Autism Speaks meetings and events NYC

Autism Speaks: Meetings and Events

Learn about our work on the Autism Speaks Celebrity Chef Gala here. 

Seventh Annual World Focus on Autism

September 25, 2014

The Seventh Annual World Focus on Autism “Innovations that Change the World” was held during the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. Nearly 40 first spouses and high-level guests from around the world attended the meeting. The program included emcee Antonio Mora, host of Consider This on Al Jazeera, presentations by Mrs. Ban Soon-taek, co-founders Suzanne and Bob Wright and Ned Sahin, the neuroscientist working on Google Glass applications for those on the spectrum, and the second Global Autism Achievement Award presented to Dr. Liri Berisha. Events with Ginger & Co. were brought on two months in advance to provide meeting and event planning services, including the logistics and planning timeline, vendor, venue and volunteer coordination and on-site management.

Autism Speaks Meetings and Events Events with Ginger & Co. World Focus

Sixteenth Annual Winged Foot Celebrity Golf Challenge

June 16, 2014

This star-studded event at the Winged Foot championship Golf Club has raised more than $10 million since its inception. We were on hand for this year’s event to help with auction descriptions and display sheets, journal ads, guest communications, volunteer and on-site management. Visit the Autism Speaks website to view photos from the event.

Global Autism Advocacy Leadership Network Meetings and Events

May 21-23, 2014
April 22-24, 2012

Autism Speaks brought together international autism advocates for networking and shared learning opportunities. Arrangements were made for travelers from 12 countries in 2012 and 25 countries in 2014, in addition to the logistics for the meeting and welcome reception at the conference hotel and an off-site dinner. Priorities for the meetings and events included managing a strict budget and coordinating dozens of presentations to take place over a short time period. Click here for Autism Speaks’ review of the 2012 event.

Autism Speaks Meetings and Events Events with Ginger & Co. ALN 2014


It was an absolute pleasure working with Ginger and her colleagues at Events with Ginger. Events with Ginger planned our Advocacy Leadership Network meeting at Autism Speaks in both 2012 and 2014. Both events were incredibly well-organized, managed with great detail, and were terrific successes! I was particularly impressed with their flexibility throughout the events and their willingness and ability to meet our needs and those of our guests.

—Amy Daniels, PhD, Assistant Director of Public Health Research
Autism Speaks, May 2014

Autism Speaks Meetings and Events Events with Ginger & Co. ALN 2012


It was a pleasure to work with you guys. You gave us the opportunity to network with our guests by handling all the logistics and details. A big plus for us.

—Andy Shih, Chief Science Officer
Autism Speaks, April 2012

Employment Think Tank

June 12-13, 2012

Autism Speaks brought together 40 business leaders and people affected by autism for their first Employment Think Tank to identify and prioritize the needs and challenges surrounding employment for adults with autism.  Events with Ginger & Co. assisted with this meeting by coordinating travel and hotel arrangements for the out-of-town guests. For Autism Speaks’ blog post about the event, click here.


Thank you so much for all of your help throughout the planning process and execution of this event! You were so professional, organized and efficient, and it made everyone’s experience (especially mine!) so much more enjoyable and productive. I am so glad that we had you both to lean on. I really appreciate how accessible and communicative you were from beginning to end. It was truly a pleasure working with you both, and I look forward to the opportunity to do it again soon!

—Lisa Goring, Vice President, Family Services
Autism Speaks, June 2012

Advanced Screening of Disney PIXAR’s “CARS 2”

June 11, 2011

In less than eight weeks, Events with Ginger & Co. created the budget, drafted the invitation, and handled the gift distribution and all volunteer outreach for this exclusive screening of “CARS 2” that was presented by John Ratzenberger. On-site, Events with Ginger & Co. coordinated the volunteers and helped ensure the execution of the event went smoothly.

Tri-State Corporate Committee’s Inaugural Gala Dinner

April 15, 2011

For this event honoring David Penski, President of Zenith Media at Chelsea Piers in New York City, Events with Ginger & Co. organized the guest list, drafted the invitation, program and auction package descriptions and executed the event planning timeline, including venue and production relations, on-site staffing and volunteer roles and auction check-out. This event opened doors into the corporate community to garner corporate support for the Walk Now for Autism Speaks program.

Autism Speaks Meetings and Events Events with Ginger & Co. Journal

Autism Speaks Meetings and Events Events with Ginger & Co. Silent Auction

Autism Speaks Meetings and Events Events with Ginger & Co. Gala Dinner


Ginger was the key person for organizing and executed our inaugural gala event for the Autism Speaks Tri-State Corporate Committee. She came on from the initial onset of the project and managed the event logistics and made it look so effortless so that the Corporate Committee members could focus on it’s goal to raise awareness in the NY Tri-State business community and raise over $400,000. In my opinion, she has been an tremendous asset to our Committee and I highly recommend her skills and services to others who want nothing less than a perfect event.

—Salvatore A. Collemi, CPA – Chair
Autism Speaks Tri-State Corporate Committee, April 2011

Face-Off for a Cure

March 21, 2011

The guest list and volunteers were organized for this evening to benefit Autism Speaks & The Gillen Brewer School. Guests were joined at their tables by current and former NHL players.

Tip-Off for a Cure

April 14, 2010

The guest list and volunteers were organized for this evening to benefit Autism Speaks & The Gillen Brewer School. Guests were joined at their tables by current and former NBA and WBNA players.

Concert for Autism Speaks Featuring Lionel Richie

March 30, 2008

This sold-out event, held at The Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, raised $1.8 million to benefit Autism Speaks. Host renowned journalist and author Tom Brokaw introduced speakers Donald Trump, an event co-chair along with wife Melania, followed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist, and Suzanne and Bob Wright, the co-founders of Autism Speaks. The audience was on their feet for much of the concert that featured Richie’s most beloved and acclaimed hits, both as a solo performer and as a member of the Commodores.


Ginger was a go-to person for Autism Speaks during an important time of transition in our events department. One month before our first Chef Gala, she came on board to project manage the event logistics so that the committee could focus on it’s goal to raise over $1 million. Ginger then came on board to oversee the staff roles, timeline and logistics for the $1.8 million Concert for Autism Speaks featuring Lionel Richie and was instrumental in making the entire process flow smoothly. She has been an asset to our organization and I recommend her skills and services to others.

—Glenn Tringali, Executive Vice President
Autism Speaks, April 2008

Nantucket Walk Now for Autism

August 25, 2007

Approximately 1,000 attendees experienced this $350,000 fundraiser for Autism Speaks at Jetties Beach, which included a performance by the Nantucket Theatre Workshop and speeches by Walk Chairs Suzanne and Bob Wright and Chris and Heather Kennedy. Refreshments were served and children’s activities continued during the course of the morning before the crowd enjoyed the 1.85 mile walk.


Your professionalism, skill expertise and hard work have made our foundation a better place.

—Mark Roithmayr, President
Autism Speaks, June 2007

Photo credit (top): Josh Wong Photography

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