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This is Our Place

From the desks of Jana & Christine…

“Rosie’s Place will always be my family, no matter what.  If it wasn’t for them, I would not be the person I am today.” – Norma O., Rosie’s Place Guest

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Our partnership at AE Events began nearly 10 years ago, and one of our first shared clients was Rosie’s Place. Ever since then, we have both been continually inspired, motivated, moved and humbled by their work. Rosie’s Place is in the trenches changing the lives of poor and homeless women.  As two women businesses owners, who are mothers and sisters and daughters, who believe that every person matters…this work resonates with us.

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Our early experience with Rosie’s Place is a great example of how we took our mission statement and worked it into our daily practice in producing events. We are committed to doing meaningful work in a meaningful way…all focused on our clients.  Rosie’s Place is laser focused on their guests.  They meet them where they are in their journeys.  They see them as a sum of their assets, not their deficits.  They help them find their voices.

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This year’s theme for the annual FWSB luncheon was “This is Our Place…This is Rosie’s Place.” Guest stories like Norma’s were shared by media women and by the guests themselves in video clips. The audience of 1700 heard why Rosie’s Place is their place, giving women the community and acceptance they need.

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At the end of the luncheon every year, we shop at the Women’s Craft Cooperative jewelry booth to support the wonderful opportunity that this creative microenterprise offers Rosie’s Place guests as employment. As we approached the table, who should greet us but…Norma herself! Of course we recognized her from her video, and she went on to tell us about her job and her gratitude for her friends at Rosie’s Place.

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We would not be the company we are today without Rosie’s Place. It is our hope that we help our clients tell their own important stories in every event we produce.

This is our place. This is Rosie’s Place.


Meet Ronnie!

 

We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest team member – Event Assistant, Ronnie Ayers! 

What was your life like before AE?

I am originally from Seattle, WA (Go Seahawks!) and attended Boston College. After graduation I began working in Human Resources at a Financial Firm in Boston while occasionally flying to Seattle to help with weddings. Best way to compile frequent flyer miles!

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What was it about AE Events that appealed to you most?

I appreciate the wide spectrum of events that AE covers. I have planned weddings and smaller non-profit fundraisers in Seattle, so I saw this as an amazing learning opportunity to expand my experience and soak up all the knowledge of the Boston event-planning world.

If you could plan any event in the world- what would it be and why?

A Royal wedding – it is the perfect balance of tradition, romance and extravagance. There are limited events in which the whole world is on the guest list! Plus – who wouldn’t want to be a part of a real life fairytale?

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 29: TRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smile following their marriage at Westminster Abbey on April 29, 2011 in London, England. The marriage of the second in line to the British throne was led by the Archbishop of Canterbury and was attended by 1900 guests, including foreign Royal family members and heads of state. Thousands of well-wishers from around the world have also flocked to London to witness the spectacle and pageantry of the Royal Wedding. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

What are your hobbies outside of AE Events?

I enjoy finding difficult hikes with rewarding views at the top, cooking, taking a spin class, or relaxing with a nice Netflix binge.

What are three words to describe AE Events?

Innovative, reliable, passionate

What is your favorite thing to do in Boston?

Strolling through the Public Garden and down Newbury Street. There is always something new to see.

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What is the #1 thing you can’t go into work without?

Coffee. Coffee. Coffee. When in doubt, there is always a cup of coffee glued to my hand. I also must have a rockin’ playlist to start my day off right on my commute into work! One go-to song: Geronimo by Sheppard.

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Welcome Back, Catherine!

Introducing our newest official team member, Event and Office Assistant Catherine Doherty!

 

What was your life like before AE Events?

Life before AE consisted mainly of school. I attended Emmanuel College and graduated this past May. I spent my time after graduation relaxing with friends and family and trying not to stress about finding a job!
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What was it about AE Events that appealed to you the most?

I was introduced to AE Events when I was looking for an internship this past spring. What appealed to me most about AE was the range of events they produced. I was looking to learn more about the industry and knew a company that does everything from weddings to conferences would have the knowledge I was looking for. Through my internship with AE, I found that I really enjoyed this kind of work and discovered that this was a career I could see myself in. Timing was on my side and a month after I finished my internship and graduated, I joined AE full-time as the Event and Office Assistant.

If you could plan any event in the world, what would it be and why?

A Post-Oscar’s party—I think the Hollywood glitz and glamour mixed with everyone feeling free of the Pre-Oscar jitters would make for a fabulous night. Plus, who knows, I may get to meet Leonardo DiCaprio!
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What are your hobbies outside of AE Events?

When I’m not at work, I’m usually at dance. I have been Irish dancing for 18 years, so it takes up the majority of my time. But when I do have a spare moment free, I like to read a good book or go on a little Netflix binge. Some of my favorite shows are Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live—Big Amy Poehler fan!

 What are three words to describe AE Events?

Dynamic, Thriving, Genuine

What’s your favorite thing to do in Boston?

I love grabbing a coffee and just wandering around with friends. Walking around without a specific destination in mind is a great way to get to know the city and find unexpected, hidden gems.
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What’s the number one thing you can’t go into work without?

As a native of Massachusetts, the two things I can’t leave the house without are my iced coffee and my umbrella. You will almost never see me without a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee in my hand, hot cup included of course. And as for the umbrella—New England weather has a mind of its own so I try to be as prepared as possible!

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I’m very excited for my first summer post-grad. It’s going to be great mix of working at AE and getting to the beach!

 


Meet Kayla!

 

Introducing our newest team member, Event Assistant Kayla Gentile!

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What was your life like before AE Events?

I graduated from The University of Rhode Island in 2013 and one week later started working for Textron Inc. as a Marketing Coordinator.  As a native Rhode Islander, you can always find me somewhere on our beautiful coastline in the summertime.

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What was it about AE Events that appealed to you the most?

I love that this company touches upon all facets of event planning, so I felt that I would learn the most by being able to dabble in different types of events.

 If you could plan any event in the world, what would it be and why?

Kate Middleton’s wedding! Incorporating the old-world royal elements in an event would be a dream. Maybe they’ll call me for Harry’s?

 What are your hobbies outside of AE Events?

Learning to cook more than grilled chicken and eggs! Trying out new “foodie” restaurants…Toro is my favorite in the city. I also love baking.  I’ll bake anything from churros to cheesecake! 

 

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 What are three words to describe AE Events?

Differentiated, accessible and vivacious.

 What’s your favorite thing to do in Boston?

Since I’m new to the Boston scene, taking the time to explore the city as a whole and discovering new places while it’s still nice out!

What’s the number one thing you can’t go into work without?

My two must haves: iced coffee and my iPhone!