All of our courses are taught by highly regarded industry professionals who are involved in the Event Management business on a daily basis. They have a combined total of well over 300 years of experience in the industry and many have been recognized internationally by professional associations.

Ira Rosen

Program Director, Event Leadership Executive Certificate Program
Ira Rosen, MA, CFEE, is a producer and consultant with over 30 years of professional experience in the industry. Ira is the owner and CEO of Entertainment On Location and has worked on multi-million dollar parades, super bowl half time shows and has provided his consulting expertise to clients around the world. He is an Assistant Professor in Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management and is one of 60 people in the world who have been inducted into the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) Hall of Fame.

Katie Baer

Independent Event​ Manager
Katie Baer is an Independent Event​ Manager who serves as the Chapter Manager of Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) Philadelphia. Her diverse experience ranges from corporate learning events and wine festivals to national conferences and major music festivals. Her expertise is in organizational logistics and designing a strong brand around events. She received a Master’s Degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Temple University and previously received and Bachelors of Architecture in Interior Design from Kent State University.

Gail S. Bower

President, Bower and Co. Consulting, LLC
Gail S. Bower, President, Bower and Co. Consulting, LLC. Gail has over 20 years of experience producing and marketing festivals and managing corporate sponsorship programs. Events include New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and JVC Jazz Festival.

Joseph Brooks

President and CEO, Liberty Chapter of the USO
President and CEO, Liberty Chapter of the USO. Joe has over 20 years of the experience and in successfully higher levels of responsibility at the Penn’s Landing Corporation/Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was responsible for developing many of their nationally recognized programs including the RiverRink and July 4th fireworks shows.

Karen Emory

Principal at Karen J. Emory Consulting
Karen Emory, former Director of Special Events for Temple University. Karen is certified by the Protocol School of Washington in Business Etiquette and Protocol and is a world renowned protocol and etiquette consultant. Currently Principal at Karen J. Emory Consulting.

Patrick Feeley, CFRE

Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Caron Treatment Centers
Patrick has more than 20 years of fundraising experience in the non-profit sector. Currently he is Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at Caron Treatment Centers, where he oversees a $65 million comprehensive campaign. Prior to Caron, Pat served in fundraising positions at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, La Salle University, and Junior Achievement. Pat is a board member for the Clean Air Council and serves as Chairperson of the Association of Fundraising Professionals International.

Dana Giovinetti-Devine, CMP, CMM

Special Ops with Strategic Meetings & Events
With over 25 years of experience as a Corporate Meeting and Events Manager working for large companies such as; PricewaterhouseCoopers, PNC Bank, Morton’s The Steakhouse Philadelphia, and most recently EventFX. Her current role, Special Ops with Strategic Meetings & Events, brings her years of corporate event design and planning to an international setting. Working on multiple projects both within the US and globally for a diverse compilation of companies large and boutique.

Dion Magee, CMM, HMCC, CIS, CTA, CWP, GCP certified

Independent Entrepreneur – Event & Wedding Lifestyle Expert
Dion was named Event Solutions Corporate Planner-of-the-Year several years ago and is the founder and publisher of Black Bride & Groom Magazine. Dion is the former Event and Meetings Manager for Verizon and GTE and former Regional Director for Helms Briscoe.