About Megara

 

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I have over 15 years experience planning and producing events of all shapes and sizes. 

I enjoy working closely with clients to achieve their goals.  In consulting engagements I lead my clients through conversations about their approach to planning an event and the day-of execution. From the outset I seek to drill down and understand what clients are looking to accomplish: whether it’s hitting a specific fundraising goal or how they want their guests to feel at the event, and after it.  Read more about the range of Event Planning and Production services offered. 

Early in my career I worked in marketing and logistics to produce one of the largest annual medical conventions in the world.  During my 6 years as an in-house meeting planner at the American Academy of Ophthalmology I focused on attracting attendees and facilitating their experience in New Orleans, Dallas, Orlando & Anaheim as well as Buenos Aires, Sydney, Istanbul, Santiago de Chile (and other places where I could practicar el español.)

At the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco I worked in facilities, operations, and development departments to produce numerous events at the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums.  I was in charge of their largest fundraiser, Bouquets to Art, managed their all-volunteer auxiliary, and sold the venues at both locations to private parties, corporate events and nonprofit organizations seeking to produce a wide variety of events.  

At the Museums I worked with many Bay Area caterers and event vendors, as well as officials and staff from the City of San Francisco, Department of Parks & Recreation, and union security. For Bouquets to Art, I worked with the museum staff, florists, international lecturers and thousands of visitors, making sure the guest experience was well thought through: from marketing collateral, to ticketing and reservations, to traffic flow and ultimate enjoyment of the visit.

In my consulting work I have planned and produced events with tech companies, small, medium and large-budget nonprofit organizations and public agencies as well, including the San Francisco Art Commission’s Mayor’s Art Award with Mayor Gavin Newsom and Honoree, Alonzo King.  
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A highlight of my career was an engagement with the Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) to assist in planning and producing President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Parade in January 2009.

The project required months of on-site work with numerous governmental agencies, complex security protocols, a lunar rover and lots of horses–but resulted in the most-attended public event ever to occur in Washington DC.  And it was C.O.L.D. COLD!

As the Director of Development of the 640 Heritage Preservation Foundation, a non-profit advancing the history and culture of a 100-year old building and membership organization in downtown San Francisco, I planned, implemented and provided analysis for annual and special fundraising campaigns, fundraising events, fairs, lectures, appreciation lunches, dinners, fashion shows and galas. 

I’d love to talk to you about your goals and hope to share some of my experience with your organization. Contact me at megara@voglconsulting.com

Consulting Clients have included:
San Francisco Arts Commission
Lighthouse for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Event Organizers, LLC: Marine Mammal Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala
Presidential Inaugural Committee
Headlands Center for the Arts: Mystery Ball
Music National Service: Kennedy Center Performance, Washington DC
Balsamiq.com: Atlassian Conference, SF
Wilsonwest Inc.

In-house Development and Event Planning:
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
American Academy of Ophthalmology
640 Heritage Preservation Foundation
San Francisco Garden Club

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