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Kara Shively

Meeting & Event Planner

The people person.

Kara has over a decade of experience in the meetings and events industry, preceded by attaining a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from Eastern Illinois University. Kara joined NHS Global Events after spending 6 years in Account Executive and Senior Account Executive roles at PJH & Associates, Inc. and Wunderman in Chicago.

Kara is passionate about being connected and cherishes the experiences that enable her to establish those connections with people. She thrives on being outgoing, extroverted and social. Her passion for people equates to superlative customer service. Kara has extensive event experiencing including producing webinars, first and third party conferences, award galas, non-for-profit luncheons and dinners, weddings, roadshows, experiential sponsorships, and tradeshows.

In her free time, Kara enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as meeting new people. She also likes yoga, festivals in the Summer, football Sundays in the Fall, and spoiling her dog, Huey.

What’s your favorite past-time?
Hot power yoga (I will receive my 200-hour certification at the end of May 2019), spending time with friends and family, exploring restaurants and pop-ups in Chicago, cheering on the Packers, marking destinations off of my bucket list, and attending comedy and broadway shows.
I am getting married on September 26, 2020, and being an event planner, I love the wedding planning process.
Do you have a pet? Name and what they are.

I have a two year old Corgi named Huey. He thinks he’s a big Husky. He’s competitive, sweet, energetic, and a huge mama’s boy. I am crazy dog mom who spoils him more than myself. I have more photos of Huey in my phone than anyone else.

Favorite city?

Besides Chicago, Paris. I’ve been twice – when I was 15 with friends and family and again in August 2018 with my fiancé, Peter. Both times I fell in love with the city – from the architecture, culture and vibe. My favorite thing to do in Paris is sit on a patio with a nice glass of wine while people watching and taking it all in.

If you were to star in a TV show, which one?

Parks and Rec. I’m Leslie Knope’s twin sister.

Why you love working in the events industry.

As a child, I was always planning parties and hosting friends. I love events! As a professional, I love helping others achieve their goals and making events easier for them. My favorite part of an event is taking a step back to that all the blood, sweat and tears have paid off and everyone is happy enjoying the event.