Graduation Reflection

I thought I’d dedicate a post today in celebration of  my graduation.  I will be receiving an MBA in Marketing from Johnson & Wales University, and also received a bachelor’s in Event Mangement in 2006 . Growing up, education and I didn’t get along at all. However, my parents encouraged and never gave up on me, so today wouldn’t have been possible without them.I also dedicate today to my siblings David and Lori, who are highly educated and determined. David, the medical student, who couldn’t attend my graduation today, because he is starting his residency in Chicago. Lori, the soon-to-be dentist, is volunteering her time to care for patience in Nicaragua/Costa Rica who are in need of medical and dental attention. I am very proud of them for all of their accomplishment thus far. I look forward to the day when I call my brother and sister Dr. Lazar. It has a nice ring to it.  So is the tassle worth the hassle? From my personal experience, I say 100% yes. A great woman, my mom would always say to me “never settle”. In order to never settle, we must push and challenge ourselves, so that settling will not be possible. I am not saying that an MBA is the only way, but it will certainly be the “tipping point” (Thanks Professor Rossi). Education, however, is half the battle.   I always say, your education will get you in the door, but your experience, passion, and determination will get you the job. Currently, I am at a place in my life where each day I should knock on wood. I have a wonderful job,event planning business,a love for myself and my health, and mostly a supportive and loving family. I am a very lucky person. My journey has only just begun in this crazy game of life, and I am loving every minute of the ride.


May 21, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

Everything Events will be featured in Providence Business News

Allie and I will be featured in Providence Business News next week. The featured article, “An adrenaline rush to profit from”, will highlight our business since our beginnings in 2007. Here is a brief summary of the article and the picture which is featured in this week’s PBN. We truly enjoy providence business news, and appreciate the opportunity to be featured in such a reputable publication.

Click here to see the  picture:  PBN news

For Jill Lazar and Allie Crowder-Schaefer, owners of Providence-based Everything Events, the flow of adrenaline from throwing a party is addictive – finding the right location, getting the right entertainment, working out the logistics. “I get such a rush,” says Lazar, who teamed up with Crowder-Schaefer in 2007 to launch their events-planning business. So far, they have been successful at assembling corporate gatherings and showcase expos that they say are one of kind, but haven’t broken the bank.

May 18, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Part I

Light Switch

Event professionals often shine under pressure, but when an event must be planned in a matter of a few short weeks, a detail or two can occasionally get lost in the rush. When one of those details happens to be the date of the event, chaos can ensue.

Jill Lazar, a planner with Everything Events, recently had three weeks and a nearly nonexistent budget to pull off a publication’s awards show at a nightclub in Rhode Island.

“We had contracted a well-known lighting company, and they made an error and got the date wrong and thought it was the following day,” Lazar says. “When they were late, I got concerned and quickly called them.”

Once the error was realized, the lighting company showed up right away, with no time to spare in setting up. The onsite stage appeared to already have its own lighting system in place, and Lazar was most concerned with adding star-shaped red lights to create a focal point for individuals onstage.

“When the lighting company asked if we wanted them to spotlight the stage, due to time, I said we would just use the lights that were already there,” she says. “Well, it turned out that the lights on the stage didn’t work at all.”

The red stars directed onto the stage provided some lighting, but the comedian Lazar had hired remained unseen. Lazar acted quickly and asked another entertainment vendor who was onsite to shine a little light on the situation at the last minute.

“I am so lucky my other vendor had this light with him,” Lazar says. “Otherwise, it would have been very difficult to see anything. We pulled it off, and the event was a huge success. The event truly tested our ability to handle an event with limited funds and timeframe.”

May 15, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

In business, look for lasting relationships

 my article that was just published in pbn.. great read..enjoy

May 4, 2009. 1. 1 comment.

DUDE. The New England Men’s Expo is  proud to launch the first Expo exclusively for men. Dude: The New England Men’s Expo will showcase a broad cross-section of male products and services, from Sports to Beer to Cars to Gadgets. The Expo will feature seminars by a wide range of experts on everything from cleaning carburetors to mixing martinis. Up to 100 exhibitors will have a unique opportunity to engage with as many as 3,000 of their customers on a one-to-one level.

For vendor and sponsor information go visit the website

April 29, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

To many big events in Rhode Island this weekend

This weekend in Rhode Island there are many incredible events happening. The big problem is that most of them are happening on the same day. Here is a brief line up of just a few of the events happening this weekend. I am sure there are more, but these events are the ones with the largest expected attendees.

May 3rd New England Institute of Technology graduation-4,000 people estimated

May 3rd Cox Providence Rhode Races

May 3rd Ronald Mcdonald house walk-a-thon

May 3rd Women’s Expo

It is also alumni weekend at JWU, and I am very excited to see all of my SDT sisters…

April 29, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

Vendor Spotlight: Krzystyna Harber Photography & Providence Pinup

Krzystyna Caldarone (Tyna) & LuLu Locks of Providence have a passion for bringing out the beauty in every woman, all shapes and sizes. Providence offers women a full blown makeover session and photoshoot dedicated to inspire the tradition pinups like Bettie Page, Alberto Vargas, and Zoe Mozert. If you are having an event, you can hire the pinups to walk around,hand out trophies, etc. They are the total eye candy for any event and bring something unique and unexpected to wow your guests.

 Tyna is a talented photographer,loving mother, and is someone who I recommend time and time again. And of course LuLu, lights up the room wherever she goes.  We are so fortunate to have found such a great team to work with. At the Providence Phoenix event, the pinup girls were extremely professional and turned many heads that evening. I had many people come up to me to ask about them, and I know much more success is just around the corner. Here is a link to their site where you can check out pics of recent events we planned as well as their services. Thanks again Ladies!

April 22, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

Providence Phoenix Best of 09 Pictures

Here are the Pictures from the Providence Phoenix Best of 09 Event. It was an incredible event with wonderful vendors including: Sweet Indulgence ,Boston Boogie Heads fun entertainment,TEN31 Productions, Nancy’s Fancies Cake, Body Art Airbrush Tattoo,Art In Ice, Better Batch, ATR Treehouse, Providence Pin Up, and The Prov NightClub.

It was truly an event to remember! We pulled it off in only 3 weeks. That is true talent.

April 16, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

Two Part-time Jobs or a Full-time One?

Here is a great article on careerbuilder, which I was quoted in. My advice is if you are still looking for a job, consider contractor opportunities.  Milton Berle quotes.”If opportunity doesn’t knock,build a door”.

April 14, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

“Providence Phoenix Best of Rhode Island 09”


Allie and I have been helping out with the Providence Phoenix “Best of Rhode Island 09”  event. The event will be held at PROV on April 15th from 6-10pm. The tickets are $20.00, which include a complimentary drink and a donation to the RI Veterans Home in Bristol, Rhode Island. To purchase tickets click

Featured Vendors Include: Boston Boogie Heads, Art In Ice, Body Art Airbrush Tattoos,ATR/Treehouse,Ten31 productions,ProVizion Video,and Providence Pin Up.

April 3, 2009. 1. Leave a comment.

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