I have been very fortunate to have been an event planner for the past 18 years. Even saying 18 years makes me wonder where all that time has gone! Before becoming an event planner, I had many other jobs and experiences that I now know helped get me ready for this business. Here are some examples. I went to broadcasting school, so I was great at researching and working in groups. I worked as a server, so I have an affinity for what it
I am an optimist. I believe in silver linings and practicing gratitude. While there is no doubt this pandemic has been a massive setback, I’ve chosen to spend my downtime developing new skills and planning for the future. As such, my service offerings have now grown to include digital event planning and post pandemic compliance advice – specialties I never would have dreamed of needing in early 2020 have now become the cornerstone of
By now, the world of virtual conferences, digital events and webinars are familiar to us all. It’s become a necessary go-to strategy to keep our traditionally in person events and conferences alive throughout the pandemic. On the surface they seem simpler and more straightforward but as I’ve recently completed a Digital Events Strategist course and begun executing some of these events myself, I can tell you with certainty, this is not
Recently, I shared that I signed up and completed the Digital Event Strategist course through PCMA. It was truly an unexpected and valuable experience that I would highly recommend to my event colleagues. Before diving into my course experience, I have to be completely honest. I do not consider myself tech-savvy. I have a team helping me along with technology and would consider myself a late adopter of the idea of digital events.
Here we are just days away from the Easter Holidays and where I am (in Calgary) we're still pretty much restricted to spending the holidays this year with those in our bubble. Don’t get me wrong, I love my little bubble. But as a girl who comes from a large, loud Italian family where major holidays are spent with, you know, fifty family members, cooking for 3 still feels a little odd. Our family dinners are a pot luck of sorts, because
For years, I've had the great fortune of being an event planner with no shortage of projects, clients and things to keep me busy. But, like so many businesses, this past year has basically brought my career in events to a grinding halt. While I'm fortunate to continue working with some clients that have successfully adapted their events strategy, there's still no real replacement for the large scale experiences that have become my
What's your word? Setting Intentions in 2021... I'm not one for making dramatic new years resolutions. If I want to eat healthier or get active, I've found it's much more effective to set realistic intentions immediately. In my 20's I committed to eating healthy, a few years ago I decided to focus my efforts on balance and active living and so far all these decisions have, not only, stuck but have helped shaped my entire
Normally this time of year our calendars are jam packed with festive events and holiday lunches but, as we’ve all discussed time and time again – this year is like no other. While last week we discussed corporate gift ideas as an event substitute in how to spread Corporate Holiday Cheer During a