With over 25 years of industry experience, Howard Givner is a widely recognized business and thought leader, innovator, educator & entrepreneur in the field of meetings and events. He recently joined Grass Roots as Managing Director and Head of Americas for the Meetings & Events Division, leading the growth of the company and the 30 person team in its New York office. Grass Roots provides a broad range of Strategic Meetings Management services to Fortune 100 clients, managing over $250 million of meeting and event spend to drive efficiencies, cost savings, and data analysis to improve the R.O.I. of their clients’ various programs. Previously Howard was the Founder and Executive Director of the Event Leadership Institute (ELI), which provides best-in-class training and education for event professionals. ELI offers a subscription-based, Netflix-style content library of over 1500 micro-learning videos; and a suite of professional development courses providing digital certifications. He is a past president of the NY Metro chapter of ILEA, and has served on the boards of MPI of Greater NY, Special Events Magazine and BizBash, and frequently teaches and speaks at industry conferences on sales and business development, negotiations, innovation and entrepreneurship. He’s been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, National Public Radio, ABC News, The Apprentice, and USA Today, in addition to numerous trade media.