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The White House Chefs
Guy Mitchell, Principal, and Michael Raber, Featured Speaker, The White House Chef Tour, Langhorne, PA

Many caterers have had the distinct honor to prepare a meal and produce an event for the President and his Executive Team, but daily life–in the kitchens of the White House and on the road with the President–is a totally different story. Enjoy this talented duo while they prepare some favorite dishes from the Executive Dining Room menus, learn the protocol for food preparation in the White House Kitchens, and listen to stories of Presidents and their unusual menu requests.

Ding Happens! How to Improvise, Adapt, and Innovate in an Ever-changing World!
Avish Parashar, Motivational Improviser, Avish Parashar Productions, Philadelphia, PA

Catering and event planning today should be more like improv than standup…You are called upon to constantly deal with changes in the industry, economy, market, organization, and technology. This hilarious and energetic program will show you how to stop fearing and hating change and how to use the power of improv comedy to improvise, adapt, and innovate no matter what happens!

You will discover simple, but effective tools to automatically make smarter choices that let you not only react to the unexpected, but also find opportunities within the setbacks. Learn important mentalities that great improvisers use to flow with the unexpected, the approaches great improvisers take to find opportunities in setbacks, and the techniques great improvisers use to create new opportunities that let them jump ahead into new territory. You will be captivated as Avish seamlessly combines humorous stories, improvisation, and solid business advice to achieve one goal: show you how to improvise, adapt, and innovate in an ever-changing world.

Analyzing Your Design Ideas
Sean De Freitas, President/Owner, Designs by Sean, Inc., Fort Lauderdale, FL

In this session, Sean will cover many different areas of design from floral to technical and blending the two together in today’s changing world. The seminar will also speak about re-purposing your old products and making them look new and fresh. Bring your creative minds, as Sean will be challenging you in an interactive setting about your own design interpretation!

Learning Objectives:

  • How to interpret design using different textured fabrics and soft goods
  • How to collaborate with your vendors for a seamless event
  • How to troubleshoot your design in a challenging venue

Setting Boundaries with Your Event Business
Emily Sullivan, Owner, Get Polished Events, Metairie, LA

Burnout is deadly to the best of businesses. Weddings and events can pose unique challenges including untested venues, inexperienced consumers, and an army of other professionals with whom you must collaborate to succeed. It can be tempting to try to please everyone all the time and be available at the whim of clients and colleagues alike. However, such sacrifice is a recipe for personal disaster. In this session you will learn how to set boundaries and create the balance that will enable you to be more present, creative and successful.


From Runway to Tabletop. Fashion Forward Events – Part 2
Kate Patay, CPCE, Executive Director of Sales & Marketing, Creative Coverings, Sparks, NV

In part two of this series, Kate will guide you through targeted visual social media strategies, such as Pinterest, to brand yourself with your clients, as well as understand the way the psychology of color can affect the mood and overall success of your event.


Crossing Over.  A Guide to Indian Corporate Event Production
Therese Cole-Hubbs, President/Creative Director, Electric Karma International, Houston, TX

WIPA_Logo_smYou’ve mastered the Indian wedding. What’s next?  If you have successfully learned the ins and outs of the this market, you will want to attend this informative session outlining the things to know in the Indian corporate market. Therese Cole-Hubbs will share her experience planning conferences, galas, and corporate events in the Indian market and how they cross-over with that culture’s social events. Get a list of “do’s, don’ts and wow’s” within the five major disciplines in the fusion corporate market: photography and videography, food and beverage, décor/design, entertainment and venue preparedness.

Learning Objectives:

  • Get logistical techniques for producing multi-day events.
  • Learn strategies to overcoming obstacles when entering into the Indian market.
  • Get a list of do’s and don’ts within the five major disciplines of fursion corporate events that will help you secure the business while at the same time wooing the resources this market uses.

Designing on a Dime. Maximizing Strategies to Produce Dream Weddings and Events
Tiffany Chalk, Owner/Creative Director, Tiffany Chalk Events, Bear, DE

In today’s world, reality television has become an entertainment staple. Pinterest and YouTube are slowly but surely replacing Google and Yahoo as the go-to search engines.  Fueling this evolution are consumers who want to emulate the lifestyle of their favorite celebs without breaking the bank.  This is especially evident when planning events.  To be successful, event designers have to have the right mix of style and savvy.  This interactive workshop is aimed at expanding your creativity, and equipping you with the strategies you need to unlock the ‘WOW’ factor of high-end design techniques on a low-end budget.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to guarantee the WOW factor on any budget.
  • Get four key design elements that will enhance the experience.
  • Leave with event design budget strategies to ensure accuracy in costs. 


*Speakers and schedule subject to change.