A midwestern native, Natalie returned to sweet home Chicago after studying entrepreneurship and marketing at Baylor University. Launching her career in branding and communications research allowed Natalie to hone her project management skills - juggling timelines, budgets, and multiple vendors with ease.
With a passion for Arts Education, Natalie served as the Events Chair for the Urban Gateways Junior Board, helping secure sponsors and orchestrate details for multiple fundraising events during her two year tenure. Natalie relished the year she spent interning for the wonderful ladies of Forth Chicago, as it provided an opportunity to aid in planning small, intentional quarterly gatherings for a community of creative female entrepreneurs. During her time with Forth, she took a lead role in social media management and content development - interviewing community members, writing original posts and editing blog content, while also fostering conversations and connections through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She then joined the team at Greenhouse Loft as their Social Events Manager, where it became clear that her innate strengths & personality traits shined when working in the wedding & event industry. Her experience was heightened by her internship with South Social & Home, which brought exposure to wedding planning, event production, styling, and interior design.
Through all of these experiences, Natalie formed an effortless, well-rounded approach to event planning. Pairing her confident style with logistical mastery and instinctive eye for details and design allowed her to quickly grown into the role of Senior Event Producer at South Social & Home. In 2014, Natalie and her sister Andrea launched a passion project workshop series called Yoga+. Each event they hosted paired yoga with an interactive and educational component, and through these unique experiences the sisters created a community of eager learners and city explorers in Chicago.
In 2015 Natalie joined the Lettuce Entertain You family as an integral member of the team brought in to manage events and food & beverage sales at Ivy Room at Tree Studios. At Ivy Room, she's had the pleasure of partnering with a wide variety of clients including NPR, Nike, Sweetgreen, United, Cartier, Deloitte, Moen, The Freehand, University of Chicago, Protein Bar, Salesforce, and many wedding clients to create unique and memorable event experiences.
In her free time, Natalie can often be found browsing galleries at the Art Institute, testing out new recipes at home, planning her next travel excursion, or cruising along the lakefront path on her cobalt blue bicycle.
Natalie is available for a variety of freelance projects including wedding planning & coordination or interactive workshop production. She a joyful collaborator, always bringing her creative eye, organized thought process, and energetic spirit to every occasion. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you are interested in working together. Let's create something beautiful!