BIOGRAPHIES

IRENE VAZQUEZ BRISKE | Founder

The founder and owner of World Meetings Plus, Irene Vazquez Briske transformed a home-based business into an extremely successful company supporting Clients worldwide, including IBM, Lenovo, Lexmark, Ortho McNeil and Ryerson. Irene was a service innovator in the company that launched destination management in San Francisco — one of the first applications of the field in the United States. In the 25-year history of WM+, Irene has managed hundreds of C-level programs. She recently supported IBM’s SmarterCities event in New York.

Irene’s approach to the business of service? Over-deliver on commitments. Deliver outstanding performance to every Client, regardless of size. Prove value and earn business with every assignment, every project, every contract.

Irene grew up in New York City, in Puerto Rican Harlem, and moved to San Francisco in the late 1960s. She started her career as a bi-lingual flight attendant with United Airlines, where she supported Pacific flights between California, Hawaii, Japan and Vietnam. She and her husband rescue unwanted cats in the Bay Area — all of them orange, and all named after cheeses.

Irene is fluent in English and Spanish.

JOSIANE EMORINE | Partner

With more than 25 years of experience in technical translation, database development, and online registration, Josiane Emorine is a technology innovator in meeting planning. She joined WM+ in 1998 to deploy new technologies in conference registration, and has managed hundreds of events worldwide. These include kickoff events, customer conferences, and customer advisory councils for numerous divisions of IBM, as well as IBM’s prestigious Corporate Technical Recognition Event. She directed Lenovo’s hospitality program for the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games, and manages the National University commencement ceremonies in Southern California.

Before joining WM+, Josiane served as Director of Conferences for Global Touch and its EuroChannels events in Europe. She grew up near Beaune in the Burgundy region of France, earned a master’s degree in technical translation from the University of Haute Alsace, and led numerous technology documentation projects with companies in France, Germany and the United States.

Josiane moved to San Francisco in 1992. Josiane hang glides in California; skis in France; and scuba dives in Australia, Honduras and Mexico. She is learning capoeira.

Josiane is fluent in English and French and conversational in German and Italian.