MEET THE EDUCATORS

Each DTE, we work very hard to find both in the country and global speakers from all across the industry to come to educate at the DAVIDTUTERA Experiences. We have covered topics ranging from digital marketing to Being Bold in an industry that is hard to stand out in and everything in between. With each EXPERIENCE we work hard to bring in a brand new lineup of educators to ensure that attendees can come back to the EXPERIENCE and know that the content is unique and relevant to where our industry is. This allows all attendees to learn something new each time and further expand their industry knowledge and personal confidence at THE DAVIDTUTERA EXPERIENCE. We curate educators from all around the globe, but we also feature educators from the destination we are at. We take the Experience all around the world every six months, and we find it incredibly important to highlight the destination we are in. It is our goal to show our showcase vendors and speakers locally that are brilliant and bold and stand out! THIS is what makes The DAVIDTUTERA Experience so special and what makes our education sessions so fun. David believes …”that you must surround yourself with others that believe you are great…because YOU are!”

David Tutera stands in grey suit with his hand on his chin in thought.

David Tutera

David Tutera, entertaining expert, event designer, motivational speaker, TV personality, executive producer, fashion designer, lifestyle brand and author, is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and passion for designing has made him a tremendous success in the event and lifestyle arena. David’s specialty is creating one of a kind celebration that truly represent the honoree(s). Now, David has turned his focus on industry education, producing the DAVIDTUTERA Experience as well as the DAVIDTUTERA Mentorship Program to bring the industry together to learn and grow. David loves to lead life with positivity and feels that while his career has been a big success, his largest success is his two daughters Cielo and Gracie and husband Joey.

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Joey Toth

Joey Toth, Chief Operating Officer for Dada Media and the David Tutera Brand, Mentor, Motivational Speaker, and father of two beautiful girls.  Joey oversees the new business development, operations and growth for the company.  As a Mentor, Joey connects with his core passion of making a difference and helping others.  He shares his personal journeys and comes for a place of zero judgement to support his mentees in making real change.  Joey is able to help you better understand what is holding you back, creating a deeper understanding and provide tools for participants to discover how to stay more calm and centered to work through their fears, as well as, blocks.  He believes, that everyone should find a reason to smile each day, and to also make at least one other random stranger smile each day.  

Westlake Village 2022 EDUCATORS

Tamsen Webster | Tamsen Webster Strategist

Part strategist, part storyteller, part English-to-English translator, Tamsen Webster helps people make and maintain transformational change. Tamsen honed her trademark Red Thread approach in and for major organizations like Johnson & Johnson, Harvard Medical School, and Intel, as well as with hundreds of individual founders, academics, and thought leaders. She’s a former TEDx Executive Producer and current Idea Strategist at one of the oldest locally organized TED talk events in the world. She’s also the author of Find Your Read Thread: Make Your Big Ideas Irresistible.

Andrea Eppolito | Andrea Eppolito Events

Andrea Eppolito has dedicated her life to celebrating life, luxury, and above all else, love. Renowned for bending the universe to her will and creating events that are both timely and timeless, Andrea believes in lush, romantic details that offer an over-the-top interpretation of a client’s worldview. She produces events for those who care deeply about the atmosphere, transformation, and the art of storytelling. Her client list is intimate and exclusive.  Based on the belief that every love story deserves to be told, Andrea founded The Wedding Editorialist, a platform that helps couples and companies publish magazines, telling more stories in an ever-changing world. As a keynote speaker, Andrea travels the world encouraging businesses to tell better stories, operate with an intentional compass, and attract their ideal clientele. Her podcast discusses the struggles and successes of our industry. Called “Vibrant, Chic, and Impeccably Organized,” Andrea is a voracious reader.  Her family is the great love of her life and the accomplishment of which she is most proud.

Brandee Gaar | Business Coach

Brandee Gaar is a Luxury Event Planner, Thought Leader, Educational Speaker, and Host of The Wedding Pro CEO Podcast.  As a lifelong lover of all things events, Brandee spent 7 years as a corporate event planner with the prestigious Gaylord Hotels brand before opening her own event consulting firm.  Blush by Brandee Gaar and Eleven Events by Blush has quickly become known for their over-the-top events and high-touch standard of customer service. Brandee is passionate about teaching wedding industry entrepreneurs her exact strategies in growing two 6-figure event businesses (while still being a present mom and wife!).  She provides expert tools for those who are ready to build the profitable business they’ve always dreamed of. 

Mandy Harvey | Mandy Harvey Music

Mandy Harvey is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and inspirational speaker who lost her residual hearing at the age of nineteen. Mandy tours the world performing her original music and presenting her inspirational story of never giving up and continuing to try – she calls these messages Wisdom For Life, a message of helping others to realize their dreams and pursue their hopes. As an Ambassador for No Barriers USA, she travels the country to heighten awareness, break down blocks, challenge stereotypes, and lead the charge toward a brighter future for all.

