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Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Welcome to the 31st edition of the Jane Network News. Summer is the time for all types of events. Enjoy the read! 

Enjoy the read!



The special events business is not a 9 to 5 job and not a craft that you can learn in a text book. Learning how to plan and produce an event is a life experience and for some people it is a positive and life changing experience. For others it is something to avoid like the plague. Not everyone is cut out to be in the special events business! In my life – I’ve had some glorious event successes and some glorious event failures. But like sunrise to sunset, when a day is over it is just like a special event – over!

Sophisticated event planners make the event process look easy and hopefully no participant knows what goes on behind that curtain. My event philosophy is simple – to be successful in the business you need to like PEOPLE. Other virtues to learn is to be nice, be kind, be giving and open to criticism and be able to say thank you! Learn how to communicate and to delegate. Woe is an event planner who tries to do everything, not to involve others – as a result, major mistakes can happen and besides a colossal event failure filled with stress you decide to leave the planning to someone else. This individual probably read the text book and didn’t join me on the front lines and in the trenches.

Long before Millennium Park was created, The Eventors were hired to use the Grant park event space to hold a dance Marathon for the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority as part of their annual convention in Chicago. Over, 2,000 “sorors” were invited to Grant Park to attempt to break a Guinness Book world record for the most participants in an outdoor dance event. Although we didn’t break the record these ladies had a fun morning dancing and exercising to celebrity teachers and local exercise class instructors.

Founded on January 13, 1913 by twenty-two collegiate women at Howard University in Washington, D.C., membership is open to any women who meets the requirements, regardless of religion, race, or nationality. The largest predominately black sorority, the more than 300,000 initiated members are mostly college-educated women. The first public act of Delta Sigma Theta was participating in the Women’s Suffrage March in Washington D.C., on March 3, 1913. Since its founding, this sorority has created programming to improve political, education, and social and economic conditions, particularly within black communities.

Fast forward to July 2019 and the Delta Sigma Theta (the Deltas) pitched in to help those who were victims of the latest storm and flooding in New Orleans – as part of their convention they donated 17,000 meals to New Orleans Flood Victims. Check the story out here!

All Good in the Neighborhood

Columbia College being an urban campus play host to many “commuter students” and many of those traversing from the surrounding suburbs make the walk from Union Station to one of the many Columbia buildings for class. Along the way they pass a host of other institutions such as DePaul, Robert Morris, and Roosevelt. So while there is a great deal of Columbia Pride – it’s also not uncommon for students to mix and mingle.

That is exactly what happened when Erik Elliott, Marketing ; Communications ‘00, connected with a Roosevelt University Hospitality graduate, Kelly (Sampson) Elliott, while working together at Event Creative. She is now both his wife and business partner. Earlier this year they founded and launched SOPRICO (So-Pree-Koh), an experiential marketing & event production agency, shortly after the birth of their first child. The company name stands for the lines of business they support being: Social, Private, & Corporate. With over 30 combined years of event experience and a vast network of industry colleagues and partners they are sure to rise in the ranks of Chicago based event agencies quickly.

Instagram: @sopricoevents 
SJ Williams
Currently SJ is working on an event called The 9th Annual Atlanta Hip Hop Day Festival that will take place on October 5th and 6th as stage manager.  Outside of being part of the everyday bustle of event coordination, SJ is in the process of constructing her own event planning website, SJ Event Productions, with the hopes to go live by the end of this year. SJ Event Productions will focus on birthday parties, music events, cocktail hours, community outreach and more!

Things That Happened This Year: 
  • Coordinated an event, Strong Leaders! Strong Future!: Career Fair,  on the behalf of an organization, Girls Taking Action Atlanta-Chapter, where I work as a woman leader for young girls in the Bankhead area.
  • Stage manager for SXSW 2019 in early March. A huge globally known festival in Austin, Texas that brings creatives to one city to network, enjoy, and discover diferent forms of  art. 
  • Graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2015 with a BA in Business & Entreprenurship. 
  • Worked on multiple projects in the Chicagoland area such as Lolapolooza, Dew Tour, Party Gone Wild Presents: Redman & Method Man, Surronds Sounds of Fashion and so on.
  • Moved to Atlanta in 2017 to further pursue my event planning career. 
Location: Atlanta, GA 
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Graduating this year? Planning your next career move? Want to maintain your personal and professional connections? Let Jane help! Email us your story and we'll help connect you to the right person, who can connect you to your future! 
Looking forward to seeing you soon! 

Jane E. Canepa
President, The Eventors, Inc. 
312.217.JANE (5263)
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