Want people to feel welcome, seen, and heard at your event? 

You're the type of event planner who deeply cares about your audience. You understand that the most precious gift that someone can give you is their time. That's beautiful–– and rare. A big ol' Internet high five to you, my friend!

Of course, that's also easier said than done.

How do you create an event culture that people are excited to experience–– and return to? More importantly, how do you make a genuine community around your creation?

Enter: me. My passion is creating spaces for people to connect and have vulnerable conversations. As the founder of Hustle Fest, a conference for people who want to go from full-time to freelance, and the co-creator of Balanced, a meditation and conversation group in NYC, I've led hundreds of people in conversation and organized dozens of events. And as the creator of The Joy List–– a newsletter that features events in NYC that promote connection, vulnerability, and playfulness–– I've also attended hundreds more.

After all this time in event land, I've learned a few simple ways to make sure your guests feel appreciated.

Some quotes from my event attendees:

This was so much more than a networking event. This was a safe space for me (and I imagine all of the other budding entrepreneurs) to feel both extremely scared and wildly passionate about my dreams. This was an opportunity to lean into feeling sure and confident about what I can offer the world.

Since attending Hustle Fest, I have continued to feel safe, grounded, and at peace, and it’s the first time I have EVER not worried about what’s going to happen in my business. I’m just not worried. WHAT?! I have always worried. Like an addiction, it has always been there. Not anymore, and I can’t really explain it, but I think it has something to do with feeling connected to a whole bunch of other people going through the same thing. I know and trust that I’m not alone in my struggles or my success. And that? That is one of the most valuable things I can think of and feel.

Thank you for working so hard and passionately to put this together. Your heart is big and beautiful, and it feels restful to know that there are other women and humans living their passions like you to make this world a better place.
— Heather, Hustle Fest attendee
The community was just amazing! There was a feeling amongst all the attendees that we were in a supportive environment and building a lasting network of people who are compassionate and empathetic. There wasn’t the typical feeling of “what can you do for me.” Thank you, Jillian!”
— Amy, Hustle Fest attendee
Thank you for putting together such a wonderful event on Saturday. I was blown away with the space that was created and held and how smoothly everything went. I left feeling full and exhausted...the perfect balance!
— Andrew, Hustle Fest coach

My consulting clients like me, too:

I had the opportunity to connect with Jillian around building meaningful regular events that foster community and connection. She had such great ideas and helped me think about this issue in such a new way— from rules of engagement to creating and communicating spaces for vulnerability and challenging ideas in a constructive way.

For anyone looking to implement community building events that consistently engage your users, or are looking to create thoughtful meaningful safe spaces for deep connection, I recommend reaching out to her.
— Kari Hodges, Founder of Womxn Rank and Agent of Change fellow