Barbara Brass | Wolfgang Puck

Barbara Brass is the Vice President of Los Angeles Catering Sales for Wolfgang Puck Catering.  She brings more than 30 years of extensive experience in the hospitality industry to her role which includes overseeing some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest events such as the Oscars® Governors Ball. Her passion for quality food and wine and genuine hospitality made her the ideal fit for working with Wolfgang’s loyal clientele.  Today, Barbara continues to be a leader in the company, creating elaborate menus and magical events for major movie premieres, awards shows, galas, and more. When she is not onsite at one of her numerous events, Barbara likes to spend her time tasting wine in the Napa Valley, creating masterpieces in her own kitchen, visiting innovative restaurants, and enjoying time with her dog, Monkey.

 

Peggy Kelley | Timeless Celebrations

Peggy Kelley is an “intentional” event designer and producer specializing in relationship-based celebrations. Spanning a 33-year career in the events industry, and 16 years as a business owner, Peggy and her company, Timeless Celebrations, have been honored by multiple event industry organizations too including The Special Event, The Association of Bridal Consultants, plus she has been published in Voyage LA, The Special Event Magazine and named The Best of Pasadena Weekly multiple years. Inspired by frustrated wedding couples. Peggy created her current TV Talkshow “Late Nite Bride” plus added speaking & coaching at a local and national wedding and event conferences such as The Special Event and the David Tutera Experience where she has stepped out into the world making creative storytelling her calling card. Peggy’s philosophy is simple…Life is a Party…Celebrate!

 

Bernadette Baillie

Bernadette Baillie (pronounced Bay-Lee) has created innovative marketing programs for some of the world’s top brands including MTV, Nickelodeon, Sony Music Entertainment, and The Knot Worldwide.  Bernadette has been a featured speaker on the topics of audience connection, innovation, and wedding trends at NACE, The Special Event, WIPA, Engage!, Coterie, and Wedding MBA.  She is a mother of 4, Star Wars geek, and a foodie that likes to try regional cuisine wherever her travels take her. Her new children’s book, Baby Ballers: Michael Jordan was published in Fall 2021, and the follow-up title Baby Ballers: Venus and Serena will be released in Spring 2023.  Bernadette lives in Carlsbad, California.

Inna Savluk | Butterfly Floral

Butterfly Floral in 2007, because of her deep love of florals and artistry which has remained the backbone of her company. Whether working on a full-scale production or designing an intimate gathering, her team of talented designers pours all of their dedication into creating the most magical event each time. The attention to detail and creative longevity within their team is unmatched. As a full-service studio, Butterfly Florals’ main goal is to create the most inspired and exquisite designs for her clients, all while delivering a memorable experience from start to finish. Creating for and with her clients is an opportunity that she truly does cherish. 

Percy Sales | Luxury Event Planner

Percy Sales is known for his modern and romantic designs with just enough quirk to make them truly memorable. He designs with the client in mind, making sure that every aspect of their wedding or event highlights who they are. His attention to detail and his pleasant demeanor make the wedding and event production and planning process enjoyable from beginning to end. Percy has been featured on Fox’s MasterChef, TLC’s Battle of the Wedding Designers, and WeTV’s Platinum Weddings. His weddings have been featured in such publications as Vogue, Martha Stewart Weddings, People, The Hollywood Reporter, C Weddings, The Knot, California Wedding Day and others. Montecito Journal coined the term “Wedding Wizard” to describe Percy in an article written in November 2012 and is now often referred to as the WedWiz. He has received awards for his work and contributions as a wedding planner and event designer.

Lisa Kristine | Humanitarian Photographer

 

Lisa Kristine is an internationally renowned photographer. For more than 30 years she has documented indigenous peoples and social causes in more than 150 countries across six continents. Her work navigates the emotional landscapes of her subjects and their environments, driving awareness around causes such as human trafficking, indigenous wisdom, and global unity. Lisa’s work has garnered widespread acclaim in the world of photography and on the international humanitarian stage. She is the recipient of a Lucie Humanitarian Award, presented at Carnegie Hall, honoring the greatest achievements of master photographers. Pope Francis, The Dalai Lama, the Queen Mother of Bhutan, and Amnesty International, among others, have all endorsed her work. David Clarke, former Head of Photography for the Tate Modern, describes Lisa’s arresting images of modern slavery as “a testament to truth and an insightful and inspiring body of evidence which should never and can never be denied.” As a speaker and activist, Lisa regularly delivers keynotes at conferences, universities, museums, and corporations around the world, including the Vatican, the United Nations, Wisdom 2.0, and Thomson Reuters. Her riveting TED talk, Photos That Bear Witness to Modern Slavery, has been viewed nearly 3 million times.

 

Dzigbordi Kwaku-Dosoo | Dzigbordi Consulting Group

Dzigbordi (Gee-Bor-Dee) Kwaku-Dosoo is an accomplished expert in the areas of Personal Impact, Professional Grooming & Growth, Influence, Soft Skills and High performance who has curated an original coaching model that specializes in Humanness, Entrepreneurship, Leadership and Power (H.E.L.P) leading to successful presentations, negotiations, relationships, and results. Today, she is committed to Impacting and Influencing, through her work as a Coach, Speaker, Facilitator and Trainer. She is the Founder and CEO of Dzigbordi Consulting Group, a personal and professional development brand, with offices in Ghana and USA, serving many across continents.

