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Kylie Carlson

- Creative Business Coach

For nine years Kylie ran a highly successful London based wedding and event business, planning and designing events around the world for an enviable list of high profile clients. After selling her company in 2003 she moved to Australia where she spent a year on the five-star resort of Hayman Island managing their onsite events as Operations Director.

After coming off the island she was looking for a change and it was then that the idea of sharing her knowledge by starting an online Academy for the wedding industry was born. Ten years later as CEO of the Academy of Wedding and Event Planning she manages 6 regional virtual campuses across Australia, New Zealand, the UK, UAE, South East Asia and North America. Through the Academy she has helped launch the careers of over 3,000 wedding professionals and is a business expert for the industry.

Kylie also has her own YouTube Channel and is a sought after speaker around the world. Through her personal brand she offers an intensive online business school for creative entrepreneurs, CEO School, along with a business retreat held in locations globally.

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Sandra Serrant

- New York Based Event Professional

Sandra Serrant is the lead tutor and course consultant for our North American School. She has been an Events Professional for over 15 years and planned, coordinated and executed a variety of events ranging from multi-day national conferences and fundraisers to large weddings, galas and other social events. Sandra has worked with such organizations and corporations as the National Football League, Wolfgang Puck Catering, Sylvan Learning and American Diabetes Association. She served as the Head of Event Planning for renowned international Chef, Jose Andres’ ThinkFoodGroup, in Washington, DC. In addition to her many events here in the U.S, she continues to plan events abroad.

Sandra Serrant’s academic experience includes participating in study abroad programs in Spain and France. After operating her own event planning business for a few years, Sandra is now back in academic life, helping students get started in the industry she loves.

Sandra has attained the CMP (Certified Meeting Professional) designation, which is the highest designation of the event industry. She also completed the Project Management certificate program at Georgetown University, and attained her PMP (Project Management Professional) designation.

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Jo-Anne Paxton

- Wedding Belles Jamaica

Jo-Anne is the Sales Consultant for the Caribbean region and is an Event Planner and a Sales & Marketing Manager by profession with over twelve years experience working in the event planning industry. She works with one of the top event planning and production companies in Jamaica. However, she always had a passion for weddings and decided to follow her dream resulting in the creation of Wedding Belles Jamaica, featuring the best wedding planning talent on the island.

In 2012 she partnered with Peter Shoucair to create the first ever Jamaica Bridal Expo; the largest of its kind in The Caribbean. It is now known as the Caribbean Wedding Industry Awards & Expo, a unique educational and networking event developed to showcase the Caribbean as the premier destination for Weddings, Honeymoons and Romance.

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Dee McMeeking

- Wedding Stylist and Floral Designer

Dee is an Alumni of the Academy of Wedding & Event Planning undertaking a Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling & Design.

It was in the classroom that she learnt to perfect the art of thinking on your feet, crisis management, creative thinking and forward planning! In her words “organising and planning 30 ten year olds for six hours a day, five days a week, is more challenging than planning the most complex of weddings!” So after 7 and a half years of teaching 9-11 year olds and planning her own wedding, she decided she would quite like to set up her own wedding business. So she did. And she is now a fully trained wedding planner, wedding stylist, & floral designer and has worked on over 250 weddings since graduating from the Academy.

Alongside her company she now works an Academy Tutor on the Diploma in Floral & Event Styling and Certificate in Wedding Styling.

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Martha Tobyn

- Anemone

Martha is an Academy Alumni who studied the Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design. She joined the Academy team back at the end of 2016 as the Brand Manager and is the design genius behind our annual International Wedding Trend Report and quarterly Wedding Business Magazine. She also collates the Academy blog, manages our social media, helps to create the concept for many of the Academy styled shoots and works with us on all the studio days creating new course material. To say her role is varied would be an understatement, but as a former student herself she has a unique advantage and can really help students in their day to day study.

Not only is Martha our Brand Manager she is also the woman behind Anemone; the founder, planner and stylist who has a love of elegantly understated and unique city weddings. Martha comes from a fashion and brand management background and therefore takes a very design-led approach, has a fantastic eye for colour and texture and always pays attention to the finer details.

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Meghan Ely

- PR Manager

Meghan manages the PR at the Academy and combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR to empower her clients to take their businesses to new heights. She is a WeddingWire Education Expert as well as a regular contributor to Wedding Planner Magazine, Wedding Business Magazine, Catersource and SpecialEvents.com.

Meghan represents clients globally and has earned them coverage with the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Brides, Bridal Guide, the Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, the Travel Channel, HGTV, Brit & Co and Refinery 29, among others.

Meghan has served on the national board of WIPA and is a long-time member of the NACE conference education committee. She is also an adjunct professor in the Mass Communication department at Virginia Commonwealth University, specializing in Public Relations. Most recently, Special Events honored her as one of the top 25 young professionals in the event industry.