Give the People the Hybrid They Want

Presenters: Ryan Byrne, Robin Farmanfarmaian & Gianna Gaudini

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The future may be hybrid, but not in the way you think. Three omnichannel events experts predict how we will learn, connect and grow post-pandemic. You will learn how to:

  • Help all audiences engage authentically
  • Creatively plan to maximize content to meet people’s needs
  • Be MVPP (Most Valuable Planning Professional) on any team


  • Ryan Byrne, CEO, Buzzcast
  • Robin Farmanfarmaian, author, “Facilitating Virtual Events”
  • Gianna Gaudini, Author of The Art of Event Planning and Head of Events, AWS Training and Certification

Ryan Byrne is an award-winning director and producer with degrees in economics and finance from UCLA and the London School of Economics. Ryan began his career in private equity with Capital Resource Partners before launching his first tech startup in the travel space. Ryan eventually landed back at USC where he got his MFA in film and went on to direct the award-winning feature film ‘A Colombia’. After launching in 2007, The Buzz Lab quickly became one of the premier content and event production companies in the technology industry, working with clients such as Oracle, Adobe, eBay, PayPal, Hulu, PwC, the National Institute of Health, Uber. Answering the need of top-tier production companies to have a highly secure, scalable and high-quality virtual event platform, Ryan launched BuzzCast in early 2020 to bring an enterprise-scale solution to the marketplace.

Robin Farmanfarmaian is a professional speaker & entrepreneur working on cutting edge technology startups. With over 150 speaking engagements in 13 countries, she educates audiences on tech, the future of healthcare, patient empowerment, building thought leadership, virtual events and more. Additionally, she has been on the founding or organizing team for more than 200 events & conferences, including many as Executive Director, Executive Producer, Chair, or President. Robin has 3 published books:  “The Patient as CEO: How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer” (2015) “The Thought Leader Formula: Strategically Leverage Your Expertise to Drive Business & Career Goals” (2019) and “Facilitating Virtual Events: Driving Participant Engagement & Interaction” (2020).

Gianna Gaudini is the Global Head of Events, Training and Certification at Amazon Web Services. A former Google event leader for nine years, and Global Head of Events for the SoftBank Vision Fund, Gianna is an experienced brand marketing event leader and the author of Amazon best-selling book, The Art of Event Planning. She recently launched an e-course for anyone who wants to take their event planning career to the next level of success, Million Dollar Event Planning Career, which is available now for pre-order. Her specialties and focus are driving global event strategy, building community, diversity and inclusion, events, and experiences that drive business results, brand and reputation. She is a guest speaker at the California state schools and her book is part of their hospitality program curriculum. In addition to her passion for creating impactful experiences and events, Gianna holds her Court of Master Sommeliers certification, is a certified interior designer, former concert pianist and marathon runner.