"Marcia is - in a word or two - just great! She is just about the only person I've worked with who exceeded my expectations
and even my hopes in every way. She grasped what I wanted to do. She found ways to do it- with limited resources. She
anticipated, filled in the blanks, improvised and always got a 110% result for me. She did so not only for what was clearly
within the expected scope of her work but for anything else the came up and needed attention. She took responsibility
not just for her part of the conference but for the success of the conference as a whole; and as a result of her willingness
to stretch it was a great success. She is also fantastic with people (she recruited an entire team of volunteers for us, solo).
She understands the nuances of logistics and pricing and works extremely well with venue staff and service providers.
And she has impeccable taste - in food, wine, decor, layout and printed materials -, among other things. I was very
fortunate to have Marcia as the organizer and majordomo for my conference, and I certainly plan to have her
for all my conferences in the future."
Director, Quantified Self
"Marcia made our first Quantified Self conference a huge success while keeping everything calm and positive.
She took care of every last detail, and she was always very willing to adapt and accommodate to our needs.
Her communication with everyone involved in the conference was consistently supportive and respectful.
Marcia does amazing work, all with a smile. We will definitely be working with her again!"
Co-Founder, Quantified Self
"Marcia's calm, expert leadership in managing our conference logistics allows us to focus on the program,
knowing that every detail will flow smoothly. Marcia leads most of the work related to the facility,
including selection and contracts. She manages set-up, catering, and registration, and she has
worked closely with us on special requirements, such as healthy fresh food for every meal.
We LOVE working with her."
President, Foresight Institute
"For years I've relied entirely on Marcia to handle virtually all the logistics for our conferences, including
venue evaluation, contract negotiations, speaker travel, designing programs and signage, selecting
menus, estimating meal counts (more important than it may sound!), and supervising the event
on-site. She's extremely organized, handles detail with ease, and has one of the highest
personal energy levels I've ever seen. She's a "killer negotiator" and has been great
at producing high-quality meetings at the lowest possible budget. And speaking
personally, I've found her a joy to work with."
Jim Von Ehr
"Marcia was my marketing interface with the Foresight Conferences - signing me up as a sponsor,
and making sure I saw value for that sponsorship money once at the conference. She is the
epitome of "vivacious" - full of energy, upbeat, and well connected. She was usually the first
person I said hello to, and often the last I said goodbye to when attending the conferences,
and always in the hallways during the conference, making sure things went smoothly,
or fixing things that weren't going well.
I can heartily recommend getting her involved throughout the conference process - she is excellent!"
J. Fraser Stoddart
Director of the California NanoSystems Institute
11th Foresight Conference Keynote Speaker
"First of all, let me congratulate you on pulling off another miracle in conference organization. Your
choice of venue, as you know, met with my enthusiastic approval - easy to get to and delightful
on reaching. I congratulated quite a few of the hotel staff. I found them to be unusually helpful
and extremely pleasant. I am sure that it was no accident and that your eye for quality and
professionalism played a considerable part in the choice of the venue. Your organization of
the tutorial session and what little I saw of the main conference left me in awe of your
achievements. Attention to detail and your personal involvement make what you do
simply perfect. Thank you!"
Professor of Chemistry
North Carolina State University
"It was my pleasure to co-organize a conference with Marcia Seidler. Her attention to detail and
her excellent organization skills enhanced every feature of the conference and significantly
increased the impact that the science had on the attendees. I strongly recommend her."
Senior Research Officer - Professor of Chemistry
National Institute for Nanotechnology & Department of Chemistry
National Research Council & the University of Alberta
"Marcia Seidler is a joy to work with. Her brilliant organizational skills, marvelous personality and
rich experience make her the best conference organizer I have ever met."