Andrea Driessen, Chief Amplifier

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Andrea Driessen, Chief Amplifier, is an international award-winning business owner who delivers engaging, unconventional events with compelling thought leaders, fresh meeting formats, purposeful play and exceptional execution.

For 25 years, Andrea has been linking speakers with captive audiences. Raised in a family in which learning was strongly encouraged, by parents who valued self-directed education and discovery, Andrea thrives on connecting experts with audiences.

A Professional Convention Management Assn. "Best in Class" speaker, Andrea delivers interactive workshops including 5 Actionable Conference Design Insights from TED Events and From Bore to ROAR TM—How to Design Radically Engaging Events.

As a long-time member of the Int'l Assn. of Speakers Bureaus, Andrea was given their Pacesetters' Award in recognition of her efforts to move the Association and the industry forward. She also helps curate speakers, enhance the attendee experience and foster sponsor partnerships for and is a TEDActive and TEDSummit attendee.

Andrea is a member of Meeting Professionals International and a columnist on meeting engagement and gamification for its Meeting Professional Magazine. Her "Unborify Your Life" writing also appears in The Huffington Post and The Business Journals. In 2015, she founded the online community, 50 Ways of Defying Grey.

Believing that we're all entitled to feeling engaged in the world up til the end, Andrea is a hospice volunteer in Seattle. And when not putting an end to boring meetings, Andrea stays UN-bored with visits to spas, happy hours, gyms, and other time zones. Eventually she would like to become a trapeze artist with Cirque du Soleil.



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"thorough, professional and solutions-oriented... Andrea Driessen is a shining example of excellence, and sets the bar for professional expertise and integrity within her field"
- Seattle’s YWCA following a record-setting fundraiser featuring best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert

"It's a joy working with Andrea. She’s easy to communicate with
(personable with a great wit), creative in her thinking and seriously knows the meeting/event industry."
- MPI One+ Editor