There’s no doubt about it: Qualena Odom-Royes is passionate about learning. She is a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP), Certified Meeting Professsional (CMP) and is currently studying for her MBA. Her qualifications aren’t all on paper. With 16 years experience in the events industry, Qualena is the owner and principal planner for a busy meeting and event planning company: EventEssentials.

Qualena is so enthusiastic about learning she can’t possibly keep it all to herself. In fact, she is dedicated to helping others succeed in their own education and career. Qualena developed the curriculum for a 36 hour event planning certificate program and teaches at a community college in the Atlanta area, and is an accomplished speaker-trainer. She serves on the Board of Directors of her local chapter of the International Special Events Society and on the advisory board for Plan Your Meetings Magazine. Qualena has received a number of awards both for her event planning and business skills as well as her commitment to the industry.