“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” African Proverb.
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Kisha Zullo, MBA, CMP
Kisha is a multi-passionate entrepreneur and women empowerment leader. She is a certified meeting professional (CMP) with over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry in both sales and event management. Born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, she was taught by her mother the values of integrity, hard work, kindness and discipline. She is the founder and president of Events of Joy, an event planning company focused on helping clients produce live and virtual events that support their company mission.
She is the founder of the Women in Business Summit (WIB Summit). Celebrating its 18th year in 2023. The mission of WIB Summit is to develop a strong community of female entrepreneurs by providing quality programming and resources that inspire and elevate opportunities for equity. The attendees are diverse women who are part-time or full-time entrepreneurs, or professionals, who are looking to change their lives in a positive direction through learning, inspiration, and genuine connections with other female leaders.
Each year the event supports a local charity with in-kind and/or cash donations.
As a past president of the Meeting Professionals International Connecticut River Valley Chapter, she mentored young professionals interested in the event planning field. She served as a member of the Nashawannuck Pond steering committee for a decade helping to plan WinterFest, a major fundraiser to raise funds for the health and beauty of the pond. She is a member of the engagement committee for the Women’s Fund of Western Massachusetts. She was honored to receive the 2019 “Super S.T.A.R.” Award from Sisters Transforming and Rising.
She also enjoys enriching the lives of women as a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant and is building a fast-growing team of ambitions entrepreneurs who want to leave a legacy for their families and community.
She has many interests and enjoys spending time surrounded by friends and family.
I Work With You To Bring Your Vision to Life, Stress Free.
My clients come to me because they are looking for an experienced event planner with great people skills who can help them easily navigate the various tasks related to delivering a successful event.
I work independently and with other event professionals. Together we are that extra temporary resource who are there to take on some of the “to do” list that comes with delivering an event to your audience, virtually or in person. Especially during this pandemic we think of and plan for the things that are unique to working in a virtual space.
Planning & Budgeting
Before you plan and budget for your event, hire an event professional. You have a number in mind on how much you plan on spending on your event, an event professional can review your budget and include items or remove items you may not consider.
Venue & Decor
When we are able to meet safely in person, we can assist with what works best for the content you’re delivering if your event is a meeting. Should you be planning a celebration for your corporate or non-profit organization, we can discuss some of the best options to deliver a great experience for your guests with safety measures in place.
Event & Guest Coordination
Your guests will have questions and if you are not staffed to provide fast response to your attendees, we can be that extra source of communication between you and your guests. Planning an event also includes coordination with multiple vendors and event professionals, having an event planner to manage them all takes hours of work off your “to do” list.
“I’ve had the honor to work with Kisha Zullo and Events of Joy team, in different capacities, for over 15 years. I initially met Kisha in 2005 when I was leading the marketing and events team for a national nonprofit in Hartford. We were searching for a venue to hold our largest fundraising event. Kisha and I met as she was the lead event planner for the potential venue. As she was providing the tour for the space, I immediately knew we were in good hands and should move forward with Kisha. From the first day, Kisha has always executed a high level of professionalism, passion and attention to detail that leads to amazing results. Fast forward many years later, Kisha launches Events of Joy. I hired her and her team to help lead a major fundraising event I was managing for Manchester Community College in Connecticut. We were rethinking the event and event strategy, especially how we can raise more funds to support student scholarships. Kisha and her team did a phenomenal job listening to the needs, providing guidance and executing the vision which resulted in the highest gross fundraising event for the college. I will always think of Kisha and Events of Joy for executing top-notched events. She is absolutely the best in the field.” – Endia DeCordova, Assistant Vice President for Development and Strategic Initiatives, University of Connecticut Foundation.
“Kisha planned and managed two major fundraising galas for our organization. She was delightful to work with, and an efficient and calming presence leading up to and during what were stressful and high stakes events for our small staff. She paid attention to the smallest details and allowed us to relax and enjoy the actual events. Her relationships with other businesses were useful in keeping the costs reasonable while ensuring everything was of the highest quality. Her staff and volunteers were also wonderful. She was focused on making sure that everybody enjoyed the events and on making sure we met our fundraising goals. We will definitely use her services again.” – Emily Wolfe, Executive Director, Sheldon Oak
“Kisha Zullo is probably the most remarkable, professional, creative and dependable vendor with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working. If you’re looking for a cool and calm demeanor, Kisha is the essence of that and more.
Kisha is knowledgeable in her craft, an extraordinary communicator that is not afraid to be flexible, thinks outside the box, and delivers. Kisha is the consummate professional that you want as part of your team. Kisha values all people; her integrity and work ethic is beyond the pale.”
– Raquel Santiago-Martinez, Director, Finance and Administration, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund