Our Team

Ashley Baptise CEO

Ashley Baptiste

With over 16 years’ experience in the conference business, Ashley Baptiste has a strong background in ensuring all conference and workshop participants gain value from their experience. Her work in conference production, marketing, sponsorship sales, on-site event management and customer service guides her focus to facilitate engagement of all participants, not only with the content being presented, but with other attendees, solution providers, media partners, and speakers. Email Ashley: Ashley@ConferencesConnect.com Ms. Baptiste finds fulfillment from the gratitude expressed by attendees for the rich learning experiences she facilitates on site, and for the network of resources participants walk away with and use for years to come. She is a dedicated professional with experience creating and managing events throughout the United States and Europe.


Gus Calabrese

Gus Calabrese CMO, COO

Starting his professional career as a Petroleum Engineer seems odd for a guy who now plans events, however. the similarities make perfect sense to Gus. Capacity, flow, logistics and attention to the details are major components of both Petroleum and event management. Gus’ event background includes some of Philadelphia’s most recognized events, The Reindeer Romp (3,000 participants), The World’s Largest Bar Crawl (15,000 participants), Xtoberfest (7,500 participants) on average over 50,000 tickets are sold to events produced by Gus.  Since early 2011 Gus has been involved with logistics for Conferences Connect. In November of 2014 Gus left the Philadelphia event scene and took on a bigger roll of strategic planning and marketing for Conference Connects. Gus looks forward to the challenge of creating engaging conferences in multiple markets.