The Top 15 Women Event Planners Leading The Industry

January 22, 2016 : Event Management

Many women event planners have changed the face of the events industry over the past 10 years.


Well, it isn’t all that simple to explain.

But what we do know is that the 15 women listed below have brought fresh, innovative creations to the event management industry and have made dreams come true for a variety of people around the world.

A list celebrity parties, corporate events, weddings, charity balls – you name it, they’ve done it!

Like your friends at Maximilion, these experts are dedicated to bringing your event ideas to life. Each with a unique touch, we happily intoduce you to these inspirational market leaders and the wonderful projects they’ve produced so far. Don’t forget to ceck out Maximilion’s incredible team building ideas once you have finished this article. We bring ideas to life and bring employees closer together.


Kristin Banta

Best known for her outstanding work in wedding planning, Kristin Banta is one of the most experienced event planners in the business today.

Having planned and executed an endless amount of events, ranging from bar mitzvah’s to collectible comic events, her love for creating something spectacular and helping her clients take things to the next level is just one appeal to working with Kristin.

Kristin has won several awards, including “Event Planner of the Year” (2014 and 2015) and most recently in 2016 the “Best Event Produced for a Private Individual” for her efforts in organising and creating the Carnival Freakshow Halloween event.


Dina Manzo

Having started her career in designing prestigious homes for over 15 years, Dina Manzo is now known as one of the industries best event planners in the USA.

With several years experience in design, Dina decided to launch her own event planning and interior design business, Designer Affair, which has been a huge success which led to creating many beautiful weddings and events.

But it doesn’t end there, Dina also runs Project Ladybug, a non-profit organisation which has raised over $1 million to help children with cancer and also to support their families.

As you may already know, she’s also starred in Real Housewives of New Jersey and more recently in Dina’s Party on HGTV, plus is also working on other valuable projects, which you can read more about here.


Mindy Weiss

Mindy Weiss is another hugely influential figure in the event planning industry. Having built up her brand and business to what it is today, Mindy and her team are known for incorporating the latest creative ideas and trends into all projects, with an immaculate attention to detail.

Mindy and her party consultants continue to cater for a wide variety of events, from corporate events to baby showers, all of which can be viewed in her outstanding portfolio.

Mindy has worked on behalf of celebrities including Serena Williams, Nicole Richie, Gwen Stefani and Ellen Degeneres.


Leila Lewis

Leila Lewis and her team at Be Inspired accommodate for a range of wedding and specialist events outfits who seek professional help with press, promotions and business coaching.

Leila launched Be Inspired back in 2007 and since has worked closely with an array of wedding and lifestyle brands, giving them a brighter insight in to the world of marketing and devising a strategy to get the best result for each client.

Having been featured on some of the biggest online news publications, including Forbes, Huffpost Weddings, Bridal Guide and Entrepreneur Magazine (to name a few), Leila and her team continue to grow and provide effective marketing solutions, which have all contributed to successful weddings and events.

It’s also well worth checking out Leila’s personal lifestyle blog – Inspired by this.


Jordan Ferney

Jordan Ferney is a well known and respected event planner and provider of all things celebratory via Oh Happy Day, her design and lifestyle website that offers barrels of creative party ideas.

Launched back in 2006, her blog has grown into one of the most-favoured craft and celebration resources to visit online, which comes as know surprise considering the endless amounts of party ideas and influential material on offer.

So much so that you can now buy tons of cool party supplies over on the Oh Happy Day Party Shop.


Marley Majcher

Marley Majcher is well known for her unforgettable celebrity events (which she plans to perfection) as well as her TV appearances, publications including “But Are You Making Any Money?: Stop Being Busy and Start Creating Cash” and business knowledge.

Known as The Party Goddess in the industry, Marley is well known for creating some of the craziest celebrity parties along with a host of corporate and social events, not to mention unforgettable weddings.


Saundra Hadley

Saundra Hadley is a highly-experienced event and wedding planner and creator of Planning Forever Events.

Saundra and her fellow engineers have a unique approach to creating events for there clients and love being a small business, as Saundra mentions on there about page, they prefer it this way to give clients the personal attention they deserve.

Whether it be a spectacular wedding party, classy corporate events or the coolest social event in town, Saundra and her team have proven time and time again that they can provide the event that you want, the way you want it.


Liz King

Liz King is one of New York’s most exciting, forward-thinking event planners in the industry to date.

Liz and her team live and breathe new and current technology, and believe that it plays an important role in not only creating fascinating events but bringing her clients and their audience together in a deeper way.

The LKE portfolio boasts a variety of different events, ranging from ecigarette launch events to sports and technology conferences, Liz and her team certainly have a way of making their mark and building long-lasting relationships with many happy businesses.


Nikki Finnie-Slater

Nikki Finnie-Slater is one of the most respected, award-winning event planners in the UK, with an extensive background in marketing, corporate events and weddings.

Nikki is cofounder of Recherché Signature Weddings and Events who specialise in the design and planning of weddings and luxurious events, and the growth of her business and reputation is to continue in the new year ahead.

They have won several awards including the Honour Roll 2014 Wedding Industry Experts Award, The Wedding Industry Expert Awards 2014 (nationally and internationally) and were also finalists in the Independent Planner Wedding Industry Awards 2015.


Kasey Skobel-Conyers

Kasey Skobel-Conyers is owner and designer of Bliss Wedding & Event Design which she launched back in 2006.

With ten solid years in the industry, Kasey and her team have executed many successful weddings and events and continue to wow the industry with their special creations.

You may have seen Kasey’s work featured in the industries most popular publications, including Style Me Pretty and


Jill La Fleur

Jill La Fleur is another well-respected member of the event planning industry, well known for her exclusive destiniation weddings worldwide.

With a solid interior design background, Jill and her team are well known for creating stylish displays with close attention to detail, with many satisfied clients and happy couples to follow.

As if that was enough to be getting on with, Jill is also involved in regular online and offline workshops along with offering a host of health and nutritional tips over on her La Fleur Wellness twitter page.


Jerri Woolworth

Designing events nationally across the USA is experienced wedding and event artist, Jerri Woolworth.

From a whole host of red carpet events to dream designer weddings, her experience and love for creating and directing the perfect event shows in her achievements so far.

It doesn’t stop there, Jerri went ahead and created television product company Devoted To Purpose which focusses on developing unscripted tv series’ to entertain, inspire and make a difference.


Hope Brookins

One of the most followed in the industry to date is the wonderful Hope Brookins.

Having built her reputation from the ground up (and her house), Hope specialises in planning events, brand awareness and business development.

She also created #buildLIKEAWOMAN to inspire more women to build themselves, whether that be a business, social media following or making money with the things that you’re most passionate about.


Chelsea Norris

Well known for her outstanding success and achievements in radio presenting, Chelsea Norris also runs one of the most prestigious wedding and event planning companies in the UK.

The White Wedding Company was founded in 2012 with the aim to plan and create both personal and unique wedding celebrations, which has so far proven to have been the case.

Chelsea and her team have built up an impressive portfolio over the past 4 years, and will continue to create special memories. Follow The White Wedding Company on twitter for updates


Jessie Thomson

Jessie Thomson is a luxury wedding planner and designer who has created many wonderful events across the UK.

Having already built up an exceptional portfolio and working with many couples up and down the country, Jessie has excelled in providing a complete and personal experience for her clients to cherish.

Jessie has been featured in tons of popular wedding publications including this piece on Brides Magazine.

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