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We are honored to earn the Special Events Gala Awards’ nomination for “Best Achievement in Logistics” for our work on National Air and Space Museum’s Apollo 50: “Go For the Moon”. Thank you to the National Air and Space Museum for envisioning an out of this world program and entrusting Linder to provide project management and  logistical support for this historic program curated by 59 Productions.

2020 Special Events Gala Awards Background

The Gala Awards have been given by Special Events magazine, the premier industry publication, since 1986, when the awards honored the “top 10 events of 1985.” The awards recognize the finest work in special events worldwide.

For the 2020 Gala Awards, the magazine received entries in 21 categories from seven countries. Members of the Special Events magazine Advisory Board, made up of leaders in the event profession, review all entries to determine the nominees and winners.

The Gala Awards will be presented on March 12 at a gala ceremony at The Special Event 2020 in Las Vegas.

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

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On Sunday, April 5th, the 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service will present the sixth annual Anacostia River Festival. The River Festival welcomes guests to take a canoe out and explore the river, ride in the bike parade, play lawn games with their family, and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene all for free. We are proud to support this year’s event and  the tremendous work the 11th Street Bridge Park is doing to foster community in our area. This is one of our favorite events of the year and we hope to see you there!

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Get Suited With Us

Help Us Support a Great Cause and Win

As a women-led and women-driven organization, we experience the incredible impact of women at work every single day. That’s why we’re more than excited to announce our support for Suited for Change, a local nonprofit dedicated to empowering women in the DC area by offering mentoring, job-readiness education and donations of professional attire to help women in need. This holiday season, we want to spread the awesome mission of Suited for Change – but we need your help.

Here’s How
Today through Wednesday, November 27th:

  1. Take a photo in your best professional wear.
  2. Share a story of an empowering moment you’ve had when you dressed your best.
  3. Post it and tag @LinderGlobalEvents and @SuitedForChange and use #LinderSuitedForChange

And There are Prizes…
In addition to that warm fuzzy do-good feeling you’ll get when you participate, you’ll be entered for a chance to win two tickets to the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party or a $100 cash prize! Winners will be announced on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd.

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your stories on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or LinkedIn soon!

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Our CEO Joins LGBTQ Enterprising Women Panel Discussion

LGBTQ Enterprising Women: Learning from the Past and Embracing the Future panel discussion at Keegan Theatre.

On August, 21st, the Washington Blade presented the ‘LGBTQ Enterprising Women: Learning from the Past and Embracing the Future’ panel discussion at Keegan Theatre.

Our CEO, Rebecca Linder, was among panelists including Blade Publisher and Owner Lynne Brown, Hank’s Oyster Bar Owner Jamie Leeds, Tagg Magazine Owner Ebone Bell and Pepco Senior Vice President Melissa Lavinson. CBRE Vice President and former Human Rights Campaign President Elizabeth Birch moderated the panel.

PHOTOS: LGBTQ Enterprising Women

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Congratulations to Linder Global’s Vice President of Logistics Management Services, Linda Lindamood on her acceptance into the Center for Homeland Security and Defense, Navy Postgraduate School’s Executive Leader Program.  The Executive Leaders Program provides the educational opportunity for government agencies and the private sector to collaborate and develop the strategies, policies and organizational elements needed to combat extremist and terrorism in the United States.

The application process and acceptance into the Executive Leaders Program is highly competitive.  The Executive Leaders Program is primarily offered to local, state, tribal and federal government agencies with only two (2) private sector seats allotted per class.  The selection process is an arduous task.  Thousands of applications are submitted annually but only thirty (30) participants are selected per program.  Most importantly, applicants must demonstrate how their individual and professional acumen will contribute to enhancing the homeland security enterprise.

Linda served as event lead for Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum‘s “Go For the Moon“.  Photo by Juan Carlos.

The event industry has historically been a soft target for terrorism.  The tragedies in Vegas, Orlando, and Manchester, have caused a paradigm shift in how event professionals and stakeholders address safety and security planning for large scale public events. Event professionals must place greater focus on prevention planning, risk reduction and resilience.  Linda has spent several years bridging the communication deficit and breaking down private sector silos between event stakeholders, government agencies and emergency managers which is paramount to ensuring that all participants better understand each other’s roles and responsibilities.

