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Lauren DeMaio (VP of Events, Leftfield Media) Joins Project Anime: Global 2020

We are please to welcome Lauren DeMaio to Project Anime: Global 2020! She joins LeftField Media colleague Peter Tatara (Founder/Event Director, Anime NYC) as well as Paul Birtel (Executive Director, MAGFest) and Emily Hickman (Director of Business Operations, MAGFest) for a conversation about how their events have responded to COVID and new tactics and innovations they’ve developed to help their events.

Helping Your Event Survive and Thrive

The key to a long lifespan for any event is the ability to navigate and accommodate unexpected situations. Keeping present-day circumstances in mind, our panelists determine the sustainability of alternative event formats and revenue generation streams that will keep an event healthy and happy during unconventional times. Hear from Paul Birtel (Executive Director, MAGFest), Emily Hickman (Director of Business Operations, MAGFest), Lauren DeMaio (Vice President of Events, LeftField Media) and Peter Tatara (Founder/Event Director, Anime NYC) on what methods worked for them and what may work for you.

About Lauren DeMaio

Lauren DeMaio is the Vice President of Events at LeftField Media, the parent company for both Anime NYC and Anime Frontier. Lauren oversees the central teams that serve as a support system across all of the shows inclusive of Operations, Travel, Housing, and Crew. Prior to LeftField Media, Lauren was employed at Reed Exhibitions where she worked in Operations across a number of B2B and B2C events inclusive of the PAX portfolio and New York Comic Con, eventually moving into the role of Event Manager of the PAX portfolio. She got her start working at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority serving as an Event Manager for both the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the Hynes Convention Center.


Project Anime: Global 2020 will take place virtually on November 17-18 and can be attended from anywhere in the world. With a theme of “Evolving with the Events Industry,” the conference will feature two uniquely-curated programming tracks, one geared towards event organizers and another aimed at industry professionals. As the landscape of the industry changes rapidly in response to current events, events and businesses have been compelled to adapt accordingly. This has given rise to new uncharted ventures and opportunities, including virtual/hybrid events and unique digital engagement. Learn more about speakers & panel information by visiting the Project Anime: Global 2020 page.

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