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Duty of Care Summit – Hilton Westchester, Rye Brook, NY
April 30 – May 1, 2018

The first-ever conference for senior meeting managers focused on attendee security and safety for domestic and international events.


Global Risk—Country-by-country intelligence and insights from Theresa Thomas of iJET

Security at High-Profile Events—Former US Secret Service Executive and current SVP of Executive Protection at T&M Protection Resources, LLC Joe Russo will share his creative strategies and offer advice about risk management and mitigation involving major public events, including “active shooter” scenarios. Moderated by Dianne Devitt, president, DND Group

Tools and Strategies for Closing Risk Gaps —This panel will explore best practices and strategies from various perspectives. Featuring Maureen Mandirola, Director, Engagement Experience, Prudential Retirement and Richard Lagg, CPP, Director of Security, Johnson & Johnson.

Risk-specific Roundtables: Through pre-event polling, attendees will identify their areas of interest, from alcohol liability to terrorist threats, and share strategies with their peers

What Planners Need to Know About Hotel Risk Management featuring Brad Waldron, VP of Risk Management at Caesars Entertainment

Make the most of your trip by signing up for our optional post-event fam highlighting Westchester County’s offerings for meeting groups. The Westchester Experience will start with a welcome event on May 1, followed by the fam and lunch on May 2. Includes one night’s hotel accommodations and all F&B. Sponsored by Westchester County Tourism & Film.



April 30, 2018 – Hilton Westchester, Westchester A&B

3 p.m. Registration opens

3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Site inspection of the Hilton Westchester

5:30 p.m. Transfer to opening reception

6 - 7:30 p.m. Opening reception at Kanopi, White Plains

Return to hotel by 8 p.m.

May 01, 2018 – Hilton Westchester, Westchester A&B

8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Continental breakfast

9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome and meet our sponsors

9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Global Risk—Theresa Thomas, iJET

The latest intelligence and insights from the risk management experts at iJET

10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Security at High-Profile Events

Former US Secret Service Executive and current SVP of Executive Protection at T&M Protection Resources, LLC Joe Russo will share his creative strategies and offer advice about risk management and mitigation involving major public events, including “active shooter” scenarios. Moderated by Dianne Devitt, president, DND Group

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Break

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 a.m. Tools and Strategies for Closing Risk Gaps

This panel will explore best practices and strategies from various perspectives. Featuring Maureen Mandirola, Director, Engagement Experience, Prudential Retirement and Richard Lagg, CPP, Director of Security, Johnson & Johnson..

12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. What Planners Need to Know About Hotel Risk Management

Featuring Brad Waldron, VP of Risk Management at Caesars Entertainment

1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Risk-Specific Roundtables

Based on pre-event polling, we will choose the topics of greatest interest to the group, and planners can choose two topic tables for open discussions.

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Wrap up


Dianne Devitt

Dianne Budion Devitt
Founder, DND Group, Inc

Dianne Budion Devitt, founder of The DND Group, Inc. specializes in experiential design and direction for live event engagement and marketing communication. Dianne is a producer, educator and speaker, known for her unique style blending creativity and vision. A best-selling author of What Color is Your Event?, a resource for meeting design and how to apply impactful creative ideas, Dianne launched the first SenseUP! summit in April 2016 on sensory engagement and has designed an industry accredited workshop on meeting design called ColorUP!.

Dianne has been an adjunct professor at New York University for over 25 years and was a recipient of NYU’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dianne has led, participated and managed teams for global events including the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan; the Vietnam 50th Commemorative Anniversary; the Apollo 40th Commemorative for MIT; and the Clinton Global Initiative.

A past president of the Greater New York chapter of Meeting Professionals International, she was inducted in to the chapter’s Hall of Fame. She is also a board member of the Metro New York Special Events Society and the National Speakers Association NYC chapter.

Joel Straight

iJET, Senior Partner Solutions Engineer

Joel has spent nearly 11 years with iJET International, the global leader in intelligence-driven, integrated risk management solutions that enable multinational organizations to operate globally with confidence.