Linda is the first event industry professional to be accepted into this prestigious program.  Linda has expressed the desire to share the knowledge she gleans from her participation with event industry professionals and stake holders.

The Linder Global Team is very proud of Linda and thankful to the Center for Homeland Security and Defense, Navy Postgraduate School for affording Linda the privilege of participating in the Executive Leaders Program.  Talk about “Making Your Mark”!!!!!!


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National Air and Space Museum’s Apollo 50: “Go for the Moon”

The National Air and Space Museum's Apollo 50: "Go for the Moon"

This once in a lifetime opportunity to see a 363 foot rocket projected onto the Washington Monument is finally here! For five nights, beginning July 16th through July 20th 2019,  the Washington Monument will transform into a Saturn V rocket bound for the Moon.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, and the moment Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin were launched in orbit, The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum designed a stunning light show with viewing areas available on the National Mall between the Smithsonian Castle and National Museum of Natural History.

From Tuesday, July 16 to Thursday July 18 between 9:30 PM and 11:30PM, a static image of the 363 Saturn V rocket will be projected on the east side of the Washington Monument, facing the Capitol building.

At 10:56 p.m. EST on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon where he said the famous words “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind”. The countdown to this historic event will be recreated on Saturday July 20, 2019. Starting Friday night, July 19 and Saturday night, July 20th, the launch will come to life with a full-motion projection blending footage of the original launch and Moon landing with artwork in a 17-minute event titled “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon”. The show will run both nights at 9:30 PM, 10:30 PM, and 11:30 PM and will feature supporting screens, including a 40 foot recreation of the Kennedy Space Center countdown clock and giant speakers to project sound.

The historic presentation of “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon,” conceived and commissioned by the National Air and Space Museum, was made possible by a unanimous, bipartisan joint resolution of Congress, sponsored by the Smithsonian Board of Regents and signed by President Donald J. Trump. For the first time in history, stunning projection mapping is featured on the face of a monument!

Each show day, over 25,000 are expected to be on the Mall to witness the presentation. Behind the excitement was a significant amount of planning to keep the Washington Mall safe and enjoyable for the thousands to celebrate. Linder is proud to provide event and logistics management for the National Air and Space Museum’s presentation of “Apollo 50: Go for the Moon”, curated by 59 productions.

Though highly anticipated, the show on the Washington Monument is not the only way that Apollo 11’s mission can be celebrated this week, in fact, there is much to experience during the day! The National Air and Space Museum is hosting an Apollo 50 Festival on the Mall July 18-20 from 9 AM to 5 PM on July 18th and 19th and 9 AM to 8 PM on July 20th. At the Apollo 50 Festival’s stage, visitors can enjoy hands-on exhibits from exhibitors like NASA, Boeing, Raytheon, and The LEGO Group,  live performances on stage by Ready, Jet, Go! and exciting speakers including Adam Savage, ISS astronauts, and NASA scientists and engineers. In collaboration with the National Air and Space Museum, Linder is proudly providing project management and exhibitor support for the Festival.

Planning to join the celebration, visit the Air and Space Museum’s website and text Apollo50GO to 888777 for live updates on the days of the shows!

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In Deep Time: Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall

In Deep Time: Smithsonian's New Fossil Hall

The David H. Koch Hall of Fossils – Deep Time Grand Opening at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History on Saturday, June 8, 2019.

After a 5 year renovation, the David H. Koch Hall of Fossils made its dramatic reappearance to the public on Saturday, June 8, 2019. The new wing spans 31,000 feet and has a 35-foot-long, 65-million-year-old T. rex as the centerpiece of the new hall—displayed in its entirety for the first time. The exhibition underwent some major changes and now highlights the connections among ecosystems, climate, and evolution and the impact we will have on the future. Thousands of people were able to experience millions of years of history and gaze in awe at more than 700 beautifully displayed fossils. The opening weekend featured special programming and hands-on activities that included informational talks with the museum’s paleontologists, and examining real fossils.

