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Event Planning
Project Management

Work experience

Jul 2007Present

Event Planner

Franciscan Health System
  • Plan, consult and oversee the onsite coordination of  education related events and activities that include employee events, medical conferences, safety and health fairs, Franciscan Heart Walk and seminars.
  • Conduct onsite site inspections to evaluate hotel and conference space for business needs.
  • Negotiate, execute and administer multiple contracts/agreements; serve as principle liaison between contractors, organizers
  • Participate in budget planning and administration; coordinate and administer the purchasing of supplies and equipment; review invoices for accuracy, explain variances in profit and loss statements

Director of Catering

Doubletree Hotels
  • Facilitated, booked and managed events planned for corporate and social clients. Supervised 20 banquet event staff and 3 Catering Sales Managers
  • Develop new business. Worked with the Director of Sales to create the marketing plan, promotions and campaign to increase hotel revenue.
  • Develop and update standards, procedures and/or general communications.

Catering Sales Manager

Embassy Suites Hotel
  •  Planned Corporate and Social Events that included site selection, menu planning and decoration.
  •  Approved invoices and bills related to each event and responded to post event surveys and/or comments.


Mar 2007Mar 2014

Bachelors Business Adminstration

Strayer University


Roger Tegge

Gloria Brigham


Jul 2011Dec 2016

Certified Meeting Professional

Convention Industry Council


“I can not speak highly enough about La Sonia’s organizational skill, attention to detail and her sheer persistence. She is a skilled negotiator and her work has resulted in significant dollar savings.”

John Mueller, Director of Education

“La Sonia provided exemplary service as the business supervisor responsible for oversight of event planning to include location identification, contract negotiation, catering, course materials preparation, audio-visual aids, and communication.”

Gloria Brigham, Education Manager, Franciscan Health System