The David Tutera Event Planning Symposium

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Here at the Academy we are massive advocates of continued education and when our students graduate we encourage them to attend other educational events to continue their growth within the industry.
We love to partner with other educators offering quality education and have a full list of approved Academy events, conferences and workshops on our Certification Page. I am very excited to announce our newest partnership with the super talented David Tutera and his latest venture The David Tutera Event Planning Symposium.
The next Symposium will be held Mon 23 April 2018 4:00 pm – Wed 25 April 2018 11:00 pm at Shutters on The Beach, Santa Monica, CA. As an Academy student you also enjoy a great discount off the full price so remember to check the private Academy Student Facebook Group for the code.
The Symposium is a limited and intimate event of planners from across the United States and around the world to join together for – a no holds barred discussion about the wedding industry, how to get to the top, how to stay there and how to really find out who you are in your market. With David you will learn from his 30 Years of experience in the industry:

  • Acquiring the rights client for your service 
  • Confidence about how you are as a planner and your pricing 
  • Stories of the toughest lessons learned and help you learn from our greatest failures 
  • Listening to your clients and what you need to hear 
  • We’ll discuss your greatest difficulties and figure out solutions 
  • If you have a particularly difficult client and you need design help… bring it on!

This really is one not to be missed and if you can fit it into your schedule then I highly recommend it. I was lucky enough to interview David yesterday for my Podcast Show, which will be published on the 17th of January, and he is an inspiration with so much fantastic advice to give.
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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.