to use to exceed the expectations of any of my clients who are shifting from a live to a virtual event. This course was WELL worth the time and money for my own knowledge, as well as my company’s growth and need to evolve during this time.”"

    Nicole Tusa
    Event Management & Logistics, NOCCI
  • "“Never have I attended classes in the morning and actually put to work what I learned that same day.“"

    Jan Aument
    Good Plan Jan
  • "“Event Leadership Institute fosters great community among meetings & events planners and producers. The access to top professionals in the field and the opportunity to bond and collaborate with hundreds of colleagues was invaluable.”"

    Ernie Kapanke
    Studio 5x5
  • "“In an industry that has evolved practically overnight, ELI’s courses are helpful to event professionals at any level of experience and provides opportunities for learning and networking. The price of this course is a small investment in the future of events.” "

    Emily Olson
    Arrow Event Management

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