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Sunday, November 20 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Safe and Sound: Why Safety and Security Matter

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The news is flooded with stories of meteorological, medical, security and financial disasters at festivals. Within minutes, a festival’s reputation and financial stability can be upended. But what if these disasters could be prevented, minimized or insurable? How can preplanning and on-site crisis management reduce or eliminate risk and reduce your festival’s negative exposure. We’ll learn how from our panel of professionals in the safety and security field.

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Jim Digby

​President & Chair of the Board of Directors, Event Safety Alliance
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Dr. John Scala

Private Weather Consultant/Broadcast Meteorologist
JOHN R. SCALA, PhD CCM, is a broadcast meteorologist with WGAL News 8 in Lancaster, PA and a private weather consultant preparing expert opinions in criminal and civil litigation including cases of personal injury, questionable death and storm-related damage. Previously, Dr. Scala held a tenure-track appointment at Millersville University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2005, and served as the Associate Director of Millersville’s Center for... Read More →

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Sara Gael

Director of Harm Reduction, MAPS Zendo Project
Sara Gael, M.A., is the Director of the Zendo Project, a psychedelic harm reduction organization started by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). The Zendo Project sets up tranquil spaces at events with trained volunteers to help individuals having difficult or overwhelming experiences, substance related or otherwise. Sara has coordinated harm reduction services at festivals worldwide including: Burning Man, Envision... Read More →
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Charlie Jennings

SVP Operations, Danny Wimmer Presents
A concert industry veteran of thirteen years, Jennings joined Danny Wimmer Presents as Senior Vice President of Operations in 2015, and currently oversees the some of the nation’s largest rock and metal festivals, including Monster Energy AFTERSHOCK, LOUDER THAN LIFE, Monster Energy Welcome To Rockville, and Chicago Open Air.Charlie is a proven leader in the event production space and is key to executing DWP’s growth plan. His... Read More →
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Maren Steiner

Health & Safety Director, Insomniac
Maren Steiner brings more than 10 years of medical and risk management experience to some of the largest and most notable concerts and festivals in the country. In 2011, she joined Insomniac as Director of Health & Safety and brought together a team of medical professionals that are arguably second-to-none. Maren holds a California State EMT Certification and proudly remains active in the field. | In addition to her work with Insomniac, Maren... Read More →
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Matt Weiss

Production Director, A3C Festival
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Kevan Wilkins

Productions Manager, Goldenvoice

Sunday November 20, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Santa Barbara Room