He started with iJET as the Director of Client Services, where he managed the team responsible for day-to-day support of new and existing clients as they built their travel, expatriate, and asset risk management programs. This provided him with a great deal of experience with travel and profile data integration, training, technical support, and custom risk management solutions. Joel had an active role in the development of iJET’s traveler, expatriate, asset, communications and mobility applications. For the past four years he’s had the role of Senior Solutions Engineer, where he has been supporting iJET partners interested in creating and providing risk management solutions to their clients. Joel believes the most important skill for this role is to be a good listener so he can understand a client’s needs and match them with the appropriate iJET solutions.

During his 25-year career, Joel has worked in many roles helping Fortune 1000 clients with the development of programs that supported both their sales and customer service operations.

Joel lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife and son and works in iJET’s corporate headquarters.

Richard Lagg

Richard Lagg
Director of Security, Johnson & Johnson Global Security

Richard Lagg began working with the Johnson & Johnson Global Security in 2011. His responsibilities with J&J include Travel Security, oversight of the Global Security Operations Center (GSOC), Crisis Management, Investigations, Physical Security, Meeting Security, Security Awareness/Training, Business Continuity and Facility Security. Richard specializes in tabletop exercises to simulate real-world events to stimulate dialogue in preparation of crisis management concerns and is currently preparing to address security issues related to the FIFA 2014 World Cup, (his 3rd FIFA World Cup planning event).

Prior to joining Johnson & Johnson, Richard’s private sector experience includes 12 years in the telecommunication, coatings/catalyst and financial industries as a security professional. Richard’s public sector experience includes successfully performing Team Leader/Investigative Specialist duties for the Special Operations Unit of the New York Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in New York City.

Joseph Russo

Joseph M. Russo
Senior Vice President – Executive Protection, T&M Protection Resources

Joe Russo joined T&M in 2004 to lead the start-up of the Executive Protection division. His strategic growth plan and management of all activities of the division has led to an expansion from a single client in its beginnings to a worldwide service protecting hundreds of clients around the globe and generating in excess of $17 million in annual revenue.

Clients, to include Fortune 100 corporations and high profile/high net-worth individuals and their families, benefit from Mr. Russo’s extensive experience and knowledge of security and protection issues. In addition to supervising the deployment of executive protection and secure transportation services, he develops comprehensive security plans for complex multi-destination overseas travel and international corporate and non-profit special events and conferences that can often occur in locations of heightened risk.

Prior to joining T&M, Mr. Russo completed a distinguished 20 year career with the U.S. Secret Service, where he most notably served as Special Agent in Charge of the Clinton Protective Division and was responsible for the overall security arrangements for Former President Bill Clinton and former U.S. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Mr. Russo traveled to over 60 countries during this assignment. Before that appointment, he was Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge in the New York Field Office Protection Squad, where he was responsible for the supervision of all security arrangements involving Secret Service protectees in New York City and was present in the New York Field Office, located at 7 World Trade Center, when the entire building was destroyed during the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. Immediately following that tragic day, Mr. Russo was assigned as the U.S Secret Service New York Field Office Coordinator for four consecutive Department of Homeland Security-designated National Special Security Events (NSSE) to include President George W. Bush’s visits to Ground Zero and Yankee Stadium (World Series Game 3), The United Nations General Assembly (postponed from October, 2001) and The World Economic Forum (moved to New York City in January, 2002 from Davos). Mr. Russo also served as the Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge of the New York Field Office Credit Card Fraud Squad and served on the Vice Presidential Protection Division in Washington DC.

Brad Waldron

Brad Waldron
Vice President, Risk Management, Caesars Entertainment

Brad Waldron is Vice President, Corporate Risk Management for Caesars Entertainment headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. His responsibilities include managing operational risk throughout the organization’s global properties regarding building operations, crisis planning, emergency response, acquisitions/divestitures, insurance programs, environmental compliance, and the health and safety of guests and employees. In his free time, Brad spends as much time as possible outdoors. That often includes looking for places where cell phones don’t work and people wouldn’t consider following him.

Maureen Mandirola

Maureen Mandirola
Director, Engagement Experience at Prudential Financial

In her role as director, engagement experience, Maureen oversees all events, creating a platform for Prudential and its brands around experiences that are unique and engaging. She also collaborates with senior executives and key stakeholders to identify new business opportunities and strategies that will continue to grow the business, which has resulted in a 43 percent increate in attendance from 2014 to 2016. Prior to this role, she spent more than 7 years as manager of conference and event planning at Prudential. Her background also includes managerial and sales positions at the American Heart Association and The Hartford.



