Special D Events

Special D Events


Big news this month!! Please help us welcome Matt Rossi back to the team as our Business Development Manager!


CEO, Carol Galle, shares her thoughts on inflation in an interview with WXYZ.


Welcome, Evan Hazlett! Special D Events is excited to welcome Evan to our team as a Meeting and Event Assistant!


Special D Events is happy to announce that Jennifer Talik has joined our team as a Meeting and Event Manager!


Welcome Sherri Sitkauskas! Sherri joins Special D Events as our newest Meeting and Event Manager!


As our CEO, Carol Galle, observes “it’s not just restaurants that are short-staffed these days–it’s the entire hospitality industry”. So where is everyone? Carol shares how changing jobs, expectations, and people are affecting the labor shortage on page 10 in the latest issue of Michigan Meeting + Events magazine!


BizBash recognized Special D Events’ CEO Carol Galle as one of the 500 most influential event professionals in U.S. for 2021. Carol was one of only 50 event professionals named to the Event Management and Consulting list and the only trailblazer in Michigan in this category.


We are so happy to announce that Bridgette Anderson is back on our team as a Senior Meeting and Event Manager!


And…. he’s back! So glad to have Christopher Holman return to Special D Events as a Meeting and Event Coordinator.


Special D Events has an open Meeting/Event manager position! Visit our Careers page to learn more!


She’s back! So excited to welcome Kelly Woo, CMP, back to the team as a Meeting and Event Manager!


Positive but Realistic: On episode three of Ketura Brandes’ podcast, our CEO talks about the how she planned to bridge the gap between 2020 and 2021 by setting realistic expectations and goals.



Carol Galle speaks with The Fun Factor on why The Right Entertainment Is The Key To Online Engagement.


Skating to What is Needed?: On episode two of Ketura Brandes’ podcast, our CEO shares her thoughts on the importance of fulfilling our client’s needs and business purpose through virtual meetings.



Prone to Pivot: Our CEO, Carol Galle, sits down with fellow CEO Ketura  Brandes to discuss how our business has changed as we acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. Our core value “roll with it” has been put to the test, but we’ve found a way to continue to gather with purpose.



Are virtual events here to stay? Special D Events’ president/CEO talks with the @DetroitFreePress about our COVID pivot and future of online events.


Our CEO shares her thoughts with Inc Magazine on hiring candidates with employment gaps.


Our CEO talks about the “New Normal” and navigating the evolving event landscape in the wake of a global pandemic in the December issue of Michigan Meetings + Events.


We’ve upped our game! True skills competency is only achieved through both experience and education. So, all of our event managers and leadership at Special D Events spent this summer obtaining individual certifications in Virtual Event and Meeting Management (VEMM) through the Event Leadership Institute.

If you want to host a successful virtual event, minimize the technical risks, increase engagement, and ensure your content and attendee data is secure, we’ve got your back.


#GirlBoss Moment! So excited to share that Special D Events’ CEO Carol Galle has been named one of the 2020 Top Women in Events by LASSO.


Special D Events has been selected as a Michigan Meetings + Events Best of 2020 Readers’ Choice finalist!


Special D Events welcomes Ben Krause, our new administrative support co-op!


This week our CEO, Carol Galle, celebrates her third year as a member of Entrepreneurs’​ Organization. So much value. So many contacts. Thanks EO and Women of EO!


President & CEO, Carol Galle, shares how it’s the meeting planner’s responsibility to design a program that not only engages attendees, but also supports their networking efforts, in the most recent post to the Entrepreuneur Organization’s Octane Blog.


She passed! Help us congratulate our newest certified event professional, Kelly Woo, CMP


Samantha Flowers talks with the Trade Show News Network about the importance of the on-site emergency action plan and how it can prepare staff members with the details they need to act quickly, click here to learn more about how you can include emergency planning in your event planning schedule.


Our Director of Meeting & Events, Lindsay Krause, along with other Michigan event pros offer insights on how they stay focus and effectively execute plans with clients. Check it out here (pages 22-23)!


Our CEO, Carol Wolfe Galle, shares expert advice on how meaningful dialog can help change the dynamics of how effective an event can be on page 18 of the latest issue of Michigan Meetings + Events.


Congratulations to our President & CEO Carol Galle, CMP for being nominated by as one of the industry’s most influential event professionals! It’s an honor to be recognized. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our amazing team & clients. THANK YOU!


SDE is excited to announce that we have joined the Michigan SGMP! We are enthusiastic about the additional education, training, and industry relationships this membership will bring to our team and clients!


Special D Events is excited to announce that we are officially one of the newest partners of Meetings Michigan, we are thrilled to be part of the family! 


Congratulations Kelly Woo on your nomination and being one of the top three finalists at the #roseawards25! We are so proud of you!


Love this advice from planner Kayla Wurst: Give the power to the people. Event engagement leads to successful events. Read more on page 64 in the summer edition of  Michigan Meetings & Events magazine.


Find out how Carol Wolfe Galle has recruited 6 of our planners in this New York Times article all about recruiting in today’s small business job market.


Special D Events is proud to sponsor three engaging breakouts at orgpro2019.


In support of female founders everywhere! Carol Galle, president and CEO of Special D Events, talks with Fem Founder about what inspired her to become an entrepreneur, plans for the future, and everything in between. #WomenOfEO


Kayla Wurst shares some expert advice on how event engagement leads to successful experiences on page 64 in the summer issue of Michigan Meetings + Events.


Our CEO, Carol Wolfe Galle, is participating in conversations at the United Nations this week. She’ll be joining a group of global entrepreneurs to discuss how business owners can support UN sustainability goals such as ensuring that all children have the ability to complete free primary and secondary schooling.

According to the UN, more than half of children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Disparities in education along the lines of gender, urban-rural location and other dimensions still run deep.


#LeadLikeAWoman – Our fiercely inspiring leader, Carol Galle, talks leadership!


Alix Chapie is interviewed by Midwest Meetings in their summer 2019 issue!


Congratulations to our high school co-op Lundyn Williams who is graduating this month and heading to the University of Michigan! We will miss you! Best of luck in your next adventure! #goblue


SDE is proud to announce that we have become an ADMEI-certified DMC. We are the only certified DMC in Detroit. ADMEI establishes DMC standards and best practices, supports excellence and ethical business, and practices and promotes the value of destination management companies to the meetings industry.


Our very own Kayla Wurst sits down with Comerica’s VP and Senior Marketing Manager, Shelly Pisors, during the Comerica Detroit podcast to discuss our decades-long relationship with Comerica and our role in coordinating their Women’s Business Symposium!


Special D Events’ President and CEO, Carol Galle, shares Expert Advice on Additional Gratuities with Michigan Meetings + Events.


Special D Events subsidiary The Anniversary Company unveils new website!


Special D Events featured in the Event Showcase section of Michigan Meetings + Events spring issue!


Kelly Dickinson-Woo shares a story on how constructing a sweet surprise helped overcome a challenge and led to one of her greatest success stories in Successful Meetings magazine.


Alix Chapie and Shanthi Sivanandham discuss how SDE incorporates Sustainable Practices and Hannah Wong talks about A Day in the Life of Active Planners in the Winter Issue of Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine!


Sarah Elliott joins the staff at Special D Events as Meeting & Events Coordinator.


Lindsay Krause has been promoted to Director of Meetings and Events and Isabella Pizzo has been promoted to Meeting & Events Coordinator within the SDE family. Congrats Lindsay and Isabella!


Special D Events featured as The Faces of Strategic Meetings & Events in dbusiness magazine!


Welcome Samantha Flowers, our newest Meeting and Event Manager.


Jennifer Riggs joins the staff at Special D Events as the new Administrative Assistant.


Meeting & Event Manager Hannah Wong in the news/offers tips for keeping meeting participants engaged.


Special D Events named a finalist in the 2018 Best Meeting Planning Company by Michigan Meeting + Events magazine.


Proud sponsor of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference.



Proud to sign on as sponsor for Alternatives for Girls’ 2018 Role Model Dinner.


Welcome our new Meeting & Events intern, Christopher Holman.


Welcome Matt Rossi, Special D Events’ Business Development Manager.


Welcome Shanthi Sivanandham, our newest Meeting and Event Manager.


Meeting and Event Manager Hannah Wong receives her CMP! Yay Hannah!


Lindsay Krause in the news.


A special congratulations to our President and CEO Carol Galle for receiving the Lynne Shivers Leadership Award!


President and CEO Carol Galle featured in blog, “Best Practices for Project Management.”


Carol Galle shares some best practices for project management with Workzone.


Happy 25th Anniversary Special D Events!


