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Alumni Corner: Lisa Perkins of Luck Companies

Lisa Perkins - 2014 Graduate Luck Companies - Richmond, VA

Lisa Perkins – 2014 Graduate
Luck Companies – Richmond, VA

What made you decide to enroll at SEI and become an event planner?
I decided to enroll in SEI, because of the courses the program offered. The course being online fit into my current work schedule. I decided to take this course working toward an Event Planner role with my current organization.

What was your favorite SEI course and why?
My favorite course was Event Design and Décor, this course allowed us to put the learning elements together. Having the visual of what you are learning while using the application of the elements.

What was the biggest takeaway from your studies with Special Events Institute?

My biggest takeaways was truly learning all of elements and practices it takes to put on an awesome event. I learned how to generate and complete checklists for events no matter the size to ensure every element is accounted for.

What next steps did you take after receiving your Certificate from SEI?
I generated a Business Plan and presented to the organization to move forward with the Event Planner role. Since that, I have been working on events within the organization, displaying the true need for a permanent Event Planner. It has be a wonderful experience. I am anxiously awaiting the Specialty Courses coming this Summer, so I can complete the entire program and move forward with my CSEP.

What advice do you have for the current SEI students?
The possibilities of events are endless. Take every opportunity to reach out to others, sharing ideas and asking their advice. Reach out to Instructors, encourage them to challenge you. The responses you will get are incredible and will help you become the best Event Planner you can be.

Alumni Corner: Barbara Fasolino of The Main Event Company

Special Events Institute alum, Barbara Fasolino, Owner of The Main Event Company

Special Events Institute alum, Barbara Fasolino, Owner of The Main Event Company located in Massachusetts

 

What made you decide to enroll at the Special Events Institute and become an event planner?

I decided to become an event planner because I love hosting parties. There is nothing better than creating a memory of a great time with family and friends. I chose the Special Events Institute because out of the courses I looked into, most were based solely on weddings, where SEI really touches on every type of event.

What was your favorite SEI course and why?

I honestly didn’t have a favorite course; some were harder than others but I enjoyed them all the same. I think Event Marketing was one I was dreading the most because I’m not to computer savvy but I ended up loving it, and I have learned so much about the computer that now I am much more confident.

What was the biggest take-away from your studies with Special Events Institute?

The biggest take-away for me was risk management. I had never really thought about what could go wrong in an event; now that’s a huge focus for me. I feel so prepared for everything now. Also I was a little intimidated by an online course because of my computer knowledge but I feel like SEI gave me a great education in technology as well. I have come a long way…

What next steps did you take after receiving your Certificate from the Special Events Institute?

After receiving my certificate, I was lucky enough to work with SEI founder, Jill S. Moran, on a few of her events. Now I am launching my new business The Main Event Company, and I’m planning my first paying job – a 5K fund raising event.

What advice do you have for the current SEI students?

The advice I would give to the current SEI students is to think outside of the box and be creative. This is the time to plan the event of your dreams because no one is actually paying for it.

If you usually use Microsoft Word for your documents, try creating a blog or use a powerpoint – try things you haven’t before to get familiar with all that is available.

Most of all, have fun! That is why we are in this business anyway right???