I was in Denver two winters ago for an oil/gas conference - which was next door at the convention center. My friend's daughter was a keynote speaker staying in the same hotel for one of her conventions. They whole hotel was full of people who did emergency planning. That kind of gathering would be a hell of place for her to start.She referred to organizations that can't complete their mission because they have a catastrophic lack of funding. That would rule out both the Red Cross and FEMA, wouldn't it?
Great suggestion about conventions, that's a great way to get known in any field!