A High Profile Visit by First Lady Michelle Obama & Maria Shriver

Quite an interesting day in San Francisco when First Lady Michelle Obama, California’s First Lady Maria Shriver, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom joined hundreds of volunteers to build a new playground at Bret Harte Elementary School. After that event, the motorcades of dignitaries traveled to the heart of downtown where they joined House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to address a packed house of over 5,000 attendees of the 2009 National Conference on Volunteering & Service.  The logistics and planning were complicated, detailed and intense (as you can imagine).  Here’s some photos from the event:


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Coming soon, look for another post here giving you the best tips for dealing with dignitaries at high profile events and how visits by the President or First Lady add an entirely new dimension to your planning efforts.  The goal is to closely coordinate with all the press and communications staff in a way that avoids any surprises and satisfies the security concerns of law enforcement.

So have you had to plan a high profile media case? Share your thoughts by commenting below. We’d love to know what you went through and what you learned!

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