Peggy Kelley | Timeless Celebrations

Peggy Kelley is an “intentional” event designer and producer specializing in relationship- based celebrations. Spanning a 33yr career in the events industry, 16 years as a business owner, Peggy and her company, Timeless Celebrations, has been honored by multiple event industry organizations too including The Special Event, The Association of Bridal Consultants, plus she has been published in Voyage LA, The Special Event Magazine and named The Best of Pasadena Weekly multiple years. Inspired by frustrated wedding couples. Peggy created her current TV Talk show “Late Nite Bride” plus added speaking & coaching at local and national wedding and event conferences such as The Special Event and the David Tutera Experience where she has stepped out into the world making creative storytelling her calling card. Peggy’s philosophy is simple…Life is a Party…Celebrate!

Julie Roth-Novack | Party Slate

Julie Roth-Novack is the CEO and Co-Founder of Party Slate, a Houzz-like website where leading event professionals share their work, build their brand and drive leads. Before founding Party Slate, Julie held executive positions at top-tier digital agencies such as Razorfish, Vibes Mobile, and Agency.com. With over 20 years of digital marketing experience with some of the biggest brands in the world, Julie is excited to bring this expertise to the events industry. Julie received an MBA in marketing and finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a BA in Economics from the University of Michigan.

CeCe Todd | CeCe Designs & Events

CeCe Todd prides herself on not being a “design and drop” floral designer. Working with CeCe is always a one of a kind experience. Known for her infectious personality and her insane attention to detail, her command of flawless event design is what makes her such a valued wedding and event vendor. CeCe Designs and Events has built a reputation as one of the premier wedding florists in Birmingham, Alabama and the Southeast! She has a love for speaking to and educating not only other industry professionals, but also her brides and corporate clients.

Carolyn Nolan

Carolyn Nolan is an Entrepreneur, Mother of three, and Real Estate/Home Decor Enthusiast who also happens to own a rapidly expanding financial planning business.  Carolyn’s unique ability is sparking positive energy and meaningful action, brainstorming what could be, unapologetically saying it like it is, and evermore creating and sharing tools for taking in the “CNo Toolbox” – in order to help people be strategically prepared for whatever may come their way, simplify the juggling act of life, and inspire, encourage, and challenge people to embrace change while enjoying the ride!

Michelle Martinez & Christy Matthews | The Big Wedding Planning Podcast

Michelle Martinez & Christy Matthews are two, certified, career wedding consultants, who host and produce The Big Wedding Planning Podcast. They started their podcast in 2016 and now have over 250 episodes with more than 2 Million downloads. The show is for anyone involved in planning a wedding.Their mission statement has always been. Inclusivity is key. Perfection is a myth. Wedding Planning for ALL! Michelle Martinez is a Certified Wedding Consultant with more than 20 years in the Wedding & Events Industry. Michelle’s company is Allure Wedding Consulting & Event Planning based in California. Christy Matthews is a Certified Wedding Consultant with over 13 years in the Wedding Planning Industry and is located in Arizona.

Ty Kuppig | TYGER Event Design + Production

Ty Kuppig is the Founder & Creative Director of TYGER | Event Design + Production, a nationally-recognized event company with offices in Boston and New York. At TYGER, Kuppig and his team think of events as meeting places for different worlds of design. Their projects are a crossroads between architecture, theatrical production, interior design and classic entertaining–and it’s this multi-faceted approach that elevates them to the next level.
TYGER is sought out by corporate, non-profit, and private clients both across the country and abroad for its originality and creative designs.

Diana Da Ros

Diana Da Ros founded her own Event & Wedding Planning agency in 2010. She is educated in Art and Fashion, including a Fashion Business degree. Since 2018 she has been an educator at Assowedding, Associazione Wedding Planners. She represents Destination Wedding Planners at the board of directors of Federmep, Italian Federation of Weddings and Private Events Professionals. For more than ten years she has been creating Weddings, Events, Parties and Honeymoons all over the world.

Bernadette Baillie

Bernadette Baillie (pronounced Bay-Lee) has created innovative marketing programs for some of the world’s top brands including MTV, Nickelodeon, Sony Music Entertainment and The Knot Worldwide. Bernadette has been a featured speaker on the topics of audience connection, innovation and wedding trends at NACE, The Special Event, WIPA, Engage! and Wedding MBA. She is a mother of 4, Star Wars geek and foodie that likes to try regional cuisine wherever her travels take her. Bernadette lives in Carlsbad, California. She is publishing her first children’s book in Fall 2021.

Andrea Isabelle Lucas | Barre & Soul

Andrea Isabelle Lucas is the founder and CEO of Barre & Soul, and a keynote speaker who has shared the stage with Michelle Obama and Billie Jean King.  Her voice is inspirational and down to earth. Feminist and unapologetic about it. Empowering, with a bad ass spirt and cat eyeliner for days.  Andrea has journeyed from a teen single mom, former stripper, to the creator of a multi-million dollar business.  She took one mindset shift that created a massive snowball effect, propelling her from one power achievement to another.  Own It All is where she pulls back the curtain and shows you exactly how she did it, so you can do it too.