About Segar Consulting

Adrian Segar has been designing, organizing, and facilitating conferences for over thirty years. Until a few years ago, his conference work coexisted alongside a variety of other professions, including research in elementary particle physics, co-owning and managing a solar manufacturing company, teaching computer science, and a long spell as an independent information technology consultant (see the resume below).

In 2007, Adrian switched to working full-time on the design, organization, and facilitation of participant-driven conferences. Since the publication of his book Conferences That Work: Creating Events That People Love in 2009 he has become an energetic champion for participant-driven and participation-rich meetings that uncover and satisfy actual attendees needs for relevant content, education, answers, and connections.

Adrian was named one of The 68 Most Innovative People in Events by BizBash Magazine, and one of The Top 10 Event Professionals Worth Knowing on Social Media. Articles about him have appeared in many event magazines and blogs, including Meetings & Conventions Magazine, BizBash Magazine, and PCMA Convene Magazine. He writes regularly on event design and other issues on his blog.

Adrian is the President of two non-profits: edACCESS and the Marlboro School Association. He is a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute, and served for six years as a board member and treasurer of United Way of Windham County. He lives with his wife Celia in Marlboro, Vermont, and especially loves to sing, dance, and hang out with his three grandchildren.


1992 - present Peer conference organization and facilitation
1983 - 2007 Independent information technology consulting
1983 - 1993   Professor Computer Science, Marlboro College, VT
1981 - present Conference organization and facilitation
1978 - 1983  Co-owner and general manager, Solar Alternative, Brattleboro, VT
1977 - 1978       Research Associate, Department of High Energy Physics, Tufts University, Boston, MA
1973 - 1977  Ph.D. High Energy Elementary Particle Physics, University College, London, England
1970 - 1973     B.A. Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, England