Meet new ILEA Chicago Member – Bari Singh of HMR Designs

Meet Bari Singh 

Tell us a little bit about yourself...

Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning?
In a rather uninspirational fashion, I accidentally fell into events, which I think happens to a lot of people in our industry. While I was in culinary school, I needed to pick up some extra cash and began freelancing at an event design house on the weekends. At the time, I didn’t understand this world could become a career, but once I was immersed, I was fully beguiled.

Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away?
I used to teach middle school science and english. Same skill set required: be a team player, have patience, stay adaptable, keep innovating, sharpen your creative edge, and don’t forget your sense of humor.

What do you love the most about what you do?
The collaboration it takes to pull off an event is the most exciting thing about what I do. I love coming together not only with other vendors, but also the client to determine how to best serve the guest. “Virtually” understanding how attendees will experience the event can be an event professional’s strongest, secret tool.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in the Chicago suburbs.

What's your event gone wrong horror story?
I worked on an event for which the keynote speaker posted a politically incorrect update on a Social Media platform that was anti-semitic in nature. The venue at which the event was to be hosted cancelled the event in response (OF COURSE!). Our team had less than a week to source a new keynote speaker AND venue. Thank goodness I work with so many amazing colleagues, this came together in no time with minimal stress.

What made you interested in participating in ILEA?
THE PEOPLE, for sure! I’d see Instagram posts of all my favorite industry folks and wonder why I wasn’t there with them.


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