During our most recent panel, five experienced education professionals discussed all things virtual events. They shared stories with us about what went well and what they’ve learned in the last few months after moving to fully virtual events. We invite you to discover how educators and learners are staying informed, continuing to network and encouraging connection while socially distant.

Check out are live panel discussion that took place on July 29th. We covered:

  • The best platforms and tools for education-based events
  • Designing and creating networking opportunities
  • The future and longevity of virtual and hybrid events


Carmen Jordan, ADE Summit

Carmen Jordan works for the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) where she has managed the Statewide Student Information System for the last 20 years. She’s been very involved with planning conferences and events having chaired the state’s Data and Reporting conference since its inception more than 5 years ago. Carmen was selected to lead the planning of the first all-encompassing event, the ADE Summit, last year growing the summit to over 6,000 participants in 2020.

Karen Muska, Virtual C2C Summer Professional Learning

Karen Muska is an Educational Technology Specialist for the Milpitas Unified School District. She’s been in education for many years, first teaching in the Chicago Public Schools, and then as an instructional technologist for the Georgia Dept. of Education. Last year, the district started Colleague to Colleague (C2C), a professional learning model that taps into the wealth of knowledge and expertise within the district community. The program transitioned from an in-person symposium in a single afternoon to a virtual conference with over 750 sessions registrations.

LeAnna Toups-Bennett, Teacher Leader Summit

LeAnna joined the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) in 2015 to produce professional development trainings, events, and meetings for educators. She works on the Teacher Leader Summit, a premier professional development conference for Louisiana educators that garners 6500+ attendees each year. The Summit typically runs 300+ sessions over three days. With 45 day’s notice, LeAnna and a small team converted their 2020 in-person conference to a virtual learning series spanning the course of two weeks.

Liqa Moin, Virtual C2C Summer Professional Learning\

Liqa Moin is an educator with over 20 years of experience, both as a public school teacher as well as, most recently, a vice principal.  She has a masters in Instructional Technology and an Administrative Credential. Previously, she was a distance teacher with California Virtual High School. She recently helped pilot the virtual colleague-to-colleague, C2C, online professional training.

Rebecca Marshall, Strategic Data Project Convening

Rebecca is the education programs manager at the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR) at Harvard University. She manages the Strategic Data Project Fellowship, which works with education agencies to find and train data leaders to uncover trends, measure solutions, and communicate to stakeholders. Prior to that, Rebecca worked as a data strategist in the Delaware Department of Education’s Teacher and Leader Effectiveness Unit. She has a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Author: Rachel Drudi

As an event producer and creative collaborator, with a focus on community relations and a passion for design thinking, Rachel helps create and manage experiences on and offline; working at the intersection between ideation and execution. Rachel is here to help you set your business and event apart by focusing on the way your customers, clients, and community interact and engage with you. She especially loves working with companies that are just getting started.