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Meeting & Events Planning

Have you ever wondered who puts together events like Lollapalooza?  The annual ComiCon or industry trade shows?  Or even an elegant wedding at the perfect venue?  Meeting and event planners are those who do it!

As globalization increases and businesses continue to recognize the value of professionally planned meetings, demand for meetings and events is projected to grow 33 percent in the next 10 years, much faster than the average for all occupations. Meeting, convention and event planners coordinate all aspects of professional meetings and events from choosing a venue and reviewing contracts to selecting gifts and providing name badges to guests. They have to figure out their clients’ needs and requirements in terms of exhibit space, lodging, transportation, telecommunications, audio-visual displays, print- and Web-based materials and food and beverages, among other necessities.

If you’re a flexible multitasker with an eye for detail, who loves a fast paced environment, this could be the field for you!


Contact Information

Laura Lerdal, Culinary Market and Lab Coordinator, (630) 942-2359

Anna Gay, Program Support Specialist, (630) 942-2502

Jim Mulyk, Chair, Hospitality, (630) 942-6429

Arts, Communication, and Hospitality Division
McAninch Arts Center (MAC), Room 219, (630) 942-2048