Speaker Bios – Special Events: What’s Hot and What’s Not

lombardiJen Lombardi
Head Honcho & Creative Genius- Kiwi Creative

As the founder of Kiwi Creative, Jen is a true “jack of all trades.” A graphic designer by training, she’s also a self-taught web developer, social media strategist, online marketer, writer/editor, manager, accountant and janitor. And she loves every minute of it. (Well, except for the taking-out-the-trash part.)

Jen is a 2005 graduate of the prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and has worked as the lead designer on big-name accounts like Verizon Wireless, Hyatt, Starbucks and Ocean Spray in her past life at advertising agencies around Cleveland. In addition to collecting quite a few accolades for her own work, she’s also been a two-time judge of the Webby Awards and a repeat speaker at the HOW Design Live Conference.

hurtJeanne Hurt
Co-owner of Bloom Event Planning & Management Services

Jeanne has over 20 years of event planning experience and brings a wide expanse of knowledge and experience to every event regardless of the type and size, coordinating events ranging from 50 to 10,000+ attendees.

Her work has spanned from Grand Openings, Community-wide events, Public Art projects, Annual Meetings, Employee Recognitions, Award Ceremonies, a National Sales Meeting, Non-Profit Galas and Fundraisers to individual parties and celebrations. Jeanne believes that every event should be unique and inspiring, create lasting memories, and is engaging for all who attend.

leeMary Beth Lee
Owner- Jobee

Mary Beth Lee runs a small event consulting company called Jobee.  She is passionate about creating events that “tell a story”. She is a Kent State graduate, with a BA in Rhetoric and Communications and a diverse career including sponsorship development, marketing and outside sales.  She has consulted and managed special events for the last twenty years with an emphasis on non-profit organizations.  Her goal is to create experiences while working with organizations to reach their audiences through branding a message.  While managing a dynamic business, she has raised three beautiful children with her husband on the westside of Cleveland.