President + Founding Board Member, Live Events Coalition
Nancy Shaffer is the Founder and CEO of BRAVO! Events. Established in 1997, Nancy and the BRAVO! Events team plan, market and produce events for corporations, associations and non-profits; mentoring clients to appreciate the purpose, and triumph in the success of, in-person experiences while instilling interest, pride and impact.
An industry veteran and authority, Nancy has earned many awards in her career and most recently was named 2020 Planner of the Year by Smart Meetings Magazine, she frequently speaks at business events, forums and gatherings and is oft-featured in trade publications. In addition to being the Board President, she is a founding member of the DC Events Coalition where she is one of two members tasked with developing and leading the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity programing. She continues to assist and sit on the board of EnventU, a pipeline to professions in the event industry for youth, as well as the Bermuda Event Planners Advisory Board, and is an Ambassador for Safe Shores, a D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center. Nancy’s passion for and belief in mentoring is a key part of her life, she works with entrepreneurial “women helping women” and her commitment to the future of the live events industry has seen her host over 20 interns at BRAVO! Events since 2012.
Under her tutelage, commitment to excellence, and with a gift for storytelling, BRAVO! Events has won numerous awards including: Best Conference/Tradeshow Event Planner: ISES Capital Awards, Best International Special Events Team: ISES Capital Awards, Best Public Event: ISES Capital Awards, and Finalist for Event Planner of the Year: Event Solutions, Spotlight Awards.
Nancy is passionate about the power of live events and during this unprecedented time she has committed her time and leadership to make sure the industry and its people survive.