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Featured Event Leader: Kimberly Doell, CMP

Featured Event Leader: Kimberly Doell, CMP

Serving on the International Live Events Association (ILEA) Rhode Island Board for six years in a row, being a finalist in the BizBash Event Style Awards and now, serving as President of her ILEA chapter, it’s no doubt Kimberly Doell, CMP, has made her mark on the...
Your Story Blog Series: Carleigh Dworetzky

Your Story Blog Series: Carleigh Dworetzky

When Carleigh Dworetzky first began her career in the hospitality industry, she had no idea her career would undergo such an impressive transformation, taking her to a career in food and beverage and then landing her as the Convention Strategy Manager at Destination...
Your Story Blog Series: Jennifer Davidson

Your Story Blog Series: Jennifer Davidson

Jennifer Davidson is the Founder and Managing Director of Sleek Events, a boutique events agency with an impressive roster of clients including Amazon Business, Looker and one of the largest cloud platforms in the world. Jennifer got her start in the events industry...
Your Story Blog Series: Courtney Lohmann, CMP

Your Story Blog Series: Courtney Lohmann, CMP

When Courtney began her journey towards a career in events, the most relevant degree she could achieve was in Recreation & Leisure Services Administration with an emphasis in Special Events from The Florida State University. Since then, the events world has...
Your Story Blog Series: MarrLa Merritt

Your Story Blog Series: MarrLa Merritt

Event Leadership Institute and Montclair State University alum, MarrLa Merritt, has had quite the prosperous career in events. How did MarrLa get her start in the industry and where is she today? MarrLa shares, “I began working in events during an internship with...
Your Story Blog Series: Caroline Kay

Your Story Blog Series: Caroline Kay

Caroline Kay has done it all, from Conference & Events Director, to serving as COO at a leadership development consulting company, and most recently, opening her own event management firm, C.KAY International. Today, Caroline focusses on running her business and...
Your Story Blog Series: Corinne Kessel, CSEP

Your Story Blog Series: Corinne Kessel, CSEP

Corinne Kessel, CSEP is the Principal of Greenscape Design & Décor, a company that specializes in interior plantscaping and greenery-centric event design. Having worked in the business since 2004, Corinne’s career has grown from administrative tasks to business...
Your Story Blog Series: Kate Bullard

Your Story Blog Series: Kate Bullard

Kate Bullard is an Events Manager at Baker McKenzie, the second-largest international law firm across the globe. Based out of London, Kate has nurtured and grown her career through the ranks from legal PA and event coordinator to management. “I’ve worked in the...
Your Story Blog Series: Michelle Rees

Your Story Blog Series: Michelle Rees

It didn’t take long for it to become apparent that Michelle Rees’ career in law wasn’t the right fit even after studying a degree in criminology and law. So, she set out on a path to find her passions and to discover a career path that would be a better fit to her...
Your Story Blog Series: Helen Moon

Your Story Blog Series: Helen Moon

It’s Helen Moon’s role as a PA at an advertising and marketing agency that ignited her career in events. Today, Helen is an accomplished UK-based event leader, CEO & Founder of EWL Club and the Managing Director of EventWell. But that’s not all. Helen is also the...
Your Story Blog Series: Annette Naif

Your Story Blog Series: Annette Naif

Annette Naif has been an event producer for over thirty years, and has owned her own business, Naif Productions LLC, for the past seven. Armed with a BS in Business Management and Marketing, Annette started her career in events working at Sebastian International. Over...
Your Story Blog Series: Christy Lamagna

Your Story Blog Series: Christy Lamagna

Christy Lamagna, CMP, CMM, and CTSM is an accomplished professional speaker, event industry coach and mentor, instructor, and the CEO and Master Strategist of Strategic Meetings & Events. However, like many others, her start in events came indirectly. For Christy,...
Your Story Blog Series: Stephanie Gatton

Your Story Blog Series: Stephanie Gatton

With a background in creative writing and theatre, Stephanie’s start in the events industry was not traditional. However, it’s clear her creative background helped propel her career planning events. Stephanie is the Assistant Director of Special Events at The...
Your Story Blog Series: Annie Leroux

Your Story Blog Series: Annie Leroux

Annie Leroux knew she had stumbled upon a passion for events when she found herself responsible for planning her first large-scale event during an internship. Today, Annie has worked her way up in the industry and is a Senior Event Planner of Global Events at The...
Your Story Blog Series: Christina Taylor

Your Story Blog Series: Christina Taylor

Armed with over 20 years of experience in the industry, Christina Taylor is the President and Owner of TaylorMade Experience (TME), a full-service consultancy that specializes in event management, business management, fundraising, and more. Christina started her...
Your Story Blog Series: Brandi Carson

Your Story Blog Series: Brandi Carson

From a career in project management to interning at the White House, Brandi Carson has had her fair share of dynamic and challenging experiences. Today, Brandi is a successful business owner with a thriving wedding planning company. Brandi started her career at...
Your Story Blog Series: Will Curran

Your Story Blog Series: Will Curran

When Will Curran began to DJ in high school, he had no idea his fun gig would end up transforming into a wildly successful production business, Endless Events. Today, Endless boasts an impressive roster of clients, from Uber and Emerald City Comicon to Bud Light and...
Your Story Blog Series: Mia Monroe

Your Story Blog Series: Mia Monroe

This blog is the first in the Event Leadership Institute’s new blog series called Your Story. Each Your Story blog will feature an insightful interview with an event leader about their challenges, triumphs, and career experiences.  — While going into the...
Event Leaders Interview | Bruce Henderson from Jack Morton

Event Leaders Interview | Bruce Henderson from Jack Morton

About The Video Bruce Henderson, Chief Creative Officer at Jack Morton Worldwide shares his experience getting into the events industry and how having passion helps drive your career. He also shares tips for students interested in getting into the industry. About...
ELI Featured Planner: Jeff Kalpak

ELI Featured Planner: Jeff Kalpak

Howard Givner, Executive Director of ELI, sat down with Jeff Kalpak, President of Barkley Kalpak Agency, to find out more about his career in the event industry. Jeff has over 25 years experience in the industry and runs Barkley Kalpak Agency (BKA) based out of New...

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