Linder was honored to support the team at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History with registration, show calling, and staging managing for the unveiling of the Public Opening Ceremony and the Members Preview Gala.

Read more about this internationally acclaimed exhibition in CNNUSA TodayWashingtonian, and  The Washington Post.

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More Praise for National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party

Pink Tie Party earns several accolades over one month since the big event

Pink Tie Party is the official kick off to the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s month-long schedule of events. This stylish, see and be seen party sets the tone for the season and raises funds to support the Cherry Blossom Festival programming throughout the spring. The party was hosted at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center and featured a Silent Auction, food highlighting DC’s culinary scene with local restaurants and chefs, sponsorship lounges, live entertainment and art, and over-the-top-decor. One of the many activations features a server on a glammed-out tricycle serving drinks to guests. The act provided by Skylark Creative Group is called the “Pedal n’ Pour Penny-farthing”.

This year’s party created lots of buzz from the onset and continues to receive accolades from news sources like BizBash. You can spot the Pink Tie Party in articles like In Bloom: 19 Highlights From the National Cherry Blossom Festival, Projection Mapping: 3 Important Considerations, and last week’s 10 Best Ideas of the Week.

Linder managed the pre-planning and logistics of this glamorous event.

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The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade

The 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade hit DC’s iconic Constitution Ave. This springtime tradition is one of the grandest events of the month long National Cherry Blossom Festival. Highlights included marching bands, elaborate floats, and enormous helium balloons, including Brainy Smurf escorted by the Linder Team!

The parade was led by Grand Marshal Anthony Anderson, star of ABC’s black-ish, and featured performances by Todrick Hall, Cece Peniston, Rayshun LaMarr, Christina Wells, the Washington Redskins Cheerleaders and so many more! The parade had 5,000 participants while over 100,000 attended in person (double the projected 50,000 attendees) and thousands more watched as it was nationally televised. Linder has sponsored, produced, and handled logistics for the parade for over a decade and are a proud partner of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

See more event coverage below:

Inside the annual Cherry Blossom Parade by ABC 7 News

National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade wows crowd of 100,000 by ABC 7 News

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Linder One of the 2018 Women Who Mean Business

Washington Business Journal

Read the full story in the Washington Business Journal and see Rebecca’s profile.

The Washington Business Journal announced that Rebecca Linder, Founder and CEO of Linder Global Events, is one of 28 honorees for the 2018 Women Who Mean Business awards program. Now in its 15th year, the program saw a record number of nearly 400 nominations.

Honorees are selected by an outside panel of judges comprised of Women Who Mean Business alumni and Washington Business Journal staff. The final honorees are chosen based on criteria including commitment to community service, strong leadership skills and continuing success in their field.

These women are joining an alumni group of more than 350 women including Nicky Goren of the Meyer Foundation, Sheila Johnson of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Sachiko Kuno of Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Jodie McLean of Edens, Susan Tynan of Framebridge, D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and more.

Watch video of Rebecca Linder as she speaks about creating inspired interactions and starting her own company.

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The Grand Opening of St. James

The St. James

Read about this amazing event in Business Insider.

The St. James Sports Complex in Springfield, Virginia, celebrated its grand opening on Saturday, September 15, 2018. The 450,000-square-foot complex is the first of its kind, boasting multiple facilities including hockey, basketball, volleyball, baseball, gymnastics, swimming, squash, golf, and a full-sized FIFA soccer field. Thousands experienced the opening event and participated in games and activities for the entire family. The day featured Mascots like G-Wiz from the NBA’s Washington Wizards and appearances from sports celebrities such as former Redskins player Darrell Green and Alex Ovechkin, captain of the Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals.

Linder was honored to plan and manage the grand opening celebration.

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The Economic Club of Washington

The Washington Hilton

Watch a video of the entire interview or read about it in the Wall Street Journal.

On September 13th the Economic Club of Washington hosted it’s annual meeting at the Washington HIlton.  This year, 1400 business leader’s and politicians turned out to hear Carlyle Group Founder David Rubenstein interview Jeff Bezos, creator of Amazon and the owner of the Washington Post.  The far ranging conversation touched on Bezos’s philosophies on business, entrepreneurship and the importance of the free press.  It was covered by more than 20 television and news outlets and in stories and posts from across the country and around the world.

