When Centrifuge first called me for an opportunity to emcee a virtual event in late 2020, I was just a few months removed from my nearly 7-year career in television news and was actively hunting for my post-journalism adventure.

“A virtual event? Sounds interesting,” I told Jack McDonald and Chris Dahnke over the phone. I had never emceed a virtual event before, but I knew my TV news experience would come in handy (they did, too).

At the time I had no idea just how much my background as a reporter and anchor would be utilized over the course of that four-day product launch. And now, I can’t imagine a successful virtual (or hybrid) event of any kind without an emcee, particularly someone with a background like mine. A bold and self-promoting statement, I know – but hear me out.