Industry Taboos

July 11, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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Allerton Hotel
701 N. Michigan Ave.,
Chicago, IL 60611

Myths and Taboo in the Industry: 

The panel of our industry experts will lead a candid and open discussion about some of the most controversial, misunderstood, and downright taboo topics in our industry.  Hear about the real story with vendor “incentives”, the view of Millennials in the event world, and many more


*****Here are a just a couple TEASER topics already planned for discussion for this incredible meeting!*****: 

  • Vendor Exclusivity: When does it help or hurt? Preferred vs. Exclusive, pros and cons of both?
  • Venue & Referral Commissions: Are they fair? How is it appropriate to 'compensate' for commission. Pass on to client? Take the loss?



  •  Nicole Fitzpatrick - Calihan Catering

 Nicole began her career in the hotel industry after finishing her degree in hospitality and tourism management. Nicole has been a part of the Calihan catering family since 2008. she began her role as a sales executive and now the director of special projects. Nicole’s knowledge of events and menu development translates to on trend, fun, and exciting ideas which shows in every proposal she presents. Nicole's two main passions are fashion and the culinary arts. "I feel like food and fashion are both major outlets of expressing who you are as an individual. Sliding your foot into the perfect designer heel is as delicious as the finest truffle or vintage wine. "Vivre, Rire, Manger! (Live, Laugh, Eat)

  •  Lisa Paul - Color & Company

 Lisa Paul is one of the most innovative floral designers on the Chicago scene. Her unique signature combines the artistic with the agriculture, the colorful with the culinary. She uses herbs, fruits and vegetables in stunning natural arrangements that look as if they sprang from a lush garden. Their shapes lend a striking sculptural element to her designs.  Her monochromatic style is reminiscent of an artist’s color wheel. Lisa prides herself on the ability to be a chameleon and adapt to what a client wants whether it is contemporary, traditional, romantic, whimsical or asian in style.

  •  Samantha Dockery - Bliss by Sam

Whether hosting a Chicago-themed wedding reception or a soiree in the Caribbean, Bliss by Sam is here to reduce the stress of planning. Our team works tirelessly on your wedding weekend as well, allowing you to be the guest at your own wedding. To learn more about Sam visit our Q&A with her at .  Sam’s work has been featured in Grace Ormonde, Chicago Style Weddings,, WCIU You & Me This Morning, WRAL TV,, Weddings Magazine, Southern Bride and Groom Magazine, The Knot North Carolina Magazine, Durham Magazine and more. She has won awards from the National Association of Catering Professionals and the Forever Bridal Wedding Show

  • Derrick Valenti – Warwick Allerton Hotel

My career started when I was 17 years old and living in South Florida. I was asked to help plan and design a decor theme for an over the top movie theme party for a family friend. From that party, I realized I had a passion for using my creative skills to bring joy and excitement to people. When I realized I could specialize in the field and gain a degree in event management my fate was sealed forever. To this day, I have planned and or have been involved with over 500 events. Anything from large corporate incentive trips to over the top once in a life time celebrations of love.

  • Lindsay Gaeta – Storybook Weddings 

Lindsay Gaeta is the Senior Planner for Storybook Weddings and Events.
Storybook is an award-winning Wedding and Event Planning company based in Chicago, with services offered Nationwide.  Lindsay works alongside Storybook owner and NACE Member Nicole Hensley, as well as fellow event producer Lisa Jaroscak.  Together they provide Full-service, Partial Planning, and Day-of Coordination services, which allows couples to begin working with them at any point of the planning process... although the sooner, the better, of course!  From grand to intimate events, the Storybook team is committed to making the planning experience just as enjoyable as the wedding day.

 ***Valet parking is available for $24 with vouchers


$45.00 Member

$65.00 Non-Member

$30.00 Student