August 2, 2023
CEO, Carol Galle, served as moderator for the Detroit Events Council discussion “Meet Green” aimed at addressing how local suppliers are addressing sustainability in daily operations.
May 15, 2023
Special D Events is excited to welcome our newest Meeting & Event Manager, Camille Wilson, to the team! We’re so excited to have you Camille!
April 14, 2023
Celebrate Ev Hazlett’s promotion to Meeting and Event Coordinator!
March 2, 2023
Both Kelly Woo and Lindsay Krause were tapped for their thought leadership at Detroit Meetings Marketplace and Kelly served as a panelist presenting on “Transforming your Meeting into an Experience”.
February 15, 2023
CEO, Carol Galle, moderated a Detroit Events Council panel for event industry leaders to discuss the area’s biggest upcoming events. (NFL Draft, NCAA Final Four, North American International Auto Show, Detroit Grand Prix, and the Rocket Mortgage Classic)
January 13, 2023
Midwest Steel held a national virtual conference where our COO Lindsay Krause participated as the panel moderator.
September 1, 2022
Celebrate Kelly Woo’s promotion with us! We’re confident she will continue to thrive at Special D Events as our new Senior Meeting & Event Manager.
September 1, 2022
Lindsay Krause is taking on a brand new position at Special D Events as our very first Chief Operating Officer!
August 1, 2022
Big news this month!! Please help us welcome Matt Rossi back to the team as our Business Development Manager!
July 29, 2022
CEO, Carol Galle, shares her thoughts on inflation in an interview with WXYZ.
July 11, 2022
Welcome, Evan Hazlett! Special D Events is excited to welcome Evan to our team as a Meeting and Event Assistant!
March 4, 2022
Special D Events is happy to announce that Jennifer Talik has joined our team as a Meeting and Event Manager!
December 6, 2021
Welcome Sherri Sitkauskas! Sherri joins Special D Events as our newest Meeting and Event Manager!
November 2, 2021
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!
September 16, 2021
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.
August 1, 2021
We are so happy to announce that Bridgette Anderson is back on our team as a Senior Meeting and Event Manager!
July 7, 2021
And…. he’s back! So glad to have Christopher Holman return to Special D Events as a Meeting and Event Coordinator.
May 27, 2021
Special D Events has an open Meeting/Event manager position! Visit our Careers page to learn more!
May 10, 2021
She’s back! So excited to welcome Kelly Woo, CMP, back to the team as a Meeting and Event Manager!
March 25, 2021
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.
March 24, 2021
Carol Galle speaks with The Fun Factor on why The Right Entertainment Is The Key To Online Engagement.
March 18, 2021
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.
March 11, 2021
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.
January 25, 2021
Are virtual events here to stay? Special D Events’ president/CEO talks with the @DetroitFreePress about our COVID pivot and future of online events.
January 7, 2021
Our CEO shares her thoughts with Inc Magazine on hiring candidates with employment gaps.
December 10, 2020
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.
September 1, 2020
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.
August 11, 2020
March 18, 2020
Special D Events has been selected as a Michigan Meetings + Events Best of 2020 Readers’ Choice finalist!
February 25, 2020
Special D Events welcomes Ben Krause, our new administrative support co-op!
February 12, 2020
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!
December 13, 2019
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.
November 26, 2019
She passed! Help us congratulate our newest certified event professional, Kelly Woo, CMP
November 12, 2019
November 5, 2019
November 5, 2019
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.
October 21, 2019
September 5, 2019
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!
September 2, 2019
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!
August 29, 2019
August 28, 2019
August 16, 2019
July 19, 2019
Special D Events is proud to sponsor three engaging breakouts at orgpro2019.
July 18, 2019
July 1, 2019
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.
June 25, 2019
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.
June 3, 2019
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
May 28, 2019
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.
May 17, 2019
April 30, 2019
April 25, 2019
Special D Events subsidiary The Anniversary Company unveils new website!
April 23, 2019
Special D Events featured in the Event Showcase section of Michigan Meetings + Events spring issue!
