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Just days before set to begin, the 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival was canceled due to flooding from Hurricane Ida–related rains. The NY Auto Show, New Orleans Jazz Fest, and Park City Song Summit are among recent in-person events recently canceled due to rising COVID cases.

How are you, your teams, and organizations preparing for the next widespread crisis – whether it's additional pandemic-related disruptions, a natural disaster, government regulations, political unrest, or other unexpected circumstances?

If anything has been learned these last eighteen months, it's the importance of risk management and preparedness. In this webinar, learn how to prepare for and mitigate risk, how to respond/act to a looming crisis, and when to invoke the plan.

Learning Outcomes


  • Understand the role that event managers play in risk management
  • Review the typical stages of risk & crisis management
  • Introduce concepts for risk and emergency response

Have a question for the speakers? Submit your questions in advance to kristin@eventleadershipinstitute.com and we’ll include it in the discussion.

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Webinar Presenters

Juliette Kayyem
President Obama’s Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security | CNN National Security

Juliette Kayyem, Former Assistant Secretary for Homeland Security | CNN National Security Analyst | Faculty Director of the Security and Global Health Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government

Professor Juliette Kayyem has spent the last two decades in both state and federal government managing complex policy initiatives and organizing government responses to major crises. Kayyem is the Robert and Renee Belfer Senior Lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where she is faculty chair of the Homeland Security and Security and Global Health Projects. Previously, she served as President Obama's Assistant Secretary at the Department of Homeland Security and before that as MA Governor Deval Patrick's Homeland Security Advisor.

A CNN national security analyst, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and contributor for The Atlantic and WGBH, Kayyem also advises governors, mayors, and corporations on crisis management, especially during COVID-19 response. With over nearly 200,000 twitter followers, she was recently described as providing a "basic truth of COVID: Reality bites, but it is all we got.” Juliette is the author or editor of six books, including the best-selling book Security Mom; her next book "The Devil Never Sleeps: How to Prepare When Disasters Are No Longer Random and Rare" will be published in 2022 by Public Affairs. Juliette lives in Cambridge, MA, with her husband, Judge David Barron of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and has three children.

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Frank Supovitz, President & Chief Experience Officer | Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment

For more than 30 years, Frank Supovitz has been at the helm of some of the world’s most prestigious, widely-viewed, and well-attended sports and entertainment events.

As the Senior Vice President of Events for the National Football League between 2005 and 2014, he was a major contributor to the meteoric growth of the Super Bowl, the NFL Draft, and American football games in London. Prior to joining the NFL, Frank led the National Hockey League’s event team for 13 years, responsible for the NHL All-Star Weekend, Stanley Cup, and international competition in Europe and Japan. Together with the Edmonton Oilers, he developed the league’s first stadium-based outdoor game in 2003, the forerunner to the highly successful NHL Winter Classic.

Supovitz founded Fast Traffic in 2014, an award-winning event management, production, and consulting firm that has served a wide range of sports and entertainment clients, including the Indy 500, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Australia’s National Rugby League, the Canadian Football League, the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament, and the NBA’s Boston Celtics and Milwaukee Bucks, among others.

Frank hosts the popular biweekly “When Things Go Wrong” podcast, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, which was inspired by his newest book, “What to Do When Things Go Wrong,” published in 2019 by McGraw-Hill and available as an Audible audiobook He previously authored “The Sports Event Management & Marketing Playbook,” the definitive text used by sports business professionals and university programs across the globe for more than a decade.

Frank received an honorary doctorate in Sports, Event, and Entertainment Management from Johnson & Wales University in 2003, was honored as New York University’s Cal Ramsey Distinguished Lecturer in 2014, and is an adjunct professor at Adelphi University.

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Moderator: Mike Granek, President | Event Leadership Institute

Michael Granek, MBA is a successful entrepreneur and award-winning event producer with over two decades of experience in the special events and entertainment industries, as well as over 10 years of experience in adult education and academics. As President, COO of the Event Leadership Institute, Michael applies his diverse background of business management, adult education and special events experience to connect event professionals with leading industry education, training & professional development.

Previous to the Event Leadership Institute, Michael discovered his passion for fostering the next generation of event leaders during his role as Academic Director at The Art Institute of Vancouver. In this position, Michael managed the program’s department and faculty, designed and developed curriculum, instructed various events-related courses, and developed un-paralleled partnerships between the events industry and education. He has also participated in the MPI Meeting and Business Events Competency Standards (MBECS) Faculty Forum, has judged various event industry awards, and has delivered numerous seminars and training workshops at leading industry conferences, colleges, and universities.

Passionate about the growth and development of the events industry, Michael has served on the board of ILEA Vancouver Chapter for eight years, three of those as Chapter President. He has been a member of the ILEA education council and currently sits on the board of the MPI BC Chapter as VP of Finance.