Midori Connolly is a serial entrepreneur, having founded three companies, most lately in the field of event technology and AudioVisual services. Currently she is busy with her latest project, bringing a fantastic new wearable technology to the events market. Midori has provided support to meetings and events for clients around the world. Recently appearing in Wired Magazine, she was also recognized as a Platinum Speaker by Meeting Professionals International and a Best-in-Class Speaker for Professional Convention Managers Association. She frequently speaks to groups such as DMOs, hoteliers and event planners on future business trends in our digital culture.
Midori has been named to the Most Innovative Event Professionals by BizBash Media and 40 Under 40 for both Collaborate and Connect Magazines. She is the AVGirl advice columnist for PlanYourMeetings.com, served as Chair of the Infocomm International Rental & Staging Council and was the only woman who served on InfoComm’s first-ever Green AV Task Force. Midori truly is devoted to making technology more human, approachable and sustainable.
Midori is a Phi Beta Kappa and graduated cum laude with a major in International Business and a minor in Japanese from San Diego State University. When not exploring the technium, Midori can be found golfing, fishing, horseback riding or exploring the great outdoors with her family.
Session: Becoming a Productivity Ninja with Technology Tools
Legend has it that in ancient Japan, ninja training included invisibility, walking on water, and control over the natural elements. At times, the role of the administrative professional seems to require these skills and more. But when it comes to technology, we often forget our ninja strength and become overwhelmed and frustrated. The AVGirl tech sessions are about empowerment and understanding of how to use technology to meet our goals with a focus on confidence and strategy.
In this session, we will support your ninja prowess with mobile apps, useful gadgets and other tactics to keep teams organized and efficient in a digital culture, whether in the office or on the road. Specifically, you will:
- Develop confidence when approaching new technology
- Employ a handful of new tech tools and share with your colleagues
- Better manage time, people and information
Bonus Time With Midori! Tech Clinic
In educating and working with thousands of conference attendees, we have discovered that conference attendees are struggling with using technology for their own businesses or in their personal/professional lives. We have a solution to this common issue that helps companies and associations add value to their meeting attendees. With technology changing so quickly, an onsite social tech clinic can help attendees understand and get the most out of the newest technology tools. In order to provide attendees with hands-on guidance to using all types of technologies in a no-fear approach, we bring our Tech ClinicTM.
This program is similar to the support seen at the highly popular Apple Store Genius Bars. Stationed at the popular Office Dynamics International Boutique this friendly team can address common attendee questions, such as:
- “How do I download the conference app?”
- “How can I get my iPad to____________?”
- “My phone won’t connect to the wifi”
- “How do I find out what people are saying on Twitter?”
- “Can you help me with finding the best technology for my organization?”
- “What are the hot tech trends?”
- “I really need to learn how to use my new phone, can you help?”
No question is too trivial for this tech clinic team will give event participants the tools that they need to get the most out of the latest technology.