Linder Global handled all logistics and planning for this prestigious event.


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MLB Assembly

The Wharf

WASHINGTON, D.C. – JULY 15: A general view of the bats outside the MLB Assembly at the Wharf on Sunday, July 15, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

See the coverage in BizBash.

MLB Assembly was an inaugural, multi-day pop-up event that showcased designers, artists, musicians, and athletes in an exhibit curated by the league. The event took place from July 13 to 16 at District Pier at the Wharf in Washington during M.L.B. All-Star Week. Field by Snarkitecture, an interactive architectural installation made of baseball bats and wooden billets, was on display outside the venue.

Linder was proud to be brought onto project manage The Assembly by the event creator and curator, DMA United

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The Inn at Little Washington 40th Anniversary Gala

George Washington's Mt. Vernon

Read about this fabulous celebration in The Washington Post and Washingtonian Magazine.

This June, the legendary Inn at Little Washington and its Chef/Founder Patrick O’Connell celebrated four decades of superlative service and extraordinary dining with a gala celebration at George Washington’s Mt. Vernon.  The lavish event took place at four locations across the property and featured a cocktail reception with caviar station, fife and drum corps, seated dinner, and dessert reception on the lawn overlooking the Potomac River.  The evening ended with fireworks.

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Halcyon By The People Festival

5 Event Hubs Across D.C.

Read about it at The Washington Business Journal and on WTOP and DC Line.

Halcyon’s By the People Festival is Washington’s new international arts and dialogue festival.  From June 21-24 the festival took place at five major locations scattered across the city and focused on the themes of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.   Linder worked with Halycon as a production partner and sponsor to create a full-on arts takeover of Washington during the extravaganza, with interactive visual art installations, performances ranging from ballet to go-go, high-profile speakers, and an augmented reality art hunt.

Bringing a project of this scale to from creative spark to reality is no easy task, especially in its first year. Linder leveraged longstanding relationships with over 20 vendor-partners to help Halcyon bring their vision to life. We managed each venue, all technical production, load in, load out, health and safety, catering, as well as organizing and supervising a fleet of shuttle buses to connect guests from all of DC’s Wards to the festival hubs.

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USA Science and Engineering Festival

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The USASEF was featured on NBC.

This year’s USA Science and Engineering Festival welcomed a record number of visitors – over 385,000 people over 3 days – to the Washington Convention Center making it one of the largest events in the country.

Some of the highlights:
• 3,000+ hands on activities
• 50+ live performances by science celebrities, explorers, best-selling authors,
entrepreneurs and world-renowned experts
• 650+ participating organizations
• 2,000+ participating schools
• 600+ volunteers

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National Cherry Blossom Festival

Ronald Reagan International Trade Center

Read The Washington Post’s coverage of the event.

Linder was once again honored to be planning arm of the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Pink Tie Party for the 5th consecutive year.  This official kick off to the Cherry Blossom season combines music, performances and food stations from local restaurants with fashion.  More than 900 guests danced the night away.  The Linder Team worked arm in arm to create a new color palette and layout for this popular event.

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Washington Area Women’s Foundation

GirlsLEAD Summit at UDC

Read the Washington Informer coverage.

Congratulations to the Washington Area Women’s Foundation on the success of their inaugural Girls LEAD Summit. The all-day event for young women and girls between the ages of 12-24 was held at the University of the District of Columbia. Award-winning journalist, media personality and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, Elaine Welteroth, served as the keynote speaker.

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National Museum for African American History and Culture

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Photo © Tony Powell. NMAAHC Dedication Ceremony. September 24, 2016

Read the story in The Washington Post.

Since it’s establishment by and Act of Congress in 2003, the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) has created a critical portal through which to view America’s history.  Over the course of four years, Linder managed the production and execution of more than 17 opening events.

On September 24, 2016, Linder and NMAAHC welcomed supporters to celebrate and commemorate freedom on the anniversary of three defining milestones in African American History: the 150th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 13th Amendment, 150th Anniversary of the End of the Civil War, and the 50th Anniversary of the Passage of the Voting Rights Act.


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