Our

Leadership

EWC’s size and diversity are competitive strengths. EWC is agile and can respond immediately to the needs of our clients without compromising our reputation for outstanding work and first-class customer service. 

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The Shift at East West Connection is designed to demonstrate EWC’s forward motion and evolution after 30 years in business. We’re moving forward boldly with new ideas, innovation, technology, and creativity to best meet the needs of our clients. We are perfecting how our team of experienced professionals interact and counsel our clients with a focus on strategic approaches aligned with their goals and objectives. By shifting, EWC is poised for continued success and leadership in the meetings management industry.

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Ralph D. Weaver

Founding President & CEO

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The Shift focuses on the change that reflects a more holistic and strategic approach to our business. It includes solidifying our global presence to enable us to better service our clients regardless of where their stakeholders reside.

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DEBORAH A. DICKERSON

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

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At EWC we embrace change, diversity, creativity, collaboration while optimizing systems and enhancements that will continue to propel us to deliver exceptional event services – we are driven to Lead the Change, Create the Impact and Make the Shift to ensure successful business outcomes.

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ADRIENNE BRIGHT

EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT

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The Shift incorporates The EWC Institute aligning our training with our organizational goals and initiatives that delivers excellence in service to our stakeholders. The EWC Institute will focus on employee learning and development opportunities that are relevant, innovative, attuning to best industry practices within the US and globally.

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CAROL PADGETT

Vice President, Data Security Compliance & EWC Institute

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The Shift at East West Connection is designed to demonstrate EWC’s forward motion and evolution after 30 years in business. We’re moving forward boldly with new ideas, innovation, technology, and creativity to best meet the needs of our clients. We are perfecting how our team of experienced professionals interact and counsel our clients with a focus on strategic approaches aligned with their goals and objectives. By shifting, EWC is poised for continued success and leadership in the meetings management industry.

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Ralph D. Weaver

Founding President & CEO

Ralph has over 30 years of experience in meeting, planning, and corporate communications. He founded EWC in 1990 and has built the company into a diverse organization. Ralph formerly headed East West Consulting, which specialized in marketing communications and public relations. He was director of marketing communications for Johnson & Johnson where he managed marketing and communications programs for the pharmaceutical sector. At Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ralph was Manager of Public Affairs, Consumer and Healthcare.

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The Shift focuses on the change that reflects a more holistic and strategic approach to our business. It includes solidifying our global presence to enable us to better service our clients regardless of where their stakeholders reside.

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Deborah A. Dickerson

Chief Operating Officer

With a strong background in meeting planning, Deborah comes to EWC from American Express Meetings and Events.  Deborah is uniquely qualified to lead the meeting planning team as she has served in various leadership/operational capacities across our industry.    She is a results-driven professional with 20+ years of experience in global operations management, global leadership, strategic meetings management, and project management.   Included in her remit was the opportunity to influence the strategic direction and implementation of a large pharmaceutical company’s Global Meetings Management program.  Deborah was also afforded the opportunity to manage and support the meeting activity driven by the C-Suite of American Express and other business verticals.

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At EWC we embrace change, diversity, creativity, collaboration while optimizing systems and enhancements that will continue to propel us to deliver exceptional event services – we are driven to Lead the Change, Create the Impact and Make the Shift to ensure successful business outcomes. 

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Adrienne Bright

Executive Vice President

Adrienne has been affiliated with East West Connection since 1990. She has held various management positions at the company ranging from new business development to managing sales incentive programs. Adrienne currently oversees the company’s Quality Initiative that ensures the highest standards are met at all times. Adrienne also works with government agencies on new business opportunities.

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The Shift incorporates The EWC Institute aligning our training with our organizational goals and initiatives that delivers excellence in service to our stakeholders. The EWC Institute will focus on employee learning and development opportunities that are relevant, innovative, attuning to best industry practices within the US and globally.

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Carol Padgett

Vice President, Data Security Compliance & EWC Institute

Carol brings over 21 years of experience in all aspects of meeting and event management. Carol has led the planning of and has managed and executed conventions, medical education meetings, consumer programs, sales meetings, Advisory Board Meetings, Association Meetings and Incentive Trips. Carol has a reputation for excellence and attention to detail. Using a hands-on approach and leading by example, Carol builds strong relationships with clients, supplier partners, and local industry. Prior to joining East West Connection, Carol worked for Hosts New Orleans.

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I relish spending time with friends and family.