December 30, 2018
December 4, 2018
July 24, 2018
Sarah Elliott joins the staff at Special D Events as Meeting & Events Coordinator.
July 23, 2018
June 29, 2018
Special D Events featured as The Faces of Strategic Meetings & Events in dbusiness magazine!
April 2, 2018
Welcome Samantha Flowers, our newest Meeting and Event Manager.
March 26, 2018
Jennifer Riggs joins the staff at Special D Events as the new Administrative Assistant.
March 12, 2018
March 6, 2018
Special D Events named a finalist in the 2018 Best Meeting Planning Company by Michigan Meeting + Events magazine.
March 1, 2018
Proud sponsor of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Detroit Policy Conference.
January 15, 2018
Proud to sign on as sponsor for Alternatives for Girls’ 2018 Role Model Dinner.
September 5, 2017
Welcome our new Meeting & Events intern, Christopher Holman.
August 28, 2017
Welcome Matt Rossi, Special D Events’ Business Development Manager.
August 7, 2017
Welcome Shanthi Sivanandham, our newest Meeting and Event Manager.
July 12, 2017
Meeting and Event Manager Hannah Wong receives her CMP! Yay Hannah!
July 5, 2017
Lindsay Krause in the news.
June 29, 2017
May 16, 2017
May 15, 2017
Carol Galle shares some best practices for project management with Workzone.
April 27, 2017
Happy 25th Anniversary Special D Events!
April 3, 2017
Special D Events named a finalist in the 2017 Best Meeting Planning Company by Michigan Meeting + Events magazine
February 8, 2017
May 9, 2016
Special D Events is a finalist again this year for Best Meeting Planning Company by Michigan Meeting + Events magazine.
April 24, 2016
Welcome to our newest staff member Andrea Hanson. Andrea will be helping us with Meeting & Event planning and our Sales and Marketing!
October 30, 2015
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.
September 16, 2015
Welcome to our newest staff member Natalie Shankin. We know she will make a great Office Assistant and addition to our amazing team!
July 21, 2015
Special D Events staff are now DXF Certified DetroitAmbassadors!
July 2, 2015
April 13, 2015
Special D Events welcomes Hannah Wong as our newest Meeting and Event Assistant.
April 9, 2015
Our CEO, Carol Galle, was quoted in Sales & Marketing Management Magazine! Click here to see the full article.
March 16, 2015
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!
February 4, 2015
Maria Geller joins the staff at Special D Events as a Meeting and Event Manager.
December 22, 2014
We’re growing; we’re moving! Special D Events is happy to announce we are now located at 535 Woodward Heights, Ferndale, MI 48220.
October 6, 2014
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.
May 1, 2014
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.
April 24, 2014
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.
April 14, 2014
Kathryn Kowalski joins the staff at Special D Events as an Event Planner. Join us in welcoming Kathryn!
April 9, 2014
February 1, 2014
Kayla Johns, a recent graduate of Central Michigan University, joins the staff at Special D Events as Meetings Assistant.
January 1, 2014
Karen Carlton joins the staff at Special D Events as the new Operations Manager.
April 1, 2013
Holly Pangrcic joins Special D Events as Administrative Manager and Kim Tassie joins as Marketing and Communications Manager.
March 26, 2013
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.
March 2, 2013
Special D Events President Carol Galle is named to the 2013 Michigan Meeting Planner Hall of Fame by Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine
February 26, 2013
Kelly Woo joins the staff as Meetings Assistant
January 3, 2013
Alix Chapie has been promoted to Meeting & Events Planner within the SDE family.
January 1, 2013
Erin Fontana joins the staff at Special D Events as Meeting & Events Manager.
June 1, 2012
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.
April 1, 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
March 1, 2012
February 10, 2012
SDE President Carol Galle was quoted in a recent article in Crain’s Detroit Business pertaining to the ongoing renovation of Cobo Hall.
February 2, 2012
Molly Hawkins was interviewed by the Clawson Patch, discussing the key to throwing a great Super Bowl Party. Read the article here>>