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Jennifer Collins – President and Owner, The Event Planning Group

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Jennifer D. Collins is privileged to hold a front-row seat in the lives of people enjoying memorable and often life-changing experiences. Whether it’s a company celebration, promotion of products or messages, acquiring new skills or receiving awards, she produces meetings and events that impact, engage and inspire. She’s come a long way from her beginning roots of independently planning family reunions and other social events. And it was because of these experiences that she channeled her love for planning by launching The Event Planning Group, LLC in 1997.

Almost 15 years later after opening with one account, Jennifer has built an award-winning, event management company that delivers success for corporate, non-profit and government clients – many of whom have been with the company for a number of years. Having produced programs on a domestic and international level, The Event Planning Group is known for consistently delivering exceptional strategic and logistical execution.

Jennifer’s dynamic business acumen has also been recognized nationally. For the fifth consecutive year, the Washington Business Journal has named The Event Planning Group one of the Top 25 Meeting and Event Planning companies in the Washington, D.C. region. She was also honored with the 2011 Minority Business Leader Award by the Washington Business Journal. In 2009, she was named the Outstanding Women’s Business Enterprise for the DC Region by the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization (WPEO-DC); The Maryland/DC Minority Supplier Development Council awarded the company the 2009 Supplier of the Year and in 2008, Enterprising Women Magazine also recognized TEPG with its 2008 Enterprising Women of the Year Award.

As an active industry spokesperson and entrepreneurial advocate, Jennifer serves as a board member of the Women Presidents’ Educational Organization and is past president of the Greater DC Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). She is also active with the Maryland/District of Columbia Minority Supplier Development Council.

Jennifer is an alumna of the Tuck-WBENC Executive Exchange Program at Dartmouth as well as a strong supporter of her alma mater The American University in Washington, D.C. It is here that she serves as a guest lecturer, a mentor to communications students and is currently on the Alumni Board where she provides leadership to engage alumni in becoming more active with the university.

When she’s not working, she enjoys participating in her book club, playing golf, traveling and spending time on Cape Cod.


Interview Air Date: July 23rd, 2011


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