A midwestern native, Natalie returned to sweet home Chicago after studying entrepreneurship and marketing at Baylor University. Launching her career in branding and communications research allowed Natalie to hone her project management skills - juggling timelines, budgets, and multiple vendors with ease. With a passion for Arts Education, Natalie served as the Events Chair for the Urban Gateways Junior Board, helping secure sponsors and orchestrate details for multiple fundraising events during her two year tenure. Natalie relished the year she spent interning for the wonderful ladies of Forth Chicago, as it provided an opportunity to aid in planning small, intentional quarterly gatherings. During her time with Forth, she took a lead role in social media management and content development - interviewing community members, writing original posts and editing blog content, while also fostering conversations and connections through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. From there, Natalie joined the team at Greenhouse Loft as their Social Events Manager, where it became clear that her innate strengths & personality traits shined when working in the wedding industry. Her experience with weddings and events was heightened by her internship with South Social & Home, which brought exposure to wedding planning, event production, styling, and interior design. Through all of these experiences, Natalie formed an effortless, well-rounded approach to event planning. Pairing her confident style with logistical mastery and instinctive eye for details and design allowed her to quickly grown into the role of Senior Event Producer at South Social & Home. Meanwhile, Natalie and her sister Andrea launched a passion project workshop series called Yoga+. Each event they hosted paired yoga with an interactive and educational component, and through these unique experiences the sisters created a community of eager learners and city explorers in Chicago. Most recently, Natalie joined Lettuce Entertain You as a Catering Sales & Event Manager at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios, where she orchestrates food, beverage, and various other event needs for intimate dinner parties, unique corporate events, and weddings. She brings an energetic spirt to any occasion, with the ability to appreciate each moment while always looking three steps ahead.
When she's not working in events, Natalie can often be found visiting the Art Institute, testing out new recipes at home, navigating the Chicago dining scene, planning her next travel excursion, or exploring the city on her cobalt blue bicycle.