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Heather Hawes

QC Event School Tutor

Event Planner & Director of Special Events, Spelman College

With over 20 years in event management, Heather’s diverse career includes planning events for non-profit, corporate and educational clients. As Special Events Director for Spelman College, Heather has produced a vast array of events including hosting the First Lady Michele Obama at Spelman’s Commencement, as well as events with Coca-Cola, HBO, BET and more. An acclaimed planner with a strong reputation for her expertise in maximizing budgets for events, Heather is also the recipient of the 2013 Organizational Planner of the Year Award by Event Solutions Magazine.

Recently, Heather worked as part of the “When We All Vote” campaign with Michelle Obama, Tom Hanks, and Priscilla Chan, and hosted a two day conference for Chick-fil-A. Heather also celebrated 10 years of being an advisor for the Event Envoys at Spelman College, in which time she launched a new scheduling system college-wide and developed policies for her operations team.

“I love planning events and creating memories. I especially like working with clients and I focus on customer service. My goal is always to exceed the client’s expectations. When I’m working with students of QC Event School, I encourage them to do the same. It’s the key to success. Seeing students improve and go on to start their own businesses tells me that I’ve done a good job.”

Listen to Heather’s Introduction

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Get to know Heather by listening to her audio introduction for QC’s Event Planning course: