Student of the Month Kym Jackson Shen From Dubai

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Earlier this year I was lucky enough to travel to Dubai with our CEO Kylie, ahead of the launch of our Arabian Academy of Wedding & Event Planning.  Whilst there I caught up with one of my own students, Kym.  Kym is an Australian living in Dubai and she is taking our Wedding Planning Styling & Design course, via our Australian campus.
Like many of our students, Kym is juggling motherhood with her studies, which those of us with children will know, is not easy.  But, Kym is proof that it can be done and she even managed to fit in planning a wedding for 175 last year!
Read Kym’s story and see some of her work in the Student Showcase.
If you are a busy Mum, or Dad, thinking of taking a course with us, or are already studying with us, you might also enjoy some of the tips we have shared about being a succesful online learner including; Successful Online Learning – 3 New Strategies; Online Study Tips For Our Students and Planning To Start Your Online Course.  You will also find that our supportive community (which comes together on our private Facebook page Academy Live) is another great benefit to being a student with us and this is particularly so if you are a stay at home parent and looking for like-minded people to connect with.  If you are a student or graduate and you haven’t joined Academy Live as yet, please email me for your invite.


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David Tutera

Leading Wedding & Entertaining Expert, David Tutera is hailed as an artistic visionary whose ability, uniquely creative talents and outstanding reputation have made him a tremendous success in the lifestyle arena. Tutera has created a name for himself by taking his passion for designing spectacular events and transforming it into a lifestyle.

He continuously exceeds the expected with an unmatched level of inspiration, imagination and innovation to create the latest trends in entertaining. Tutera’s grandfather, a successful florist, first noticed his grandson’s artistic ability at an early age and encouraged David to pursue his destiny. At age 19, with the sound advice of his grandfather and only one client, David opened his own event planning business.

Today, David Tutera presides over an award winning company built from experience, dedication and Tutera’s natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision. David Tutera has a natural talent for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. His name has become synonymous with style, elegance, creativity and vision.

Honored by Life & Style Magazine as “Best Celebrity Wedding Planner,” David’s impressive client list includes Jewel, Star Jones’ wedding, Real Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s wedding, Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul’s wedding, NY Giants Antonio Pierce’s wedding, Shannen Doherty’s wedding and events for Jennifer Lopez, Matthew McConaughey, Brandy and Ray J, Jenni “JWoww” Farley, Lil’ Kim, the Official Post Grammy Parties in New York City, Elton John, Barbara Walters, the Rolling Stones, Nancy Reagan, Prince Charles, The White House, private events for the Vice President, Kenneth Cole, Tommy Hilfiger, Susan Lucci, The John F. Kennedy Center, as well as countless film premieres and celebrity parties for royalty, politicians and socialites.

Tutera has also designed events for several charities including the Prevent Cancer Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. David has made guest appearances on Today, Extra!, Good Morning America, The View, CNN, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Steve Harvey, Wendy Williams and many more. In addition People, USA Today, In Touch, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, In Style, Cosmopolitan, Redbook, Bridal Guide and Town & Country have all featured his work.

Tutera has also made special television appearances in the popular daytime soap, The Young & the Restless and TV Land’s The Exes. David lives in Los Angeles with his husband Joey, daughter Cielo and their rescue dog Lucy.