Meet ILEA Chicago Member - Michelle Sterling, Sales Consultant at Entertaining Company

Who/ what inspired you to go into event planning?  With my background in theater directing, I’ve always loved putting on a show! My best friend is a chef for a catering company and I have been hearing her behind?the?scenes stories for years. When the gift company I worked for closed, I decided I wanted to make a big change and start on a new career path. Working in catering sales seemed like a great opportunity to combine many of the things I love – food, organizing, people, entertaining, and celebrating.

Tell us one thing we might not learn about you right away? I love 70s rock – Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Brown.

What do you love the most about what you do? I love my team at Entertaining Company. We are very supportive of each other and that makes coming to work a pleasure. I’m also inspired by the EC style – in addition to being a catering company, we have an online store of beautiful curated tabletop items called the EC Home Store . I could dream a day away thinking of all the mysterious places these items came from and considering how I can incorporate them into my own décor and lifestyle.

Where did you grow up? The suburbs of Philly – but I’ve always thought of myself as a city girl. I went to college at Temple University in Philly, then I lived in London for a year, and I went to Tulane in New Orleans for my MFA. I’ve lived in Chicago ever since and it feels like home.

What is your event gone wrong horror story? Every event is a learning experience for me – whether it runs smoothly or it is a bumpy ride! Since I’m retty new in the industry, you’ll have to stay tuned!

What made you interested in participating in ILEA?  Lisa Ware told me about the wonderful Ilea community – and she was right! It’s inspiring to be surrounded by so many interesting, experienced, and friendly people.


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