Member Spotlight


Purdy Events, LLC


Tell me about your organization?

In early 2016, I took the plunge of starting my own events/occasion small business, Purdy Events. In addition, I have been in the Events Industry for 13 years working primarily with Endurance Event Fundraising within the American Cancer Society. I currently serve full-time as the National Director of Endurance Events.

What has been the best benefit of being an ILEA member?

Also in early 2016, I relocated back to Pittsburgh after having spent 12 years in Ohio. ILEA has been a great organization for me to connect with vendors, meet fellow planners, and get to know the pulse of the Pittsburgh market.

 How does being part of ILEA further your personal and business growth?

The educational seminars that are hosted throughout the year are very helpful to gain insight on what is going on within the events industry. Even if the session doesn’t align directly with my scope of work, I have been able to glean new information and skills.

Who is your dream client?

Someone who is willing to go on the journey of planning an event together and not only says that they are open to new ideas, but embraces what that truly means.


 What types of events do you cover?

Special Occasions/Celebrations, Corporate Events and Weddings (with a specialty in Same-Sex marriages).

What’s the most fun event you’ve worked on?

My most recent couple that I worked with had a unique approach to their wedding. They were both big video gamers, but wanted a traditional wedding without too much “theme”. Together we worked on small nuanced nods to their love of gaming throughout the weekend without overtly putting it front and center. The final product turned out spectacular and was topped with a firework finale!

Fun fact about you?

I obtained my Certified Special Event Professional Designation in the Fall of 2015. Why did you join ILEA? To get to know the Pittsburgh Market and take advantage of the national training and networking opportunities in the future.