Special D Events named a finalist in the 2017 Best Meeting Planning Company by Michigan Meeting + Events magazine


Lindsay Krause in the news/discusses how to ensure guest satisfaction by accommodating their dietary restrictions.



Special D Events is a finalist again this year for Best Meeting Planning Company by Michigan Meeting + Events magazine.


Welcome to our newest staff member Andrea Hanson. Andrea will be helping us with Meeting & Event planning and our Sales and Marketing!


Special D Events is proud to announce that the company has received a MarCom Gold Award for its logo redesign.

MarCom Awards is an international creative competition for any individual or company involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, creative agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers. The MarCom competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world with approximately 6,000 entries per year.


Welcome to our newest staff member Natalie Shankin. We know she will make a great Office Assistant and addition to our amazing team!


Special D Events staff are now DXF Certified Detroit‬Ambassadors!


Listen to our CEO Carol Wolfe Galle speaking to Michigan Business Network about our services & numerous ways attendees can give back to your community.


Special D Events welcomes Hannah Wong as our newest Meeting and Event Assistant.


Our CEO, Carol Galle, was quoted in Sales & Marketing Management Magazine! Click here to see the full article.


Special D Events is a finalist again this year for Best Meeting Planning Company by Michigan Meeting + Events magazine. We were the only Metro Detroit nominee!


Maria Geller joins the staff at Special D Events as a Meeting and Event Manager.


We’re growing; we’re moving! Special D Events is happy to announce we are now located at 535 Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI 48220.


The leaves are falling, the season is changing, and so is Special D Events! We are pleased to reveal the rebranding of Special D Events through our new logo and website. We are excited about our fresh new look and hope you enjoy the updated free resources on our website. We value your input, so comments and feedback are most welcome.

Here’s a little more information about our fresh, new look:

Why this logo? •  It’s a stylistic representation of 4 “D” shaped chairs and is meant to convey meetings / gatherings / collaboration. •  It represents our 4 core lines of business (meetings, special events, trade shows and corporate anniversaries).

Why these colors? •  The green and blue bridge the gap from our old to new logo. •  Orange and gray were added because they are current/contemporary. •  The orange also reflects an element of fun and creativity. •  The green also supports Special D Event’s people/profit/planet mission and desired reputation for environmentally-friendly events.


Michigan Meetings + Events magazine asked Michigan’s top planners where they find inspiration. Special D Events very own Carol Galle was chosen to provide her thoughts. Read all about her insight and source of inspiration here.


Our very resourceful Meetings Assistant, Kelly Woo, was quoted in Biz Bash, with her advice on what she always packs in her event emergency kits! Check out the article for her advice.


Kathryn Kowalski joins the staff at Special D Events as an Event Planner. Join us in welcoming Kathryn!


Special D Events is a finalist once again for Michigan Meetings + Events’ 2014 Readers’ Choice Best Event Planning Company. Congratulations to the team!


Kayla Johns, a recent graduate of Central Michigan University, joins the staff at Special D Events as Meetings Assistant.


Karen Carlton joins the staff at Special D Events as the new Operations Manager.


Holly Pangrcic joins Special D Events as Administrative Manager and Kim Tassie joins as Marketing and Communications Manager.


Special D Events named as finalist for Best Event Planning Company and Best Exhibit/Trade Show Company by Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards.


Special D Events President Carol Galle is named to the 2013 Michigan Meeting Planner Hall of Fame by Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine


Kelly Woo joins the staff as Meetings Assistant


Alix Chapie has been promoted to Meeting & Events Planner within the SDE family.


Erin Fontana joins the staff at Special D Events as Meeting & Events Manager.


Special D Events President Carol Galle is presenting “Seven Cool Event Technologies on the Cheap” today with Karl Siegert of MVP Collaborative at the University Event Planners Annual Education Conference.


Special D Events is celebrating its 20th anniversary! We are creating an historical archive. If you have photos of the SDE staff at our events you would like to share, please email them to administrator@specialdevents.com. Thanks!


Hour Detroit magazine covered our latest Alternative for Girls event.  Check out the photos here>>


SDE President Carol Galle was quoted in a recent article in Crain’s Detroit Business pertaining to the ongoing renovation of Cobo Hall.


Molly Hawkins was interviewed by the Clawson Patch, discussing the key to throwing a great Super Bowl Party. Read the article here>>

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