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  • Writer's pictureAmi Kassar

AmiSight 2/8: Can You Imagine Running a Speakers Bureau During the Pandemic?

This week on AmiSights, the podcast, I wanted to talk to the CEO of a company that was in one of the hardest-hit industries during the pandemic- live events – and find out how they survived. For this, I had the pleasure of speaking to Gail Davis. Gail has decades of experience in corporate marketing and event management, which served as the launchpad for her company, GDA Speakers. GDA Speakers has vetted and curated highly qualified speakers to deliver to clients with confidence. Her successful business approach led to her being honored by the Dallas Business Journal as one of Dallas’ Top 25 Women in Business.

Before establishing the company in 1999, she spent 20 years managing events for the Dallas-based global technology conglomerate─ Electronic Data Systems (EDS). While at EDS, she discovered Nando Parrado, a heroic survivor of the 1972 Andes plane crash. Parrado signed an exclusive agreement with Davis as her efforts convinced him to share his story after so many years. This partnership with Parrado eventually anchored the creation of GDA Speakers. Davis is credited with bringing Parrado's harrowing experience to life in The New York Times best-selling book, Miracle in the Andes. In addition, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Andes crash, his story will be told through the upcoming Netflix movie, The Snow Society.

Wondering how she has managed to remain successful? Listen here for her COVID story:

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