Sarah SchnellPROGRAM MANAGER

    “Each of us is passionate about what we do. Which is good because there are a lot of tiny details to pay attention to. What carries us through is the personal passion we all have to create a unique, powerful and memorable experience for the audience – and to see the effect live experiences can have on an organization.”

    Sarah’s passion for event planning is evident in every project she produces, as well as her involvement in the event industry. At Total Event Resources, she worked her way up quickly from Program Coordinator to Program Manager to Senior Program Manager and now Marketing Manager. Sarah has managed projects ranging in size from 50 to 2000 people and has continuously proven her ability to manage complex events while keeping a calm and collected, can-do attitude. Several of Sarah’s events have received industry awards including Special Event Magazine’s Gala Awards, ISES Esprit Awards, and Chicago NICE Awards. She was also named “Up and Coming Special Event Planner 2009” by Illinois Meeting and Events Magazine and was a featured planner in BizBash’s “Best of 2008″ issue.

    To keep up with ever-changing industry trends and further her education in the industry, Sarah is active in industry associations, including the International Special Events Society, where she served on the board for 7 years including as ISES Greater Chicago President 2010-2011.

    Current obsession: Adorable young kids, Sydney and Carson, and a good glass of wine…but never together of course

    First job: Dry cleaning clerk

    Favorite animal: Koalas

    Doppelgänger: Mariel Hemingway

    Best place lived: Sydney, Australia

    Favorite game: Cards of Humanity

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