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What makes Prevue's Visionary Summits different from other live events?

The entire event is designed as a chance to network! Sessions are highly interactive, and a rotating roundtable format literally forces participants to change seats throughout the day, giving them the chance to touch everyone in the room.

How do I qualify to attend a Visionary Summit?

Our attendees are invited and qualified by a series of questions. They come from throughout the country and pay their own airfares for the chance to experience this level of conference.

Do I receive CEUs for attending?

Prevue is a CIC Preferred Provider, and all Summits offer attendees 2.25 continuing educational credit hours.

Who will be attending the Visionary Summit?

Attendees are primarily corporate and association buyers/end users. We seek out experienced planners; the average years of planning experience at our most recent Summit was 18.

Is there a cost associated with attending the Visionary Summit?

The Visionary Summit is a COMPLIMENTARY event for qualified meeting planners (excluding airfare). Items provided include accommodations at the host property, food and beverage, and a cocktail reception the evening before the Summit.

May I arrive early or extend my stay?

Our host properties offer discounted hotel rates if you would like to extend your stay

May I bring a guest?

Guests are not included in the education program but you are welcome to bring a guest to enjoy the destination.

What should I wear?

We recommend Business Casual attire for the opening event and education day.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any additional questions, please contact Barbara Scofidio at [email protected].


The designers of the Visionary Summits have spent the past 20 years creating education for all the leading industry associations, and saw a growing need for elevated education for experienced planners. Our goal has been to create top-notch sessions, to offer attendees input on the topics they wish to learn about, and to give them the chance to speak freely with their equally experienced peers in a non-commercial setting.

Why attend?

  • Prevue’s Visionary Summits attract a high percentage of direct planners, so they can benchmark with each other about their departments and organizations. Our corporate planner attendees span every industry, from financial services to pharma to tech.
  • Our attendees bring years of knowledge to the table; the average attendee had 18 years of planning experience. To challenge this group, session topics are strategic, not logistical—from high-level budgeting to how the senses affect learning—and always interactive. Our approach is to tap the knowledge in the room, not speak down to them but to learn from them.
  • Planners receive an average of 5.5 CEUs from the Convention Industry Council for participating.
  • Our sponsor-planner ratio is intentionally the lowest of all events. Our sponsors are an active part of the conversation, participating in the roundtables and sharing their own experiences with the groups. This is not an appointment-focused event, it’s an educational one.
  • Our networking events and meals showcase the latest trends in the industry, from incorporating mixologists and chefs into the event to highlighting amenities with a socially responsible mission. Our goal is to give attendees fresh ideas to take back to their own meetings.

Prevue’s Summits unlike any other events in this industry. Learn why by attending one in 2018!

“The sessions were all well-done and informative. It was interesting to hear about industry trends and engaging with peers on topics that impact our work every day.”—Joy Seijas, Global Head of Events, Oliver Wyman

“Thank you for a great summit!  I really enjoyed all the activities and networking opportunities. The whole experience was top -notch.”Mary D. Jakubowski, CMP, Program Manager, Technical Events  & Content, ASME

“The education was fantastic and included many takeaways that I will be sharing with my colleagues. One of the most beneficial aspects was the roundtable discussions with other planners, which allowed me to learn from the many years of experience that were in the room. I hope to have the opportunity for myself or one of my colleagues to attend another Visionary Summit in the future.”—Shana Carter, MBA, CMP Events Manager, Corporate Services, YPO-WPO

 “I learned a great deal by having access to new venues, meeting new suppliers and networking with other professional industry planners.”—Edwina Dean-McCrimmon, Senior Meeting and Event Planner, Corporate Meetings and Events, Franklin Templeton Investments



Barbara Scofidio

Barbara Scofidio

MEET BARBARA SCOFIDIO – The Visionary behind the Visionary Summit Series

For 20 years, Prevue Editor Barbara Scofidio has worked with GBTA, Site and other industry organizations to design and deliver education for meeting and incentive planners. She is currently a member of the Education Committee of FICP.

She can be reached at:

Barbara Scofidio
[email protected]
(305) 322-2301


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