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Cheryl Salley

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Cheryl has 19 years of corporate experience in event planning and project management. Cheryl has successfully organized multiple planning projects simultaneously while working as a Meetings and Events Manager for UC The Source, Inc. Previously at Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cheryl served as a Resource Manager where she was responsible for contract negotiations for over 60 domestic and international meetings annually. In addition, Cheryl served as the lead planner for Medical Education programs planning Advisory Board Meetings, its Speakers Bureau and Investigator Meetings.

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I enjoy cooking and baking with my family, and just spending time with them. I still contemplate going to law school one day. I am a youth adviser for senior high students and love being their mentor.

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LINDA GULDNER

HUMAN RESOURCES & OFFICE MANAGER

Linda has a distinguished career specializing in Human Resources and Office Management. Prior to joining EWC, Linda served as Office Manager for Ike Brothers Transport of Long Valley, NJ. For nine years, Linda was Human Resources and Payroll Manager for Gateway Outdoor Advertising where she was responsible for managing human resources in nine national offices planning corporate functions and events, coordinating community outreach, and overseeing corporate giving.

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I love all things wellness – yoga, mindfulness and finding alternative ways to make not so healthy foods healthier. I do love sweets and know it’s all about finding the right balance. I believe all of these cultivate a powerful attitude. When I’m in a positive mental state, I’m my best for myself and everyone else. Mindset is everything!

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AMANDA HARTMAN

STRATEGIC ACCOUNT MANAGER

Amanda joined EWC with 10+ years of corporate meeting planning experience. Her primary focus has been in the Strategic Meetings Management Program (SMMP) sector for pharmaceutical clients. She has experience in project management, account management and leading a logistics planning team. She is a customer-centric, strategic and process-minded individual with a bigger-picture focus. Her professional passion is effectiveness and efficiency in an empowering and supportive environment.

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I am committed to understanding the needs of my customers and I believe this comes through in my warm yet professional demeanor and I strive to provide concierge level service to our clients.

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SANDRA HEATER

SENIOR PROGRAM MANAGER

Sandra Heater is a Program Manager who partners with our clients to execute patient educational based programs that bring people together to form a close personal and business connection and to help facilitate understanding about disease states through a patient perspective. After spending nearly two decades in corporate accounting and administration, Sandra strives to understand the client’s needs and to deliver and exceed their expectations.

SPIRO YULIS

INNOVATION AND TECHNOLOGY

Spiro Yulis leads EWC’s Innovation and Technology Division.  Over the past 15 years, Spiro has supported life science and pharmaceutical companies with the application of new technologies to solve their organizational and marketing needs. At EWC, he evaluates and applies technologies that help to improve meeting planning efficiencies and enhance the attendee experience at live and virtual events.  Spiro possesses extensive experience leading teams that develop and deploy custom software solutions for the pharmaceutical industry – and applies a current knowledge of OIG, OPDP, and digital privacy guidelines.

ANNIE PRIZZI

CULINARY EXPERT

Celebrated for her reign of culinary catering excellence and attention to detail, Chef Annie Prizzi is well known for her subtle fusion of classic French cooking. Chef Annie’s love of all things culinary began in her childhood kitchen where her grandmother would acquire fresh produce and meats from local shops and farmers.  As a result, she has an infectious passion for food of every kind. Her passion and adventurous spirit are what have created loyal fans around the world. Chef Annie’s passion is bringing fresh seasonal dishes that are good for the plate, the palate and the planet.

A graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, Cornell University Management Hotel and Restaurant Master’s program and the Simone Beck Cooking School in Paris, France, Chef Annie honed her skills drawing upon 17 years international experience with the iconic Windows on the World restaurant located in New York City. She refined her culinary artistry in Costa Rica where she opened her first solo venture, the renowned Annie’s Bistro, among the country’s most desirable dining experiences. Today she is the founder and owner of Pure Life Kitchen in Southwest Florida that offers wine dinners, cooking classes, and catering for special events and private parties.

Over her celebrated her career Chef Annie has earned several awards. An additional highlight of her career was cooking alongside culinary icon Chef Jean Louis of the Watergate Hotel.

DENNIS WILLIFORD

CULINARY EXPERT

Chef Dennis, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, brings more than 20 years’ experience to EWC, where he is our resident connoisseur of all things culinary. In addition to focusing on the dietary needs and desires of our clients, Dennis is our liaison with venues recommending tasty and creative food choices to appeal to the diversity of our clients and showcase food from around the world.  Dennis is not only a chef, he’s a foodie who in his spare time loves growing food and hosting his friends at dinner parties.

A graduate of the School of Visual Arts in Photography, Dennis is also an accomplished photographer.  A lover of Japanese culture, his bucket list trip is to visit Japan.