Andrea Driessen, Chief Amplifier

About us

Andrea Driessen, Chief Amplifier, is an internationally award-winning business owner who stages engaging, unconventional events with compelling thought leaders, fresh meeting formats and purposeful play. Her event participants return to work ready to perform at their very best.

As a 30-year event-industry veteran, Andrea helped organize TEDxSeattle for seven years, was a 2019 TEDxSeattle speaker, and is a TEDActive and TEDSummit attendee.

She is also the author of the award-winning book, The Non-Obvious Guide to Event Planning: For Kick-Ass Gatherings that Inspire People, which the International Book Awards named the 2019 winner in the Business: Communications/PR category. She also writes regularly for the Meeting Professional Magazine and is a longtime MPI member.

A Professional Convention Management Association "Best-in-Class" speaker, Andrea offers three interactive workshops: Radically engaged: Boosting meeting effectiveness with curation, content & choice, No More Mediocre: How to lead engaging, purposeful & productive team meetings, and From Bore to ROAR: How to design radically engaging events.

A member of the Int'l Assn. of Speakers Bureaus and on its Ethics Committee, Andrea was given their Pacesetters' Award in recognition of her efforts to move the Association and the industry forward.

Believing that we're all entitled to feeling engaged in the world up until the end, Andrea is also 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