Dianne Budion Devitt
DND Group, Inc
Dianne Budion Devitt, founder of The DND Group, Inc. specializes in experiential design and direction for live event engagement and marketing communication. Dianne is a producer, educator and speaker, known for her unique style blending creativity and vision. A best-selling author of What Color is Your Event?, a resource for meeting design and how to apply impactful creative ideas, Dianne launched the first SenseUP! summit in April 2016 on sensory engagement and has designed an industry accredited workshop on meeting design called ColorUP!.
Dianne has been an adjunct professor at New York University for over 25 years and was a recipient of NYU’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dianne has led, participated and managed teams for global events including the 1st European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan; the Vietnam 50th Commemorative Anniversary; the Apollo 40th Commemorative for MIT; and the Clinton Global Initiative.
A past president of the Greater New York chapter of Meeting Professionals International, she was inducted in to the chapter’s Hall of Fame. She is also a board member of the Metro New York Special Events Society and the National Speakers Association NYC chapter.
The Great Office Escape
The Great Office Escape provides employee wellness opportunities, as well as meeting, incentive and event planning services. It was founded on the belief that employees and customers (strategic partners, dealers, distributers and/or resellers) are among a company’s most valuable assets. In supporting their ambitions and helping them to achieve their goals, companies in turn help shape their own success.
Before founding The Great Office Escape, Hallie founded Hallie’s Comet Travel in 1983, which focused on all areas of corporate, leisure and incentive travel and corporate meetings and events. She later added golf tournament and travel to her services. She was appointed to the U.S. Dept. of Commerce to Chair the People–to –People sub-committee of the U.S–Japan Tourism Exchange Promotion Program in 1996, where golf was used as a tool to build interest and communication between the two countries.
Melissa Van Dyke
Melissa Van Dyke has been president of the IRF for over 6 years, during which time she has proudly helped triple the organization’s research and education footprint. As president, Melissa has responsibility for all day-to-day operational, financial and marketing aspects of the organization. She came to the IRF from her position as managing consultant of the Employee Engagement Practice at Maritz. Prior to this, Melissa held leadership positions in Solution Management, Product Development and Business Technology Solution Management and as a senior business process and technology consultant for Ernst & Young LLP. She authored the chapter on “Using Non Monetary Awards to Support Business Behaviors that Drive Results” in the sixth edition of the Compensation Handbook.