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Mentors

David Adler
David Adler

C.E.O. and founder, BizBash

David Adler, a lifelong media executive, is the C.E.O. and founder of BizBash, the leading trade media for the event and meeting industry. He has also been an advisor to the State Department in areas of protocol and events. Previously, he was vice president of corporate communications for Primedia and Macmillan Publishers. Upon graduating from American University, he founded, operated, and successfully sold a society and political magazine for the nation’s capital called Washington Dossier.

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Tahira Endean CMP
Tahira Endean CMP

CMP, manager of event marketing, QuickMobile

Tahira Endean is passionate about working with excellent teams to create event experiences that combine technology and the human factor. A strong believer in lifelong learning, Endean entered the industry with diplomas in event and convention management as well as adult education, and she later earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management. Endean is involved with EventCamp Vancouver, which brings together meeting and event professionals in a learning environment designed to foster sharing of best practices face-to-face, remotely through hybrid components, and by integrating mobile and an award-winning gamification element to create a fully integrated and memorable experience.

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Audrey Gordon
Audrey Gordon

owner, Audrey Gordon Parties

This “Empress of Schmooze” has made building strong relationships with clients and vendors a top priority for the past 30 years. Audrey Gordon’s charisma and networking have helped her become one of the most recognized and respected names in the industry. Her worldwide associations, positive attitude, intuitive creativity, and attention to detail enable her to design and execute quality events. She is a founding member of ISES Chicago, director emeritus of Search Foundation, an ambassador to TSE Chicago 2013, and a member of NAPW and the Chicago Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.

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Debi Lilly
Debi Lilly

chief eventeur, A Perfect Event

Entertaining and design expert and author Debi Lilly believes in elegant and easy design ideas for all. With more than 20 years of experience, her mission is to provide inspiration and education for any occasion. She shares her secrets in her new book, A Perfect Event, as well as through her seasonal e-magazine. For more than 10 years, Lilly was Oprah’s “Favorite Pro” on The Oprah Winfrey Show. She has been featured as an entertainment expert in outlets such as Martha Stewart Weddings and InStyle. In 2010, she launched an exclusive decor line with Safeway. Her client roster includes Dom Pérignon, Moët Hennessy, Bentley, Lamborghini, and Harry Winston.

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Anthony Navarro
Anthony Navarro

founder, Liven It Up Events

Anthony Navarro has been planning and coordinating events for more than a decade. A Chicago native, Navarro graduated from DePaul University and began working in a hotel, where he mastered the art of planning events and weddings. His main goal has always been to plan a memorable and meaningful event for his clients. With Liven It Up Events, he enjoys working in a variety of distinctive spaces and crafting unique events. Navarro is also the co-founder of Stand Up, Business Professionals for Marriage Equality; the co-host of the talk show "The Wedding Planners;" and the author of The Business of Becoming a Wedding Planner.

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Erin Patrick McDonald
Erin Patrick McDonald

creative director, Platinum Events

Erin Patrick McDonald has been in the design industry for more than 25 years, beginning under the tutelage of Robert Isabell in New York City and sharing design time with Renee Van Rems in California—all before landing under the wing of Bill Heffernan in Chicago. He worked his way up from a freelancer with big design houses to vice president of sales and design at Heffernan Morgan. He has designed parties for royals, presidents, celebrities, and everyone in between. His favorite events are chic, understated dinner parties where he can put his signature "grand" look on. He currently runs the design and decor division at Platinum Events.

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Noelle Provencial
Noelle Provencial

senior manager of experiential marketing and events, Groupon

Since joining the fast-growing daily deal site Groupon in 2010, Noelle Provencial has produced more than 400 events, including a 1,500-guest hangover brunch at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas; an 8,500-guest screening of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on Wrigley Field; hometown holiday parties for more than 3,000 employees; and the award-winning "Camp Groupon," a ticketed weekend-long “urban adventure” for 500 people. Provencial manages the team responsible for all experiential marketing programs in North America, bringing the loved brand to life through sponsorships, events, trade shows, and other in-market promotions. Before Groupon, Provencial co-founded PoorLittleRichGirls.com, an online lifestyle magazine for Chicago women. The Northwestern University graduate previously worked at the Fairmont Chicago.

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Heather Vickery
Heather Vickery

owner and event director, Greatest Expectations Special Events & Weddings Inc.

Heather Vickery’s background in event design, marketing, hotel sales, catering, and nonprofit event management gives her unparalleled experience in wedding and event planning. Fifteen years ago, she channeled this expertise into her own business, which has blossomed into one of Chicago’s most celebrated event planning and design firms. She has won numerous awards including the Knot’s “Best of Weddings” and the Bride’s Choice Award. Vickery founded the Chicago-based Eleven Eleven Wedding Giveawayin 2010 and recently joined the Gay Wedding Institute as a trainer. Her work has been featured in Chicago Social Brides, ChicagoStyle Weddings, and more.

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Jodi Wolf
Jodi Wolf

president, Paulette Wolf Events & Entertainment Inc.

Jodi Wolf is president of Paulette Wolf Events & Entertainment Inc., a cutting-edge national firm known for its unique combination of creative design, event management, and entertainment production. For more than 35 years, PWEE has assisted corporations and individuals in reaching their objectives through extraordinary and complex events. The agency’s client list includes the Walt Disney Company, Edelman Worldwide, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Virgin Atlantic, Harrah’s, Major League Baseball, and the Federal Reserve.

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Nicole Zenner
Nicole Zenner

senior event consultant, LK Events

Nicole has ten years of wedding and event planning experience, working in Minnesota and Chicago. Her extreme attention to detail, communication skills, and quick problem-solving abilities work well with her zealous love for the wedding industry. She is dedicated to helping couples enjoy the entire wedding process and believes the success of the planning process comes down to management–the expectations, finances, emotions, and of course, the overall event. Nicole is an active member of the International Special Events Society, as is very enthusiastic about mentoring future wedding consultants.

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