Beth Surmont, 360 Live Media’s Director of Experience Design, has always had a passion for storytelling. With more than 20 years of experience planning virtual and in-person events, she could write a book on life’s lessons alone.
Her story begins in New Jersey, where she followed her passion of becoming a writer—waiting tables and jumping at every writing opportunity that presented itself before she fell into and in love with event planning.
As an event planner, Beth’s innovative approach and out-of-the-box thinking began turning heads, generating buzz, and building audiences from the outset of her career. She learned early on that she’s at her best when faced with daunting problems in need of fixing. Comfortable with intelligent risk, she jumps at the chance to explore new challenges and the opportunity to try out creative new ideas.
Beth has worked in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. She understands how to work within and across an organization—how to set a target, motivate a team, and get everyone across the finish line together.
It’s her job to be a project manager, experience designer, content curator, storyteller, motivator, leader, behind-the-scenes cheerleader, logistics director, contract negotiator, researcher, trend analyzer, innovator, visionary, partner, builder, thinker, problem-solver, entrepreneur, and customer service specialist, sometimes all within the space of a single day.
She’s been a Certified Meeting Planner since 2008. A Certified Association Executive since 2016. And served as chair of the ASAE Meeting & Exposition Council from 2016–2018. Her years of experiential leadership also means she’s learned the industry’s toughest lessons—having failed just enough to be able to spot red flags the moment they appear.
Beth was the recipient of the 2014 IEEE Farrell Award, one of the organization’s highest forms of employee recognition for people who have demonstrated distinguished job performance. In 2017, she also received the Association Forum 40 Under 40 Award.
In between designing unforgettable experiences, Beth can be found living them with her wife and stepchildren. She’s an animal lover at heart, not only sharing her life with two adopted dogs, but also spends her free time volunteering at a community animal shelter.
When not telecommuting from her home in New Jersey, you can be certain Beth is either commuting—commuting here at 360, or on site at one of her remarkable experiences.