IJM: 2018 Gathering

event director

A two-part event celebrating IJM’s 20th Anniversary, bringing together 1,000 global staff making it the largest gathering of international abolitionists in history.

September 30-October 5th, 2018

Led strategic planning and execution for both events; Liberate and Together. Managed global travel efforts for all 1,000 IJM Staff. Main liaison for all internal IJM divisions (global advancement, global security, global technology solutions, justice operations), twenty- five international field and partner offices, and executive leadership for the full development of the Gathering. Managed a 28-person pre-event team across events and global travel in addition to a125-person onsite team.


Together: One Team, One Fight

A five-day immersive retreat for 1,000 IJM staff . Our team led all event operations (housing, transportation, translation services, child care, meals, medical/security) live programming, special events, wellness and experience elements. Including a House of Shalom which provided onsite counseling opportunities by the Rest Initiative - and a 10,000 square foot immersive gallery installation highlighting the history of IJM’s 20 year work. All design and printed assets were executed by the team for onsite experience.

Director of Programming & Experience: John Pritchard

Operations Director: Jennifer Hill

Operations Manager: Christen Bohanon

Partners: Cru, Sky Ranch, The Rest Initiative, Manmade


Liberate: A Global Gathering to End Slavery

Provided full operations and hospitality for 1,000 IJM staff attendance (A two-day 5,000-person mobilization event). Including housing, meals, design, communications, airport arrival, transportation, security, child care, volunteers, welcome events, translation services.

Operations Director: Thomas Moore

Operations Manager: Tiffany Kretler

Operations Assistant: Savannah Becknell


Global Travel Management

Our team managed global travel efforts for all 1,000 IJM Staff traveling from 18 countries; securing 472 B1 Non-Immigrant US Visas, booked 40 international group and 100+ individual flights.

Global Travel Director: Ann Chow

Global Travel Coordinators: Georgia Bauer, Maddie Andreassai, Anna Bray

Vendor: BCD Travel