As I  grow my event planning business, I try to surround myself by people who inspire me and who I want to become. On Saturday, April 2nd I was given the opportunity to assist Whitney Reynolds from The Whitney Reynolds Show with setup for her first ever gala, which raised about $3k for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Not only was this a night made to raise money for a cause, but Whitney got to celebrate her big 3-0, AND find out the sex of her twins! How special is that?!

Whitney Reynolds is a talk show host at The Whitney Reynolds Show on Monday nights on the Lakeshore PBS channel. Topics she has aired in the past were discussions about Domestic Violence, Women in Sports, Food Allergies, Fear, Cancer, the Plus Size Movement, and more! Besides being great at educating, I’ve noticed she showed a perfect example of what a strong leader is. Working beside her during set up, I noticed she was always positive, said “please” and “thank you”, had a big smile, gave clear direction, and I was mostly impressed with her ability to multitask. It made me think of the quote that goes something like, “A good leader will tell you what to do, but a great leader will join you.” Whitney definitely proved to be a great leader!

The difference between being a Leader and being a GREAT Leader:




Be sure to tune in to watch the new season of The Whitney Reynolds Show starting April 25th every Monday at 6:30PM on Lakeshore PBS. Want to see her show live? She is now taping with a live audience – Email:

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Now, check out these fab photo’s from the event! 😀

WhitneyReynoldsGalaWhitney’s Team (Left- Camera Art Cohen, Supervising Producer Sheryl Rosen, Executive Producer/ Host -Whitney Reynolds, PR Janiece Noel, Director Gary Brook, Assistant TD Dennis King). PHOTO CREDIT- RAY THOMPSON

WhitneyReynoldsGalaCheck out how amazing Whitney and her hubby, David Heiner look. They are such team players. Love it!                                  PHOTO CREDIT- RAY THOMPSON

WhitneyReynoldsGala1-1They’re going to have a boy and girl! The look on David’s face when he saw the blue balloon was priceless. What an exciting time in their lives. 😀

WhitneyReynoldsGalaThe ever so brilliant Marketing Consultant, Ania Jablonowki, Whitney, and myself.

WhitneyReynoldsGalaI spotted these two gorgeous ladies: Mrs. Illinois International 2016, Nicole Zwiercan & Miss Illinois International 2016, Jessica Kumpula.

WhitneyReynoldsGalaDecor Tip: Less is more!

WhitneyReynoldsGalaThe gala brought out some of Chicago’s greatest talents, some of which were: pianist, David Rothstein; skilled florist, Stems; delicious food caterers, The Hilton, Beef & Barley, Heartfelt Catering, Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, Nothing Bundt Cakes; Makeup Artist, Lillian from Starlight Chicago; Photographer,  Ray Thompson; Chitownconnections Entertainment; and more!


WhitneyReynoldsGalaThese centerpieces from Stems were so lovely! They really brightened up the ambiance in the hall.

WhitneyReynoldsGalaI adored this pastel colored cake!



WhitneyReynoldsGalaTalk about YUM!

WhitneyReynoldsGalaLast, but not least, a picture of myself and some amazing people I met that night.

Networking Tip: Whether you attend events or not, always be prepared to present a 30 second elevator speech talking about who you are, what you do, and what you can offer someone. You never know when that time can come. It literally could be in the elevator. 😉


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